“A former Imam's home re-designed into a sophisticated guesthouse filled with plants and carved cedar wood”
The unique arrangement of Dar Liouba’s six rooms gives each one a charming wooden balcony, carved by Essaouiran craftsmen, brimming with flowers, where you can look down to an interior garden with a ficus and solitary pine or upward to the skylight. Inside, each room has a few splashes of colour to offset the white walls: bright red cushions and curtains (Piment) or appropriate shades of green for Arganier and Olivier (both twin bedded). We stayed in the Ocean room which had a scrubbed blue-and-white Mediterranean feel and a comfortable double bed. Tile patterns outside each door indicate the colours inside, while the doors themselves are painted in a mosaic pattern. There are more pretty tiles in the bathrooms, which all have showers with built-in benches, for those long relaxing soaks.
There's also a suite (Lavande) on the top floor with a beautifully long, slim coffee table surrounded by plump pink sofas; and from here it’s only a few steps up to the expansive terrace with a panoramic view of the medina and the sea.
Climb down the spiral staircase after a good night’s sleep and you’ll find an even better breakfast awaiting you on an immaculately set table just beside the spacious, morning-lit lounge. Exquisite wooden-handled cutlery, linen napkins, embossed glasses… with food as pleasing as its accoutrements: fresh orange juice, yummy jams, light crepes and strong French coffee.
If you've got room, lunch at the bustling fish market is always a treat. The night we stayed, staff booked us a table for supper at Ferdaouss – a cosy restaurant with Moroccan couch seating and really tasty tagines at non-tourist prices. If you prefer to stay in, dinners at Dar Liouba can be prepared with notice - either traditional Moroccan or Continental.