4 of us stayed in one of the Kasbahs for 3 nights at the end of May 2010, before we ventured into the medina for 4 nights. There are 3 separate kasbahs (fortified houses) each with a terrace (upper) suite, a garden suite and a double room. We had both suites in Kasbah 'Ayour'. This place is set in the Palmeriae area on the outskirts of Marrakech and is away from the hustle and bustle. Great for a relaxing trip before the madness of the medina! The staff were friendly and helpful - I think they are in the process of changing ownership as Jeremy and his brother seemed to be taking over.
The whole kasbah complex is visually stunning, although rustic - and the suites were large and full of traditional furniture and architecture. Each kasbah has a pool and ours was the better of the three (one seemed to be shut at the time we were there and we got a few couples turning up at our pool). Lovely quiet rural setting with a view of the Atlas mountains and many birds in the gardens (three owls were a regular feature at the back of the kasbah!)
The restaurant was lovely with a big open air centre with a pond and huge fireplace (not lit when we were there!). Food good- but no choice- you just ask for lunch or dinner and enjoy the surprise! We ate very well with four courses for 10 Euro for lunch and 16 Euro for dinner. Alcohol is served and is about 4 Euro for a Casablanca beer and 10-14 Euro for a bottle of wine.
There is a minibus service which we didn't use, to the medina for 10 Euro per day per room with about 5 trips during the day and up to about 11 at night. We did one trip while we where there which Aziz organised- a camel trip to a berber house. The trip is done from a place about 5 minutes car ride and cost 25 Euro each. It was well worth it - we were on the camels for about 2 hours with a stop at a fantastic berber house for snacks and mint tea- didn't feel like a tourist trap at all and our guide (Eddie Murphy) really made the trip for us.
The only slight negative I would say about this place is that the rooms were dark and there was no place to hang clothes or any drawers to unpack in. Not a major problem. Also - check your bill as we didn't and found out later that we had been charged for a lunch that we didn't have! (Oh well, live and learn)!
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