The Big Blue, Mirleft, SW Morocco

House - Private room · Mirleft, Souss-Massa-Draa, Morocco
Your host, Caroline
21 Reviews
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The Space

My home is situated in Tayert 1, a tiny, quiet hamlet 1.5kms from the centre of the laid-back fishing village of Mirleft (four mins drive - about 20 to walk). Nestling between several beautiful beaches the spacious open-plan house is set atop a rocky escarpment overlooking the endless blue Atlantic Ocean to the west - with a view of the purple-tinged Anti-Atlas Mountains to the east.

The first floor, light and airy room has an extremely comfortable European bed (inc. 100% cotton bedding, double covered pillows, regularly washed/aired feather duvet, mattress cover) and double sliding doors that open onto a balcony facing directly out to sea. There’s lots of wardrobe space and plenty of power points. The room also comes with a full-length mirror, hairdryer - and towels for use in the giant wet room (shared only with me), which is equipped with a double-headed shower (hard to find in Morocco!).

Though I am not running an actual B‘n’B - I will throw in breakfast for later arrivals. Meanwhile coffee and English tea are always on tap, and you can make your own breakfast in my kitchen - which you’re very welcome to eat either at the kitchen table or in your room.

Other food wise - there are beach front café/restaurants a few minutes either side of the house – and umpteen delightful eateries offering various lovely local fare in the village.

Food is a big part of Berber life and Mirleft has plenty of mouthwatering options: spidercrab, sea bass and octopus literally straight from the sea, lamb, beef, and camel tagines, or gut-busting Couscous-Royale lavished with meatballs, merguez sausage, and saffron-scented chickpea stew. There are also snack options a-plenty in the streetside cafes – from traditional Berber omelettes, to refreshing Moroccan salads to fantastic homemade French fries.

Situated a safe distance from the disco lights of Agadir the emphasis here is very much on relaxation. But if lolling on the beach isn’t your bag - there is still plenty to do. Mirleft is home to some of the finest surfing spots on the SW coast of Morocco – and there are several well-established surf schools that offer training and equipment hire. The region is also renowned for its year-round near perfect paragliding conditions – and is very popular with European flyers looking to soar out of season. Other opportunities include quad biking in the desert, horse trekking in the mountains and diving for octopus under the rocky coastline.

Further south along the shimmering Atlantic coast lies L’Gzira beach resplendent with cathedral-high red rock formations, the former Spanish colonial town of Sidi Ifni boasting splendid Art Deco architecture, and Guelmim ‘the gateway to the desert’ with its bustling bazaars and camel markets. To the north is the seaside town of Aglou with its old-timey promenade and tiers of cave dwellings, and slightly inland, the town of Massa, hiding (email hidden) national park which offers fantastic freshwater fishing spots. And if you’re after pukka Moroccan jewelry - 40kms through the cactus-strewn mountains lies Tiznit famous for its silver and ancient medina.

I’m here most of the time so if you need honest opinion, transport or contacts for local activities or places to go I’d be more than happy to point you in the right direction.

Whether you’re a paraglider or surfer gasping for some action, an adventurer eager to explore or a sun-seeker just seeking to splodge – if you’re looking for a tranquil bolthole – this could be just the place.

Interaction with Guests

As much or as little as they want!

The Neighborhood

Convenience stores, bakery, local beaches, very friendly people - and lots of peace and quiet.

Getting around

Hourly bus service - Sidi Ifni to Tiznit, local taxis can be arranged

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Dog(s)
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • The host, Caroline and Charlie (her dog) and her house made me one of the most memorable moments im my life. I had planned to stay there for 3 nights but I prolonged and prolonged.

    Caroline's house is like Black-hole, seriously. It's really hard to get out from that house. Actually I didn't travel in Mirleft but traveled in "Caroline's house". Her house is soooo~ beautiful and clean that I didn't want to go out. I enjoyed cooking in the kitchen and watching DVDs in the livingroom more than going to the beach or village.
    Caroline is so cool and humorous. She made me comfortable. I'll miss her way of speaking with wild vocabularies and her dance! klkkkkk ^.^ Also I already miss the big voice of Charlie with 'bloody' big mouth and sweet looks while his sleeping.

    I never forget 10 days in her house.

