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Kasbah Angour Atlas Mountains Hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Douar Toufsirine, CR Aghouatim | Asni, Tahanaout 42300, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Tahanaout
Bordon, United Kingdom
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“Authentic mountain revelation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

This stunningly beautiful place in the Atlas foothills is the work of English owner Paul Foulsham, who has lived amongst Berber Moroccans for many years. Just 30 minutes from Marrakech, they will collect you at the airport if you wish, at very reasonable cost. Approached by a mountain road, perched along a ridge, its architecture has much in common with the fascinating ancient Berber settlements that surround it. You are greeted on arrival and looked after throughout by extremely friendly and helpful staff. Any tipping is purely optional, only on check out.

It's Ideal for moderate or energetic mountain walks, motor tours of the region, overnight excursions, visits to Marrakech, the interesting local weekly souk and a wide variety of guided and unguided activities, all of which can be arranged through the hotel. It has all the amenities you expect in a comfortable hotel, whilst avoiding vulgar embellishments often found in multinational corporate establishments. Every stone and tile has been hand dressed and laid by local labour. Fittings and furniture are locally crafted, some on the site itself. Green technology is not neglected. Water is heated by solar panels. In hot weather the air conditioning works well and is quiet. The views in all directions are to die for. The landscape of the 10+ acre site is lush and beautiful.

The restaurant menu is based on traditional Berber dishes. Produce is grown organically on site; fresh meat is locally sourced. Fruit juice is fresh squeezed; the watermelon juice is a particular delight. Nothing is frozen or reheated.

Every room is individually designed and of generous proportions. Some are flexible for family accommodation if needed. Beds are large and firm. The area is slowly being opened up to tourism. Some of the tiny settlements were without road access or electricity until very recently, and this is an opportunity to experience authentic local life before it is gone forever. Out 5 day stay was truly memorable. The only regret was not having a large suitcase in which to fit more of Morocco's superb crafts, from Paul's own shop, locally or from the Marrakech souk.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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berlin
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

My family and I spent three glorious days here for a much needed pause from frenetic Marrakech.
It was a truly wonderful oasis surrounded by magnificient views. The Kasbah itself is sympathetically developed within its landscape and the facilities are excellent. The pool, gardens and surrounding outdoor areas are lovely and breathtaking views abound from wherever you park yourself! The staff were very sweet, efficient without being intrusive and the rooms were well appointed and spacious and spotlessly clean. We chose to do absolutely nothing other than to relax in the gardens by the pool but the Kasbah can arrange and create great itineraries for anyone wanting a more energetic sojourn. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are available and the food is very tasty indeed, leaning towards classical moroccan and berber cuisine which is a lovely alternative to all the french and italian restaurants that exist in Marrakech. So for a wonderful rest in tranquil beautiful surroundings, a total get away from it all, even though Marrakech is only 40 minutes away, this is the ideal solution.
We will be back, cannot wait and are really sad to have left. Thankyou to Paul and his team for their wonderful hospitality and great service.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Damerham
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7 hotel reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

Perfect place for lovers. This place suits couples, small group of friends and a solo traveller, not for children. Beautiful setting, with gardens and stunning views. No shops, no distractions, just walking and nature. Food in the Kasbah was really nice and the staff were helpful, polite and friendly. The swimming pool area was very relaxing. We had glowworms in our room!

The situation is only about 40 minutes from Marrakech so makes a superb base and is a great escape from the mayhem and fun of Marrakech.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Leeds
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7 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

we booked into the Kasbah Angour as a relaxing start to our honeymoon. We had requested transport from Marrekech Airport, and travelled about an hour after landing to get there. When we arrived Paul told us the history of the Kasbah and gave us a quick tour of the stunning gardens and indoor areas.
we spent 4 days here which we originally planned to be spent by the pool, but a combination of grey weather and a sense of adventure saw us see the Tuesday Souk in Tahanaoute, followed by a guided walk back through a Berber Village and beautiful country side. We also took an unguided walk and explored the local area which was amazing and spent a very relaxing afternoon enjoying the sunshine. the last day we took a guided mule hike into the Atlas, starting at a town called Imlil. This was without a doubt a fantastic experience. All of the adventures we had were perfectly organised by Paul and his team and they were trips we would never have thought of organising ourselves. we could have spent a week there and not have experienced everything on offer!

