“An exceptionally peaceful cliffside retreat (sleeps 6-10) with unforgettable views across the Oualidia lagoon to the Atlantic”
There are three guest bedrooms in the main house and a fourth in the small annex which is to one side of the palm-lined drive leading up to La Diouana’s main entrance. The master bedroom, with all white walls and bluey-grey coloured doors and windows, shares the same lagoon view as the study and sitting room and has an enormous tadlakt bathtub, big enough for two, from where you can watch the sun sinking over the horizon. The other two rooms in the main house, which have showers rather than baths, look out to the garden. One is a twin, the other a double with a second mezzanine bed reached via a steep ladder: kids would love it. The subdued decorative style with a predominace of white colours and fabrics, the black-and-white photographs of Moroccan people and places, the subdued lighting and the high ceilings, all impart a feel that is both peaceful and uplifting. The fourth bedroom, in an independent annex just 30 metres from the house, has its own sitting area and roof terrace. There is plenty of wardrobe space, as in all of the bedrooms, and the same attractive use of natural-coloured tadlakt in its shower room. The fifth bedroom is a self-contained twin-bed apartment with separate entrance, bath, tadlakt floors and terrace overlooking the garden.
Even though there are a couple of excellent restaurants in Oualidia you may feel loathe not to eat all meals at La Diouana. There’s a cosy dining area at one end of the sitting room from where you look out to the lagoon and a second shaded table in the garden with those same amazing views. Fátiha, the breakfast cook, arrives around eight o'clock and busies herself preparing pancakes, squeezing oranges and making potfuls of freshly ground coffee whose aroma greets you when you emerge from your room. Just let her know if you’d like to breakfast later. Abdillah’s wife Fátima, who lives a few houses away, can prepare you a fabulous three course lunch or dinner. Let her know if you’d like her to shop for you or head down to the lagoon-side fish market, make your own choice from the best of the catch, then let her prepare you an amazing tagine. Her other specialities include harira, couscous and pastilla as well as meat and seafood: this is a unique opportunity to eat the best Moroccan food for little more than the cost of the ingredients. Fatima can also prepare special meals for children – hamburgers, chicken and chips, salads. And be sure to let Abdillah organise a boat trip to the headland on the far side of the lagoon with an included lunch of oysters, sea urchins and grilled fish, all straight from the sea. We did just that and had one of the most memorable meals of our Moroccan trip. A small selection of Moroccan wines, and beer, are available at the house.
The house and garden are safe and fun for children of all ages – and under 3s stay for free. Moroccans dote on children and you'll be warmly welcomed in restaurants and wherever you go. Older children will like it here especially given there's so much to do nearby. Babies and toddlers are very well catered for with so much gear provided and there's a shallow paddling pool for them too. And there's a very cuddly dog called Moghli to play with!
There is a bunk bed available as well as two cots
Non-English-speaking babysitting available by arrangement, see Rates
Baby monitor available
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
It's self-catering property with breakfast included in the rates. The cook, Fatima, can stay on to prepare lunch and dinner on request and can also create special kids meals. The kitchen is equipped with a blender and microwave.
There is a mobile phone signal everywhere in the villa. The pool is fenced and children should be supervised on the roof terrace. You don't need any vaccinations to visit the country.