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    Relax by the Moroccan seaside

    riad dar maya

    With its art deco-inspired balconies and hammam—a traditional, communal bathhouse—Riad Dar Maya has all the hallmarks of a traditional Moroccan boutique hotel. Located in Essaouira’s historic hub, where narrow streets wind past centuries-old buildings and bustling souks, the hotel overlooks the medina walls, mosques and towers that dominate the Windy City’s skyline. Rooms, which start from $105 per night, are spacious and modern, with contemporary fireplaces. Travelers who make the 10-mile taxi trip from Essaouira-Mogador Airport by dusk can have dinner at the hotel’s restaurant, which offers a daily changing three-course menu. Alternatively, guests can indulge in a massage or beauty treatment or relax in the rooftop hot tub. Those who want to explore Essaouira can head to the city’s charming port, close to Riad Dar Maya, famed for its turquoise-colored fishing boats and shoals of sardines. Temperatures soar past 80 degrees Fahrenheit in Essaouira in the summer; tourists can go camel riding or play football on one of the city’s sandy beaches. Book your stay online.

    Address: Rue d’Oujda, Essaouira 44000, Morocco
    Phone: +212 5247-85687

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