A GREAT HOLIDAY IN A MAGICAL BOLT HOLE IN THE HEART OF THE MEDINA
All arrangements worked according to plan and the house is a delight with quirky antique and vintage items at every turn. Fatima the housekeeper is ever smiling and cooked us a delightful meal when we arrived. Opening the door every time is a treat but when we first arrived the smell of home cooked Tagine, a roaring fire and the glow of lit candles created an experience that will always stay with us. The boys enjoyed the surfing and Explora water were friendly, efficient and accommodating, in all a great holiday. Steven M - Stayed Dec 2018
A FABULOUS PROPERTY, WITH GREAT CHARACTER, STYLE AND FLEXIBILITY
My partner and I stayed at Lisa’s property in October. The property is exactly as billed on the website and just as quirky and stylish as we hoped. As there were only two of us, we didn’t take advantage of the space the property affords for groups/larger families. We would come back with friends without hesitation. The liaison with Lisa was prompt and informative, and we were very appreciative of her arranging taxis to and from the airport, and a wonderful welcome to the house/medina by Rashid and her housekeeper, Fatima. Everyone was so friendly and helpful. Whilst Essaouira is more relaxed than Marrakesh, we were still grateful for this handholding in our first few hours. I would thoroughly recommend this property and Essaouira is a great place to chill and experience a more relaxed Moroccan culture than Marrakech. Thanks Lisa and team! Hayley and John, London and North Yorkshire - Stayed Oct 2018
HALF TERM SUNSHINE!
Lisa’s house is a wonderful oasis of calm, beautifully decorated and super comfortable, we had an absolutely brilliant few days at Five Columns over October half term.
Lisa and her local team go above and beyond to ensure your stay at Five Columns (and the journey to and from the airport) is as stress free and enjoyable as possible.
Our kids loved being somewhere completely culturally different whilst being only 3.5 hours away from the UK.
Everything from our singing taxi driver (Fassi, he’s great), the delicious meal that Fatima prepared for us on our first night to Lisa ensuring that we knew exactly where to find the best pool/beach/restaurant/secret shopping places, was perfect. A much needed and proper luxury detox from London life. It was really hard to leave, in fact I’m back there next week! Ford - Stayed Nov 2017
We all loved Essaouira and we loved this Riad. Rachid was there to meet us at the appointed time and gave us a lovely warm welcome. The house is absolutely beautiful - the use of space, light, original features, furniture, set furnishings and art all work to make you feel like you are literally living in an interiors magazine. We spent many hours as a family around the table (every bit as gorgeous as it looks in the photos), all slept well, enjoyed cooking in the kitchen, which has everything you could need and the (teenage) boys were happy to find there was good wifi.
The outside area is pretty private and we loved the bar area, which we stocked up from the local Carrefour. It goes without saying that the property was immaculate and Fatima did a great job of tidying round us every day. Fatima also cooked for us one night - which she dropped off at an agreed time. It was delicious and enough for the whole street. Her Lemon Tart was AMAZIng. And I don't even like lemon tart!! (The cost was 150DH which is about £12. Well worth every penny)
Lisa is really quick to get back to you about any queries and gave us some wonderful shopping and eating tips. In fact she cost us a fortune. We took an empty suitcase and it almost wasn't enough! We would definitely visit Essaouira again and definitely stay here. It's a little oasis in a crazy place. Thank you very much Lisa x. Fiona B - Stayed Aug 2017
A BEAUTIFULLY STYLISH OASIS OF CALM
This was my second time at Five Columns with a group of friends and I love it. The house has a lovely relaxed feel; very welcoming and calming and yet only 5 minutes walk from the vibrant market stalls of the Souk and the sea. Lisa was amazingly helpful, providing help with airport transfers and recommendations for activities and restaurants. We had wonderful food all weekend. A really magical house in a very chilled and interesting town. I recommend taking a spare bag for all your market purchases! Steph - Stayed April 2018
LONG WEEKEND AT 5-COLUMNS WITH THE GIRLS
Spent a wonderful long weekend with friends at this beautiful riad - hidden away behind a grey door, it was like walking into another world. As we were arriving in the evening, we had arranged with the owner (Lisa) for the maid to prepare dinner for us, which was waiting for us on arrival. A gorgeous tagine with salads and bread, stunningly laid out on the central dining table. Absolutely delicious and welcome after our trip, all set within the 5 columns and the open-plan dining/kitchen area, with an open space above us leading to the top atrium. Decor is a mixture of Moroccan/African and vintage 60s/70s and works really well. The impression was of space and light, with 2 bedrooms on the first floor (one of which was mine - really comfortable bed and lovely accents of colour and soft lighting. Then stairs leading up to the main sun terrace, and then further stairs leading up to the top smaller terrace and the final bedroom. Everything was spotlessly clean and it was really quiet at night, so slept amazingly well (on a very comfortable bed I should add).
Being right in the middle of the medina was exciting, because as soon as you walked out of the front door, you were right in the heart of the bustle of daily life. A very short walk to the main shopping area, we felt very safe as people there seemed relaxed and friendly - we managed to get lost a few times, and people were more than happy to steer us back in the right direction (although it was fun getting lost down the narrow streets as you would discover something new). The owner recommended restaurants for dinner for the length of our stay and they were all spot on - when you only have a few days, it is so worth not wandering around not knowing where is good or not, so that was a bonus. She also recommended areas to shop which was really useful. Plus we spent a lovely sunny day at a gorgeous spa retreat recommended by her as well, where we sunbathed and had a delicious brunch - and it was so reasonable! The beach is also only a short walk away, although the day we went down there, the weather was a bit hit and miss, but there are a few beach bars which would be lovely to hang out in the sunshine.
It was my first trip to Morocco and I loved it - Essaouira is such an interesting place, and I feel I only scratched the surface, so would love to return and would definitely stay at 5 Columns again. Cannot recommend it and the personal service we received highly enough. Thank you Lisa :). Lisa H - Stayed Mar 2016
FIVE STAR AND FABULOUS!
The house is simply amazing and, I’ve been told, one of the best in Essaouria. It is modern, comfortable and stylish as well as unmistakably Moroccan. The location was spot on. The house is located within the heart of Medina, which in our view was the best place to be situated. A few minutes down a couple of winding alleyways brings you to the centre of the Medina where there are many shops and restaurants – staying in the Medina in a 5* riad was more of an exciting experience for us than staying in one of the soulless chain hotels along the sea front. The owners and Rachid were very accomodating and arranged everything from airport transfers to dinner on arrival to recommending the best restaurants and things to do, all of which helped to make our holiday go smoothly. Dinner on arrival was perfect as it meant we didn’t have to find somewhere to eat whilst dazed and confused after a long day travelling. As was Rachid’s tour of the Medina, which greatly helped us to find our bearings. We loved Essaouria and can’t wait to return. The locals were so friendly. We shall be returning to Five Columns. Caroline R - Stayed May 2011