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Gorgeous generous and light-filled riad in prime location

Ahl Agadir, Essaouira, Morocco
  • Villa1722 sq. ft.
  • Bedrooms4
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms3
  • Half Baths2
  • Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights

Self-catering villa rental with maid service, 5 minutes from beach

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 self-catering Riad has been lovingly designed to create an attractive and welcoming environment.3 bedrooms, all with en suite bathrooms, and a small nursery accommodate up to 6 adults & 1 small child. There are 2 salons,1 with a dining area, and a well equipped kitchen. This is a great base from which to indulge in some of the action packed sports on offer, such as kite surfing, quad-biking and camel riding or to just soak up the sun on the roof terrace, on the beach or in one of the many inviting cafes in the picturesque historic town. From groups of friends to romantic twosomes, every visitor will feel the magic of this beautiful holiday house. Rates include breakfast and maid service.

How to get to Essaouira: Most visitors from the UK fly into Marrakech and do the 2/2.5 hour drive by car or taxi along an easy and straight road. There is also a bus service several times a day. Agadir is 3 hours away by car or taxi along a picturesque coastal road. Direct flights to Essaouira go from Paris and Casablanca.

Dress code for Essaouira: It is perfectly acceptable to wear bikinis, shorts, vest tops, short skirts on the beach and in the little town of Essaouira. Some local women, especially the young, also wear western style clothes and the general ambiance is relaxed and laid back. There are no night clubs so very little need to dress up. The streets are cobbled making high heels impractical. It can get windy and sometimes it cools down quite considerably in the evenings so a jumper/pashmina/denim jacket are useful. Always wear sunscreen! The temperature is generally between 18 and 26 degrees Celsius but can be hotter or cooler on occasion. During the winter months it can be rainy for a day or two.

Alcohol and food: Many restaurants serve alcohol including some pleasant dry Moroccan wine. There are also two off-licences in Essaouira. Delivery to the house can be arranged.

There are restaurants for all tastes and budgets. Moroccan fare is usually quite meat based and mostly consists of tagine, a kind of stew. Essaouira restaurants also boast some excellent fresh fish. There are pizza and pasta restaurants too, organic restaurants, vegetarian restaurants, beach restaurants, street stalls and some trendy bars with bar snacks too.

Dinner or lunch can also be arranged at minimal cost with our housekeeper.


Kia Armstrong

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Calendar last updated:
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About Kia Armstrong

Globetrotting owners Paul and Kia live in London. Paul is a doctor and Kia a property manager. They fell in love with Essaouira eight years ago and bought this house as a home from home for their family to enjoy.

Kia Armstrong purchased this Villa in 2005

Why Kia Armstrong chose Ahl Agadir

This property is in one of the nicest parts within the old medina of Essaouira. Only five minutes from the beach and very close to shops and restaurants, it is nonetheless a private, quiet and peaceful haven. The lay-out is very generous and the house has been furnished with great attention to detail to provide comfort to the visitor. A cool oasis when the African sun beats down it can also provide heating and warmth on chillier seaside days.

What makes this Villa unique

Our house is comfortable and stylish, well located and it boasts the best housekeeper and cook in all of Essaouira who delights in spoiling our guests. Robes, hair dryers, beach towels, Egyptian cotton sheets, a Nespresso machine and other small but essential details are provided to make your stay that little bit more memorable. Our staff are also excellent at helping you organise transport, excursions and activities.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV


      • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 2
        1 double
      • Bedroom 3
        2 twin/ single
      • Bedroom 4
        1 child bed
      • Two double bedrooms, one twin bedroom and a small dressing room/nursery sleep up to 6 adults plus 1 small child. All bedrooms have Egyptian cotton bed clothes and all have an en suite bath or shower room with loo. As is the norm in many hot countries, most of the bedrooms have no windows to the exterior of the house to keep them cool and comfortable during the hot summers. They do however all have windows into the central light well. Our lovely local housekeeper comes in daily to make a delicious fresh breakfast and clean and tidy the house.


      • 3 Bathrooms, 2 Half Baths
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, combination tub/shower
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, shower
      • Bathroom 3
        toilet, shower
      • Bathroom 4
      • Bathroom 5
      • Bathroom 6
        outdoor shower
      • There is one bath/shower room and two shower rooms, all en suite, all with hot and cold water, mirrors, shaving facilities, hairdryer and fluffy towels. There are two further cloak rooms and a copper outdoor shower on the lower roof terrace to cool off under.

