Kasbah Bab Ourika is a beautiful hotel, surrounded by stunning, mountainous landscape. It is not properly in the Atlas Mountains, so don't be too disappointed to find yourselves on the edge, as it is certainly the gateway - but a wonderful gateway nevertheless.
As with most luxury accommodation in Morocco, everybody staying here is Western - well, from the UK mainly, which might feel off-putting. However, it is private and calm and extremely serene.
Once over this cultural obstacle, the staff at Bab Ourika are attentive and very warm. Nothing is too much trouble and the atmosphere is down-to-earth and open. Little touches like a glass of home-made lemonade on arrival may sound cliched, but are conducted with grace and make each arrival feel special.
The gardens, pool and terraces are the reason to come here. The rooms are great too, but not quite to the same standard as the outside areas. This really shouldn't effect the enjoyment of your stay however, as you won't spend much time in them as you'll be looking for secret spots to sit and read, or gaze at the mountains and catch the sun.