Villa Maroc


Oceanview riad

The Villa Maroc is a charming family-owned riad hotel, composed of four 18th-century houses on the edge of Essaouria’s old medina with views out to the harbour and Atlantic.

21 rooms and suites are individual both in style and layout, all decked out with local artwork and antique furniture for an authentic Moroccan feel.

Enjoy breakfast and views from the rooftop terrace, drinks in the cosy bar and local cuisine in one of the riad’s candlelit salons. There’s also a handsome hammam spa to indulge in after a day exploring the town.


At a glance

  • 21 rooms

  • Restaurant and bar

  • Hammam spa

  • Rooftop terrace

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    Cooking classes

    Spend the day with Head Chefs Hayat and Fatima Zahra to learn about Moroccan cuisine. Starting with a tour through the souk to gather ingredients before heading back to the hotel’s kitchen, you will cook the dishes of your choosing that you will be able to recreate in your home.

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    Spa treatments

    The oriental spa offers traditional Moroccan rituals and beauty treatments.


The protection of the environment is important to the family-run Villa Maroc, taking small steps to protect the environment that will make a big impact in the long run. Their philosophy is to buy local, employ local and use as much renewable energy as possible, with little things like dinner menus booked in advance to minimise food waste.

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.

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