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An extraordinary townhouse in Essaouira’s enchanting medina

22 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Half Baths3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
2 nights


Old Medina House Rental Photos and Description

Riad, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 4, sauna, 2 terraces, courtyard

Three minutes from the souks and five minutes from Essaouira’s beach and fishing port is Dar Rondé, a riad townhouse with rounded walls, Berber doorways, vibrantly coloured stone floors and fireplaces set deep in to soaring white walls. Designed by Maria Pergay, the house is spread over three floors with two large en-suite bedrooms, one kingsize, one twin, a private sauna and two secluded terraces (one in the middle, one on the roof). A garden of palms fills the tiled courtyard as you enter the house, circled by glass walls, there is an entertainment room with traditional beldi ceiling and a salon with long sofas and spacious dining area.

Private cook: On your first evening, house chef, Yusef will prepare a welcoming, complimentary tagine to restore you after your long journey here. Every morning, breakfast will be provided (included in the price) ranging from breads, omelettes and fruit salad to yoghurts and traditional Moroccan style delights.

Should you wish to dine-in on other days, Yusef will prepare meals for you at additional cost.

Dar Rondé - as featured on Good Morning, ITV, Sunday Telegraph; Home and Living, Concept for Living; Spring Issue, Red magazine and Living Abroad.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Property Manager
Abby Aron
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english, french, german, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
October 24, 2016
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Guestbook comments from the manager

Thanks for a lovely time at Dar Ronde, we really enjoyed ourselves.

We were really lucky with the weather, food great and how lovely is Kama!
Mar 2014
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based on 22 traveler reviews

An extraordinary townhouse in Essaouira’s enchanting medina
average rating of 4.5454545 based on 28 reviews

Unwinding in comfort

  • 5 of 5

We had such a relaxing stay in Abby's cool & welcoming house, escaping the English winter and finding warmth & sunshine in this fascinating town. The connections worked a treat and Kamar, the house keeper, was there to meet the taxi from the airport at the little gate to the Medina. Then we entered a different world, grateful that Kamar showed us the way through the maze of alleyways. It's amazing! Like stepping back 4 centuries with all the attendant sights, sounds and smells - hot baking bread among them. Opening the thick wooden door to the house leads at once into the contrasting calm, clean, comfortable and colourful heart of the home. A true haven the privacy of which we enjoyed enormously as a base to explore the historic town. Having Kabira making breakfast for us every morning was pure holiday indulgence and, yes, taking coffee or mint tea up to the roof terrace the start to another relaxing day. Writing about this makes me want to fly back immediately. Thank you Abby, Kamar and Kabira.

  • Submitted: Mar 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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Brilliant time!

  • 5 of 5

We had a delightful time in Dar Ronde. Kamar was a wonderful host - making sure all was fine and helping us with any directions, amenities and anything we suggested. Anna was also a lovely house keeper and made us breakfast on the terrace which was a treat. The house is beautifully designed to incorporate Moroccan features and very relaxing to be in. We also enjoyed the Medina and the seaside - very relaxing to stroll along the beaches, dip in the sea and consider camel rides ( we intend to do next time). The people of Essaouira were diverse, friendly and playful with their bargaining - one or two a little forceful but we gradually learnt there are no hard feelings and it is just good to exchange ideas about prices and possibilities. the bazaar is full of exotic clothes, food, spices and smells and the restaurants great. It is also peaceful to be in the Medina area without motor cars but just the odd scooter and cyclist. Finally Abby the owner was really welcoming and helpful.

  • Submitted: Feb 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
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Stunning medina riad

  • 4 of 5

Uniquely Moroccan. Very attractive, spacious and clean. The staff running it are delightful. All I would ask for is improved heating during the coolest months. Even so I would recommend it whole heartedly

  • Submitted: Feb 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
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Great recreation for all of us

  • 5 of 5

Nearly everything is sayed in the other reviews, we agree with. Even so Yusuf is no longer here, we were looked after in a very personal and attentiv way by Kamar and Abdulah, yet keeping the privacy this wonderful house offers. Occuring technical problems, which for shure are exceptionell, like a power breakdown have been solved immediately as well as a grating door we didn`t even take notice of. We can recommend the Dar Ronde for two grown ups with two almost grown up children (like in our case two girls 17 and 18) but can imagine that the place works very well for four people in other constellations.

