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Dar Qawi - Riad by the Sea, Essaouira Medina


The sound of tinkling water from the rose petal strewn marble fountain greets visitors as they step across the threshold into this oasis of calm. Situated in a prime location within the medina, close to shops and restaurants and only a short stroll away from the beach, this house has been lovingly designed to create an attractive and welcoming environment. At ground floor level is a generous open plan salon/reading room with books and ipod dock, a tea kitchen and a WC. On the first floor you will find a master suite consisting of a double bedroom with an ensuite bathroom and small dressing room/nursery, a further double bedroom with ensuite shower room and a twin room with ensuite facilities.There is also another separate WC. Another flight of stairs leads you to the propertys first roof terrace which is walled and completely private. It is overlooked only by a light and airy salon which boasts a decorative fire place, satellite TV and a cosy dining area. Next door to this is the fully equipped kitchen. There is also a separate laundry room with washing machine, an outdoor shower to cool off under and a table and chairs for al fresco eating. A second roof terrace is dedicated to sunbathing. From here you can see the roof tops of Essaouira!

We like our guests to feel comfortable at all times, so you will find fluffy white robes, finest quality linen and towels, beach towels, a Nespresso Machine, WiFi internet access, games, DvDs, CDs as well as plenty electric radiators and warm blankets for those rare occasions when a chill blows in off the Atlantic.

The house can comfortably accommodate up to 6 adults plus one child. Small children, however, will need supervision as the property is not child-proofed. The many stairs make it unsuitable for anyone, young or old, unsteady on their legs.

A delicious freshly made breakfast is included in the rate and home cooked evening meals can also be provided at a low cost. Babysitting and excursions can also be organised for you. The house has internet acce3ss for your lap- top vi9a a portable Meditel key which is charged on a weekly pay as you go basis

The property is generally available for a minimum of three nights, although over Christmas and New Year, at Easter, during the Gnoua Festival in June and in August it is let on a weekly basis only.


Moroccan charm and European comfort combine in this well appointed 4 bedroom house in the heart of the medina.


Property type: Riad

Room details


3 bedrooms, sleeps 6

Bedroom 1: 1 Double bed, En Suite
Bedroom 2: 1 Double bed, En Suite
Bedroom 3: 2 Single beds

Additional beds:
1 single sofa bed located in small childs bed in dressing room
Room for 6 in the dining area
Room for 6 in the living area
3 bathrooms, 2 Separate WC's

Indoor facilities

Entertainment and IT:
CD player
DVD/Blu-ray player
Internet (WI-FI)
TV Languages in Local
Hair dryer
Iron / board
Pots / pans
Towels / linen
Washing machine

Outdoor facilities

Balcony or terrace
Outside lighting


Suitable for

Sports and activities

Boat Hire
Horse Riding
Mountain Biking
Wind Surfing

Sights and attractions

Historic Site
Local Food Market
Night Club

Prices and availability

Last updated 09.04.2015

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Discounts and extras

If more then one discount matches your arrival date, please be aware that only one discount of the highest amount will be applied to your booking.


Long Stay Booking Discounts
Arrival date range Booking is equal to or longer than x days/weeks/months Discount
1st January to 31st December 15 Days 10%


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This is the general location (within 1km of the property)

  • Nearest beach: 4km
  • Nearest bar: 0.1km
  • Nearest restaurant: 100m
  • Nearest supermarket: 10km
  • Essaouira Airport: 12km
  • Horse Riding: 3km
  • Kite Surfing: 1.5km
  • Quadbiking: 300m


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9 out of 9 people recommend staying here
Stayed Tuesday 23 June 2009
Stayed Saturday 23 September 2006
The spacious house has been beautifully restored and tastefully decorated and is well situated within the medina. Essaouira is an interesting town bustling with life. The beach is close by and great for children. Zara, the housekeeper, cooks great meals at a small price.
Stayed Saturday 23 September 2006
Dar Qawi is a delight : beautiful rooms and common areas, generous facilities, lovely outside space and well positioned for the beach and medina. The owners, the agent and the housekeeper made our stay truly memorable and we cannot wait to return.
Dar Qawi is a charming, spotlessly clean, comfortable home. With a three- or four-piece bathroom attached to each bedroom, it allows a family or a group of friends privacy and no line-ups. The first level is attractive and slightly formal. Second level is the bedroom level. Third level is the living area a dining and living room and a spacious kitchen, also spotlessly clean. Third level has a patio and on the roof, a fine sunbathing deck. On our arrival, Sandra greeted us, oversaw the luggage transfer to the house and gave us a very helpful tour of the house. The we met Zara as she arrived with the dinner we had requested for our arrival delicious. Next morning, Zara arrived to prepare breakfast, also delicious. As we are breakfast each day, Zara would make the beds and clean the bathrooms, bedrooms and passages. Zaras dinners are the best bargain in this town that has many good restaurants. We also enjoyed her desserts, especially her strawberry tarte. Zaras son, Redoin, is an excellent resource on our first day, he gave us an extensive tour of the medina and the port area. He subsequently proved himself to be invaluable as a guide to restaurants and shopping for spices, knick-knacks and hammams. All this and charm, too. With our family (three adult sons) together for the second of our two weeks there, we found Dar Qawi handled the group of us with ease. We would cheerfully recommend the house to any group of friends or family. Neil and Linda
Pretty house, well-equipped, friendly and very helpful staff, excellent location. This would be an excellent place for a family during the summer monthslots of room, outdoor living space, roof garden with great views!
Really lovely riad, expertly decorated, spacious, with the added benefit of a housekeeper that can really cook. Thanks very much!
The house is lovely and the location excellent. Essaouira is a lovely town and a great place for families, due to the laid back nature of the people, the beach and the fun to be had haggling in the Medina. We will definitely return. The only very slight niggle we had was that there were no provisions at all when we arrived at the house, not even a bottle of water or toilet paper. It wasn't a problem as there is a shop outside the house but as the advert promised a welcome pack we did expect at least a roll of toilet paper in one of the bathrooms. We would certainly return to the house again and have already recommended it to our friends and family.
Owner reply:

