If you’ve not heard of Oualidia, you’re not alone. The – as-yet – well-kept secret lies on Morrocco’s exposed western coast. The big hitters of Casablanca and Marrakech are over two hours away, ensuring Oualidia doesn’t receive any overspill from the big city attractions. However, its wild coastal location does ensure there’s a steady flow of fresh seafood – although the ocean isn’t the only body of water nearby. A huge saltwater lagoon acts as a focal point in the destination that’s pronounced ‘wa-lid-ya’. Take an exotic beach holiday and get off the beaten track, with a palatial stay in Oualidia.
La Sultana Oualidia
Set beside the lagoon and backing onto the seafront, La Sultana is an opulent five-star hotel. The charming traditional stone building is reminiscent of a kasbah and sets the scene for a chic family-friendly resort. Its 12 rooms are decorated in a natural palette that echoes the sandy and aquamarine colours seen on Oualidia’s coast and the spa has a gleaming glass roof. Outside, a protected reserve provides up-close bird watching opportunities, while the adjacent water enables watersports and sailing excursions. There’s a barefoot feel here – guests can eat oysters on the jetty and the restaurant has an aquarium wall (unsurprisingly fish is a speciality here).