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Serene, Sunlit Retreat in the heart of Essaouira Medina (near Skala de la Ville)

Bedrooms 6
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

6 Bedroom Riad with spectacular sea views in sought after area of the Medina

Dar Mussarat is a delightful 18th century, cute 6-bed house in the historic, walled town of Essaouira – an Atlantic coast World Heritage Site. Split over 4 floors around a central courtyard, Dar Mussarat comprises 6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 1 salon and 2 terraces with spectacular sea views and sleeps up to 10 people.

Although the house is advertised as self catering, it is looked after by the superb Khadija who visits daily to carry out daily household chores and ensure all is OK with our guests. She is also a fantastic cook and can provide meals. Many guests end up wishing they could take her back home with them! Dar Mussarat is located moments away from the main square, fishing port and long, white sandy beach. It is a great holiday home for a large family or group of friends.

Essaouira Region: Essaouira is a historic, walled town and an Atlantic coast UNESCO World Heritage Site, just a few hours west of Marrakech and the Atlas Mountains. The bohemian town where Jimi Hendrix liked to hang out is a perfect spot to unwind, eat great seafood and absorb the laid back and atmospheric scene.

To the west of the Medina the rampart walls and fortifications drop directly into the Atlantic with a picturesque fishing port filled with bright blue boats, while a few minutes walk from the main square, the wide beach curves around the bay.

One of the few places in Morocco to be popular in the summer months as the Atlantic breeze ensures that the temperatures rarely stray past 35 degrees, almost year round blue sky's ensure a wonderful trip whatever the season. However, low season is commonly thought of as November to February when the nights can be cold and the weather more unpredictable.

Ancient Medina: THE MEDINA - Designed in the mid 1700's by a French architect, the medina is an intriguing fusion of French-style piazzas with traditional subterranean passages, vaulted alleys and traditional courtyard houses. Its whitewashed buildings, with ornate doorways and windows painted blue to match the sky, are enclosed by intact pink fortifications. Packed with shops and stalls selling handicrafts, jewellery, spices, leather goods and the famous local argon oil it is the ideal place to while away the hours, before relaxing at one of the numerous cafe's or enjoying a massage at a local hammam.

THE PORT & THE RAMPARTS - Skala de la ville is the impressive sea bastion built along the cliffs. Its is home to a collection of European brass cannons from the 18th and 19th centuries and has great views out to sea. Locals and tourist alike gather here to watch the sun disappear over the horizon. The port, bustling with ship-builders and fishing boats is a great place to eat freshly caught seafood

How to get there: There is a direct flight service from the ( London Luton Airport) to Essaouira airport currently operated by EasyJet.

You can fly Atlas Blue/Royal Air Maroc direct to Essaouira from Paris Orly.

The Medina is only a very pleasant 15-20 minute drive from Essaouira airport.

Or fly to Marrakech from London Gatwick/Luton/Manchester with Ryanair, Atlas Blue(Royal Air Maroc) , Easyjet or British Airways, then either take a BUS (only 70 dirhams each), taxi or hire a car to drive to Essaouira (approx. 2 - 2.5hours transfer via road).

Taxi's depending on size and type(Standard, 4X4, MPV) range between 800 - 1000 dirhams one way (around £60 - £90)

More Details

Salva and Zahid
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 22, 2017

About Salva and Zahid

We are a British couple residing in Hertfordshire, England. Zahid works in IT as an Oracle database developer and Salva runs Dar Papillon, a Vegan and vegetarian cafe and Health food shop selling Organic and ethically sourced produce.

We first visited Morocco in December 2006. Liked Marrakesh, but fell in love with Essaouira. We then spent 3 years searching for a holiday home and Voilà .... here we are !

Salva and Zahid purchased this house in 2009

Why Salva and Zahid chose Essaouira

Beautiful property with retained original features restored in a minimalist style to create a sense of peace and tranquility.

What makes this house unique

Beautiful sea views, 3 aspects and great mews location.


Bani Antar House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (terraced)
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 10
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Town
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Ground Floor shower room - toilet , shower
    Ground Floor shower room - toilet , shower
    2nd floor Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 3 (1st Floor) - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 (Ground Floor) - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 (1st Floor Master) - 1 king
    Bedroom 4 (1st Floor ) - 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 (2nd Floor Master) - 1 king
    Bedroom 6 (2nd Floor) - 1 double
  • The 2nd floor bedroom has a king size bed . Please Note: Additional Sleeping facilities include 2 single camping mattresses and 2 CHAIR BEDS.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Terrace
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Staff
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Ground floor with large salon and fireplace, kitchen, courtyard with dining table, shower-room and double bedroom. A wide staircase takes you up to the first floor with three beautiful bedrooms with sunny exterior windows, plus windows to the inner courtyard. Traditionally Tedelect bathroom. The floor above opens up onto a lower terrace with a puy looking down onto the courtyard of the house, here there is another beautiful, bright salon with double doors opening to the terrace, a tedelect kitchen, a huge double bedroom with wooden bed and bathroom. Stairs lead up from here to the roof terrace with far reaching views of the atlantic, plus a large table for dining and banquettes and sunloungers for relaxing. The whole house has originally carved wooden ceilings and tiled floors. Please Note: Additional Sleeping facilities include 2 single camping mattresses and 2 CHAIR BEDS.


