La Sultana Oualidia
The boutique La Sultana Hotel in Oualidia boasts a stunning location next to the mesmerising nature reserve lagoon. It offers the perfect solution for those seeking a quiet break on the Moroccan coast or a myriad of water-sports for thrill-seekers.
At a Glance
The isolation of this hotel and its location just yards from the lagoon is absolutely stunning
La Sultana Oualidia features a private sandy beach
The 11km long lagoon, fed by the Atlantic Ocean in turn is used to fill the seawater Jacuzzis located around the pool
Breakfast can be taken on your own private terrace, allowing you to start the day at your leisure
La Sultana Oualidia uses its location to the utmost, serving up the freshest of seafood
Stay here if you are an eco-warrior! The hotel are very aware of their environment and recycle and filter the water from the near by lagoon and they also used the local materials to build and create the hotel.Scott Dunn team
Located in an isolated position overlooking Oualidia's lagoon, La Sultana has a lavish Arabian Nights feel, with glorious gardens containing palm trees, cacti and a plethora of colorful flowers and plants blending into the lagoon and ocean beyond. The lagoon is home to a variety of bird life like egrets, herons and flamingos. The overall scenery is pretty breathtaking.
The 11 rooms and suites have been purposely created and designed using natural materials from the surrounding areas showcasing local craftsmanship in a modern and chic style, giving each room a luxurious and elegant feel. With dressed sandstone ceilings, zellige flooring and honey-colored walls, it blends modern comforts with local Moroccan undertones. Each room has its own terrace and outdoor Jacuzzi. The Apartment Suite located on the top floor of the property offers the most stunning views of the lagoon while the Treehouse Suite, nestled in a tree facing the lagoon will appeal to those after a unique experience. Naturally comforts such as internet access, plasma-screen TVs, soundproofing and a mini bar with free soft drinks are all included.
One of the highlights has got to be the central, infinity edged swimming pool that sits next to Romanesque limestone columns, a Jacuzzi on one side and a salon bar on the other. There is also a pool down by the private beach, and another in the spa.
One of the great things about La Sultana is the fact you can have breakfast on your own terrace. There is a lot of flexibility for dining at La Sultana, be it in the sunken Lagoon Dining Room, the Mast Restaurant, or a quiet private meal on the decking next to the lagoon. The seafood here is as good as it gets, being so close to one of Morocco’s best oyster beds. Naturally, there is an abundance of other culinary delights on offer, from traditional tagines or western favorites.
At the heart of the hotel is an enchanting spa that embraces a holistic approach to treatments, so that you leave feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
All of La Sultana Oualidia's 11 Rooms and Suites are beautifully designed to be tranquil havens - marble and wooden floors, traditional tadelakt and stone walls, marble bathrooms and oleander ceilings all add to the sense of natural serenity. The large private terraces (often overlooking the lagoon) with a seawater Jacuzzi are a real highlight. The rooms have air-conditioning/heating, hairdryer, mini bar, safe, satellite TV, and a DVD/CD player so all creature comforts have been taken care of.
The spacious panorama suites offer 50 square meters of space with a private terrace with a Jacuzzi bath and sunloungers offering views of the surrounding countryside and garden.
The spacious lagoon suites offer 55 square meters of space with a private terrace with a Jacuzzi bath and sun loungers offering stunning views of the lagoon
The Ocean suites offer 75 square meters of space with a private terrace with a Jacuzzi bath and sun loungers offering stunning views of the lagoon. There is a also separate lounge and additional toilet.
Nestled in a tree facing the lagoon suspended up in the trees the playful treehouse has lovely panoramic views of the lagoon for a unique stay.
The Panorama room features 30 square meters of space and a private terrace with a Jacuzzi bath and sun loungers with views over the countryside and garden.
La Sultana Oualidia is an excellent choice for families - it has safe swimming in the lagoon from its sandy beaches, has plenty of very attentive staff to help with your little ones and is a small hotel hence is able to give the personal service that families require. There are no specific facilities for children but they will love the pool and lagoon and will enjoy the boat trips available. Babysitting is available on request.
Whether dining in the Lagoon Dining Room, Mast Restaurant or at a private location of your choice, the specialties such as Sea-Perch cooked in salted crust, lobster and oysters are all fresh and delicious. Breakfasts can be enjoyed in the relaxation of your own private terrace. La Sultana Oualidia has a 40m outdoor pool overlooking the water with five Jacuzzis surrounding it. The stunning spa has an indoor heated pool, fitness and cardio training area, inside and outside massage rooms, relaxation areas, beauty and hairdressing salon and hammam. There is also a well stocked library.
Part of the charm of Oualidia is that it is a sleepy place and a stay here encourages relaxation - days could be lost lazing about reading a good book while enjoying the mesmerising views. Surfing, windsurfing and kayaking are all good in this area and a boat trip on the lagoon is a must. Fishing, bird watching and walking are also easily enjoyed on the area and the colorful Saturday market is great fun.
Location & Directions
Situated in a unique location sheltered by cliffs, bordered by green pastureland and salt-water marshes, La Sultana looks out over the lagoon in Oualidia. On the Atlantic coast of Morocco, equidistant between Casablanca and Essaouira.
When to go
Spring (March to May) is popular as these months are pleasantly warm and sunny, and the landscape is lush and green. Book well ahead if you want to come over Easter or in the summer months. Fall (mid-Sep to mid-Nov) is also lovely, but the countryside tends to look parched. Summer is pretty hot, and winter can be chilly at night.