Paradis Plage Resort

Tamri, Essaouira & Atlantic Coast, Morocco Book from Book from £82 per night

Welcoming surf, yoga and spa resort on a glorious golden beach, with kids club and 4 restaurants
Heading south from Essaouira we travelled through rugged arid terrain, catching glimpses of snow-capped Atlas mountains, goats in trees and small bustling market towns. The road follows the coast for last part of the journey, the Atlantic a mesmerising sapphire blue. From afar our destination, a linear sandstone-coloured resort, shone out between a shimmering golden beach and weathered slopes above.

Purpose-built and impeccably kept, Paradis Plage strives and succeeds in delivering all things to all people. If you're here for romance, there's fine dining and couples' massages, and those superb sunsets. If you're travelling en famille you get a complimentary kids club, family suites, a playground and kids menus. For fitness fanatics, there are thrice-daily yoga classes and a well-equipped gym. For those keen to fly and flop, how about a sumptuous spa ritual then a snooze poolside before tucking into a delicious lunch? Groups of friends often end their surfing day stargazing round the firepit with cocktails. Suites are spacious, comfortable and well-kept; there are also a few bungalows and villas closer to the water. Whatever your reason for staying, you're guaranteed a good time, as we can testify.

Highs

  • Wonderful beachfront setting; all 95 suites have ocean views and private balconies
  • Superb activities, including surfing (there's a surf school on-site with great instructors), yoga (the shala is beautifully positioned on the shore), and the excellent Paradise spa
  • Lovely food across a range of outlets (and it's not overly expensive)
  • Charming helpful staff
  • Under an hour from Agadir airport, and 2 hours from Essaouira, so access is straightforward. If you're planning to explore you'll need a car, but otherwise you can easily travel by taxi transfer (book travel and excursions at reception)

Lows

  • We found the heated pools a bit chilly when we stayed in February, we are assured they are now heated to 24ºC
  • A bit larger than the usual i-escape hotel but we found this suite retreat to be pretty special
  • The camel and horse rides on the beach are politely proffered by locals once you step outside the resort confines
  • This stretch of coast, including the adjacent workaday village Immi Ouaddar, is slated for more tourist development
  • Room service is 1800-2230 only, and a minibar is only provided on request, but you get bottled water and a kitchenette with fridge

Best time to go

Any time of year is perfect at Paradis Plage. The summer heat is tempered by the Atlantic winds and there is an amazing quality to the light in the winter months (though there's more chance of rain). Many prefer spring and autumn stays when the temperatures are warm yet not scorching. Couples may prefer to avoid the school holidays.

Our top tips

My 2-hour Oriental spa ritual was absolute heaven: an hour in the hammam being slathered and scrubbed with rose-scented black soap followed by an hour-long deep-tissue massage with orange blossom oils.

Great for...

Beach
Eco
Family
Foodie
Spa
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 103
  • Restaurants open daily, walk to restaurants
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Heated Pool
  • Spa
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Concierge Service
  • Yoga shala
Room: Suite Premium

Rooms

Spread throughout the resort in a linear stacking fashion, the immaculate suites come in 3 categories. Junior Suites consist of a spacious bedroom and ensuite bathroom. Larger Premium Suites have a separate living area, too, while Prestige Suites (where we stayed in great comfort) have 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a living room apiece. All have ocean views and a private terrace or balcony. In the interiors expect a light contemporary palette, sofabeds in the living rooms, white walls and marine-coloured cushions.

Well-designed bathrooms are shower only as a water-saving measure. Each suite has a kitchenette, too.

For larger families or parties of friends, there are 4 duplex one-bedroom Bungalows on the beachside of the resort, with small private gardens. Four Villas have 3 bedrooms each, plus a large kitchen-living area, and a terrace and garden. Both categories have direct beach access.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Coffee maker
  • DVD player
  • Hairdryer
  • Hob or stove
  • Kettle
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Safe box
  • Satellite TV
  • Terrace
  • Toaster
  • Toiletries
  • TV
  • WiFi

Eating

Breakfast is a buffet affair in poolside Ocean restaurant, which, pleasingly, has exotic North African fare as well as a big continental spread. Pancakes and eggs are cooked to order. We were underwhelmed by coffee from a machine, otherwise we loved it all.

