'Chez Nicola' is a charming 2nd floor apartment with terrace and sea views in the heart of Essaouira's Medina. Perfect for couples,families and friends.10 mins from beach. With WIFI.
Chez Nicola is a charming 2nd floor apartment located in the heart of the ancient walled medina of Essaouira, Morocco. Minutes from the hustle and bustle of the souks, the apartment has been decorated with unique/contemporary style and attention to detail.
The self-catering apartment sleeps up to 6 people (1 double room / 1twin room / living room (with 2 sofa beds) / kitchen / bathroom with huge feature tadelakt shower/central dining area) and large roof terrace with seating area and sunloungers and barbacue with sea views and views of the medina and mountains beyond. The terrace is shared with 2 other apartments but usually you will the terrace to yourselves.There is daily cleaning and also the option to order traditionally cooked food to enjoy in the comfort of your apartment at your request. The atmosphere is laid back moroccan chic one can enjoy a mint tea on the high terrace whilst taking in the panoramic views of the medina or relax in a candlelit bath with a glass of wine. There is a guardian on hand to help and advise as required.
There are links to the local surf club, so watersports including windsurfing/surfing/kitesurfing/bodyboarding can be easily arranged. Also camel treks / quad bikes / horse riding and more..!
Essaouira lies on the Atlantic coast, 100 miles from Marrakech. It takes its name - town of little ramparts from the impressive fortifications left by its Portugese founders.
The unique charm of this town rests in the harmonious blend of its many different aspects its moderate climate and superb beach, its working harbour and thuya wood workshops, its numerous souks and craft shops, its local artists and gnaoua musicians. Essaouira is a beautiful, unique and relaxed town. It has sunshine and bright blue skies nearly all year round. It is a popular destination for windsurfers, surfers, artists, musicians, independant travellers and families and is very up and coming. There are many local festivals, masses of culture and tradition and fine restaurants.
It has a rustic feel of simplicity and has retained its charm with its fusion of beach life, the traditional and daily life in the old medina, excellent cuisine and an easy friendliness with the local people.
An excellent destination for families / couples / independant travellers (anyone with a slight sense of adventure!)
The medina and beyond
The medina (or walled town) is pedestrian only. Essaouira is quite a small town, so a car is only necessary if one plans on taking day trips to nearby beaches or beyond. There are car hire agencies where it is possible to hire by the day.
Everything in Essaouira is within walking distance.
Firstly we would like to mention the things, which where not so good:
1. My wife and me got flea bites after sleeping in the double bed. Maybe the cat Hampka brought them into the appartment!
2. The roof terrace was not that, what we expected after having watched the pics in internet. There was a great view over the Mellah, but the atlantic we only could guess!
So, there must be a false pic in the internet announcement.
What was wonderfull:
1. Fatimah and her traditional cooking. She made for us an extremly good tasting tajine and couscous. And she was a wonderfull person too, full of heart and soul!
2. Said was a very friendly custodian, with a big open ear for all problems. He has organized for us an excellent taxi from Taghazoud to Essaouira. He also welcomed us with some morrocan cookies and a wonderfull pot of Mint-Tea.
3. The appartment was an oriental dream! Maybe the way to the beach was a bit too long!
Henderikus from Alston
Stayed Aug 2011
AMAZING!!! Exeeded our expectations in full! Thanks to Fatima the lady of many talents, Said the man who is there when ever you need him and ofcourse the owners Nicola & Damien. if there is a complaint it would be the photos used to promote the property...most pictures are taken in the property below Chez Nicola like the bed room picture and the living room picture, they are identical propertys but there is a slighty different set-up...DONT expect a 4 poster bed..., that was a slight dissapointment and dont know WHY the real photos arent used as it is just as beautiful if not better....BUT A DEFINATE recommendation!! Essaouira is great!...chilled...and you will get a proper holiday feeling....
BRUCE from BURNTISLAND
Stayed Jul 2010
Had a fabulous holiday in this lovely apartment...
In fact im thinking hard and cannot find a complaint!! Ok, the only compaint is we could not stay longer...
Can only thank Nicola (the owner) Fatima (the maid) and Said (the man whos there when you need him!)
Cant wait to go back if its vacant.. Had a tear in my eye when i left.
Miss the apartment, weather people and food...Especially Fatimas tagine.
Highly recommend this apartment!!
Kiona from Ekeren
Stayed Oct 2009
We had a great stay in your apartment. I loved the way it is decorated. Especially the things you have made....("The cats from Essaouira", I love them ))
It was very nice to come back to after a nice day in Essaouira.
It is warm and romantic. The atmosphere makes you feel relaxed.
And the roof-terrace is wonderful. We could watch the sun go down and after we had a nice barbeque.
Said and Fatima are wonderful and very friendly.
They helped us a lot. And it was very nice to talk to them.
The only thing I would change is the kettle for hot water. We liked to take a bath, but the hot water was finished fast.
But we would definitly come back!!!
Mustapha & Kiona
We have a large water heater in the apartment which is usually enough for everyone to take a shower, the bath in the apartment is huge so its hard to fill right to the top.
