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.

Life Style Heure Bleue : BLOG

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Golf Mogador inaugurates new course

Opened in 2009 in Essaouira, Golf Mogador features an 18-hole championship course that all fans of the sport and would-be golfers can discover. From Relais & Châteaux Heure Bleue Palais, it's easy to get to Golf Mogador, just 10 minutes from Essaouira’s Medina by car or taxi. Golf Mogador is a vast 580 ha and overlooks the Atlantic Ocean, with a unique setting that guarantees a unique golfing experience.


‘All about Argan’ menu

At Heure Bleue Palais we have great respect for all things local: our Head Chef Ahmed Handour is passionate about Moroccan gastronomy and loves nothing more than to showcase the excellent Moroccan produce, including the region’s famous Argan oil.

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.


Flavours of Moroccan olive oil

At Heure Bleue Palais, we love to take our guests on a journey of discovery of Moroccan ingredients and their inimitable flavours – very much cherished by our headchef Ahmed Handour. One of our favourite products that can instantly transport you on a voyage through Morocco is our olive oil.

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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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‘Souiri’ evenings at Heure Bleue Palais

Essaouira … enchanting city of art, traditions and ancient customs. We at Heure Bleue Palais invite you to discover the many facets of the ‘blue city’ at our ‘Souiri’ evenings.  

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Chef’s table by Heure Bleue Palais

What does ‘live kitchen’ say to you? Heure Bleue is delighted to present their own twist on an experimental, innovative culinary concept originating from Japan. In case you are not familiar with the ‘live kitchen’ concept, we invite you to visit and discover the unique ‘chef’s table’ menu at Heure Bleue Palais …

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Food & wine weekend at Heure Bleue Palais

The perfect balance: cuisine at Heure Bleue and the wines of Val d'Argan. Here at Heure Bleue Palais, gastronomy reigns supreme – and when dishes can be accompanied by a glass of wine, we appreciate our food even more.  

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Relax & Detox at Heure Bleue Palais

Because our team loves to take care of you, we have created our first ever weekend offer all about your wellbeing. Discover Relax & Detox Essaouira!  

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Cultural week-end with Heure Bleue Palais

‘Essaouira, city of art and culture’ is a fitting slogan for old Mogador. And our concierge team could not agree more! To celebrate the remarkable variety of art and culture in our blue city, we have devised a special cultural weekend offer.  

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Springtime arts & culture in Essaouira

Can the words ‘spring’ and ‘culture’ ever rhyme? The concierge team at Heure Bleue wouldn’t hesitate to say a resounding yes! 

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

Discover Essaouira's heritage with Heure Bleue Palais.


‘Pool & Lunch’ at Heure Bleue Palais>>

The team at Heure Bleue Palais invites to enjoy our panoramic terrace and swimming pool all summer long with our ‘Pool & Lunch’ offer. 

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Lunch Chic & Gourmand Plaisirs at Heure Bleue Palais>>

Each day during the summer season, Heure Bleue Palais invites to the lofty 4th floor rooftop terrace restaurant for a new Lunch Chic & Gourmand Plaisirs lunch menu.

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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.