Salut Maroc sits in Essouira's historic Medina at the landmark fortress walls. There is a small path leading to its entrance squeezed between the brick walls of the historic ramparts and the hotel's building. You can't miss its main door, as the former merchant's house's facade is adorned with beautiful turquoise blue wooden shutters. This vivid signature style is continued throughout the hotel's premises. Salut Maroc accomplishes its design target with flying colors (pun intended!).
The interiors were renovated by local artisans and by the internationally renowned lead designer and owner, Helen Howat. The hotel showcases what happens when traditional artisanal Moroccan skills meet contemporary design ideas. The result? In one word: spectacular. If you've ever tried to mix more than two colors, you are aware of the challenge of getting them fit together. Salut Maroc uses not two but a whole palette of colors and boldly blends them together without ever turning into kitsch.
Morocco's famous coastal town was built as a fortress in the 18th-century by the Moroccan King, Mohammed III. The goal was to create the closest harbor to Marrakesh, which gives it its present-day advantage in tourism. Although a set of small islands, including the largest, Mogador, protects the bay of Essaouira, it still gets strong currents and wind that makes it a perfect spot for kitesurfing and windsurfing.