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Dar Qawi - Riad By The Sea, Essaouira Medina

Riad with 3 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms in Essaouira, Morocco

From £574 per week

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Moroccan charm and European comfort combine in this well appointed 3 bedroom house in the heart of the medina.


The sound of tinkling water from the rose petal strewn marble fountain greets visitors as they step across the threshold into this oasis of calm. Situated in a prime location within the medina, close to shops and restaurants and only a short stroll away from the beach, this house has been lovingly designed to create an attractive and welcoming environment. At ground floor level is a generous open plan salon/reading room with books and ipod dock, a tea kitchen and a WC. On the first floor you will find a master suite consisting of a double bedroom with an ensuite bathroom and small dressing room/nursery, a further double bedroom with ensuite shower room and a twin room with ensuite facilities.There is also another separate WC. Another flight of stairs leads you to the propertys first roof terrace which is walled and completely private. It is overlooked only by a light and airy salon which boasts a decorative fire place, satellite TV and a cosy dining area. Next door to this is the fully equipped kitchen. There is also a separate laundry room with washing machine, an outdoor shower to cool off under and a table and chairs for al fresco eating. A second roof terrace is dedicated to sunbathing. From here you can see the roof tops of Essaouira!

We like our guests to feel comfortable at all times, so you will find fluffy white robes, finest quality linen and towels, beach towels, a Nespresso Machine, WiFi internet access, games, DvDs, CDs as well as plenty electric radiators and warm blankets for those rare occasions when a chill blows in off the Atlantic.

The house can comfortably accommodate up to 6 adults plus one child. Small children, however, will need supervision as the property is not child-proofed. The many stairs make it unsuitable for anyone, young or old, unsteady on their legs.

A delicious freshly made breakfast is included in the rate and home cooked evening meals can also be provided at a low cost. Babysitting and excursions can also be organised for you. The house has internet acce3ss for your lap- top vi9a a portable Meditel key which is charged on a weekly pay as you go basis

The property is generally available for a minimum of three nights, although over Christmas and New Year, at Easter, during the Gnoua Festival in June and in August it is let on a weekly basis only.


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7 out of 7 people recommend staying here


From Scunthorpe, United Kingdom Jun 2009



Neil from Toronto, Canada

Dar Qawi is a charming, spotlessly clean, comfortable home. With a three- or four-piece bathroom attached to each bedroom, it allows a family or a group of friends privacy and no line-ups.

The first level is attractive and slightly formal. Second level is the bedroom level. Third level is the living area a dining and living room and a spacious kitchen, also spotlessly clean. Third level has a patio and on the roof, a fine sunbathing deck.

On our arrival, Sandra greeted us, oversaw the luggage transfer to the house and gave us a very helpful tour of the house. The we met Zara as she arrived with the dinner we had requested for our arrival delicious. Next morning, Zara arrived to prepare breakfast, also delicious. As we are breakfast each day, Zara would make the beds and clean the bathrooms, bedrooms and passages. Zaras dinners are the best bargain in this town that has many good restaurants. We also enjoyed her desserts, especially her strawberry tarte.

Zaras son, Redoin, is an excellent resource on our first day, he gave us an extensive tour of the medina and the port area. He subsequently proved himself to be invaluable as a guide to restaurants and shopping for spices, knick-knacks and hammams. All this and charm, too.

With our family (three adult sons) together for the second of our two weeks there, we found Dar Qawi handled the group of us with ease. We would cheerfully recommend the house to any group of friends or family.

Neil and Linda


Kristine from Vallejo, Ca And San Miguel De Allende, Mexico

Pretty house, well-equipped, friendly and very helpful staff, excellent location. This would be an excellent place for a family during the summer monthslots of room, outdoor living space, roof garden with great views!


GD from Chesham

Really lovely riad, expertly decorated, spacious, with the added benefit of a housekeeper that can really cook.
Thanks very much!


Sasha from Oxford

The house is lovely and the location excellent. Essaouira is a lovely town and a great place for families, due to the laid back nature of the people, the beach and the fun to be had haggling in the Medina. We will definitely return. The only very slight niggle we had was that there were no provisions at all when we arrived at the house, not even a bottle of water or toilet paper. It wasn't a problem as there is a shop outside the house but as the advert promised a welcome pack we did expect at least a roll of toilet paper in one of the bathrooms. We would certainly return to the house again and have already recommended it to our friends and family.

