Sofitel Essaouira Mogador Resort
Though the north African country has been independent from French rule for more than 50 years, an underlying layer of French culture remains throughout Morocco. Speaking to that, French-owned Hotel Sofitel Essaouira Mogador Golf & Spa, located on the less cultivated Atlantic coast, brings Parisian chic to Essaouira, a still quaint fishing village. Near the white-washed walls of the city, the 175-room hotel overlooks the water. Mixing Moroccan characteristics with French contemporary design, the Sofitel has a Gary Player designed golf course, which keeps guests entertained, as do 3 pools, 4 restaurants and a trio of bars.