Monday, 4 July 2016

Ocean Break: Essaouira Revisited

Marrakech is very hot in the summer but it is actually quite nice, we take it slow, relax by our pool or go to the country clubs outside town. And we take small ocean breaks (you can read about our previous  ocean breaks HERE, HERE and HERE). This time we went back to coastal town Essaouira to enjoy some waves and the fresh air. We have been to this funky, bo-ho chic lazy little town many times before and we always enjoy it. Essaouira is (very) laid back and easy going. Essaouira attracts a lot of surfer and perhaps a more bohemian crowd than Marrakech which is very cool and there are also some really great restaurants here.

We have previously stayed in the medina of Essouira but this time we made the stylish boutique hotel Villa Anouk, located on the hills outside town with stunning views, our home for a few days. We found the most amazing and totally private unspoiled beach around the corner with miles and miles of white sand and great waves. Villa Anouk is the creation of former New York star stylist Anouk Beguery, who is a dear friend and also a client of our communication firm Red City PR. We actually created her logo, graphical identity, web page, social media strategies and photo shoots. It is a stunning luxury hotel with the most amazing beldi chic interiors.

Blue skies, great waves, sand dunes and total privacy at this gorgeous beach
We found some wild camels
Essaouira, or Mogador, is the windy city of Morocco and located on the Atlantic coast

Hidden courtyards and beautiful riads 

The medina of Esssouira
The white and blue town

This is part of beautiful Villa Anouk
A true sanctuary in Essaouira
We spent a few nights in this cool tower suite (before moving on to the gorgeous pool suite)
Beauty everywhere you turn!

One of the stunning salons at Villa Anouk

We are writing this blog post from this cosy corner
Yummie and stylish breakfasts every morning

So many beautiful places to lounge the day away

The pool suite also has a private court yard...

...and the most amazing bathroom
The beautiful pool, where we went swimming in the morning...
...and night

Red City PR designed the logo, graphical identity, web site and also did the photo shoots and social media strategies for Villa Anouk, we sure love this logo and symbol that reflects the spirit of Villa Anouk.
We also worked on the website for Villa Anouk togehter with Anouk and our web designer.
Medina ambience
Essaouira by night

We returned (several times) to our favorite restaurant Umia, which is brilliant. Here we are with Anouk and her partner Yassine.
This is Jamal and Bibi, the Moroccan/French couple, who operate our favorite restaurant Umia. They have previously managed an award winning restaurant in Lyon (we keep begging them to open a restaurant in Marrakech... Or at least do a pop-up!)

Other restaurants worth visiting: One Up, Mega Loft, Taros

Balzac and Igor are the pets and guardians of Villa Anouk, here they are enjoying a drink from the fountain

For us it is time to say au revoir to Morocco for five weeks and head off to Sweden and our country house in the archipelago.