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La Diouna

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9/10

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Highlights

- Beautiful private villa
- Infinity pool
- Ocean Views
- Sheltered Lagoon Beaches
- Wild Atlantic Beaches

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Overview

La Diouna is a rare gem of a villa on the Moroccan Coast that is perfect for families. Situated in a secluded spot in the small town of Oualidia, there are 5 bedrooms, 2 pools, lovely gardens and both sheltered lagoon beaches and wild Atlantic beaches within walking distance.

Situated on a hill near the old kasbah, La Diouana has panoramic ocean views with a total of five bedrooms, three in the main villa and two in a separate cottage and apartment. The villa is a mixture of traditional and contemporary Moroccan design with moucharrabieh woodwork and tadelakt (polished plaster) floors. There is a fully-equipped kitchen, a library with WiFi and a sitting room with wood-burning stove, stereo, LCD screen & DVD. The villa has a patio and roof terrace and is surrounded by a 25,000 sq ft garden of palm trees, pine, mimosa, oleander, bougainvillea and many other shrubs and flowers. The patio leads down to an infinity edge swimming pool and children's pool.

Three hours from Marrakech, the pace at La Diouana is slow and unhurried. By day you can snooze in a hammock or sunbathe by the pool, gazing down at the lagoon far below. At night-time you can luxuriate in a tadlakt bathtub and gaze up at the stars, the only sounds the distant crash of waves and the rustle of wind in the pine trees.

Situated on a small lagoon on the Atlantic Coast, Oualidia is a well-heeled town, slowly growing in popularity for both domestic and international tourists. Whilst most of the Moroccan Atlantic coast is exposed to the elements, the unique tidal lagoon offers calm waters and abundant birdlife: there is a chance of seeing flamingos in the winter months. At one end of the lagoon a 17th century kasbah and a ruined royal summer palace overlook a wide sandy beach. At the other end, a six-mile long tidal estuary curls away into a series of marshes and wetlands, home to egrets, herons, flamingos and oyster-catchers.

Water sports fans will love exploring the lagoon by kayak or boat, whilst for keen surfers, the wild Atlantic Coast offers crashing waves and great surf. Food-wise, the region is particularly well-known for its oyster production. Sea food lovers can also enjoy fresh lobster, crab and red mullet. The beach - a few minutes’ walk from the house - is safe and pleasant for swimming. La Diouna has a boat for lagoon excursions and can arrange fishing trips for sea-bass and sea-bream. Surf lessons, windsurfing, kayak, pedalo and catamaran hire can be arranged locally. There are also two tennis courts in the village with rackets for hire. Keen walkers can follow the coastal path for miles above deserted grottoes and beaches. Oualidia is also famous for its oyster beds. At the Parc aux Huitres 007 you can see the oysters being harvested and sample the produce in the waterside restaurant. On Saturdays a souk is held in Oualidia.

A guardian and maid live nearbye and come in each morning to prepare breakfast. There is a fully equipped kitchen and several small stores in Oualidia if you wish to self-cater. The maid can also prepare meals for you (€12 per adult / €6 per child) in the house or you can eat out in a number of simple local restaurants in Oualidia.

A rental car is not necessary, you can walk into Oualidia and to the beaches from the property and it is easy to organise a local taxi for day trips out. Those with young children or elderly, or those who want to explore more widely might appreciate having a car.

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  • We had an amazing time thank you very much! The riads and hotels were outstanding and everything went as clockwork. We had really bad rainfall on the day we transferred to Marrakech but our driver didnt give up and we eventually found a passable road ( which I think was the last possible one to get us there!)

    Thank you so much!

    MissingMatthew A reviewing Morocco Coast, Souks & Mountains on 05 December 2014

  • We would very much like to give our feedback regarding our trip to Morocco because it was absolutely fantastic. From start to finish there was nothing to fault, Mustafa our guide in the mountains was great - discrete when necessary but delightfully eloquent and informed about a wide variety of subjects. The food in the mountains was superb ( though the toilet facilities in the gites d'etape left a lot to be desired!!) The guest house Dar Adrar was beautiful with amazing views. The riad in Marrakesh was lovely and such a welcome respite after the hectic souks.....and as for the surfing.....it was fab!!!! Mohammed our instructor was patient and so super cool....a real gem and great with our children.
    All in all it was wonderful and we were all sad to leave. We will definitely consider using Tourdust again and wont hesitate to recommend you to our friends.

    Missingtrevor l reviewing Two Week Family Trek & Surf Holiday on 20 November 2014

  • We had a wonderful holiday, thank you. Something for everyone! It will be hard to find something else so unique and interesting again.

    MissingMichelle C reviewing Morocco Coast, Souks & Mountains on 05 September 2014

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