Turtle Bay

Turtle Bay

Dakhla, Morroco

ESE Capital Ltd

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The Brief

The creation of an eco-wellness and sports tourism destination on the Atlantic coast of the Sahara in Western Morocco. A rich composite of mixed uses that includes a complex of visitor and community facilities including agri-business with a robust sustainable agenda.


Joining the desert and the sea, the project builds on a unique genius loci, landscape, sports and cultural location. It synthesises traditional passive Moroccan techniques in response to climate whilst maintaining a clear contemporary architectural language. The project celebrates its desert location – eschewing ‘green’ landscapes which are alien and unsustainable


Resort centre, international kite surfing school, spa, Michelin star restaurant, spice culinary school, souk, riad, tennis centre, international primary school, hospital, sports health clinic, business and management school, multi-faith building, concert/performance/art galleries, worker accommodation, equestrian centre, hand gliding/zip wire centre, visitor accommodation (various) and salt-water greenhouses. Cars are only allowed to the site entrance and are covered with PV panelled canopies. It includes the provision of a new mini-port – which will provide leisure activities but also a waterbus connection and for the effective import of materials.


50 ha (123.55 acres)
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