      Location Type

        • Near The Ocean


            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Romantic
            • Sports & Activities
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Catering available


                    • Living Room
                      TV, Satellite, DvD player, ipod dock, books, board games, two sofas, two arm chairs.
                    • Activities Guide
                    • Basic Soaps
                    • Bottled Water
                    • Fireplace
                      Decorative only. Lit by canles
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                      Large effective Electric heaters in every room
                    • Internet
                      Unsecured WiFi or WiFi by dongle which is available against deposit
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Laundry Soap
                    • Linens Provided
                      Egyptian cotton. Plenty of warm blankets when required. Robes.
                    • Air Conditioning
                      Unnecessary as due to the lay-out and building the house is cool in summer.
                    • Local Activities Guide
                    • Local Maps
                    • Local Restaurant Guide
                    • Paper Towels
                    • Parking
                      Outside the city walls, 4 minutes walk away at MAD30 (approx £2) per night. Baggage transport by cart.
                    • Toilet Paper
                    • Towels Provided
                      Fluffy good quality towels. Hand towels and bath sheets. Beach towels provided.
                    • Tumble Dryer
                      Washing line on roof terrace.
                    • Washing Machine
                      For use by the housekeeper only. However, she will do your washing for you for a small fee.
                    • Wireless Internet
                      Unsecured WiFi or WiFi by dongle which is available against deposit


                        • 4 Ring Stove
                        • Coffee Maker
                          Coffee Machine and Nespresso Machine
                        • Cooking Utensils
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                        • Grill
                        • Oven
                        • Pantry Items
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove


                            • Dining
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 7 people


                                • Books
                                  Many books for guests to borrow/exchange
                                • Books for Adults
                                • CD Player
                                • DVD Player
                                  DvD library
                                • Games
                                  Board games
                                • Music Library
                                • Radio
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                • Stereo
                                  ipod dock
                                • Television


                                    • Beach Towels
                                    • Bicycles
                                      Can be hired locally
                                    • Boat
                                      Fishing and boating trips can be organised
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      Two roof terraces, one with table and chairs, the other with six sun loungers.
                                    • Golf
                                      Local Mogador golf course, designed by Jack Player
                                    • Terrace


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                        • Low Allergen Environment
                                        • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
                                        • wheelchair inaccessible

                                          Onsite Services

                                            • Concierge
                                            • Daily Maid Service
                                            • Massage
                                            • Private Chef
                                            • Staff


                                                • museums
                                                • bay/sound
                                                • cinemas
                                                • coin laundry
                                                • forests
                                                • churches
                                                • playground
                                                • restaurants
                                                • ruins
                                                • synagogues
                                                • waterfalls

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • beachcombing
                                                    • horseback riding
                                                    • scenic drives
                                                    • sight seeing
                                                    • walking

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

                                                        • ATM/bank
                                                        • Babysitter
                                                        • groceries
                                                        • hospital
                                                        • laundromat
                                                        • massage therapist
                                                        • medical services

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • pier fishing
                                                            • cycling
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • golf
                                                            • golf privileges optional
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • mountain biking
                                                            • mountain climbing
                                                            • equestrian events
                                                            • roller blading
                                                            • sailing
                                                            • sound/bay fishing
                                                            • surf fishing
                                                            • surfing
                                                            • swimming
                                                            • tennis
                                                            • wind-surfing


                                                                • The house is spread over 3 floors plus a further leading to the top roof terrace, it is therefore not suitable for anyone, young or elderly, unsteady on their legs. Electric radiators and warm snuggle blankets are supplied for every bedroom and for the main salon for those rare occasions when it can get a bit chilly at night. Floors are tiled throughout. There are two eating areas, one with a hatch to the kitchen and within the main salon, the other out on the terrace. Tea, coffee or drinks can be taken in either of the two salons or outside. Apart from the kitchen, there is also a small kitchenette/tea kitchen on the ground floor and the house boasts three fridges to ensure cold drinks at any time, upstairs or downstairs. Smoking is not permitted inside the house but there is ample space on the roof terraces. The open central well of the house (covered in winter) allows for fresh air and day light to circulate. Lunch or dinner can be arranged independently with the housekeeper.

                                                                  House Rules

                                                                  Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                  Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                  Cancellation Policy

                                                                  100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                  1 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  Stunning Riad, great location

                                                                  Kim B.Painswick

                                                                  We had the most fabulous holiday, stayed for one week, family of 2 adults and 4 teenagers. Great location, super roof terraces and Zara's breakfasts are amazing, she also cooked twice for us in the evenings - stunning food and could cater for all our meat/vegan requirements! Loved it and we hope to visit again

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Thank you for your kind words. So glad you had a really good holiday with us.


                                                                  Ahl Agadir, Essaouira, Morocco

                                                                  Just over two hours car or taxi drive from Marrakech on the Atlantic coast and 180 km north of Agadir, Essaouira is blessed with a gloriously long and golden beach which boasts excellent action sporting facilities, lovely cafes and a perfect laid-back ambiance. Its pretty entirely blue and white Medina, protected by ancient city walls and a historic fort, has an interesting souk to stroll around in, shops selling local crafts, jewellery, pottery, carpets, iron work, books, paintings and all manner of gorgeous interior design items as well as wonderful restaurants from where to enjoy many happy hours watching the African sun set over the sea. Other Activities: kite surfing, camel riding, quad-biking, cooking, hammam, thalasso spa, beach volleyball


                                                                  Additional information about rental rates

                                                                  Rates are inclusive of breakfast and daily maid service. Occasionally discounts are available of. 10% discount on bookings longer than 2 weeks. Special discounts for long term rentals. £100 security deposit cheque on arrival, returned within 10 days of departure. Please note that at Easter, during the Gnaoua Festival, in August and over Christmas and New Year the property is let for a week or more

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                                                                  For booking assistance, call 888-829-7076

                                                                  Property # 94719