10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"We booked this riad a little unsure of what to expect. We hadn't intended on going self catering but decided to go for it as it was such a reasonable price. The riad is just inside the medina wall very near to Villa Maroc.
Our appartment was on the ground floor, it had a kitchen, bathroom with shower, bedroom, dining area and a living room. The house also had a gorgeous terrace for lounging around on. The living room and bedroom had a fire which we lit one evening as it was a little chilly (November).
We had breakfast in the neighbouring square (only 5 mins) one morning and in a local patisserie the other. One evening the owner arranged for someone to come in and cook for us for 170 dirhams. The meal was lovely although a little strange to have someone in your 'home' waiting on you."
- Travel date: Wed 26th of November 2008
Great weekend gettaway
"My first time in Morocco and I absolutely loved it. Really easy to do a long weekend (short flight, no body clock adjustments) and feel like you've really esacped.
Marrakesh is a crazy place - colourful, lively, bussling. But the Eassouira addition to the trip meant that I felt really relaxed on my return to the UK. I preferred the food too - easier to stumble across places.
Spent time relaxing on the beach, wondering round the souks and eating tagine - lovely!
Dar Lazuli was a wonderful retreat to return to. The location is perfect, just inside the medina but really close to the beach. I felt at home immediately and spent lots of time relaxing and reading.
We stayed in the room with the mezzanine - really comfortable beds. I slept like a baby. Bathrooms were a buit special - amazing shower! The place is beautifully decorated - Morrocon style, with a seas-side spirit and loads of personal touches.
When we went, we were the only ones staying but more rooms available so we plan to go back with a group of friends"
- Travel date: Thu 23rd of October 2008
Tranquility in Blue and White
"My first trip to morroco so didnt know what to expect. A 3 hour flight to a different continent felt time travel as i suddenly found myself in a bibical film set surounded by the most bizarre people, sounds, sights, smells. Morocco is an authentic experience very different to you standard france/spain/greece diet.
A freind at work has been developing this property for the last 4 and now it is finished i coudln't wait to go check it out. Arriving in Eassouira at the medina was breathtaking in its histoic splendour, the hussle and bustle as we enter the medina intoxicating, and after a few turns we are down a narrow alley with a big wooden door. Knock Knock and we are greeted by Rasheed, wearing one of the biggest smiles i've ever seen. We were teh only ones staying at Dar Lazuli so we got teh guided tour of all teh apartments before choosing which one we wanted, we chose teh best one but they're all really nice.
Our bed area was raised up on a mezzanine level overlooking the main par of the appartement which contained dining table/chairs, lounging bench seats, and a kitchen area with fridge, cupboards, sink, etc. Under the bedroom platform was the bathroom which was liek a wetroom out of the flintstones. All stone carved surfaces. It was all lovely but the bathroom was particularly special.
We lounged on the ropof garden and had coffee in the central counrtyard.
We're going backl next year with freinds to stay and intend to do soem kitesurfing and camel riding. This time we just laid on the beach on sunbeds all day reading.
Avoid Villa Maroc fro dinner, but check out Vamos for lunch and dont miss dinner at a place called Room 5."
- Travel date: Fri 12th of September 2008
Fabulous stay in Dar Lazuli
"I have just got back from 5 days at Dar Lazuli and I cannot recommend it enough. I am quite hard to please when it comes to accomodation. Above all I like wherever I stay to be comfortable, stylish and clean, and Dar Lazuli excels at all three of these. The location couldn't be more central but is tucked away so as to be an oasis of peace. The room (especially the bed) was superbly comfortable, and was impeccably cleaned each day. There are also some really cool little design features dotted around which I really liked. It was one of four places I stayed in during my trip to Morroco, and it was by far the best value for money as well. I will be back!"
- Travel date: Sun 13th of July 2008
"Its hard to know where to start, when you have this space to write about the best holiday that we have ever had.
My partner and I have done alot of travelling but have not been on holiday in years. We wanted to see more of Morocco, we wanted to go to Essaouira, as we heard that it had a great atmosphere without the hassle of Marakesh. Also we are keen kitesurfers and Essaouira is one of the best spots in the world for this sport.
After a hectic 24 hrs in Marakesh and a coach journey to the coast we found Dar Lazuli very easily and were met by a fantastic chap called Rasheed, who took our bags and led us through the beautifull mysterious entrance to the dar. We stayed in appartment Calimar, it was so spacious the bed was on a mezzanine level and was by far the most comfartable that either of us had ever slept on, there was an open fire, great kitchen and big bathroom all designed in a modern Moroccan way.
At the top of the house there was a 2 level sun deck, that was great for escaping the crowds and doing some sun worshiping. Rasheed's wife Latifa works at the house also and is a very welcoming host it was really nice to have the 2 of them around to ask local questions.
From the house the beach is about 2 mins away, the conditions were great for kitesurfing all week, sunny breezy and hot.
Basically we can't wait to go back to Dar Lazuli, we were made to feel so welcome, the house was incredible and Essaouira is a place that we will never outgrow.
Thanks a million."
- Travel date: Sun 8th of June 2008
Funky winter sun!
