Sawadi, charming ecolodge in southern Morocco

The architecture

All the buildings at Sawadi have been designed and built in the traditional local Berber architecture. The houses are daubed with a coating of mud and straw and have narrow window frames. This local ancestral technique allows the interior of the house to remain cool in summer and warm in winter.

The ceilings have exposed eucalyptus or poplar beams with recessed coffers in plaited reeds  of  four or five layers deep.

Each detail has been carefully considered to ensure maximum comfort while preserving the local architecture authenticity. Each bedrooms have heating and running hot water.

We have made one significant concession to consumerism : we have set up some air conditioners that have mainly a backup function but also answer to commercial requirements. However, the building construction with its mud and straw daubing often makes air conditioning unnecessary. We live summer and winter in a traditionnal house without heater nor air conditionning.

Wastewater treatment

Wastewater is treated with a true septic tank (not the common Moroccan « lost well ») with horizontal filtering discharge to avoid contamination of the phreatic table. This water treatment...

Water conservation

At Sawadi, water is considered as a rare resource that absolutely must be preserved. Even though the domain is well supplied by two wells (the water nap is only 9m...

Sustainable tourism

Sustainable tourisme is a tourism that participates in the development of the population and host territories in the North and the South while contributing to majors 21th century issues :...

Social environment

Sawadi's management wished to create particular conditions to maintain a constant level of motivation of the staff. Some of them are : staff hired locally, merit bonus, profit-sharing, distribution of the...