4.5
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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 1729 Reviews
Beautiful Property
Reviewed 3 days ago

We stayed here while on holiday in May 2018. This is a very large property with beautiful grounds and several swimming pools. While we are not golfers, we did enjoy walking thru the well manicured course on our way to the beach which is a short walk, but well worth it.

We experienced great service during our stay. The staff at the front desk where especially accommodating when we requested to switch rooms to play a global mobile game, Pokemon Go. After discovering a Pokestop geolocation near the lobby of the hotel (reachable from rooms 420-423) and explaining the regional exclusive character of the game that can only be found in Africa (which we caught there) they were very kind to switch rooms for us. The gentlemen at the pool and outdoor bar were very attentive as well.

The design of the resort is very fun and contemporary with interesting statues to discover. The breakfast buffet is huge, with everything you can image and more.

This is a beautiful hotel to escape to, just a short drive into town and I believe the hotel provided a shuttle free of charge.

I highly recommend this hotel without any reservations.

Poorly maintained
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You can tell that this hotel was very nice when it was first built; however, it is poorly maintained. The lobby is very nice and gives a false sense of what lies beyond it, as no where else in the complex is well kept. In the rooms, the AC had to be fixed in both of our rooms, the TV did not work, the showers were horrible, the bathroom door was off its track and wouldn’t close, there was a horrible high pitch ringing sound, the one room stank, and the rooms were overall just very rundown. It is evident that nothing has been done to maintain this property, which is unfortunate because it would be quite nice if it were well maintained. They were doing some repairs around the pool area during our stay, however, that was the only sign of any maintenance being done. Even the restaurants were run down.

The complex is huge and it takes approximately 25 minutes to walk to the beach (one way). We wanted to ride the bikes that sit outside the lobby down to the beach, but they charge $150 dirham (~$20 CAD) per bike. Because of the distance, they should have some way to access the beach without paying or walking 50 minutes.

The service was hit and miss. Some waiters were very kind, others not so much, but overall not very efficient.

I do not think this hotel should be advertised as a 5 Star. It is more like a 3* (4* would be very generous). With that being said, it was relatively inexpensive because it is not their busy season.

In spite of everything still good value
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The infrastructure of this hotel is TOP. The maintenance however leaves a lot to be desired. This is made up by a very friendly, but not always efficient, service. We rented a 2 bedroom Villa, with seaview and private swimming pool. The extra expense is really worth it, but the amenities that should go with a villa were lacking, We were 4 adults and found only 2 glasses, 2 coffe cups, no coffee cartridges, only an erratic assortment of teas. Dirty glasses cups were not "automatically" refreshed, but when asked it was solved with a smile

3 star at best
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

So disappointed in this hotel /rooms in dire need of refurbishment ,hallways and general areas poorly maintained , pool areas very relaxing maybe because there was not many people staying at that time 17/05/2018 ..food quality was good in the evenings but breakfast after the first 3 days not much change or choice.My wife and I were there for 6 days and not once did we get our coffees to our table without having to stand up and seek a server ' tables never fully set, knifes or salt and pepper or cups missing from tables ,, WELL below 5 star service ,,, when we got a cup with lipstick on the rim I brought it up to the counter { no servers around } to ask for a new coffee ,there was no apology given when I received the next one there was food stains on the side of the cup again back to counter the waitress insisted that it was just coffee stains and reluctantly gave me another, We have stayed in many 5 star hotels and cruises around the world BUT THE SERVICE here is NOT 5 star On our last day we asked to speak to a manager and was met by two people they did try to listen but we felt we were just being fobbed off. .Almost finished,, when we asked at reception for milk for our coffee pods { that cost 250 dl per pod }, so much for complementary coffee we had to wait 6 hours for it to reach our room, Finally for those that love the sea you will have a 25/30 min walk and then climb 3 high sand dunes ,,,do not plan on bringing your sunbed you will need bear grills to help you .After all that I would like to thank ERRAJI on reception he was the saviour of the hotel very kind ,helpful and professional ,,,we still managed to have a lovely holiday despite all I have written.. Dennis P Johnston

Beautiful hotel, let down by the small details
Reviewed 2 months ago

At check in, we were informed that dinner was not included in our half board booking. After being shown to our room we realised we had been given the wrong room and had to return to the lobby for a further 40 minutes before being relocated. The hotel staff were very apologetic for the error.
We were informed we would get small complimentary bottles of drinking water each day, these never appeared and we were only ever given water after calling the front desk in the evenings. The minibar was always empty with no coffee capsules for the coffee machine. The toilet roll was not replenished during our stay and would be left empty towards the end of our stay. The bus to Essaouria was very handy when available, however it is only small so in the mornings was sometimes full and we would instead have to pay for a taxi into the nearby town.

However, the positives. The hotel itself is beautiful with two lovely pools and interesting artwork scattered around! The food was exquisite, we were spoilt for choice at both breakfast and dinner. The kitchen staff and waiters were more than happy to help and were always very friendly. Outside by the pool the staff were also extremely welcoming and always ensured we had everything we needed - even bringing extra pillows when sitting outdoors.

Overall mixed feelings about our stay, the majority of the hotel was fantastic and they have some lovely staff. But small, essential details such as drinking water and toilet roll in rooms makes this hotel fall short of it's 5 star rating.