Heure Bleue has shed its original souk trader style to become one of Essaouira’s best addresses.
This boutique hotel is an impressive example of an elegant and sensitive renovation. Beautiful traditional décor – shuttered windows, wood panelling and luxury fabrics – sit alongside fresh and contemporary facilities. The highlight of this Relais & Châteaux hotel is the heated pool that can be found on the roof terrace, where you can look out to wonderful city and Medina views.
A central courtyard with a flower-filled fountain sits at the heart of the hotel, flanked by stone arches and tropical greenery, leading to colonial and Moroccan lounges. The Oriental restaurant has an authentic local menu with a creative twist – choose a table outdoors to dine at while enjoying the atmospheric candlelight. The top-floor poolside Terrace Grill has a light menu specialising in seafood that’s perfect for lunch. With the hotel’s convenient location you’ll also be able to walk to the local souks, restaurants and cafés, as well as the port and the beach.
All of the rooms and suites face inwards to the tranquil courtyard and have a television and stylish marble bathroom with an Italian-style shower. Classic Rooms are on the first floor. Deluxe Rooms are generous in size and have an Oriental, African or English theme. Spacious Suites have a bath as well as shower and are on the second floor, with Arab-Portuguese décor.
By the Bab Marrakech gate of the medina, close to all of Essaouira’s main attractions
Good to know
Minimum stay: 5 nights 27 Dec-05 Jan.
35 rooms and suites
• Visit the nearby Val d'Argan Estate and try a glass of Heure Bleue Val d’Argan – the hotel’s own wine label* • View a private screening in the cinema room • Explore the old harbour.
Restaurant, grill, 2 lounges
Breakfast in the courtyard or in-room
Meal upgrade options (per person per night)
Half Board from £84 • Breakfast in the courtyard or in-room • Dinner at The Oriental restaurant
Full Board from £126 • Breakfast in the courtyard or in-room • Lunch at the Terrace Grill • Dinner at The Oriental restaurant
*Denotes local charge