Review of Ksar Massa Agadir

An isolated, colourful hideaway with a sea-water swimming pool and spa set in six hectares in an idyllic location directly overlooking miles of deserted beach and the extraordinary Massa Nature Reserve. Ksar Massa offers an ideal retreat for nature lovers and those seeking peace; it overlooks a five mile stretch of fine sandy beach at the heart of the Massa lagoon with its astonishing wealth of wildlife and the most important sanctuary for migrating birds in Morocco.

The hotel has the warmest of embraces. Stepping through its heavy, carved entrance door you emerge in a sheltered, sub-tropical garden awash in greenery and colour. Low buildings with traditional crenulated Ksar rooftops wrap round three of its sides and look out across a central pool to the mighty ocean. It has 10 delightfully decorated rooms with terrace and sea view as well as villas of varying sizes. All the rooms are spacious with separate seating area dazzlingly decorated in traditional décor furnished with local handicrafts, carpets and fabrics collected from several medinas around Morocco. Each has its own charm, personality and warm colouring.

The main building has a large dining room where superb Moroccan meals are served with a focus on fish and vegetarian dishes. Breakfast and lunch can be taken on the terraces (weather permitting). A library and TV room, sitting areas, bar with spectacular views of the coast. There is also a traditional hammam with massage facilities and of course the large sea-water pool. There are no phones, but mobiles work reasonably well.

There is a spa centre providing a covered pool with a view of the sea, water and air massager, aqua gym, Jacuzzi, hammam, two massage rooms, beauty centre and a fitness centre.

But the main attraction of a stay at Ksar Massa is hiring a guide and doing some exceptional bird watching in the park – greater flamingo, blue tit, crane, marbled teal and bald ibis – those and many more make Souss Massa their sanctuary part of the year.