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At a glance

  • You'll love

    In-villa kitchens

    Peaceful pools

    Vast luxurious villas

  • Kids will love

    Space to explore

    A tennis court

    Nearby beach

  • Don’t expect

    A kids’ club and crèche

    Full-service restaurant

    High-speed WiFi


Rebali Riads, a child-friendly boutique hotel near Essaouira, offers blissful beach-side family holidays with spacious rooms and kitchen-equipped villas, private pools and bountiful Berber hospitality. Here home-cooked meals are delivered directly to your poolside terrace and the white-domed hammam building is just a few footsteps from your day-bed. With the beach and sand dunes on your doorstep, family fun includes camel rides, quad biking and kitesurfing, which your gracious hosts will obligingly organise for you.

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Here's what you get for booking Rebali Riads with us:

A bottle of wine on arrival

Special offers

Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at Rebali Riads

7 nights for the price of 6


‘Pristine white villas decorated in cool Berber-chic style, Zellige-tiled tables on a private terrace and a grassy-banked pool all to yourselves – a real luxury in sun-parched Sidi Kaouki – invite you to lie back and barely move until you leave.’

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Rebali Riads – Essaouira – Morocco

Need To Know


18 rooms in six villas. Rebali also has seven suites, which can be booked separately; two of which (in Riad Valmar) interconnect to form a family apartment.


12 noon. Earliest check-in, 2pm, but both times are flexible if agreed with the hotel in advance.


Double rooms from £160.00.

More details

Rates include a Moroccan-style breakfast, with fresh fruit, spiced pancakes and tagine-style eggs, yoghurt, breads, jams and pâtisserie. Children Cots for under-2s (free) or extra beds for under-18s (£30) can be added to any room type.


The hotel has two wheelchair-accessible rooms with ground-floor showers. Yoga classes and belly-dancing lessons can be arranged.

At the hotel

Shared and private pools, hammam with spa treatments, steam room, tennis court, dining area, gardens, DVD library, boules, a cricket and rounders court, table tennis, swings, laundry and free WiFi. 

In your room

Suites and family apartments have pool access, an iPod dock, safe, free bottled water and bathrobes. Private villas have an additional flatscreen TV and private kitchen with an oven and hob, fridge, kettle and cafetiere. The larger villas also have private swimming pools and a dishwasher in the kitchen.

Our favourite rooms

Guests can either stay in a suite within a villa (each with an ensuite, a private terrace and shared pool), or book a villa for exclusive use. Riad Silar and Riad Valmar are the best suited for larger families; both have a kitchen, TV room, sitting room and a dining room spread over three floors (including a private roof terrace) and are decorated in a contemporary style with Moorish accents throughout. Riad Silar has a private pool with a furnished terrace and three interconnecting suites on the first floor (the TV snug can also be converted into a ground-floor bedroom with access to a shower room, so little ones don’t have to scale the the steep staircase). Riad Valmar is the largest, sleeping up to twelve people in four first-floor suites and one ground-floor room. This villa is best suited to families with older children because it has a private pool and plenty of outdoor space; spanning three enclosed courtyards with a fountain, fruit trees and tree-shaded dining spots.


Two communal pools, including one shallow kids' pool, and three private pools. There’s no supervision at the communal pools, so keep a watchful eye on any toddlers or arm them with a float from the hotel’s stash. Guests can also request a safety net for their private pool.


The hotel’s hammam sits under an elegant white dome at the centre of the hotel and a range of spa treatments – waxing, body scrubs, manicures, pedicures, massages and facials with all-natural masks – are offered from 2pm to 6pm each day. Henna painting is also available in half-hour and hour-long sessions for groups.


For large groups the hotel can arrange a BBQ, and guests can mingle during daily afternoon tea with Moroccan pastries and mint tea. The hotel also leaves out star maps for stellar family evening on your roof terrace.

Book ahead

Babysitting must be booked at least 24 hours in advance. Cooking lessons in Essaouira with the hotel owners should be booked in advance, and if you want to eat in-villa – and don't fancy cooking – contact the hotel in advance to arrange a menu with the hotel's chef.

Food and drink

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There's no restaurant because guests tend to eat at the Zellige-tiled tables by their shared or private pool. Guests in villas can cater for themselves (your hosts will gladly order ingredients for you), or the hotel's chef can prepare a menu, set the table and tidy up afterwards. However, near the communal gardens, there's a tented terrace with a few hammocks and some wrought-iron tables and chairs where guests can dine if they've notified the hotel owners before 12 noon. A limited lunch menu, including brochettes and grilled fish, and one evening meal – usually a tagine – is served each day. Afternoon tea is also served here daily.

