Riad Baladin Essaouira

Back in Essaouira Basking on Riad Baladin’s Rooftop

We’ve been dropped off at the intersection of the beach and the medina and turn our backs to the shining sun. Though this wasn’t my first trip to Essaouira, it’s been my favorite. Maddy and I have been hopping around Riads every two nights and today we left Le Jardin de Douars to head back inside the…

Le Jardin Des Douars

A Photojourney of Le Jardin Des Douars

The driver goes painstakingly slow up the long driveway to Le Jardin Des Douars. He’s got a nice car and clearly doesn’t want to get it dirty, in fact at this rate it feels like we’d arrive faster by going on foot. This is part of the charm of our next visit, it’s tucked in…

staircase at Riad Zahra Essaouira

Trying New Things: Riad Zahra and Vegan Shoes

We made the mistake of walking to Riad Zahra from Madada Mogador  at 12 noon with our backpacks in the afternoon sun beating down on us. Why we constantly try to cut a few corners (especially when a taxi in Essaouira is only 70 cents) I’ll never know. Perhaps — at least for me — it’s…


Madada Mogador, the Home of Comfort in Essaouira

We arrived to Essaouira late at night on the Supratour from Marrakech (70 dirham and two hours for those wondering) and walked along the sidewalk parallel to the ocean. Though many touts were eager to bring us and our bags to the hotel we preferred to stretch our legs and enjoy a little silence. As…


Rest and Relaxation at Rebali Riads in Sidi Kaouki

Nothing could have prepared me for Rebali Riads. The car crept along the road and the tiny village of Sidi Kaouki came into view. A string of small guest houses, three restaurants, and a standalone cement room spray painted with “les legumes <——“ (the vegetables) comprised the town center. We’ll visit that treasure trove later….

azur art spa essaouira morocco

Breaking Mad: A Hammam and Gommage at Azur Spa

We’ve got an appointment at 3pm at Azur Art and Spa, it will be Maddy’s first hammam and non-sports massage so I try to prep him for what the experience will be like. Deep down I know it’s going to be lightweight torture for him, but I know he’s going to like it at the…


Spoil Yourself Silly at the Luscious La Sultana Spa and Hammam

Entering the intricate golden doors of La Sultana the staff behind the counter greets me with a warm welcome. Before I know it  I’m whisked away down the grand hall with hanging lanterns past the dining room with their magnificent statues and fresh flowers. Once in the spa the scent of fresh fragrances flirts with…


Our Jungle House in Khao Sok : An Experience Like No Other

Arriving at Our Jungle House (OJH) was like going back to childhood when I had a treehouse in my backyard. Oftentimes I would pretend that I was surrounded by jungle, rivers, wildlife, and curious monkeys. Today, I didn’t need to pretend – it was my reality. Getting to Our Jungle House From Surat Thani As…

temple tree resort langkawi

Is Temple Tree the Best Resort Ever?

As we pulled into the rocky driveway of Temple Tree Resort on Langkawi the sun was just starting to dip into the ocean, casting a beautiful orange light through the trees and onto the cobblestone path towards the reception area. We were welcomed with a delicious pineapple mint tea which was slightly effervescent and helped…

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