Heure Bleue Palais

Location: Essaouira & the Southern Coast | Morocco

Price guide: £££££ £100-£200 per person per night

Behind an unassuming exterior within the Medina walls lies an elegant, sophisticated boutique hotel. Once a palatial residence, Heure Bleue Palais has been lovingly restored to its former colonial splendour and is now Essaouira’s most luxurious hotel - and a member of the esteemed Relais & Chateaux group.
Perfect forA romantic weekend away or an ultimate family adventure.
In the knowWear sun cream! It may seem obvious, however the strong winds in Essaouira tend to conceal how strong the sun is and people often come back looking a little rosy.

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  • Boutique Hotel
  • Chic Design
  • Food & Wine

Hotel Overview

Sense of Place

Heure Bleue Palais is located within Essaouira's historic medina, along Morocco’s rugged coastline, three hours' drive from Marrakech.

Rooms at Heure Bleue Palais

There are 16 beautifully decorated rooms and 19 elegant suites at Heure Bleue Palais, each adorned with heavy carvings and rich fabrics which exude a truly Moroccan ambience. The rooms all feature air conditioning, and wi-fi is available throughout this luxurious riad.

Food & Drink

Dine at Heure Bleue Palais and be treated to a traditional blend of authentic French and Moroccan cuisine, alongside delicious seafood specialities. In the evening, linger over a drink from the authentic African colonial-style bar.


Relax at the rooftop pool and take in the stunning views over the Medina and the sounds of the evening prayer bells. Factor in some time at the spa and indulge in a black spa exfoliation, an argan oil massage or a rasul (natural clay) wrap. The must-have hammam goes without saying. You can also enjoy the private cinema, billiards table and library. 

Activities at Heure Bleue Palais

Lie by the pool, meander through the medina, or go wind/kite-surfing or sailing along the breezy Atlantic coastline. Activity addicts can go mountain biking, hiking, horse riding and fishing. Moroccan cooking classes or visits to a local vineyard can also be arranged.

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Hotel location

Essaouira is a 3-hour drive from Marrakech and its airport. Transfers can be arranged.

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