Welcome to the Oualidia Experience!
This is a view of our villa in Morocco from the nearest swimming pool. Ours is a self-catering villa, although it is easy to arrange for meals to be cooked for you, and it is available for rent throughout the year. This is a spacious villa which sleeps 8 with ease, with fantastic views over the lagoon and the Atlantic, with many wonderful beaches.
We chose our villa for its panoramic views. The front door opens to a vestibule, with stairs down to the 3 good sized bedrooms, two bathrooms and two extra beds. Upstairs, and next to the stairs is a toilet to the right, and the kitchen on the left with breathtaking views to the west, north and south.
Straight ahead is a very large lounge, opening onto a west-facing terrace with wonderful views over the lagoon and sea. The terrace has a pergola which allows you to enjoy the view and be protected from the heat of the sun. The terrace has comfortable seating areas and a large table. All our furnishings have been made by local tradespeople, including the blacksmith, the ‘mattress man’ and a carpenter.
Downstairs, the villa has 3 separate bedrooms. One has a king size bed and en-suite bathroom, the second has a king size bed, while the third has two singles. There is another large bathroom with shower, and the area behind these bedrooms has two single beds. Each bedroom has a large cupboard and occasional tables.
The villa is in Les Jardins de la Lagune, a well-maintained, compact and gated complex in the coastal resort town of Oualidia. This complex has been created over the last six years, with tiers of villas built into the hill overlooking the lagoon and sea. Beautifully maintained pathways between the houses are flanked by gardens of bougainvillea, hibiscus and honeysuckle, establishing a feeling of privacy, coolness and quiet. The paths lead to several large swimming pools and the restaurant.
The infinity-style pool, set right in front of the cafe/restaurant, overlooks the lagoon. The poolside restaurant, Le Comptoir, is open all day, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as drinks. On the level above, there is another large but shallow pool for children. The pool near our villa is also a good size (I do lengths when feeling very energetic). Helpful lifeguards are in attendance in the high season. A quick look at our picture gallery below will give you a flavour of our Moroccan villa, and Oualidia.
Prices (includes cleaning before and afterwards):
High Season: July-August, £880/1115€ a week
Mid Season: May-June and September, £690/875€ per week
Low Season: October-April, £560/720€ per week
Here is a Google map reference for a bird's eye view of our villa, and Oualidia:
To make enquiries, call Ian on 0798 0049898, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is what The Guardian Travel Writer thinks of Oualidia:
The villa overlooks the seaside town, which has excellent beaches for surfing and windsurfing (with a popular surf school). The atmosphere is relaxed, and swimming is safe and easy on the lagoon side as well as some of the protected beaches facing the ocean. Numerous coves along the Atlantic shore offer a bit more excitement, as well as beauty. It is a resort mostly for Moroccans, many of whom come for the weekend throughout the year, with some French and a regular stream of British visitors.
Oualidia lies in the centre of one of the richest birdlife habitats in Morocco and is an important resting area for migrating birds in Spring and Autumn. The coastal wetlands, sands and saltpans, the jagged reefs and the lagoon of Oualidia shelter a huge range of species - pink flamingoes, avocets, stilts, godwits, storks, waders, terns, egrets, warblers and many others.Oualidia is in the Doukkala-Abda region of Morocco. Described on many websites in glowing terms, it is a stunningly picturesque little resort - a fishing port and magnificent beaches on the Atlantic Ocean and a wide, curving and beautiful lagoon beach. Today, most Moroccans know Oualidia for its seafood as well as its beaches. Fishermen bring in their catch – sole, dorada, lobsters, crabs - throughout the day, and will sell it to you then and there. Morocco's first oyster farm was launched here in 1957 and nowadays harvests some 200 tons a year, much of which is sold locally – and very cheaply! Beach-side barbecue specialists will prepare a delicious meal for you right on the beach. Or you can eat in one of the excellent seaside restaurants, which, naturally, specialise in fish.
French is the second or third language of Morocco, along with Arabic and Berber. Look here for weather details: http://www.marrakechlodging.com/Weather.htm
Capacity: 8 people in complete comfort.
Bedding: 2 king size beds, 4 single beds.
Services: Linen provided (excluding towels).
Kitchen Appliances/Equipment: Dishes and Cutlery, Cooking utensils, Fridge, Hob, grill (un fuer).
Living Room: Satellite TV, DVD, sound system.
Outside Equipment: Garden furniture, BBQ.
