Stunning sea views, short drive, or longer walk, to beach and activities incl. camel trekking, horse riding, wide range of water sports & beach activities. Heated swimming pool & jacuzzi spa, choice of outdoor/indoor dining, peaceful unspoiled location, new kitchens, all modern amenities, in traditional setting with original features, set in magical atmosphere. Choice of one 2-bed self-contained house & a large villa with 5-ground floor beds and living accommodation. Upper Floor not for rent.
Villa Habibi is unique with its panoramic views over the open Atlantic ocean and the Thuya forests bordering the plot. It's in a timeless, peaceful haven, just a short distance from the town of Essaouira, one of the most popular seaside resorts and fishing ports in Morocco. Renowned for its arts and crafts and laid back atmosphere, many cafes and restaurants in a variety of street, rooftop and beachfront locations, a number of which have licensed to serve alcohol. Major centre for water sports.
We have one smaller houses with two double bedrooms, open plan kitchen/dining/living room area, bathroom with walk-in shower, basin and w.c. and an outdoor store. Terrace and pergola with extra outdoor dining table and chairs with the most stunning sea views. Decorated in traditional Moroccan style with brightly-coloured tadelakt walls and hand made 'bejmat' tiles. There's a large decorative fireplace, a well-equipped fitted kitchen with washing machine, a large fridge freezer, full-sized gas oven with overhead extractor, and the surrounding terrace has wrought iron fencing to enable privacy from the dog if required.
The large villa has 5 ground floor bedrooms, two with en-suite shower/w.c. and twin beds, a third has a double bed and en-suite bathroom with full bath and overhead shower, w.c. and basin. There are two other bedrooms which have direct access to two shower rooms and two separate w.c.s. One is a large triple with a double bed and sofa bed, plus washbasin in the room, the other is the smallest room with a small double bed.
All bedrooms in the main house have the use of the newly fitted kitchen with all modern appliances, including an American-style fridge-freezer with ice-making facility, double oven (gas and electric combis), large gas hob, dishwasher, and utility room with washing machine and additional sink. Also the dining room seating 8+, and covered outside dining terrace seating a further 12. There's access to a large salon-lounge which has ample seating for 9+ including two reclining armchairs, and a decorative fireplace.
All guests, regardless of which property they rent, have access to the large outdoor saltwater swimming pool and Jacuzzi spa, and surrounding terrace with sun-loungers, and a large poolside room with an open fireplace. The pool and Jacuzzi are heated from June - September, for other months a charge applies for heating and a minimum of 4 days' notice to heat the pool.
The accommodation is situated in a secure walled plot of just under 3 acres and landscaping has started with the planting of the vegetable garden and the intention of developing an orchard. There's plenty of free parking on site and eventually there may also be covered parking available. A large net-sided trampoline will be installed by 2018.
The owners are often on site so the ground floor of the main house is only available when they are away. There is a year-round residential couple on site, the Guardian, Rachid, and Housekeeper, Wafa. For an extra fee, Wafa can also cook and wash for guests in addition to the standard basic daily cleaning. They are working on their language skills but meanwhile we have an associate in Essaouira who is fluent in French, English and Moroccan Arabic (Darija).
Whilst we have spent a lot on installing the best satellite internet connection available in the area with a booster to cover all the three houses on site, guests should be aware that the internet is slow and limited, so need to avoid downloading or streaming and use the internet for emails and browsing. There is no limit on high speed downloading from 1am - 6am, however, the high speed daily amount is limited, so the system will run very slowly if there is heavy useage.
Telephone connections to all the Moroccan service providers is very patchy out in the countryside, so a signal is not always available in the house, you may have to go down to the practice terrace.
Because there is no mains water supply to this area, water has to be obtained from a well which is not currently very productive. This means that water has to be brought in several times a week by truck to top up the tanks and the pool, which is very expensive. So it's important for guest to respect the need to conserve water. Electricity is supplied by a combination of solar and mains and there's a powerful and quiet back-up generator to cover any periods where the mains may not be reliable. Rubbish is disposed of in three categories, two are dealt with on site and the other has to be deposited in designated refuse collection areas in the nearby towns that are serviced by a collection service.
Basic daily cleaning is provided and for an additional fee, the housekeeper will provide laundry and ironing services and can also provide support with food preparation and/or cooking for guests who supply the required ingredients, and by prior arrangement.
- There are two friendly dogs on the land
- Transport is required as the property is down an unmade road from the main Safi coastal road. It's about 15 - 20 minutes drive to the town of Essaouira. A bit further takes you to the surfing hotspot Siddi Kaouki.
- Extra guests by prior request and although parties can be held, guests are expected to respect the fact that we sometimes have neighbours so not too much noise outside late at night!
- It's possible to book the whole property, apart from dates already booked, for a larger group or a small retreat, that's the main villa and the two small villas, both of which provide self-catering units sleeping up to 6, accommodating a total of around 22+ people, with space for people to sleep also in the poolside building on the banquettes, and on the roof terraces. We are intending to appoint residential staff, after which, just of the smaller houses will be available.
Guests are required to follow the rules for disposal of waste so as to respect the environment and also to conserve water, especially in the summer months.
We are a British couple with residency in Morocco and the UAE, where we have a successful business running courses in applied positive psychology and well-being, leading to international qualifications. We train Clinical Hypnotherapists, Psychotherapists, Counsellors, Coaches, and run a Licensed Centre for the Society of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), as well as Dr Paul Ekman International courses in EQ. We love the arts, performing, creative, music, etc. and have a wide range of eclectic interests. We're in the process of gradually moving over full-time to our place in Morocco. The two small houses are available for rentals, preferably a minimum of a week, during the next year or so, and the main house is available too until next June, and rooms in it will also be available for some of the time whilst we're living there. After next summer (2017) we'll have a full time couple living on site instead of the current resident guardian, to look after us and our guests and we'll only let out the 'Gatehouse' villa, and some of the downstairs bedrooms in the main house unless we're away, when the large house will also be available.