Madada Mogador, Essaouira

In Essaouira, cosmopolitan chic, crowned with Atlantic view

If you are looking for a traditional riad built around a patio with rooms looking inwards, Madada is not it. But if you want picturesque Essaouira seaside charm mixed with cosmopolitan, contemporary boutique style, then this is the place for you. With only 7 rooms, there’s plenty of choice: two standards without a view, three ocean views and two handsome suites with fireplaces, sitting rooms and private terraces. All of them have large windows, high ceilings and come with beige tadelakt walls, terracotta floors and king size comfortable beds.

Bathrooms are similarly generous with deep tubs (except for Salma, which has a rain shower), overhead showers and hand-beaten brass basins. The Cherifa, Salma and Pasha rooms have direct access to terrace. For dinner, they offer a separate restaurant, equally open to non residents: La Table by Madada. Housed in an old carob warehouse the vaulted interior is wonderfully atmospheric and the menu takes its inspiration from Essaouira’s seafood cuisine. One of the signature dishes is the monkfish tagine in a coconut cream and saffron sauce. Sea food pastilla, gratin and carpaccio are also a choice. Best visited all year round.