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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

Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Golf
  •  Golf Course
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Kids Club
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

A stylish modern take on traditional Moroccan design a stone’s throw from hippie beach haven Essaouira

The Look

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.

Beyond

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

Sofitel Essaouira Mogador Golf & Spa
Domaine Mogador Diabat
Essaouira, 44000 Morocco

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 1846 Reviews
Amazing Hotel, wonderful Stay and welcoming staff, especially the lovely Front OFfice MAnager
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a wonderful stay at this hotel. Once we arrived, the front office manager surprised us with an upgrade to a prestigious suite because they knew that it is was our first trip as a married couple. This was too sweet from them ! We did appreciate a lot ! The suite was very big and the decoration is nice. Once in the suite everything was on the fleek ; flowers, chocolat, hearts, fruits ...

Special thanks to the lovely Front Office Manager for her care and special attention ! Thanks for making our stay unforgettable !

WE WILL DEFINITELY COME BACK VERY SOON !

Absolutely appalling service & communication - 4 weeks to respond to my complaint... NOTHING!
Reviewed 1 month ago

Shocking stay, horrendous communication & service from the management. Both during my stay and afterwards. Arrogance, and complete disregard for the customers that stay there!

Then for the company to not respond to my complaint after 4 weeks hoping that it would just go away!

A lot of work needed at this hotel!

Some room for improvement
Reviewed 1 month ago

I recently stayed in one of the villas here for a short visit. The villa itself was quite nice with a beautiful pool, exquisite view of the golf course and sea, and modern amenities. The villa was, however, in need of some small renovations. The sliding doors to the exterior pool would not lock and the handle kept falling off one of the doors. Several of the lights didn't work and the main panel to work the lights wasn't exactly right. Overall though, the villa was clean, spacious and a nice option for a longer stay or for a family of 3-4. We didn't use the pool because it was too cold, but it seemed nice, although in need of a cleaning. We had a butler assigned to the villa who claimed to be "one phone call away" at any time via guest services. We called to order some drinks in the early evening and there was no answer at guest services, the front desk nor room service for over 30 minutes. We finally reached someone at room service and received a very small pour of a cocktail awhile later (we spoke to the front desk about this at checkout and they did reimburse us for this, however). It seems that the hotel was very busy with a company group that was taking up much of the hotel. The property itself was very nice with a beautiful landscape overall. Breakfast was varied and delicious and up to par with Sofitel standards. We would return if we had more time.

Must be renovating
Reviewed 1 month ago

The hotel has not been renovated for a long time and this is seen both in the restaurant, on the lobby, at the pool and in the room. Breakfast is very good, as well as a-la-carte restaurant. The staff is kind

Don't go there if you are a person of color
Reviewed 2 months ago

Utterly disgusting behavior from a 5star hotel, Sofitel Essouira!
I was in Essaouira for a few days and wanted to swim & spend a relaxing pampered day after a 5day trip to the desert and my travel mates suggested Sofitel. Boy was that the worst decision ever! From the minute I got out of the taxi to enter the gates of the hotel, the guards crossed examined me about why I was there, and while walking into the hotel, another guard harassed me about why I was there, patiently I explained, he escorted me to a rude receptionist that told me she has no time for me as she had clients & to wait. I sat patiently for 10minutes, mind you there were 4 receptionists on the desk Frustrated I went to the same lady and asked her if there is a fee to enter the hotel to swim, can I not waste my time & could she bring the bill to the pool, she rudely said no and for me to wait. After another 10minutes, another receptionists called me over to her with utter disgust. I paid almost $30, and asked if they provided any other service for the payment, she answered rudely "no". So no towels, no use of showers! Since the hotel was a bit further from the town, and I really wanted to swim & relax I went to the pool. I was there for 2-3hrs, no one came to ask if I needed anything. What is infuriating is, my Slovenian blond white friend decided to join me from Essaouira, guess what she not only walked in without any queastions, she told me they even showed her where the pool was. Yes, and at the pool, 10minutes after she arrived, a Sofitel employee came over to ask us if we needed anything. Yes, me & my friend were so shocked and disgusted we left. So folks if you are a person of color, stay away, apparently they don't need our money!!!