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
- 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
Over all a great stay. The food for dinner is very good, every evening with lots of new dishes both Moroccan and international. The rooms are a bit tired, and in need of renovation. The hotel says that they care about the environment, and to leave your towel hanging if you don't want it cleaned. Yet, everyday the cleaning took all towels and bathroobs even if they had not even been used. This seems very un-environment friendly, and I would expect more from a 5* hotel chain.
Traveling in February is definitely off season, and even though the hotel webpage says the outdoor pool is heated, it is in fact not and is very very cold!
Staff, especially by the pool are very friendly. But at breakfast they seem very disorganised and sometimes lots of tables lack cleaning.
Over all, would come again, and hope that the next stay would be even more improved.
The hotel is beautifully located only a short drive away from the airport.
Check in staff was friendly, and took us to our huge room with a beautiful view over the Atlantic.
Our room was clean, spacious and all amenities were there.
The outdoor swimming pools were too cold to swim in, but the heated pool in the spa is lovely.
We went on a quad tour and they organized this for us, even with transport to and from the hotel.
As it’s low season now, it’s a peace haven and ideally for people who want to relax and enjoy the sun and friendly Moroccan people.
We’ll definitely come back for a couple of days to unwind.
The staff at the hotel was EXCELLENT. In Dining room as well as at reception ( Mariem, Bassma ). The food was fantastic and lots of variety and very authentic.
The rooms are very nice laid out, and we had great views of the pool, and sunset in the Atlantic - only tiny flaw to keep it from being AN EXCELLENT property: the rooms show signs of wear and tear .... not dramatic but it shows ....
But a perfect place for golf and to also visit the town !
My friends and I wanted to go somewhere different for an open air lunch. We were pleasantly surprised. It was not what we expected from a hotel chain. The service was very friendly, efficient and attentive. The food was good and wasn't overly expensive considering the beautiful views. Our waiter/bar tender Ouissaf Simo took time out to personally show us around the hotel - The building was exceptionally clean with some very quirky works of art which amused us. The swimming pools were clean and very inviting although today it was a bit chilly to swim. Overall we had a very pleasant time and would like to thank the staff for making it enjoyable.
I spent one week with my family at this hotel. Usually I pay the price for a luxury hotel with a good service but as I am a gold customers to the AccorHotels unfortunately I have to write an Average review first point : the breakfast is disorganised every morning it it failed and something was missing so second point : the bathroom overfilled in the bedroom Third point : the water of the swimming pool was very cold (18C) The good point is the spot of the hotel in the middle of the golf and a beautiful view from our bedroom