After a whistle-stop tour of our long weekend in Morocco via Instagram, I'm back with a little bit more about where we stayed. A full (and inevitably picture heavy!) travel diary is on the way too, so do keep your eyes peeled for that going live over the next few days. Meanwhile, I'm here with a little peek through the keyhole at our home for the duration of our stay- the beautiful Dar Lazuli riad:
Nestled away down a quiet street merely a stone's throw away from Essaouira's utopian sandy beaches is Dar Lazuli, a riad which is over 200 years old. With an open roof and inward facing courtyard, it's the perfect example of traditional Moroccan architecture, complete with a fountain on the ground floor and a series of sprawling sun terraces which dominate the upper levels. The property is divided into four separate apartments, each with a blissful waterfall shower, fully equipped kitchen and wood burning fireplace. My home away from home was the beautiful Ghibli suite, nestled away at the top of the riad- affording me the perfect starlit sojourn to sleep each evening and a blissful glimpse of the sunshine rising each morning. For me, the crowning glory of this apartment was the bed- absolutely enormous, it could have easily accommodated another 4 of me! Not only was it blissful to have so much space, but the bed was by far and away the most comfortable I have ever slept in, complete with feather soft down pillows, duvet and woven blanket to keep the chilly Moroccan evening air at bay.
The heritage and history of Essaouira as a bustling coastal town is carried through across Dar Lazuli, with crisp white walls sitting in perfect contrast to vivid aquamarine and blue hues, and accent accessories such as shells and driftwood pieces all evoking the beautiful seaside surroundings. Inspired by traditional elements of Moroccan design, Dar Lazuli feels modern, light and extremely homely, and is filled with life, vibrancy and colour. The terraces were perfect for enjoying a sun-soaked lunch on (couscous of course!), and during the evenings we retired to the sitting room downstairs for plenty of gossiping and relaxation time. Conveniently located only a short walk from the bustling shops and main square, as well as being mere minutes away from the beach, Dar Lazuli was the perfect base for our stay. Residing here, we were afforded a really lovely insight into traditional Souri life in the company of our wonderful housekeepers, Rachid & Latifa, who were around to help with anything we needed, and our lovely night guard Abdelkader who was on site in the evenings to make us all feel safe. I honestly couldn't recommend getting away from it all at Dar Lazuli enough.
*Our stay at Dar Lazuli and transfers were complimentary, but flights, food and other sundries were paid for by us. As ever, my opinions and impressions are 100% honest.
(Image credit: Sarah Farrell & Elodie Russo, please do not reproduce without permission.)