Sofitel Essaouira Mogador Golf & Spa
What We Love
- An immaculate 18-hole golf course designed by Gary Player
- The So Spa, which features eight treatment rooms, a traditional steambath, a wave pool and a decadent spa lounge
- The unique surroundings: forest, dunes and the wild Atlantic Ocean
- The brand new So Good restaurant and So Lounge Mogador, featuring a live DJ
What To Know
- Not in Essaouira itself but in the new tourist area of Mogador, a 10- to 15-minute drive farther down the coast. Although the hotel offers a free shuttle, it can be a little ad hoc at times
- A 10-minute walk or five-minute bike ride from the beach. Bike rentals are free
- The food can be a little uninspiring, but there are countless authentic Moroccan restaurants in Essaouira
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Acclaimed interior designer Didier Gomez, who has worked with the likes of Yves Saint-Laurent, Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior, created the provocative design of this Morocco getaway. He drew his inspiration from the hotel’s environment and location. Think rich Atlantic-blue tiles set against soft, spice-infused furnishings and traditional Moroccan lattice wood paneling. With a location like this, views are key, and the generous windows flood the hotel with light, blurring the border between outside and in.
Bed and Bath
The rooms, suites and villas all feature Gomez’s contemporary take on traditional Moroccan design, mixing primary colors with traditional patterns. Each room also features Sofitel’s famously indulgent MyBed, as well as a Nespresso machine, TV and WiFi. Those traveling with children should consider a villa, if the budget allows. With two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a dining room, a small garden and a private pool, villas cover every base — they even come with a private butler! Serious golf fans adore the designer Lacoste villas, located near the first hole and clubhouse.
You’ve got a range of on-site bars and four restaurants to keep you boozed and fed. L’Antique pays homage to the ocean, serving fresh fish against the relaxed backdrop of the pool. For Moroccan fare, check out the buffet restaurant, Café Kasbah. For a romantic dinner, L’Atelier aux Arômes pairs creative plates with well-curated wines and for laid-back lunches the Le Club House overlooks the golf course. Be sure to grab a sunset cocktail at Le Pool Bar. The nearly 14,000-square-foot spa includes eight treatment rooms, a tiled pool and a chill-out lounge. The spa offers exclusive Sofitel treatments suited to your mood; it also has Clarins and Cinq Mondes onboard as product partners. There are also three swimming pools to choose from; the biological outdoor pool, the heated outdoor pool and the heated indoor pool.
In the Area
Famous for being Jimi Hendrix’s hippie home away from home, Essaouira is one of the most culturally diverse and relaxed cities in Morocco. From camel riding on the beach to razzing up the sweeping dunes on a quad bike, it’s perfect for adrenaline junkies. If you’re seeking laid-back fun, take a stroll through the city’s enchanting cobbled streets or spend a night sipping tea while grooving to some live music. Check out the Moroccan textiles and hand-worked leather at Boutique Mehdi, the funky homewares at Kif Kif and the bold paintings at Frédéric Damgaard’s gallery. Afterward, linger over dinner at the retro-1970s Elizir or the nouveau Moroccan Villa Maroc.
How to Get There
First off, I need to say...... the restaurant in this place is EXCELLENT.
The service is perfectly orchestrated (attentive but not over the top),
The menu is varied but simple,
The wine list varied and quite expansive,
and the three lady chefs in the kitchen really should all be walking around with Michelin Stars on their whites.
The Lobster was SO good, I had to ask the waiter to bring the chef so I could thank her personally, it was truly excellent food and service. So thanks guys!
OK, onto the hotel...
It's nice, the staff are very attentive and friendly.
The surroundings and rooms are well-furnished and everything is clean.
Reception and concierge work well, and nothing is too much trouble.
Breakfast is above average, ample parking, and the hotel is well situated about 10 mins from the centre of town.
So... what's the problem? Only one small but irritating one...
Imagine having great friendly staff, nothing is too much trouble, they REALLY want to help, but... haven't received the training, that's how it feels. ONLY, in the room service and breakfast areas I must add! Used Breakfast tables are just left full of used crockery and cutlery, tables aren't cleared, and then they rush around trying to clear up due to more guests arriving. No clean bowls and plates are left for new clients, you constantly need to ask (can I have a plate, or a bowl, or you find yourself running around for salt and pepper etc)...
Give it some attention guys, you could turn a very good hotel into a great hotel.
After a road trip from the desert and high atlas, this was the best place to be.
The hotel is great with very modern pieces of art and a piano.
The rooms are very spacious, with all the amenities, the sunset view in the room terrace was amazing.
Breakfast and dinner were very good, specially breakfast that had a lot of variety.
It’a not close to the Medina and Beach but the hotel has a transfer to the center at every hour.
It was over 40 degrees in Marrakesh so we decided to visit Essaouira on the coast where it was 10 degrees cooler and we were very glad we did.
A quick phone call to the Sofitel and they arranged a car to pick us up straightaway for a few nights. The driver was early and the three hour drive back pleasant and informative. The hotel is just outside the town on the hill set back quite a way from the sea. The construction is white-modern Moroccan and very attractive. The reception and facilities are welcoming despite the overall impression of large scale and opulent. The rooms are large and well equipped with a bathroom which is “incorporated” into the whole (separation via a pull down curtain) which some people might find a little difficult in terms of privacy. The room was getting a little rough around the edges and will need refurbishing shortly.
The pool is at the centre of activities within a well manicured garden. The golf course is situated between the hotel and the sea and is clearly also well set up and maintained. I took the opportunity for a couple of hours with one of the Golf Professionals (Charles) which was well organised and thoroughly enjoyable as well as very helpful.
The main restaurant is set up as a buffet for breakfast and dinner and the quality and variety of the food provided is excellent. It is a mixture of European and Moroccan style. There is an upmarket restaurant which we didn’t use and an informal cafe/ bar/ restaurant by the pool which was perfect for lunch and snacks.
Getting to the town was easy in the shuttle bus and taxis back are cheap and cheerful.
Above all the staff were first class. When we arrived the reception took one look at my wife with her bad back and, unasked, moved us to a room just a few yards from the central area. Otherwise the walk (this hotel is very spread out over the hillside) would have been an issue for her.
All in all the hotel is very good indeed and we will certainly try to go back.