L'Heure Bleue

Essaouira, Essaouira and the Atlantic Coast, Morocco

From £800 Per person in low season
From £1400 Per person in high season

based on 7 nights inc. flights

per person for 5 nights based on 2 people sharing a deluxe room on a bed and breakfast basis, including private return airport transfers.

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At a Glance

  • A laid-back oasis set in the heart of Essaouira's medina

  • Beautiful rooftop pool and terrace overlooking the sun-bleached houses of the medina and out towards the ocean

  • Moments away from the spice-laden stalls of the souk

  • Individually designed suites are clustered around a peaceful interior courtyard fringed with palms

  • Small but indulgent spa offers a range of treatments and traditional hammam

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Spring (March May) is popular as these months are pleasantly warm and sunny, and the landscape is lush and green. Avoid August when the town gets swamped by large numbers of visitors from home and abroad. Autumn (mid Sep-mid Nov) is also lovely, but the countryside tends to look parched. Summer is pretty hot, and winter can be chilly at night.

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Insider's View

Explore Essouria port just a short walk from the hotel.

Thetiramisu made with a local ingredient-Amlou which is extracted from Argan nuts - was a winner for me!

Soak up the rays by the rooftop pool and enjoy a fresh al-fresco lunch.

As you are situated in the heart of the medina you can enjoy some rooftop people watching as you soak in the hustle and bustle of daily life below.

Relax in the calming courtyard from the wind blowing in from the coast.

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Built into the walls of the medina, L’Heure Bleue is a beautiful Relais et Chateaux hotel with rooms set around a typical Moroccan courtyard. There is a small restaurant and a lovely rooftop pool with views over the bay and the fort.

With richly decorated suites, marble-tiled floors and a palm-filled interior courtyard, L'Heure Bleue retains more than a nod to its traditional heritage. A former riad, the hotel has been elegantly renovated and is now a stylish haven filled with sumptuous fabrics, glossy colonial-style furniture and glowing glass lamps. Once inside its peaceful walls its hard to believe you are just a few moments stroll from the main square and the bustle of the souks.

One of L'Heure Bleue's biggest draws is its stunning rooftop pool and terrace, which offers panoramic views across the medina towards the sparkling ocean. As temperatures soar in the summer, the pool offers a cooling respite to the sun's rays. When the light fades and the minarets ring out across the city the terrace is the perfect place to enjoy a drink in the balmy evening air, before heading down to the restaurant which serves traditional Moroccan specialities as well as European classics.

The hotel is within easy reach of Essaouira's famously wide, sandy beaches and its central location makes it a great base from which to explore and soak up the town's chilled out atmosphere.

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The 33 rooms and suites are clustered around the hotel's central courtyard and have been designed to reflect the influences of Africa, Europe and the Orient. Traditional touches are complemented by modern amenities. The upper floor rooms have beautiful views across the harbour. There are four styles of suites — African, Portuguese, English, and Oriental — and each follow slightly different design schemes, but all have king-sized beds, wireless internet access, and oversized bathtubs.

Classic Rooms

These are the most standard of the rooms, decorated minimally with chic African style. They are located on the ground floor of the hotel, with a private terrace and marble bathroom with shower.

There is the possibility of twin beds.

All rooms have flat screen televisions with French and English channels, WiFi, hair dryer, safe, dry cleaning service available and bathrobes.

Deluxe Rooms

There are 5 of these traditional rooms, decorated with African, British and Oriental flair. A marble bathroom with bathtub and shower and stunning wooden wardrobes. These larger rooms have a separate office area to bedroom, as well as a mini bar.

Baby cot on request, and twin beds available.

All rooms have flat screen televisions with French and English channels, WiFi, hair dryer, safe, dry cleaning service available and bathrobes.


Located on the second floor, these beautiful suites are charming yet understated with their Arab-Portuguese influenced decor. The large marble bathroom boasts a bathtub and separate shower as well as separate WC. There is a comfortable separate lounge area to sleeping area, mini bar and room service available.

Twin beds are available, as well as an extra bed.

All rooms have flat screen televisions with French and English channels, WiFi, hair dryer, safe, dry cleaning service available and bathrobes.

Premium Suites

Theses opulent suites have their own working fireplace in the separate living area to enjoy. As well as this, the bedroom and spacious bathroom with bathtub and walk in shower are beautifully decorated with marble.

All rooms have flat screen televisions with French and English channels, WiFi, hair dryer, safe, dry cleaning service available and bathrobes.

Family Suites

The spacious family suites consist of two rooms with king beds, with the possibility of twin beds. There is also a separate living area to bedrooms, ideal for families looking for some privacy and relaxation. There are two bathrooms with separate WCs.

All rooms have flat screen televisions with French and English channels, WFfi, hair dryer, safe, dry cleaning service available and bathrobes.


The senior suites are recommended for families; extra cots and beds can be placed in the room for children up to the age of 12 years. Children are welcome in the restaurant for all meals, and there is a dedicated children's menu. The heated rooftop pool does not have a shallow end and is unsupervised, so you'll need to take care with young children in that area.


A Moroccan-style breakfast of dark coffee, fresh fruits, and pastries is served in the open-air courtyard, while light lunch is offered either here or on the hotel's rooftop terrace, overlooking the city.

L'Heure Bleue's restaurant, Le Terrasse, serves an a la carte menu with a blend of Moroccan specialities and French classics. The locally caught fresh fish dishes are a particular highlight.


A number of activities are available locally, including golf, horse riding, mountain biking, hiking, sailing, surfing, wind surfing and camel rides. You could also visit a local Argan oil co-operative or take a traditional Moroccan cookery class. Closer to home, the hotel has a small spa offering a range of treatments including hammam, plus a private cinema and a billiards room.


  • Cheese and wine tasting in Essaouira

    Explore the worlds of wine and cheese in the area around Essaouira. Start with a visit to one of the country's foremost wineries just outside the city before sampling some fantastic Moroccan cheese at La Fromagerie.

  • Cooking lesson and tour of the souks

    Morocco is famous for its use of spices and traditional cooking techniques. Experience this firsthand by learning these wonderful practices and bringing them home with you!

  • Essaouira half-day tour

    Explore the picturesque town of Essaouira with your private guide. Here you can enjoy the slower pace as you can browse in the souk, wander along the ramparts to the port and explore the Portuguese fort.

  • Horse riding on the beach in Essaouira

    The port city of Essaouira features a long stretch of golden sand, which is a popular spot for tourists and locals alike. This long flat stretch is perfect for exploring on horseback as you enjoy a ride along this stretch of coast.

  • Surfing in Essaouira

    Essaouira is becoming well known as a surfing destination. In the beautiful bay, particularly between April to October, Essaouira's beaches become fantastic spots for intermediate and advanced surfers to take to the waves.

Location & directions

Essaouira, Essaouira and the Atlantic Coast, Morocco

L'Heure Bleue is located in the heart of Essaouira's medina, close to the main square, Bab Marrakech.

How to get there

There are direct flights with Royal Air Maroc from Paris Orly to Essaouira, but most visitors arrive via Marrakech’s Menara Airport, which you can reach from various airports in the UK with British Airways and Easyjet. Direct flights from London Gatwick take 3-hours 45-minutes. The drive from Marrakech takes 2 hours 30 minutes.

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