There comes a time when you decide that you deserve this!
Like many of the other reviewers, I found this small hotel on Trip Advisor and I read every single review, then I looked at their website and fell in love with the place. Unfortunately when this happens it is all too easy to be disapointed once you arrive, however the Kasbah actually exceeded my expectations which were already set very, very high.
If you are a person who uses a hotel as a base and enjoys going out, then this is not the place for you. The Kasbah is a place to stay in, relax and enjoy it. The luxurious bedrooms ( we had the Agadir suite ) are as beautiful as the photographs; the comfort and attention to details in the furnishings is exquisite; the deeply romantic oversized bed, the inlaid wood doors, the decedent heavy fabrics and the stained glass in every window makes the room a tranquil retreat where staying in your room is an untimate pleasure. The room also offers every pratical comfort, with plenty of power points, free wi-fi, a large TV ( only a news channel for the British though - all other channels appeared to be mostly French ) and a well appointed bathroom with both bath and large walk in shower, with large towels and bathrobes ( unfortunately none of which are very soft ) with some lovely Moroccan features added. when you do eventually venture out of the santuary of your room, the rest of the Kasbah is equally beautiful; the stunning dark wood staircase leads you down into the simple but very comfortable indoor restaurant, and the guests lounge filled with large leather sofas and chairs, oversized cushions and traditional Moroccan tables and decor. All of the hotel is quite dark due to the teracotta and brown walls and dark wood furnishings; this was only a problem in the bedroom where I found it quite difficult to read a book in the evening due to the dim bedroom lighting. The pool and sunbed terrace is very welcoming, and the hot tub is good fun and a nice way to relax. Each sunbed comes with a towel and a large straw sun hat, which your appreciate on a very hot day. The bedouin tent next to the pool is where they serve meals if the weather is fine; this is an exceptionally enjoyable experience, especially for an evening meal as the garden and pool is beautifully lit at night. The evening meals were wonderful; every night we had Tagine cooking and it tasted wonderful. Breakfast is not so elaborate; it consists of flat bread and (cold) pancakes with various jams, honey or cream cheese. I didn't get along with this very well, but having read the reviews by previous guests, I asked them if I could have something different, and after telling them what I would like, I received a really nice bowl of mixed fruit and and omelette every morning. The staff at this hotel are wonderful and well mannered, and if you don't speak French their English is certainly good enough, but you do need to let them know what you would like, so they can help you and make your stay even more perfect, if this is possible!
In previous reviews it has been commented that this hotel is expensive; as with all things in life you tend to get exactly what you pay for, and this level of luxury and romance will never be cheap. It is worth commenting on the add-on costs that come with this hotel; dinner for 2 in the hotel with an exceptionally good bottle of wine cost us £55.00 a night, the return taxi into Marakkesh costs £15 during the day, and £23 in the evening and takes about 30 minutes. The salad lunches they offer taste wonderful, and they cost £7 each ( we found one of these salads was more than enough between two of us ) and the cans of pop from the mini-bar were £1.50. If you would like to eat in Marakkesh the staff will book you a table at your restaurant of choice and organise your taxi; there is never any pressure to stay and dine in the hotel, however after going our for an Indian meal one evening ( £85.00 ) we wished we had stayed in the hotel.
In my opinion this hotel is perfect for a shorter honeymoon or romatic break. It doesn't offer families with children any entertainment, although there were a number of families staying while we were there. You feel exceptionally safe in this hotel, and it has no dillusions of grandure and manages to retain a relaxed atmosphere, whilst maintaining an extremely high standard of service and accommodation.
My single and only complaint would be that they stop playing the loud thumpy music during the day round the pool. They have quite obviously gone to extreme lengths to offer a oasis sanctuary of peace and tranquility, so I though this was a very strange thing to do. These days everyone has the technology and means to listen to anything they want to, without disturbing any other guests, so please stop the loud music during the day - you are far too good for this! However, by comparison, the backgound music in the restaurant during the evening meals was very pleasant.
I really, really loved this hotel and was genuinely sad to leave. I am not a person who re-visits hotels as I love to travel and see new places; but if I was, I would re-visit this one!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In a stunning natural setting, facing the Atlas Mountains, the Kasbah Dar Ilham welcomes you to an unpretentious luxury that combines Moroccan knowledge with the modern comfort of the services provided. Alain and his devoted team, attentive and discreet, welcome you and will turn your stay into an unforgettable experience. Luxury and simplicity: The utmost luxury resides in life's simple things and happiness is the combination of all small pleasures, like relaxing by our wonderful swimming pool of 72 x 26 ft, heated in winter for your greater comfort, or enjoying your well-being in our Jacuzzi for up to 6 people. Enjoy a delicious breakfast under the arches or in the terrace and discover the wonderful cooking concocted by Aicha and her team. You can also choose between a numerous range of different additional activities available, like golfing (3 courses just 15 minutes away), horse riding, SUV riding, jet skiing, quad, kart racing and many others. Marrakech's well-being: Your stay wouldn't be complete without a special moment for yourself in which Nawal, our beautician/masseuse will make you discover the advantages of a traditional Hammam and the secrets of numerous cares and Oriental massages. Everything here is made for you to have pleasant moments, to discover the traditions and the culture of Morocco, and to make you leave full of charming memories... So that you come back! ... more less
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