Excellent! 4.5/5 -
(8 traveler reviews)

Serene, Sunlit Retreat in the heart of Essaouira Medina (near Skala de la Ville)
average rating of 4.5 based on 8 reviews


  • 5 of 5

6 women having a beautiful time together. The riad was cosy and lovely, perfect size for us and just far away from the main shopping street – perfect location.

Very clean and freshly painted in neutral colours, no garish ‘this is Morocco’. We all had beautiful bedrooms with great attention to detail. Everything we needed in the kitchen. We decided to cook a large tajine together and there wasn’t a big enough dish – Rachid arrived with one for us within hours.

Salva & Zahid were very attentive and friendly when organising our trip.

Highly recommend their lovely place, you’ll feel home from home. xxx

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Apart from being a wondeful guest, Kirsty knew the perfect way to get the best from a holiday in the ancient Medina. The staff really warmed to her and her guests. She will always be welcome here. Zahid
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Great location

  • 3 of 5

Nice house, gets better the higher up you go. We were a couple with 2 teenagers. Rachid extremely helpful guy. The roof terrace could do with some proper sun loungers though. The location is great, in the heart of the medina. Your never far from anything in Essaouira it's so small. Could walk to the beach. The house is big enough for a large group but the dining table only seats 4. The downstairs is quite dark and small, we didn't really cook as it's so cheap to eat out. We went in August which is Ramadam so drinking alacahol is frowned upon, you can buy it from supermarkets though. We had travelled from agadir which is an amazing drive past stunning beaches. Essaouira is a Magical place I can highly recommend it for all ages. Ps. It gets cold at night even in August so bring a jumper

  • Submitted: May 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Memorable stay

  • 5 of 5

Really enjoyed the stay in this beautifully decorated 300 year old house, yet with all modern conveniences. Very peaceful, full of tranquility perfect to recharge the batteries.

Khadija looked after us as though we were one of her own, a very genuine and conscientious lady taking pride in keeping the house spotlessly clean. Her cooking was amazing yet very reasonably priced. Rachid and Khalid were full of local knowledge and always willing to help. Great sea view and amazing decorative plaster work. The only gripe was that Essaouira's drainage and sewerage system was being overhauled so it was difficult to walk on the streets nearby, but I can't blame the house staff for that.

A refreshintgly different experience. Can't wait to go back ! Thanks!

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2012
  • Stayed: Dec 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Very Kind words .... Thank you .... much apprecitated !
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5 0

Seven in Essaouira

  • 4 of 5

Seven of us stayed here for a week. The riad is in a most convenient location for the medina with shops, restaurants, banks etc very easily accessible. It is very good value for money. We would have liked a dining room where all of us could have eaten together. Rachid was accommodating and very easy to deal with; all the arrangements worked well and the facilities were just what we had expected. On request, Khadija made us a delicious breakfast and her patisseries were better than we got inthe shops. She also generously treated us to home made cakes. A good time was had by all.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2011
  • Stayed: Apr 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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4 1
Devon UK

My stay in Essaouira

  • 4 of 5

The house is a delightful riad with excellent access to the main streets of the medina. Everything is in really good condition and the arrangements for getting us and our baggage to the riad were impeccable. The house-keeping arrangements were similarly brilliant and we were delighted with the ad hoc in-house cooking. Whilst the individual bedrooms were all fine as doubles we found the eating courtyard simply not adequate for the seven of us who were staying there, let alone the advertised 10; we had to eat in shifts!

I would recommend this as a most worthwhile holiday letting, but perhaps only for six.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2011
  • Stayed: Apr 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: When an advert refers to10 people it usually means the number that are able to sleep there. However this is a fair point made by Vic regarding the dining arrangements and one we have taken on board. We are currently planning to convert and update the ground floor bedroom into a dining room where at least 10 diners can sit together. The spare room on the top floor has been converted into another bedroom. A photo shall be posted once the work is complete. Thank you to Vic and to Elizabeth for observing the same in her review.
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Lithuania, Vilnius

It was totaly the best place we stayed in Morocco!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in Morocco for 10 days and it was totaly the best place and one of the best places I have visited ever! Probably the best location in all the Essaouira (in the heart of medina), wonderful seaview from the terrace. This villa is very nice, calm and perfectly decorated inside in moroccian style. We also had wonderful fam, who cooked for us pencakes with chocolate, fresh sardines with lemon and etc. I totaly recommend it for everyone who wants to have a perfect time in unique, genuine and incredible Essaouira. We will definately choose this villa for our next stay in Essaouira!

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2011
  • Stayed: Mar 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Kilometres
Car: not necessary


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3 night minimum stay

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Fees No additional mandatory fees

The property's weekend rates apply to: Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights

NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
25% Non refundable deposit payable on confirmation.
Balance payable 4 weeks prior to stay.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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