We enjoyed lunches at The Lounge, a casual canopy-shrouded space by the pool, which serves all-day snacks such as club sandwiches and tapas. There's bar food at The The Chiringuito, the Surf House by the beach.

For dinner either feast on delicious Moroccan food at Ocean (we had a colourful chicken tagine one night), or head to more upscale The 27 for beautifully presented Mediterranean cuisine with a focus on local and organic ingredients, and freshly-caught fish (my oyster and crayfish main was sublime). The knowledgeable sommelier steered us towards a lovely white wine.

All accommodation has a basic kitchenette with a fridge; pots and pans are provided on request. There's a small grocery store just outside the resort walls.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Children's meals
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Coffee maker
  • Hob or stove
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Organic produce
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Toaster
  • Vegetarian menu
Eating: 27 Restaurant
Activity:

Activities

  • Many are here for the surfing, and if so, you'll not be disappointed. Book a lesson, hire wetsuits and boards on-site. Or head round the corner to famous surf beach Taghazout
  • The daily ritual of an hour and 15 mins of yoga in the ocean-facing shala before breakfast was truly one of the highlights of my stay. There are scheduled classes 3 times a day plus you can book private lessons in the studio
  • The Paradise Spa is akin to a shrine: wonderful treatments using traditional locally sourced Moroccan products deployed expertly by super practitioners; a beautiful hammam; a colour-therapy relaxation room
  • There's a very well-equipped gym specialising in Crossfit equipment
  • Go pony-, horse- and camel-riding along the beach
  • Day trips include to Agadir, Paradise Valley for waterfalls and rock pools, Taroudant (little Marrakech), Oued Massa Nature Reserve for excellent birding, and Essaouira
  • Round off the day with a film in the outdoor cinema behind The Surf House bar or stargaze by the firepit

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Birdwatching
  • Boat trips
  • Body boarding
  • Cinema nights
  • Fishing
  • Fitness programmes
  • Historical sites
  • Horse riding
  • Kayaking
  • Shopping / markets
  • Stand Up Paddleboarding
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Well being
  • Windsurfing
  • Yoga

Kids

Kids under 12 stay for free and all accommodation has a kitchenette - useful for whipping up snacks and easy meals. We stayed here as a family of 4 and thought it was terrific; there was plenty of room for us all in our Prestige Suite. The kids enjoyed the child-friendly options at both restaurants, playing on the golden beach and in the playground, and our family surf lesson.

Best for:

All ages

Family friendly accommodation:

Both Junior and Premium Suites can sleep a child, as can the duplex Bungalow Plage units. For families with 2 children, Prestige Suites have 2 bedrooms (1 kingsize, 1 twin). The 3-bedrooms villas with private terraces work best for larger families.

Babysitting:

With some advance notice, see Rates

Baby equipment:

  • High chairs
  • Baby cots and bedding
  • Baby monitors

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Creche/Kid's Club:

The complimentary Kids Club for 4-11yo is open daily year-round 1030-1300, and 1400-1830, and has its own dedicated space near the beach

Children's meals:

Extensive buffet breakfasts are served in The Ocean (our kids loved the pancakes cooked to order). The 27, The Lounge and the Surf House all have kids menus, the latter two serve child-friendly snacks too

Kids Activities on site:

  • Heated kids pool and unheated toddler pool
  • Playground
  • Surf lessons for over 8s at the surf school
  • Spa treatments including chocolate massages (for those aged 6+)
  • Table tennis
  • Yoga for over 10s (must be teacher-approved)

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Beach and surfing at Taghazout
  • Day trips to Agadir, Paradise Valley

Families Should Know:

The surf can be very strong. There are steps from the upper tier of the resort to the lower. The toddler splash pool is unheated

Distances:

  • Airport: 50 minutes (Agadir)
  • Hospital: 25 minutes' drive
  • Shops: 5 minutes' walk
Kid Friendly:

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 1 independent review from i-escape guests

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