Take advantage of a private villa In The Countryside of Essaouira, 15 min to The Beach, The Medina
Dar Melka, private villa totally renewed, conjugates traditional housing, environment and comfort for your exclusive use. Dar Melka, private villa totally renewed, conjugates traditional housing, environment and comfort for your exclusive use.
Located in a Berber village near Ounagha, 20 min from Essaouira and its golf greens, between the renowned vineyards and the olive trees fields. Dar Melka insures you peace and well-being. A large living room with fireplace and a wood stove, an open fully equipped kitchen, a garden with private swimming pool, a traditional patio (riad).
From October 1 to May 31... BED & BREAKFAST for 2 in grounds of Belgian owners' house Dar Melka. Private terrace, ryad, garden, swimming pool. Dinners possible at the owners’ table on request. Maid service for daily cleaning.
45 € per day, 300 € per week
Top Traveller Review
Séjour très agrable et jardin sublime
About the Owner
We are french speaking Belgian expatriates for more than 36 years. We have worked around the world, mainly in tropical areas and are now completing a job in Qatar.
We have worked in Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Kuwait, Egypt, Thailand Malaysia, China, Mauritius, Lebanon, Tunisia, Algeria, USA, Canada and Mexico. Our 2 grown-up children used to live with us overseas but are now back in Belgium. Within a few months, as soon as retired, we expect to spend part of the year in Morocco and Belgium.
Guestbook comments from the owner
If you are looking for authenticity , if you aspire to calm , if you live outside the rush of the city , do not hesitate to strike at Dar Melka . Jo and William will help you with their advice. Their attentions will make your stay more soul that is not found in any hotel or even in very few riads .
Habiba , the housekeeper , present without being intrusive , always ready to meet your every wish or issues, the art of make you feel at home.
5 based on 11 holidaymaker reviews
Séjour très agrable et jardin sublime
Très agréable séjour passé chez Jo et Guillaume. Très belle piscine avec une eau limpide, grand jardin très bien entretenu : palmiers, bougainvilliers, hibiscus et tant d’autres fleurs , belles rencontres et agréables discussions avec les Marocains d’Essaouira et d’Ounagha. Nous nous sommes régalés avec les tajines, couscous et crèpes d’Habiba.. Chambres très propres, très agréables et silencieuses. A recommander pour passer d'agréables vacances.
Mes amies et moi avons passé quelques jours chez Jo & Guillaume. Nous avons été reçus chaleureusement par ce couple de retraités. Un bon tajine pris en commun avant que ceux-ci s'éclipsent pour leurs vacances en nous laissant leur villa subliiiime.
Un jardin verdoyant, une piscine chaude et limpide, des oiseaux, des tortues, le rêve ! Plusieurs terrasses et jardins spécifiques entourent la maison dont un jardin du désert avec des cactus et le riad avec sa fontaine et ses sièges où prendre l'apéro.
Beaucoup d'espace pour se retrouver ensemble mais aussi beaucoup d'autres où trouver l'intimité avec un livre... ou son amoureux ! (la prochaine fois, il viendra avec moi!)
La maison est tout aussi splendide , confortable et comprend tous les éléments qu'on souhaite y trouver.
Merci pour cette découverte que nous suggérons à tous les vacanciers.
A fabulous, very luxurious place to stay
Dar Melka is a truly magical place as it combines sheer, relaxing luxury with the opportunity to experience the real Morocco. The pool is wonderful and the whole property was beautifully maintained. Our youngest son fell in love with one of the tortoises and wept buckets when it was time to leave.
The house is wonderfully spacious and well appointed and the gardens make you unwind instantly so that you are in holiday mode from the minute you arrive. Habiba cooked us "the best pancakes in the world" according to both of our sons as well as delicious raging dishes. She even came to the market with us to help us buy fish so that we could have a BBQ on the beautiful terrace.
This is a very special place and we are longing to return.
Clare, Richard, Finn and Patrick
Merci pour ce moment !
Nous quittons Dar Melka avec tristesse car notre séjour, organisé à la dernière minute, c'est déroulé parfaitement grâce à tous vos conseils.
La piscine était aussi accueillante que les bons repas d'Habiba ou que les jardins exotiques.
Nous serons certainement de retour prochainement,
Manon, Fanfan, Alex et Jules.
Nous avons eu un séjour fantastique - merci.
La maison est très accueillante, dès le premier jour nous nous sommes sentis comme à la maison. La maison est bien équipée avec tout ce dont nous pouvions avoir besoin. La piscine est très propre, le jardin très soigné.
Les propriétaires nous ont fourni beaucoup de détails et répondu à toutes nos questions. Nous avons pu profiter au maximum de notre séjour grâce Leurs suggestions très utiles (ballades, activités…).
Nous y retournerons :
Relaxing stay near Essaouira
Fantastic villa, where we were looked after like kings by maids, who did the cooking for us. A very personal service, returning to our oasis at the end of our travels. The house and gardens are quite extensive and are linked to some other houses. There was always somewhere different to sit or to eat. Very good value with very helpful owners.
From the Owner
“Ounagha is only 18 km from Essaouira in a green and wonderful countryside with vineyards. Away from noise and traffic, far from the crowds. But once you wish to start the tour, Essaouira offers to visitors and residents a save and peaceful live. The fabulous beach links the golf of Mogador to the Medina. The Medina of Essaouira, formerly Mogador, on the list of the UNESCO World Heritage, is an outstanding and well preserved example of a late 18th century European fortified seaport town translated to a North African context. With the opening up of Morocco to the rest of the world in the later 17th century Essaouira was laid out by a French architect who had been profoundly influenced by the work of Vauban at Saint-Malo. It has retained its European appearance to a substantial extent.”
