Things to do
One of the great things about Oualidia is the sheer number of activities on offer. The shallow lagoon is ideal for swimming, paddle boarding, surfing and kayaking. Three of Oualidia's five beaches are within easy reach of the house (the best is a two-minute boat trip away) while the sand dunes to the south are perfect for quad biking.
You can take a boat trip to the pirate caves, royal palace or the salt pans at the northern end of the lagoon. Take binoculars (supplied at the villa) with you. Oualidia lies on a bird migration route and you can spot waders, shore birds and flamingoes, if you're lucky.
Keen walkers should make for the clifftops and deserted coves of the Atlantic coast or head north along the lagoon where the silence is broken only by the cries of curlews and the distant crash of surf. Further afield, we can organise half-day or full-day excursions to Safi or El Jadida.
Many of our guests are happy to spend all day at the villa. Our on-call masseurs and masseuses will provide massages and manicures. We have a table tennis table, boules and a zip-wire in the garden. And in the evening there are board games, books and DVDs galore.
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We can arrange hire of kayaks, paddle boards, windsurfers and pedalos. Abdou, our friendly and qualified surfing instructor speaks English and will teach beginners from 8 and up
Birdwatching: among Oualidia's visitors are Eleanora's falcons, Audouin's gulls, Kentish plovers, black-winged stilts, flamingos and spoonbills (above)
Go on a boat trip to the marabout tomb (below) or the salt pans at the end of the lagoon (below, left)
' A beautiful, calm, chilled time
filled with reading, drawing,
water colouring, bird spotting,
walks, ocean viewing and
wonderful food ' - Helen & Tom
Mardens, New York\
Shop in Safi for ceramics, spices and slippers
Explore the pirate caves
Trek the beach by horse... or quad-bike
Visit the Wednesday souk
... just 8 minutes' walk from the house
Pamper yourself with a massage in our wellness studio
Try the zip-wire
Climb a tree
... or just hang out