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
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Wonderful Riad in a perfect location

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful holiday at Dar Ronde. The owner, Abby, was so helpful prior to arrival and the printed information she supplied was excellent, really detailed and helpful. Everything went like clockwork - taxis, meeting Kamar on arrival etc. We found Kamar such a fantastic help and felt very well looked after in Kamar and Youssef's care - they are certainly a dream team and we cannot thank them enough for their warmth, welcome and help (and cooking skills!) The welcome meal is such a lovely arrangement, we enjoyed it so much - the girls said the kefta tagine was their favourite meal of the whole trip! The Riad is perfectly situated right at the heart of real life of the medina and yet easy to walk to the beach too. We loved everything about the Riad - it felt very homely and is beautifully furnished. Thank you to Abby, Kamar and Youssef for a wonderful stay.

  • Submitted: Nov 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A little piece of heaven

  • 5 of 5

I could wax lyrical about how lovely Dar Ronde is for 1,000 words but will try to keep it brief. The Riad is fantastic. The décor is subtly simple, so comfortable and beautiful. I would say a home away from home, but my house doesn’t come close. Every floor is gorgeous. And the roof terrace is amazing at sunset when the starlings, sparrows and gulls sweep over the medina.

Dar Ronde is serene and tranquil; a great place to relax after a day strolling around the town or quad biking on the beach. It was lovely to sit in the Riad, enjoying a home cooked meal and relaxing in front of the fire. There’s also the sauna to enjoy and up the pamper levels even more.

Then there’s Youssef. What can I say! He’s so funny and delightful. He was an attentive host, took such good care of us. The meal on arrival was so delicious that we asked him to cook for us again. His food is stunning. I’ve never seen a piece of monk fish that big. Nothing was too much trouble for him. Freshly squeezed orange juice and warm from the oven buns for breakfast; does it get any better.

Dar Ronde is great value for money. I can’t wait to go back.

  • Submitted: May 28, 2012
  • Stayed: Apr 2012
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Nearest Airport
160 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
170 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
5 Kilometres
Mogador Golf
Nearest Train
160 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
200 Metres
Car: not necessary

Essaouira is world renowned for its arts and Gnawa music. Its 200-year-old medina is a maze of arches and alleyways interspersed with piazzas and café-lined streets. Fruit, vegetables, meats, spices and fish fill the souks, while a vast range of little stores sell china, wood and antiques. Outside the city walls is a lively port where fresh fish is caught daily. The sea offers one of the world’s best spots for windsurfing and kitesurfing. Other activities include quad biking, camel rides, horse riding, sailing, bike hire.

Other Activities: Camel riding, kite surfing, 4x4 off roading, historic sites, lively fishing port, quad biking, trekking, artisanal shopping, hammam

Golf: Mogador Golf resort is a 10 minute taxi ride away. A Gary Player designed, 18 hole course with views over the Atlantic Ocean. Length of the course is 6558m par 72. See:


Rates & Availability

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Aug 14 2016 - Dec 31 2017
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

The rate is negotiable for stays longer than 2 weeks.
The price includes breakfast everyday, complimentary tagine on arrival and maid service everyday
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Old Medina House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Accommodation Type:
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 170 m²
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Town
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 3 Half Baths
  • Bathroom - toilet
    Bathroom - toilet
    Bathroom - toilet
    Bathroom - shower
    Bathroom - shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen , 1 baby crib
    Twin Bedroom - 2 twin/ single
  • 1 double, 1 twin both with en-suite bathrooms and separate loos.
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
Onsite Services:
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • bay/sound
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Smoking in outside areas only.

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