We are delighted at reading such a wonderful review and recommendation.Thank you so much! But we were mortified to hear about the lack of welcome basket, water and loo paper although we are most grateful to you for pointing this out as it is, in our view, quite unacceptable. Unfortunately, these oversights were down to human error and they have now been put right. I doubt whether this situation will repeat itself. It is most important to us to make our guests feel welcome! Should you return to Essaouira, dinner will be on us!

What a fantastic house. We were made welcome even before we arrived with very helpful, comprehensive notes about Dar Qawi and all the amenities of the house provided by the charming owners as well as detailed information about Essaouira, shopping, restaurants and places of interest in the surrounding countryside. Zara, the housekeeper treated us to a wonderful breakfast on the roof terrace each day as well as making an amazingly tasty tagine for one evening meal. The Dar was spotless and thoroughly cleaned each day, the furnishings were extremely comfortable and the extras such as DVD, CD, i-pod dock and satellite TV were better than we have at home! Soaking up the sun on the roof terrace whilst it was cold and wet at home was a paticular pleasure, and thanks to the house notes we were able to find a wine shop for lovely Moroccan wine to be enjoyed at the same time. We can't wait to return to Dar Qawi as soon as possible to enjoy more of the true flaour of Essaouira and Morocco whilst being spoiled in such a cozy and comfortable home. Thank you so much for allowing us to stay in your fabulous house.
The prroperty was comfortable and well equipped. Zora was very good and made the stay. However there was no hot water in the main bathroom. The smell from outside of the property was very bad, there was water and rubbish everywhere. There is also a problem with the electricity when you have the lights and fire on. It would have been nice to have a log fire. The overall stay was good. Thank You Annmarie.
Owner reply:

Thank you for your feedback. We are always interested in what our guests have to say and we are happy to take on board comments and suggestions. I am glad that your stay overall was enjoyable. Zara is indeed an angel and loves spoiling our guests.As regards the water: In charming Moroccan style, the hot water in the particular ensuite you stayed in, comes out of the cold water tap and the cold out of the hot tap! This is noted in the notes we emailed you prior to your stay. Building and fire regulations don't allow us to have a 'proper' open fire, only a decorative one but there are very efficient electric heaters in all the bedrooms and in the salon. Generally, however, the weather in Essaouira is from clement to hot, so heating or an open fire are very rarely required! I was sorry to hear that there appear to have been problems with the fusing. This has now been rectified. I was also surprised to hear about the dirty, smelly street. Dar Qawi is in what is considered to be the smartest part of the medina, however, the hustle and bustle of life in a small North African seaside town, the shops and restaurants and toing and froing are not far away. Sometimes on busy market days, the little streets and alleyways are not as spotless in the evening as they are in the morning but rubbish is removed and streets are cleaned daily. I do hope that for most of your stay you enjoyed the benefit of the wonderfully fresh and stimulating sea breeze and that we may welcome you again in the near future!

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What a charming and beautiful house in such an interesting and beautiful town. We really did enjoy our stay in Essoria and there is no where better to stay than Darqawi. The only problem with our holiday was that it was not long enough! We enjoyed a great breakfast every morning. Followed by a morning walk around the market, then on to the beech. The weather was great and we cannot wait to go back again next year!
I stayed here at the beginning of August and I had the most amazing time! The riad was fabulous with lovely individually decorated bedrooms. It was in a fantastic location, minutes from the souk and beach! The roof terrace was ideal for early evening al fresco drinks looking out over the hussle and bustle of the medina before venturing in to the town for a meal, although the best food we ate there was cooked by the very friendly and attentive maid Zahra who cooked us enormous, delicious local meals for next to nothing and cleaned the house immaculately each day. I will definately return to this riad and have already recommended it to many friends and family members!


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