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Milk Magazine (English) - - CONTENTS - Pho­tos: Karel Balas – Text: Hélène La­halle

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.

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