It’s beginning of November and I want to escape the hectic London life, forget the grey days and smell the sea. A ticket is soon booked and before we know it we step foot on Moroccan soil. Essaouira it is for the next couple of days.
Hotel – We choose Hotel Tangaro which is the perfect oasis, just outside of Essaouira. The hotel is white with blue touches and decorated with the eyes of a connoisseur. The dining room breathes grandeur and big dinner parties. The library is music inspired with Jimi Hendrix smiling at us, and his old vinyls decorating the walls. The bed rooms have all you need with an ever so thoughtful minimalistic design. Blue sky, 20 plus degrees, a nice swimming pool and great staff in addition is just what we wished for. This is our perfect base.
Food – Restaurant Dar Adul has the best female kitchen team and serves us the first chicken tajine after setting food in Morocco. This is made with love and sets the benchmark high. Restaurant / beach club Ocean Vagabond is our sea view go to place. While watching the dromedaries roam the sea-shore we have a sublime sardine salad for lunch.
To get a feel of the Colonial grandeur have a drink at Heure Bleue Palais and feel transported back in time. The courtyard is lovely when it is nice weather or try the bar with the wood fires, leather Chesterfield and hunting trophies at the walls. Then head for your dinner at La Table by Madada which is maybe a bit touristy, but a great location if you want to have an all sea food menu. My clams starter, and John Dory fish are well prepared with Moroccan flavours.
The Medina – you can find your traditional Moroccan ceramics, carpets, sweets, and hammam towels, but also a few shops that bring their own spin to it. My favorite definitely was Minimal from Bibi. This French lady Bibi – short for Brigitte – left France after a successful career in Fashion and came to Essaouira 9 years ago. She started a Restaurant Umia and created a different life in Morocco after having turned her world upside down. Seeing the authentic crafts creating all that is to be found in the Medina she wanted to see whether she could give this a new design perspective. And so she did. She started designing carpets, table ware, small furniture, lamp shades working with the local craftsmen and was able to open a shop just 5 days ago. I could probably have bought half the shop;-).
Other shops that are nice to look out for are Le Histoire des Filles, and Boheme de Berber who also take the local flavours but add a Western touch.
Yoga – and of course find some time to stretch those limbs. Our hotel recommended Karim and he was great. Karim is the perfect Yoga teacher to talk you through your vinyasa at the beach or join you at your hotel. We had a great studio at Hotel Tangaro and at the early hours he gave us the perfect start of the day.
So yeah, Essaouira was the perfect escape for a sunny break in the middle of November. The hotel, people, possibilities to explore and just the chance to chill made it the perfect trip.