Le Jardin des Douars in Essaouira and Etosoto on Formentera
To enjoy the benefits of a sunny climate as early as the Easter holidays, head for Essaouira on Morocco’s Atlantic coast, where Le Jardin des Douars’ incredibly kind and helpful team welcome families, couples and friends to their magnificent ochre stone ksar (palace). Ideally situated on the hillside, sheltered from the wind known to sweep through the port, this little haven of peace proposes two sorts of accommodation. Either a “classic” Moroccanstyle room or suite, or a superb family villa sleeping up to ten, offering every comfort and all hotel services, while ensuring tranquillity for you and your family. Think private heated pool, expert cooks, luxuriant private garden, all the necessary gear for babies and children, babysitting service, spa, etc. For those who love bathing in the sea and surfing (Essaouira is world-renowned for wind- and kite-surfing due to the favourable winds), the beach is just ten minutes away from the hotel. To explore the surrounding region, mountain bikes, quads and even camels are available to guests. Unless you’d rather hop aboard one of the hotel shuttles to go and see Essaouira’s fortified medina and ramparts, designed by one of Vauban’s followers and now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Afterwards, a visit to the souk awaits; far less crowded than the one in Marrakesh but having just as interesting wares for sale, it shouldn’t be missed. Nestling at the foot of the Grand Atlas Mountains, just a two-and-a-half-hour flight from Paris, this extraordinary garden and authentic hotel, with its perfect balance between tradition and modernity, is a place you’ll want to come back to; a place you could easily get used to, where you might even become addicted to the fragrant, flavoursome Moroccan food served in the hotel restaurant. jardindesdouars.com
Just a two-and-a-half-hour flight from Paris lies an extraordinary garden and hotel, where tradition and modernity are perfectly balanced.