Back to the Kasbah; amazing traditional food, locally sourced products, good service, good wine, good beer, all in a setting that awakens every sense. Sunsets from the roof terrace are a must-see.

We were collected at the end of our stay by our driver from the Sahara Adventure Travels for the next part of our adventure.....

Would recommend time at the Kasbah Angour to anyone!

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
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5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

A belated review from Oct 2012 when we stayed for 4 nights at the beginning of our honeymoon and it was such a fantastic stay that I couldn't not review. Perfect position which gives outstanding views, amazing garden and genuine Moroccan architecture and fittings all lovingly created by Paul the owner, who cannot do enough to make your stay as good as can be. Great walks into the mountains and nearby Berber villages with charming guides. Although the setting is perfect, for me the service, all local Berber staff (very cheery, helpful and nice to be around) and food, all authentic seasonal well cooked food really make this place. Dinner is very romantic in a pretty room with log fire, great wine list and local, occasionally live, music. Previously visited for the first leg of a mini Morocco tour but we will return solely to recharge in such a tranquil setting and be looked after by Paul and his amazing team.

Honest downsides if you can call them that: my husband would like to see wifi in the rooms, it was only in reception at the time of our visit so inconvenient to him and means a few people lingering in reception. My husband would like more choice on the lunchtime menu as eating in is the only realistic option and choice is limited (although I thought all so good it did not bother me) and it would be nice if the pool could be heated as its such a lovely pool but was icy cold at the time of our visit. I would love to see Paul add the services of a Hammam, perhaps a local Berber lady as Paul supplies the local Berber men as guides, perhaps this is next in Paul's plan. However a quick cab ride into Marrakech and there are plenty to choose from but it would be the icing on the cake.

I cannot recommend enough. We will return

Room Tip: We had the most amazing suite, we would recommend. Very spacious and comfortable. From what we saw a...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

A wonderful hotel with beautiful features created by local artisans. The gardens are absolutely wonderful with a variety of well established plants and the swimming pool is set discreetly to one side. The snow capped peaks of the Atlas Mountains can be seen in distance but whichever way you look, there are great views. This hotel is only 30 minutes from Marrakech and a great base for exploring the local area. The rooms are very clean and comfortable with the bonus of a proper hairdryer!

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Winchester, United Kingdom
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10 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

We stayed here for two nights in April. Having suffered an interminable (and inexplicable) wait at security at the airport in Marrakesh it was wonderful to arrive at this serene oasis. Marrakesh was experiencing unusually hot weather during the week we were there and so it was lovely to be in a cooler position. The Kasbah was built from scratch by Paul over the last five years and he has done a wonderful job, the gardens are stunning. The atmosphere is quiet, calm and welcoming. I am not sure how many rooms there are but it certainly wasn't full during the time we stayed. We had an extremely comfortable room facing the beautifully landscaped gardens, lovely big bathroom too. It would have been nice to have been able to shut the shutters but left the glass bit of the windows open at night, I didnt feel entirely happy leaving the windows wide open as we were on ground level so on the second night we opted for air conditioning. As we were only there for two nights and one day and felt badly in need of a total relax we decided not to do any of the tours this time, next time we will. We spent the day sunbathing and swimming which is just what we needed. Breakfast is taken outside on a terrace and is very good, breads, yoghurt, fruit and a choice of eggs, pancakes etc. You are given a menu in the late afternoon and asked to make your dinner choices. This was the only area where I wouldn't give full marks, the evening meals were acceptable but certainly not delicious, we had wonderful meals in Essaouira so I know you can get them. If Paul could improve on the evening meals then this hotel would get full marks. We absolutely loved our stay and look forward to returning in the not too distant future for another visit, I have raved about this place to all my friends!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Douar Toufsirine, CR Aghouatim | Asni, Tahanaout 42300, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Tahanaout
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Tahanaout
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Kasbah Angour Atlas Mountains Hotel 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kasbah Angour is a boutique hotel in a gorgeous Berber castle 30 minutes from Marrakech. Perched on a hill-top in the foot-hills of the Atlas Mountains, the Kasbah has superb panoramic views. The 25 bedrooms and suites are constructed from traditional Moroccan materials and the locally made furniture has Berber motifs. The Kasbah has beautiful gardens, a large swimming pool and offers wonderful local excursions. You will be served by charming local staff. ... more   less 
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