Lounging in the fortified coastal city of Essaouira, the Dar L’Ouissa looks out over the region’s artsy atmosphere, ancient history, and evocative architecture. The city cultivates the laid-back atmosphere of a picturesque seaside destination, from the catch laid out on the fishing docks each morning to the inventive remedies on offer at the spice souk, and the medieval labyrinths of the medina to the windsurfers taking in the sea breeze of the Atlantic.
Awaken your senses with today’s Groupon from Dar L’Oussia. Choose from the following options:
Stay for two
- £145 for a two night stay (Up to 51% off)
- £179 for a three night stay (Up to 51% off)
- £209 for a four night stay (Up to 52% off)
- £239 for a five night stay (Up to 52% off)
- £265 for a six night stay (Up to 54% off)
- £289 for a seven night stay (Up to 55% off)
- £529 for a fourteen night stay (Up to 53% off)
Renovated by the local craftsmen of Essaouira, Dar L’Oussia is a boutique riad hotel that, from its bright terrace, overlooks the ancient fishing port of the region. The establishment exudes traditional Moroccan elegance with lavish gold and sapphire-blue décor wrapped around a central courtyard of luscious green foliage and arching doorways. Upstairs, the bedrooms are decorated in Arabic linens, and adorned by the scent of fresh flowers every day. The restaurant, complete with fireplaces and reed ceilings, serves up classic European and Moroccan cuisine, while the roof terrace provides space for a picturesque breakfast.
Get an overview of the labyrinthine Medina from the Skala de la Ville, the battered ramparts of the city used in the opening scenes of Orson Welles’ Othello. The recently refurbished Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdullah Museum holds a small but valuable collection that includes musical instruments and some of the intricately hand-woven carpets of the region. The spice souk is a heady realm of spices and herbs for anything from treating baldness to seasoning a fish tagine. Head down to the port for lunch at one of the fish grills, then check out the cannons and a view of the city that adorns most of the local literature.
While Essaouira is renowned for its woodwork, many of the intricate marquetry work on sale is made from thuya wood, which is now an endangered species. For guilt-free shopping, look for souvenirs made from other woods instead.
Riad Dar L’Oussia
4 Rue Mohamed Ben Messaoud