Jardin des Douars
There’s a gorgeously soporific feel to this verdant, rambling property, which is tucked away in snoozy splendour just outside Essaouira proper. For adults, that means sundowners and siestas galore; for little ones, the place will have a fantastical quality, courtesy of the fairytale-esque kasbah design of the dusty-pink main building and the vibe of the accommodation (19 bedrooms and 6 suites), with some feeling a little like treehouses and others like the attic den of your childhood dreams. Predictably, then, French-run Jardin des Douars is a hit with families; a kids’ pool is tucked away in one corner of the site, with a much more grown-up arrangement (read: well-stocked bar) at the central pool area. Relaxed and refined evening meals are taken in the tiered botanical garden, tastefully lit and soundtracked; the same space bustles during the more boisterous breakfast buffet. Beyond the Ksob river, which runs alongside the property, low hills bristle with argan trees, some of which provide the oil used in the on-site spa. A regular shuttle bus runs to central Essaouira.