Blog Review of Sidi Kaouki and Rebali Riads

Sidi Kaouki lies on the Atlantic coast of Morocco a mere 20 minutes from Essaouira and the local airport.

Right now this place is a hidden gem in the truest sense.  If you visit, visit soon before excessive commercialisation and crowds discover this place – detracting from the tranquillity of the place.   To this end, the local airport is brand new.  So brand new it only has 4 incoming flights per week at the moment – a unique and rapid experience awaits!

The local population of Sidi Kaouki is no more than a hundred or so – meaning within a matter of days you feel like you belong, seeing many familiar faces.   The town is very tranquil – a world away from the pester you are likely to face on the well trodden paths of Marrakech, Rabat or Fez.  You can choose to engage with the locals and handful of visitors as much or as little as you like.

At the centre of Sidi Kaouki lies Rebali Riads.   Visitors are given a warm Moroccan welcome by the on-site managers Mohammed and Fatima.  They go out of their way to keep  you coming back.  Not that they need to; here are some of the features of the 6 riads:

  • Each riad is completely private self-contained and serviced Moroccan Villa (room only available on request)
  • A perfect fusion of contemporary and traditional Moroccan styles.
  • The smaller 3 riads share a long 20m swimming pool, and are suitable for between 2 and 6 people each
  • The larger 3 riads each provide big private gardens and private swimming pools for between 6 and 12 people.
  • Some swimming pools are heated in the cooler months (cooler means its still 24 degrees and over!)
  • Full sized private tennis court (clay)
  • Table tennis
  • Onsite Hammam and massage facility
  • Breakfast (complimentary) and meals served in your place of choosing – Roof terrace, dining room or garden
  • On-site chef, cooking whatever you like from the varied menu OR anything else you really fancy (we highly recommend the family BBQ!)
  • All riads have kitchen, dining and living areas.  The roof terrace is great to lounge on during the day, and watch the stars at night.
  • Sliding roof, cinema room (selected riads), DVD, Free Wifi and all the usual “luxury hotel” amenities
  • Daily tea and homemade cake!

All this is surrounded by lush and tranquil private gardens.  CrowdZap recommends the larger 3 riads, which have total privacy including your own swimming pools.  The other 3 riads share one big pool, but still have private gardens and roof terraces/balconies.

Outside of the Rebali, miles of sandy beach is only a few steps away.  And what a beach!  Some of the best features :

  • Crystal clear waters
  • Very quiet environment for couples and families alike-almost deserted in the morning!  Rebali will happily lend beach toys, and for privacy there are acres of empty beach to choose from
  • Horse riding along the coast
  • Quad biking treks along the coast and to some local waterfalls
  • Camel rides – essentially the local taxi service!
  • Water sports such as wind surfing, surfing, gliding etc.
  • Local mosque
  • The square with a number of cafe’s (two people can eat very well for about a fiver) and a local mosque

There are 2 flights per week (Monday/Friday or in winter Tuesday/Saturday) between Essaouira and Luton airport on EasyJet.  Alternatively, fly to Marrakech which is 2.5 hours away by pre-booked taxi.

***CrowdZap members are guaranteed 5% off the usual price when booking via phone/email and quoting discount code CrowdZap.com for phone bookings only.  During promotional events, you may be eligible to receive further discounts of up to 25% with this code.   To book, call Anna on 020 7112 0019 with the code.  Alternatively email escape@fleewinter.com quoting your code.  Further information can be viewed on the Rebali Riads website, including rates and availability for each riad.

 

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