Family fare

There’s no kids’ menu but small versions of adult meals are available for a reduced rate, and the chef can pack a picnic lunch for camel sojourns or whip up a baby purée when needed. If you have fussy eaters, tell the accommodating staff before noon so they can concoct something more to your child’s taste. If eating in-villa, high chairs are available for free and staff can deliver food (or ingredients for self catering, if you've requested them) to your door at an arranged time. Hotel owners can add a pool safety net on request, but for relaxed mealtimes with a toddler it's best to take your meals in the large light-filled dining room.

Hotel Bar

No bar, but you’ll find a bottle of local wine in your fridge and a top-up can be ordered in for a late-night rooftop tipple.

Last orders

Breakfast is served from 8am to 10am, afternoon tea from 4:30pm to 5pm.

Smith Insider

  • Top table

    Watch the sunset while you dine on your villa’s roof terrace, then let your meal settle as you stargaze.

  • Room service

    None, but as long as you liaise with staff about your preferred times, all meals can be brought to your villa for fuss-free fine dining. Staff are happy to heat baby food or milk at any hour of the day.


    Sidi Kaouki is a small secluded village and its few cafés operate on a laissez-faire schedule – when visiting Essaouira for the day, pick up some sweets and souk snacks to store in the villa and hand out as treats.


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Parent approved

‘Pristine white villas decorated in cool Berber-chic style, Zellige-tiled tables on a private terrace and a grassy-banked pool all to yourselves – a real luxury in sun-parched Sidi Kaouki – invite you to lie back and barely move until you leave.’

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Local French- and English-speaking babysitters can be booked for €4 a person an hour, for a minimum of two hours. This service must be booked a day in advance.


Not provided by the hotel, bring your own for use in-villa.

Other Services

Birthday parties can be held at the hotel in-villa or in the communal gardens.

What's there already?

For babies

• Highchairs • Travel cot • Cot bedlinen • Window shutters

For toddlers

• Highchairs • Cot beds • Cot bedlinen • Swimming aids • Toddler-proof toys • U-rated DVDs

For older children

• DVD library • Bikes to borrow • Ping-pong table • Surfboards • Wetsuits


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Things to do

Rebali Riads encourages a slow-paced and stress-free stay, so onsite activities tend to follow suit – swim in your villa’s pool, settle in for a massage and body scrub in the hammam or engage in a sporting game of tennis, cricket, boules or rounders in the communal gardens. Outside the villa the pace picks up – you can ride the surf or kitesurf by the shore, rev up a quad bike and race en famille, tour the local farm and milk the goats or giddy up on a camel – a rite of passage for any visitors to Morocco. Day trips to Essaouira provides a little more local colour, with Moroccan cooking lessons, and souks to sift and haggle your way through. Spend evenings at Rebali huddled under a Berber-style blanket from off the bed stargazing from the roof terrace.

Hotel activities

Rebali Riads offers a rare combination of parental peace and child-distracting activities. Onsite, life moves as slowly as the riads' pet tortoises (found in the olive garden), but thrills can be found along Sidi Kouaki’s windswept coastline which has prime windsurfing and kitesurfing conditions.

Sunny days

The villas’ private pools provide a serene place for a secluded swim. The hotel’s communal gardens are filled with tropical plants and have berjmat-tiled patios for reading, and tennis courts and table tennis for kids to play on. All equipment is free, including cricket and rounders, bats, balls and wickets. Rebali’s pet tortoises roam the gardens, and are very sociable, but the chameleon is a little harder to find. After a laid-back day of lazing in the sun, slow down the pace even more with an evening spent stargazing on the roof terrace – an educational experience for children (star maps are provided in your villa) or a flirtatious nightfall for parents once the kids are tucked in.

Rainy days

This bijou Berber village may be a little windswept, but this is still Morocco, so a day without sun is rare; however, if you do find yourself caught inside on the odd dreary day, you won’t get bored. The hammam is housed in a distinctive domed building at the centre of the hotel, where guests can steam and and scrub their troubles away. The hotel’s film library has U-rated films, so an afternoon spent sunk into the cosy sofas in a family pile will while away the time; or a range of board games and toys will engage active children until the showers have stopped.

And there's more…

A small selection of children’s books, which have been left behind by former guests, can be borrowed for a quiet spot of reading in the communal garden.

Local Guide

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Towering strip malls glimpsed near Sidi Kaouki will likely be a mirage – the place is as much of a giant sandpit as you’d expect a desert to be. However, the village offers both an authentic glimpse into the Berber lifestyle and miles of unspoilt Atlantic coastline. Windsurfing, kiteboarding and surfing can all be arranged at the Sidi Kaouki surf centre (+212 (0)672 044016) a short walk from the hotel. The club house has all equipment available to rent (for novices and experts alike), and a small café serving Vietnamese food. If camel trekking doesn't appeal, quad-biking outift Rachid Jabbar can take you dune bashing from €50–€60 for a three-hour session. The larger bikes can hold a parent and child over six, and over-12s can man their own bikes. A Berber lunch (€18 a person), including transport by donkey, gives a glimpse of the village's traditional lifestyle. Little guests will be well received (expect plenty of cheek pinching); however, alert the hotel to any fussy eaters beforehand. The hotel can also arange a local farm visit (€12 a person; under-16s are free with two adults) to help with milk the goats. Wide-open desert vistas ensure high-quality putting; Essaouira’s first golf club, Golf de Mogador (+212 (0)524 474346), has manicured greens and a sleek clubhouse. Young golfers are encouraged on the course, but it’s best suited to teenagers.