    You don't have to think deeply. Just go. You won't regret, I bet.

    May 2014
  • trotz Nebel in dieser Region war die Lage des Hauses / Zimmers ideal und Caroline eine angenehme Gastgeberin

    April 2014
  • Caroline was a perfect host! We weren't exactly sure whether we'd make it to Mirleft on the arranged day but she made our journey easy with frequent contact. She had a couple of pizzas at the ready when we arrived and we drank copious amounts of red wine into the night. Caroline's place was as described and exactly what we needed.

    April 2014
  • Caroline is an incomparable host. Weeks prior to our visit, she gave us great tips on how to get from Marrakech to Mirleft and overall advice on traveling in Morocco. Once we had arrived, the stay became more about the person than the place itself. We absolutely loved Mirleft and her home is magnificent but we certainly wouldn't have had as great of a time if it weren't for Caroline. She is incredibly cognizant of the surrounding culture and has just a remarkable personality and sense of humor. We would definitely recommend!

    Oh, and try not to fall too deeply in love with Charley, her dog.

    April 2014
  • We had an amazing time at Caroline's! It is a room with a view for sure and Caroline is a really great host who is just as helpful and supportive as fun to hang out with! Highly recommended!

    April 2014
  • I had a fantastic stay at Caroline's, her house was beautiful, and I was made to feel welcome immediately, especially by Charlie the dog. Caroline showed me around Mirleft, and helped me arrange some brilliant surfing lessons, but also gave me space and privacy when needed. She also makes a pretty great tagine.

    March 2014
  • The house is beautiful (great rooms, very good kitchen), the view over the ocean is magnificent, Mirleft is a lovely Moroccon village and Charly and Caroline are very good hosts, in short: we have had a great time.

    March 2014
  • From the moment we arrived at The Big Blue we knew we were in the right place. You can hear the sound of the ocean on the rocks from the deliciously comfortable and clean bed. The bathroom is massive with perfectly functioning plumbing. There are a dozen cosy spaces inviting you to curl up with a book. The kitchen is fantastic - large, well equipped, and like the rest of the home, clean! Top this with never ending cups of coffee and Charlie the lovable dog, and you can see why we never wanted to leave. We miss you Caroline and Charlie. Until next time!

    February 2014
  • Simply put, A GREAT STAY in a SPECIAL part of the world. Upon arrival, was warmly greeted by the kind and generous host Caroline and my new friend Charlie le chien, thus feeling instantly welcome. The room was exactly how I had envisaged it and more providing the ideal soundscape to relax and rejuvenate. Stayed 9 days and would have liked to stay another 9 at least but I guess all good things come to those who wait. A gem of a place surrounded by incredible scenery and wild empty beaches. Highly recommended!

    January 2014
  • We had the pleasure of staying for eight nights at Caroline's house.. The room is super comfortable, and falling asleep to the sound of the atlantic waves, crashing on the rocks below, was absolutely fantastic. The home is really stylish with a great shower and a HUUUGE Dvd-selection. Caroline is a lovely woman that really cares for her guests - whether it's telling crazy stories, arranging great value transport, reccomending local spots or caring for you if you're ill. A very special person. Thank you so much for a memorable stay!

    January 2014
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In 2007 I ran away to Morocco and ended up on the Atlantic coast in the Berber fishing village of Mirleft. After two months of sun, sea, fantastic food and bundles of Berber bonhomie I decided that this was where I wanted to live. So I sold my rabbit hutch in London and with the proceeds, much help from fabulous new friends, and a crash course in French and Berber I built a house by the sea. I now live here on a pretty permanent basis with my young and very friendly rescue dog Charlie. A typical day comprises Charlie rollicking on a neighbouring beach while I’ll either be working as a freelance journalist in London (via wi-fi) or on the upkeep of the house. After several years living on Morocco's SW coast (and from researching for travel features) I am now very knowledgeable about the region and fully integrated into the local Berber community - the latter being extremely easy to achieve just by being friendly and up for a laugh. And while my day-to-day is largely 'European' I have inevitably adopted the Berber mantra "imik, imik" ('slowly, slowly') - i.e. life is pretty relaxed. So if you're looking for a friendly, secluded spot to snooze to the swashing of the sea both Charlie and I would be happy to have you here.
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