Chris from Bath
Stayed Jul 2008
Fantastic communication and help from the owner on a number of queries. Swift and very informative replies. Arrival instructions all arranged as planned and assisted superbly by the apartment manager when in Morocco. Clean and tidy apartment, with all the specifications detailed previously. Really enjoyed our time there and would greatly recommend using this to anyone else.
Sanz from Tolosa
Stayed Jul 2008
Nos ha encantado nuestra estancia en Essaouira. El apartamento es más bonito que en las fotografías, la única sorpresa fue que la terraza era compartida con otros tres apartamentos, cosa que no sabíamos, pero no nos ha supuesto ningún problema. Las habitaciones están decoradas con mucho gusto, el cuarto de baño precioso y muy amplio y la distribución resulta muy práctica y acogedra.
Como consejo no debes olvidar pedir toallas limpias a Fátima (encantadora) cuando sea necesario ya que se hayan en un armario bajo llave.
Absolutamente recomendable hablar también nada más llegar con Said, nos ayudó mucho a aclarar ciertas cuestiones importantes para nosotros, ya que ibamos con dos niños de 10 y 15 años y necesitábamos ciertos consejos que el no dudó en ofrecernos.
Essaouira ha sido una buena elección, así como el apartemento.
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My boyfriend and I have just enjoyed the most perfect stay at chez nicola, what a charming apartment, full of character,we loved the decor and feel of the place,the terrace was perfect for breakfast and sunbathing. The staff were lovely and very helpful. We recommend a stay here to everyone!! Thank you!!! Ella and Pete (London)
We have just had a most wonderful holiday in ESsaouira and staying at chez Nicola was fantastic. Its a lovely apartment in a great central location. The apartment s really nicely decorated and equipped with everything you need. The sea views from the terrace were a real unexpected bonus. A lovely place to stay. Thank you. (Mariam London)
we have just had a wonderful 5 days in ESsaouira, and chez Nicola was the perfect base for exploring the medina. The apartment was extremely comfortable, and cosy yet spacious with some lovely decor. The roof terrace was a real bonus with great views of both the sea and medina where we enjoyed breakfast each morning and had a glass of wine in the evening. Said the manager was very helpful and Fatima the cleaner was a delight. Would definitely recommend. Rich Bristol.
We have just returned from a fantastic stay at chez Nicola, the apartment exceeded all our expectations and the photos on the website certainly dont do the apartment justice!!! The decor is lovely and the apartment is extremely comfortable and spacious yet cosy. Fatima the maid was delightful and kept the apartment spotless she also cooked a fantastic tagine. For us on our last night. We cant wait to return and would recommend to anyone!!!
What a great apartment, its decorated in a really authentic moroccan style and the owner has added lots of personal touches-the bathroom is a dream!!!!-why cant bathrooms at home ever be like this. The apartment has a large roof terrace perfect for a glass of wine watching the sun set in the evening and looking out over the whole medina in one direction and the sea to the other. Perfect!!!!!!!!!-Would definately recommend!
WHAT A BEAUTIFUL SPACIOUS APARTMENT, FULL OF CHARACTER, IN A PERFECT LOCATION.WE THOROUGHLY ENJOYED OUR WEEKS STAY. A BIG THANKYOU TO FATIMA FOR KEEPING THE APARTMENT SPOTLESS AND COOKING US A LOVELY TAGINE ON OUR LAST NIGHT.HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Chez Nicola is a fab apartment is got so much atmosphere, my family and i loved the style and decor,the children loved the sparkly wall hangings!! What a bathroom!!!!!!!!!!!!! the terrace is a real bonus with lovely sea views.The apartment is in a really good location really near everything and a minute from a beautiful little square with craftsmen working and a great little mexican cafe. can't wait to come back to Essaouira and Chez Nicola.
TRANSFER BY MERCEDES CAR.(outward journey)
MARRAKECH / AGADIR (AIRPORTS OR OTHER COLLECTION POINT) - ESSAOUIRA
IF CHOOSING THIS OPTION, PLEASE BE CAREFUL OF NUMBER OF PASSENGERS AND AMOUNT OF LUGGAGE. EMAIL FOR ADVICE.
CAN ALSO BE USED FROM OTHER COLLECTION POINT IN EITHER TOWN, E.G. IF A FIRST NIGHT IS SPENT IN MARRAKECH, THEN CAR CAN COLLECT FROM YOUR HOTEL.
£50.00 per booking
TRANSFER BY MERCEDES CAR.(RETURN JOURNEY)
ESSAOUIRA - MARRAKECH / AGADIR (AIRPORTS OR OTHER)
£50.00 per booking
10 HOURS KITESURF TUITION (All material included / instruction by qualified instructors / All levels welcome / based at the 'base Nautique' Sofitel Mogador surf club)
Occupancy: per person
£140.00 per person per booking
1 DAY OF KITESURF (Including all material / qualified instructors / All levels welcome / based at the 'Base Nautique' Sofitel Mogador surf club)