"We stayed in Dar Lazuli at the end of February and enjoyed a great few days in Essaouira. The house itself is lovely - bright, clean, with self contained apartments around an internal balcony. It also has a sheltered roof terrace which was a great sun trap in February! You can also arrange for in-house cooking where we enjoyed a fantastic lamb Tagine..."
- Travel date: Tue 3rd of June 2008
Beautifull spotless, accomodation with an aura of tranquil calm.
"Couple from London UK.
We have just returned (sadly) to the Uk after a relaxing stay in a beautifull Riad, Dar Lazuli, in Essaouira, Morroco.
The location is set within the Medina walls, a short walk to the main square, and all of the wonderful cafe's and restaurants Essaouira has to offer.
Dar Lazuli is a really tranquil place to stay. Full of character and lovely white painted walls which just make the whole place feel full of light.
The beds are incredibly comfortable, they don't make getting up very easy at all!!
Once you manage to break free of the enveloping comfort of your sleep, you can shower in bathrooms to die for - spacious and the showers control very well.
Once you've prised yourself from under the refreshing shower you can either eat your breakfast on the terrace (currently doesn't have a view but it is still a spacious and relaxing terrace - i believe there is a plan to build a terrace with a view), or visit some of the nearby cafe's for 'petit dejeuner' only a short walk from here.
The Riad is, in our view, in one of the best locations within the Medina (and we explored the Medina extensively). The area is quiet, (don't be put off by the teenagers who sometimes chat there, they are lovely children and very friendly and polite) - Dar Lazuli is less than a minute's walk from the main square.
We had a wonderful time there and wouldn't hesitate recommending this place.
PS. We are not getting paid for this nor are we the owners, we genuinely are writing this because it is worthy of recommendation.
Steve and Tracey,
- Travel date: Mon 10th of March 2008
A true gem
"I spent a most memorable New Year's Eve at this wonderful riad in the heart of the Essaouira medina. The owners of this delightful, traditional house have certainly delivered a great holiday home from home. Every comfort is provided, particularly the glorious beds, which come equipped with enormous pillows, comfy duvets and clean white cotton bed linen. The bathroom in our apartment was an event in itself and I luxuriated under the rainfall shower - no doubt to the annoyance on my partner who had to wait his turn!
The house is in a great location, a stones throw from the wonders of the souk and a few minutes walk from the beach. You can pretty much walk everywhere from here. It's worth getting some restaurant tips from the owners, as they know the area well.
We occupied the whole building for our trip, which was lots of fun, but it is brilliantly designed so that you can take just one apartment and still have a great stay and plenty of privacy.
Breakfast on the roof terrace was particularly fabulous!
A great find..."
- Travel date: Thu 17th of January 2008
A rare and precious gem with fantastic location!
"We had a BRILLIANT time in Essaouira - the town is great, really relaxed and fun with loads of great restaurants and some fun roof terrace type bars. We were really lucky with the weather for january - we spent new year's day on the beach!!! But what really made it for us was our lovely accommodation.
Just off the main square on the seafront of Essaouira, tucked down an alleyway is Dar Lazuli. It's an old riad converted into four "boutique" apartments. Built over five floors including a secluded and very sunny terrace which everyone can use, the attention to detail is exceptional. It really is the sort of place you go into and go "wow" it's just so pretty.
We stayed on the first floor which had a balcony overlooking the central courtyard which is tiled and has a small fountain.
The walls are all white with small recesses painted in pretty pinks and blues - and often full of Essaouiran nick nacks. The floors are all either tiled or painted in muted colours like greens and browns. In our appartment there was a small kitchenette as well as bathroom and kingsize bed. Upstairs an area for sitting/ reading etc though we never used it.
The beds are HUGE! we didn't want to leave it behind!!! with white linen sheets and duvets - hidden away by long white curtains which can be tied back with multicoloured scarves from the medina.
Our bathroom had a big sink and a shower area with a very big and powerful shower. Not what I was expecting in morrocco at all.
The staircases throughout the riad are tiled in a really cool striped tile - very unusual and just one of the touches that make this place really special
This is such a romantic and beautiful place I can't imagine it will be so easy to get a room in the future (it only opened a month ago). And it's great value especially compared to the other hip hotels in the town and the location is fab.
There is also a house keeper who cleans the riad from top to bottom every day and who will cook amazing food for silly money - ie very cheap.
We had such a lovely time at Dar Lazuli and by the looks of the guest book so has everyone else. I just hope with just four apartments we can get back in next year!!!"
- Travel date: Thu 3rd of January 2008
Chic and unique boutique apartments
"After two weeks of travelling around Morocco, experiencing the full gamut of lodgings available I arrived at the seaside resort of Essaouira and more specifcally on the doorstep of Dar Lazuli. The apartments are located deep within the heart of the medina but once inside you are transported to an oasis of calm an d tranquility. The apartments are located within a traditional Moroccan dar, furnished with a fusion of traditional Moroccan style with a contemporary twist. Clean lines dominate and are softened with luxurious local textiles and splashes of bold colour grace the walls."
- Travel date: Thu 20th of December 2007