“A colourful ocean-side hideaway with a mix of rooms, suites and villas for 2-10, next to miles of deserted beach and the extraordinary Massa Nature Reserve”
There’s a variety of accommodation at Ksar Massa: 15 rooms in the original Ksar, 4 oceanfront suites, and 10 villas a 2-minute walk away.
The Original Guestrooms are laid out in 3 wings, wrapping around the garden and swimming pool. All these doubles have their own terrace with a daybed draped in sabra silk looking out to sea, and all are given a funky lift thanks to the exuberance of their colour schemes: dark plum, gold, blue, green and aubergine washes with matching tones in the silk rugs, stripy bedspreads, Berber rugs and cushions. Sabra-draped bedside lamps feel a tad over-dressed but other features - shelving behind the beds, ornately carved mirrors and screed floors with patterned ceramic inlays - work really well. We think these are a great option for couples after a romantic bolthole.
Since our last visit, a number of more contemporary suites for 2-4 and villas for 6-10 have been built a short distance away. The suites have direct sea views, large tubs and grand terraces; 2 have an additional twin room, making them a great family option. The villas have their own pool and can sleep up to 10 in 4 or 5 double/twin rooms; they also have a fully equipped kitchen, but some overlook each other, and lack the breathtaking ocean views.
If you're staying in a villa, you can self-cater in your fully equipped kitchen (oven, hob, microwave, fridge-freezer) if you wish. Otherwise, the hotel's dining room is a great location for a romantic dinner. A line of high, arched windows brings in an unforgettable ocean view, whilst low cushioned benches, sabra curtains, subdued lighting and plum-pink-gold colours create a festive, exotic mood.
Dinners stick to a set Moroccan menu and you can flick through what’s on offer for the coming days and decide when to dine in-house. Your meal begins with a house cocktail (non-alcoholic if you prefer), served in the slightly rococo bar or out on the terrace. We began with fish pancakes and spicy mussels, which were followed by a beef tagine accompanied by beans and artichoke hearts. A small selection of the better-known Moroccan wines is on offer to accompany the food.
Lunches, in a lighter vein and a secondary dining room, mix Moroccan and European dishes: varied salads, grilled fish with rice, lamb brochettes, and oranges with cinnamon and rose water for dessert (a time-tried classic). We also have great memories of our breakfast, served beneath a thatched gazebo on the sea-facing terrace. A cafétière full of freshly ground coffee is prepared at your table, then a dozen mini tagines are delivered, containing figs, cheeses, apricots, honey, butter and jams to eat with your bread.
With a swimming pool and the beach on your doorstep, younger kids would be bound to enjoy a few days at Ksar Massa. But they might start to kick their feet if they were to stay longer.
Children stay for free up to 2 years old sharing their parents' room. Older children will be charged a supplement on extra beds.
Children (4-12 years)
The Suites for 4 (Gazelle or Addax) have a double and a twin room, so are ideal for families; one can even fit an additional 2 beds or baby cots. A number of the Original Guestrooms have a single sofabed in an alcove, and all can fit a baby cot. The villas sleep 6-10 in 4-5 bedrooms, most of which can be set up as doubles or twins.