Activity and Interests
Special interest holidays:
New at DAR MELKA ! Preparation of argan oil. Our guests can attend - and participate - to the argan oil preparation. We will arrange this on request with 24 hours in advance. An old lady of the village will perform the entire operation from receipt of the fruits, roasting almonds and grinding to the finished product. You can take with you the argan oil specially prepared for you !
Visit the medina of Essaouira (Unesco World Heritage), its ramparts, its port, its narrow, long beach. Golf at Mogador Golf club. Sunday's Souk at Had Draa (5km from home). Hiking with experienced guide. Wednesday's Souk in a small village among argan trees. Horse riding, camel, quad.
Kite surfing, surfing, windsurfing. Visit and wine tasting at the nearby vineyard. Swimming, bicycle and car hire, Hammams, massage, yoga all on your door step. Good restaurants on the seafront and in the medina of Essaouira. Small local restaurants in Ounagha (2 km from the villa)
Essaouira's beach is about 15 minutes from the house.
Essaouira Airport 20 minutes drive. Marrakech Airport 2:30h drive. Agadir Airport 3:30h drive.
Ounagha village (pharmacy, shop, restaurants) 2km. Essaouira 18km. Golf Club 16km. Safi (potters) 130 km and 30 km further at Oualidia sea food speciality (lobsters, oysters). Marrakech 180 km. Fishermen village Tafedna 45 km with restaurants on the beach. Dams in a spectacular road and environment 50 km. Moulay Bouzerkoum 25 km.
From October 1 to May 31 (except school holidays or whole house rented) : Bed and Breakfast for 2 in grounds of Belgian owners' house, in an old Berber village, 16 miles from Essaouira.
Private terrace, riad, garden, swimming pool.
Dinners possible at the owners’ table on request.
Food shops and taxi at 2 km walk on a track along the vineyard. High speed internet wifi. Maid service for daily cleaning.
Only From October 1 to May 31 (except school holidays or whole house rented) : 60 € per day or 400 € per week.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
2 Oct 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
17 Dec 2016 - 8 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Additional pricing information
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£178|
30% deposit required to hold the booking and the balance to be paid 30 days prior to arrival.
No specific changeover day.
Notes on prices:
Entire house rental :
The rate reflects the booking of the entire house and maximum 6 persons (+2 children on Moroccan sofa).
There is no rate reduction for smaller parties.
Studio rental : Bed and breakfast
Only from October 1 to May 31 (except school holidays or whole house rented) : 60 € per day / room or 400 € per week / room
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
- 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
- Available arrival
From the Owner
“The property, Dar Melka, is just 15 minutes drive from the fabulous beach and the Medina of Essaouira. You can have breakfast on the terrace or in one of the inner courtyards, have lunch by the private pool, and have diner in the heavenly garden. You will probably enjoy playing golf on the recently open greens of 'Golf de Mogador'. A maid / cook is at your service during your stay and you may ask her to prepare wonderful Moroccan dishes. A gardener will keep the premises clean. Maid's and gardener's service is included in the rate.”
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Hair Dryer
- Internet ...
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room ...
- Telephone ...
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine
- Wood Stove
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Kitchen ...
- Pantry Items
- Dining Area
- DVD Player
- Music Library ...
- Satellite / Cable
- Video Library ...
Pool / Spa
- Heated Pool
- Private Pool ...
- children welcome
- pets considered
- suitable for elderly or infirm
- bird watching
- eco tourism
- horse riding
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- massage therapist
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- deepsea fishing
- pier fishing
- roller blading
- bay fishing
- Toilet 1 - Toilet
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure
- Bathroom 4 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
- Shower room 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
- 1 en-suite bathroom with bath, shower, WC. 1 en-suite bathroom with shower, WC. 1 en-suite bathroom with shower, WC. 1 separate WC.
- 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
- Bedroom 2
- Bedroom 3
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 to 8 (3 double Beds + 2 Moroccan settees) Notes on bedrooms: 1 bedroom with double bed, private bathroom, large dressing room and fireplace. 1 bedroom with double bed, private bathroom. 1 suite with double bedroom, private bathroom, and 2 Moroccan sofas in separate room
- Golf ...
Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website
- Notes on accommodation: The restoration of the house made it possible to improve traditional habitations, while preserving the charm of the flowered inner yards and patios with arches (riad). In front of the living room, a large terrace enables you to lunch in the middle of the garden and have a sight on the swimming pool. A pool-house shelters you at the time of the rare rainy days or very hot days. Well-being, privacy, flowers, trees are the leitmotivs of the villa. The climate in Essaouira - Ounagha is mild in winter. Ounagha is warmer than Essaouira in summer time. The fireplaces and wood stove provide heating in winter time. A housekeeper/cook and a gardener are scheduled during the renting period. The housekeeper’s main tasks consist of cleaning the premises. However you may ask her to prepare and serve simple meals. All costs linked to the meal are at the Tenant’s charge. Outside: Private solar heated swimming pool and forged steel desk chairs. Garden planted with olive and palm trees, fruits trees, flowers, teak tables, chairs, armchairs and benches. Barbecue. Terrace shade. First floor terrace for sunbathing. Utility Room: Fridge with small freezer, Iron and iron table, washing machine, shelves Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen, electricity, gas (bottle) and water (not drinkable) are included. Toiletries are not provided. A housekeeper/cook and a gardener is scheduled during the renting period. Other: Dining table & chairs, wooden dresser, coffee table, forged steel sitting set, TV, DVD reader and satellite.