Le Kaouki (+212 (0)524 783206), is a blue-and-white restaurant with beach views from its roof terrace. Affordable dinners – fish tagines and couscous – and candlelit dining makes this the perfect place for a child-free meal. La Pergola (+212 (0)524 785831), a Franco-Morroccan restaurant, serves a table d’hote in languorous surroundings; sit on the shaded terrace to give careening children some space. Tiring of tagines? Windy Kaouki (+212 (0)524 472279) serves btasty pizza and pasta dishes. If you've booked a babysitter, take a 20-minute taxi ride into Essaouira to dine at Villa Maroc (+212 (0)524 473147), which has low-lit tables in elegant surrounds with a Moroccan and European-influenced menu. If venturing to Essaouira, follow the scent of sizzling fish to find gargottes (food stalls) in the souk – where vendors will grill sea urchin, crab, sardines and all manner of caught-that-day crustaceans, on the spot. Sidi Kaouki has a sparse selection of shops with a limited selection of food and drink; pick up snacks, baby food, nappies and other essentials from Essaouira's superette shops. 

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Rebali Riads
Sidi Kaouki Plage, Essaouira, Marrakech-Tensift-Al Haouz, 44000
Hotel setting

Settled in the sand dunes

Getting There

Dunes, camels and sunken forts form the sparsely-inhabited windswept landscape of Berber village Sidi Kaouki, with bustling blue-tinged town Essaouira a 30-minute drive away and Marrakech a two-hour desert drive away.


Essaouira’s Mogador Airport ( is just a 20-minute drive away from Rebali Riads, and Marrakech’s Menara Airport ( is a two-and-a-half-hour drive away, but flights touch down there from a wider range of destinations. Flights from the UK and transatlantic flights connect at Lisbon Airport, and flights across the Pacific reach Morocco via Tokyo Narita and Paris Charles de Gaulle.


With diddly squat in the way of trains and Rebali Riads’ tucked-away locale, you’ll find a car essential; especially when the family’s in tow. The hotel offers transfers for up to four people, to and from Marrakech Menara Airport, for €110. Both Marrakech and Mogador airports also have a range of car-hire services and parking is free at the hotel.

Parent travel tip

Royal Air Maroc offer reduced prices for babies and children up to 12 years old. Plan ahead if you're travelling via Marrakech and pack a special bag of books, crayons and small toys to give to kids as a treat on the plane. When you’ve cleared baggage claim give them a Moroccan checklist to introduce them to the country and keep them amused on the two-hour transfer to the hotel.


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Smith & Family  Parent Panel reviews

Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including Rebali Riads – has been selected and approved by parents.

Arriving at Rebali Riads is like encountering a palm-tree shaded oasis after a thirst-riddled desert trek, if you've arrived with a travel-weary family in tow. Pristine white villas (each equipped with a fully fitted kitchen for self-catering) and luxurious suites decorated in cool Berber-chic style, Zellige-tiled tables on a private dining terrace and grassy-banked pools – a real luxury in sun-parched Sidi Kaouki – invite you to lie back and barely move until you leave. It’s an easily achieved feat – meals are brought to your villa, the spa is a short sarong-clad stroll away and villas also have a private cinema room, with a selection of DVDs, board games, books and toys to borrow. The sleepy unspoilt village surrounds are deceptively desolate, offering a fascinating glimpse into the berber way of life, and any teens in your family troupe will take to the area's famed board, wind and kitesurfing like a fish to water. Essaouira is easily reached by car (or by camelback if you're so inclined – just ask your hosts) where the hotel's chef can accompany you to help you pick out ingredients from the souk before teaching you how to whip up traditional tagines and pastries. If you do choose to stay onsite, kids can use the tennis courts or seek out the chameleon in the hotel’s communal garden and parents can make use of the elegant hammam at the heart of the hotel. Top off the languid days with a poolside meal, before ascending to the roof terrace for a spot of stargazing.

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The Guestbook  Smith member reviews

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith & Family hotel, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what real-life family guests had to say about Rebali Riads in the Guestbook below.


Stayed on

We loved

The stunning and tranquil Rebali Riads, the gracious and ever helpful staff, rustic charm of the village. Not a tourist trap. Delicious, freshly cooked local cuisine. Friendly locals. Surf Cafe was very cool and delicious food. Horse riding was a blast.

Don’t expect

Wild party nights out or take away pizzas!

Rating: 10/10 stars