Welcome Trophy 2016Read more

The prestigious international hotel association Relais & Châteaux annually recognises just a few of their member hotels for out-of-the-ordinary achievements. The much sought-after Welcome Trophy is awarded for consistently high standards concerning welcome and service.
For the year 2016 this prestigious trophy is destined for Heure Bleue Palais in Essaouira, Morocco.

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The Green Key eco label

Heure Bleue Palais received this eco label for its involvement in sustainable development.  

The Oriental Hammam ritual

Discover the Oriental Hammam at Heure Bleue Palais

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Local Essaouiran products: Argan oil

Veritable local product from the Essaouira region, Argan oil and the practises and ancient know-how concerning the Argan tree were recently integrated into UNESCO’s Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Argan oil : sucessful story

Essaouira local culture and history. The oil extracted from the nuts of the Argan tree is best known in the world of cosmetics for its skin nourishing and softening properties.  

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The weekly souks in & around Essaouira

The team at Heure Bleue Palais wants to reiterate that traditional Sunday morning markets are happening in Morocco as well as in France. 


Discover Moroccan pancakes at Heure Bleue Palais

Our Chef loves to showcase the culinary wealth of his native country and pay homage to time honoured traditions – and while most associate Moroccan gastronomy with tagines or couscous, pancakes are very much a part of our culinary custom and utterly delicious.

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Discover traditional Moroccan relaxation in Essaouira

A hammam ritual is an absolute must-do in Essaouira! Besides being an important part of Moroccan culture, the hammam offers undeniable and recognised health benefits. Heure Bleue invites you to discover traditional Oriental wellbeing with special offers at our Petit Spa.

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Essaouira in a different way

Let's chose Essaouira for your next trip ! We give you 12 reasons to not regreat your choice !    


72 hours at Heure Bleue Palais

You’ve been told that 3 days are plenty of time to visit Essaouira, and have accordingly booked a long weekend at Heure Bleue Palais.  Time is of the essence, so here our suggestion for a fabulous  schedule – making sure that you’ll not miss a thing in our glorious ‘blue city’ and still have time to relax and to enjoy our charming riad.  


Must-eats in Essaouira

If a ‘must-do’ list for Essaouira includes a tour of the ancient Medina or a stroll around the picturesque working harbour, our ‘must-eat’ list cannot be complete without the discovery of recipes and gourmet specialities at Heure Bleue.

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Weekend gourmet enjoyment

The team at Heure Bleue Palais are always delighted to assist our guests in their discovery of Essaouira’s fascinating traditions – and now with the new ‘gourmet weekend’ at Heure Bleue, visitors can encounter Moroccan gastronomy too!

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Discover Essaouira’s Ain Lahjar oasis

Essaouira’s Medina is fascinating, but there are many other treasures to be unearthed in the region. So let’s discover the Ain Lahjar oasis north of the city!

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A relaxing start

The well-known proverb says that ‘the early bird catches the worm’… And during your stay at Heure Bleue Palais, there is all the more reason to wake up early: our fabulous breakfast buffet!

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berber couscous

Introduction to Berber couscous>>

Learn how to prepare this authentic couscous dish step by step with a Moroccan cook and our Chef Ahmed Handour.

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Essaouira’s Heure Bleue Palais taps into the produce of the moment>>

Discover Essaouira's heritage with Heure Bleue Palais.

The wines of Heure Bleue Palais

The wines of Heure Bleue Palais & vineyard Val d'Argan>>

Heure Bleue Palais invites you to a totally unique and exclusive experience at the home and heart of the Domaine Val d'Argan.

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A musical introduction: past and present of music in Essaouira>>

Our city’s rich musical heritage is characterised by the diversity of rites of the various musical guilds.