Reply from Kia

We are delighted at reading such a wonderful review and recommendation.Thank you so much! But we were mortified to hear about the lack of welcome basket, water and loo paper although we are most grateful to you for pointing this out as it is, in our view, quite unacceptable. Unfortunately, these oversights were down to human error and they have now been put right. I doubt whether this situation will repeat itself. It is most important to us to make our guests feel welcome! Should you return to Essaouira, dinner will be on us!


paul from London

What a fantastic house. We were made welcome even before we arrived with very helpful, comprehensive notes about Dar Qawi and all the amenities of the house provided by the charming owners as well as detailed information about Essaouira, shopping, restaurants and places of interest in the surrounding countryside.
Zara, the housekeeper treated us to a wonderful breakfast on the roof terrace each day as well as making an amazingly tasty tagine for one evening meal.
The Dar was spotless and thoroughly cleaned each day, the furnishings were extremely comfortable and the extras such as DVD, CD, i-pod dock and satellite TV were better than we have at home!
Soaking up the sun on the roof terrace whilst it was cold and wet at home was a paticular pleasure, and thanks to the house notes we were able to find a wine shop for lovely Moroccan wine to be enjoyed at the same time.
We can't wait to return to Dar Qawi as soon as possible to enjoy more of the true flaour of Essaouira and Morocco whilst being spoiled in such a cozy and comfortable home. Thank you so much for allowing us to stay in your fabulous house.

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What a charming and beautiful house in such an interesting and beautiful town. We really did enjoy our stay in Essoria and there is no where better to stay than Darqawi. The only problem with our holiday was that it was not long enough! We enjoyed a great breakfast every morning. Followed by a morning walk around the market, then on to the beech. The weather was great and we cannot wait to go back again next year!

I stayed here at the beginning of August and I had the most amazing time! The riad was fabulous with lovely individually decorated bedrooms. It was in a fantastic location, minutes from the souk and beach! The roof terrace was ideal for early evening al fresco drinks looking out over the hussle and bustle of the medina before venturing in to the town for a meal, although the best food we ate there was cooked by the very friendly and attentive maid Zahra who cooked us enormous, delicious local meals for next to nothing and cleaned the house immaculately each day. I will definately return to this riad and have already recommended it to many friends and family members!

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Distances to locations

Nearest beach 4km Nearest bar 100m Nearest restaurant 100m Nearest supermarket 10km Marrakech Menara airport 175km Essaouira Airport 12km Horse Riding 3km Kite Surfing 1.5km Quadbiking 300m

Local activities

Boat hire 5km Cycling 5km Fishing 10km Golf 5km Horse riding 10km Mountain biking 15km Swimming 5km Walking 5km Wind surfing 15km

Sights and attractions

Historic site 4km Local food market 200m Museum 200m Night club 200m Shopping 2km

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Updated 1 August 2018

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  • 20 December 2019 - 5 January 2020: the minimum stay is 7 nights.

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3 bedrooms, Sleeps 6:

  • 1 double bed and en suite
  • 1 double bed and en suite
  • 2 single beds and en suite

There is also 1 single sofa bed in small childs bed in dressing room


6 bathrooms including 3 en suites, 2 Separate WC's


CD player, DVD/Blu-ray player, Internet / WiFi, Radio, TV Languages in English, German, French, Italian, Russian, Spanish, Satellite / cable


Living area seats 6, Dining area seats 6, Hair dryer, Iron / board, Towels / linen, Washing machine, Car hire optional


Cooker, Crockery, Cutlery, Fridge, Glassware, Kettle, Microwave, Oven, Pots / pans


Balcony or terrace, Outside lighting

Suitable for

Children, Infants, Single gender groups

Extra information

PLEASE NOTE: FOR BOOKINGS FOR TWO ADULTS OR LESS CONTACT OWNER FOR DISCOUNT The property has a total of three fridges to allow for generous water and drinks storage. There is a hairdryer in each of the three bedrooms and two robes per bedroom There is a coffee machine and a Nespresso machine There are six sun loungers on the upper terrace and an outside shower on the lower terrace. There are also beach towels. An ipod dock, Cds, DVDs and board games are available Please note that the washing machine is for the housekeepers use ONLY. She will however be happy to do your washing for you at Dhs 25 per loa d. There is internet access via a Meditel key for your laptop on a weekly pay as you go basis as well as currently unsecured WiFi access from the top sitting room and on the roof terrace. Mobile phone reception in the house is variable. We do not supply a cot or highchair and please be aware that while young children are most welcome, our house is not childproofed and not


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