Heure Bleue Palais


Historic charm with a stylish edge

At the entrance of Essaouira’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed medina – and initially unassuming from the outside like the best of Morocco’s historic riads – the Heure Bleue Palais’s 18th-century interiors have been thoughtfully renovated into the historic port city’s most famous hotel.

33 rooms and suites are arranged around the verdant central courtyard, both elegant and cosy in style, with plush furnishings, ornate details and candle-lit lamps.

Shared spaces include a fabulous panoramic terrace with a heated pool, grand lounges, a traditional hammam spa and a celebrated restaurant serving Relais & Châteaux quality Moroccan cuisine with a modern twist.


At a glance

  • 33 rooms

  • Relais & Châteaux dining

  • Rooftop pool and bar

  • Hammam spa

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    Cooking classes

    Join head chef Ahmed Handour for a cooking class to learn traditional Moroccan and Souiri cuisine with a twist of modernity as he shares his tips and secrets.

Community & Culture

The hotel and its restaurants have built up a local network of suppliers, such as co-operative cheese farms, fishermen, livestock and vegetable farmers. A dedication to local suppliers means supporting businesses whilst offering dishes full of taste and the traditions of Essaouira.

What makes us different

Why Niarra

Niarra Travel is a forward-thinking travel company headquartered in London born out of a passion to do things differently.

In Swahili, a Bantu language spoken by millions in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa, the name Niara means "with utmost purpose" and our team are united by a passion for exploration and a belief that the right kind of travel can make the world a better place.

Our Travel Researchers are here to create incredible trips with a positive impact for you.

  • Unforgettable experiences

    Creating your trip is entirely collaborative and our Travel Researchers are here for every step.

  • Positive impact

    Curated sustainable experiences and accommodation that maximize the benefits to local people and place.

  • Fairness and transparency

    An open, competitive pricing structure that ensures more money goes to where it's needed in the destination.

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