The bucolic countryside surrounding Essaouira is one of its greatest surprises. Villa Anouk sits at the heart of it, down a long, bumpy, dirt track about 20 minutes by car from Essaouira.
If one of the impossibly sexy agroturismos (rural houses) of Ibiza was to fall out of the sky and land near Essaouira it would probably look something like this. Owner Anouk Beguery has been sympathetic in a restoration of the farm building, keeping the original features such as like the locally thatched thuya wood-beamed ceilings. But the space has been opened up – light pours in through huge cedar-wood framed doors and arched windows highlighting exposed stone walls, champagne-coloured upholstery, sequinned wedding blanket cushions and sheepskin rugs casually tossed across wire-framed armchairs.