Staying Green at the Eco-Hotel Lalla Mira in Essaouira, Morocco
Skirting a quiet harbor on the Atlantic coast, the postcard-pretty town of Essaouira has attracted visitors since Phoenicians arrived in the 7th century B.C. Orson Welles lived and worked here in the late 1940s, filming Othello in its medina. Now you can experience Essaouira in a new and simultaneously ancient way. The town’s oldest hammam has been converted into the eco-hotel Lalla Mira—a clever blend of European style, Moroccan tradition, and German engineering. Here, natural materials, solar heating, water recycling—and a restaurant that serves its own organically grown produce—live up to the name Essaouira (which means "well-designed" in Arabic). The rooms are cozy, spacious (especially the mini-suites), and remarkably affordable.