You will be looked after during your stay by Sylvie, who lives in the complex. She can arrange for extra cleaning, and meals cooked in the villa. WiFi is available at the poolside cafe, and outside Sylvie's office, which is situated on the terrace below the infinity pool.
Flight costs can be very different according to the day of the week you fly, so it can make sense (availability permitting) to choose the best day to arrive and leave and stay for more or less than 7 or 14 days.
The closest airports are Casablanca and Marrakesh, with UK flights by Air Maroc, Easyjet, RyanAir, Air France and Lufthansa. Flight time is 3½ hours. There are many other European departure points (Paris, Madrid, Brussels, Berlin, Milan, Barcelona, Geneva, Frankfurt, Oslo, Amsterdam). I usually start with http://www.skyscanner.net/ to see what is available.
From Casablanca it is 2½ hours by car; 3 from Marrakesh. We always use Driss, a very reliable and English speaking taxi driver from Oualidia. We book him by phone from here. Transfer price is about €100. He will bring you directly to the villa, and is available throughout your stay. Alternatively, you can hire a car http://www.easycar.com/
Just outside the complex, and in the seaside town, there are small shops with necessities. In the market town of Oualidia, just 12 minutes walk up the hill, it is quite a lively scene, with plenty of small supermarkets for daily requirements for the self-caterer, fruit and vegetable stalls, traditional butchers (which are also the only places that sell garlic!), banks with ATMs and several internet cafes. Fish vendors appear on the streets selling the most amazing variety of seafood, bread sellers abound (offering the price-controlled 1 dirham loaf – about 7p), and summer time brings out a host of stalls selling just about everything. Fresh mint is on sale for a couple of dirham - perfect for making tea in those lovely Moroccan teapots. The tagine restaurants, fish barbecues and pancake stalls are always busy, and there is a lot of tea-drinking and chatting.
Alcohol is freely available in the restaurants on the road to the seafront, but is not for sale in the shops. We take a trip to the town of Safi to stock up in their large supermarket (or fill up on the way through from the airport), which is 50 minutes away by car, and have taken quite a liking to Moroccan wine. Safi is certainly worth a visit for its justly famous pottery, and is also a good place to buy fabrics. We get Driss to drive us there – he takes us to the most fantastic local fish restaurant for lunch. Plates of superbly cooked fresh fish keep arriving, accompanied by good bread and a simple but delicious salad, eaten with fingers, washed down with a Pepsi, all for a few pounds each!
'I just wanted to say how very much I enjoyed our holiday in your house over Christmas for three weeks, with our three children and my mother-in-law. Oualidia is such a magical place, and it was even more special through not being over-run with Europeans at that time of year. The boys spent part of every day on the beach, we went for some beautiful walks, we explored empty beaches towards Safi and El-Jadida, and I managed to swim in the lagoon on about half the days (in my wet-suit). Just watching the waves was so calming.'
Quentin Spender, Oxford
'Huge airy living room and shaded terrace overlooking a dramatic horseshoe
bay with the Atlantic trying to crash through. Stagger down to the
cafe-restaurant in your flip flops and have a delicious coffee next to the
infinity pool overlooking the sea. I came on holiday after working 14
straight 17 hour days and I was relaxed within hours. Lovely place!'
Keith Morris, BBC Cameraman, London
'Really lovely relaxing place to stay. Fantastic view of the Atlantic... but
you can just hang out by the pool which has a great little cafe.
Big rooms, comfy and stylish. A few stairs to climb down and you are on the
Alison Edgley, Nottingham
‘…just a note to say how much we enjoyed Morocco. The kids had a fantastic time making lots of new friends. It was a real eye-opener for the kids to be in Africa and we all came back thoroughly relaxed…’
Kurt Barling, Producer, London
'We have really appreciated the spacious apartment and the well-maintained Jardins de la Lagune. We hope to come back to enjoy this beautiful place.'
Fam. de Vuept-Mulleman, Belgium
'Apartement très agréable et spacieux. Sylvie - très gentile et sociable.'
famille Fukri, France
'a magical place it is. We loved buying mussels, razor clams and fish from the lads by the beach, the wee man with calloused hands (from plucking sea urchins from the waves) whose eager eyes looked like he so needed the dhiram for some bread.
It was a great opportunity to introduce the kids to wealth differentials, the cost of importing... and a new culture; making us all reflect on things that are really important in life, in a not too overwhelming setting.
The waves are amazing, their image stays with me every time... we would love to get back there'
Rebecca Park, Oxford
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