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“Berbers, Atlas mountains and Domaine Malika” 5 of 5 stars
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DOMAINE MALIKA Atlas mountains Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Douar Marigha | Route d'Amizmiz par Asni, Imlil, Ouirgane 42152, Morocco   |  
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“Berbers, Atlas mountains and Domaine Malika”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2011

Paul, "the gregarious vaulter" (a former French pole vault athlete) and his mother, Agnes, "the sweet-fearless navigator" (she drove us to the market in Asni one day, requiring nerves of steel handling the "s" curved road as well as weaving between the flotilla of donkeys, mopeds, trucks and crowds of people) have created a wondrous haven in the Atlas mountains.

Taken over from a talented French architect, who originally built this 7 guest room retreat, with a flair for both the modern and understated kitsch, it is on a stunning piece of property with unmatched views of the Atlas Mtns. Paul and Agnes have now made it their own personal pride and joy. From the rooms and it's views to the swimming pool, terraces and gardens, Domaine Malika is a visual feast, as are the meals.

After a "country quiet" sleep and a generous morning breakfast of fresh orange juice, sublime yogurt and fruits, eggs and warm breads eaten under a canopy of olive trees my wife and I were ready for a hike.

We took the Berber villages hike Paul recommended and laid out for us on a map. Moderate in difficulty, this 2-3 hour partially paved, partially dirt road hike leads you up into and alongside a river valley footpath where you arrive upon the first of three Berber mountainside villages you encounter. This slightly rocky, uneven and sometimes stream riddled path is shared by the local Berber villagers as they pass by on their daily routines of managing their gardens, hauling market goods by donkey or collecting their children for lunch. In our times of doubt as to which was the correct path to stay on, with a smile we were happily guided in the right direction.

We marveled at how this millenniums old people continued to live in such direct contact with their natural surroundings. Each village, with the towering local mosque in view to help guide us, were greeted by the smiling residents in front of their red clay and stone homes (with the occasional rooftop satellite dish). The women, dressed in brightly colored outfits, were going about daily chores or inquisitively peering at us through the wrought iron windows from their well kept but rugged homes.

Between the Berber villages, the Atlas Mountain views and a to-die-for retreat with great hosts, good food, comfort and ultimate relaxation, mark the Domaine Malika as the next stop on your Moroccan to-do list.

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  • Stayed September 2011, 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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London, United Kingdom
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14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2011

What an incredible place, probably the most luxurious and friendly and relaxing place I have ever been and for a reasonable price too. We only stayed 24 hours unfortunately which was my biggest complaint. Paul the manager was so lovely and accommodating as were all of the staff that work there. The pool was incredible and the scenery absolutely stunning. It is a place for quiet time and relaxation. The interior decoration was brilliant and the food was yummy, I will definitely be going back but this time for longer.

  • Stayed September 2011, 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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Lagos, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2011

Created and run with care and enthusiasm by Paul and his Mum, this lovely relaxed retreat doesn't fall into the faux Morocco chasm whereby all things are bathed in half light and plastered with token kilims and lanterns to remind you where you are. Rather, and very successfully, the atmosphere in the traditional Berber style buildings is wonderfully eclectic, clean and contemporary, and a gaze at the stunning Atlas mountain and valley vistas makes sure you are well aware of the magnificent location every time you open your eyes. When your eyes are closed, chances are you will be sleeping in one of the huge beds in the gorgeous light airy rooms with their own outside terraces and simple but beautiful decor, or preventing the Sens de Marrakech shampoo from getting in your eyes as you shower in the vast tadelact shower/bath on its raised enclosure.

The gardens and pool make the chilled ambience complete, where many of the ingredients for the excellent meals are produced. It is possible to venture out to eat, but generally speaking you might regret it as the French influenced cuisine is prepared with care, skill and pride, something sadly lacking in much of Morocco in spite of rumours and prices to the contrary. Obviously, should you venture to Xanadu the Branson Palace a few km's away you would certainly not be disappointed on this score, but you might need to increase your mortgage...

This is one of the burgeoning problems of Morocco these days... prices. Since my first of many visits forty years ago, things have got out of control. It seems the Moroccan hospitality industry has decided wholesale that its delightful people and country are worth huge sums of cash for services and facilities that frankly often do not make the grade. This can only serve to undermine travellers perception of its value and do nothing but damage in the long run. Happily, Domaine Malika sets standards which defy this trend and is worth every dirham on every level. It would be nice to think other establishments might learn from their example, but somehow I doubt they will. Just go there, you'll love it.

Room Tip: With only seven rooms, you won't go wrong
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2011

We got a great time and would recommend anyone!

We have decided to come to this hotel because of the scenery, mountains that sorrounded the hotel. What we found was far more then just that!

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Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2011

We arrived at Domaine Malika after 4 days in Marrakech and boy did we need a place like this! The hotel has to be one of the nicest and cleanest hotels we've ever stayed in.

The rooms are just beautiful and very nicely designed with plenty of space, great views over the garden and pool and lovely bathrooms.

After Marrakech, the tranquility was an amazing contrast. The staff were SO friendly and the host made us VERY welcome. She asked whether we'd prefer Moroccan food or French (as the owners / hosts are French). As we'd had 4 evenings of Morrocan we thought we'd try and the French style and we certainly didnt regret the decision... definitely the nicest food of the holiday with interesting menus each evening. They also prepared very light lunches at our request. Even the breakfast menu changed on a daily basis. The majority of the food was grown in the grounds and was organic. Delicious.

Lunches & Dinners were taken on a terrace overlooking the pool. Breakfast was served on a terrace off the lounge area.

We enjoyed a Hammam on the last day and wished we had one on ech other day too, it was a real treat. The Pool is huge and as there are only a few rooms at the hotel, its generally a pool to yourself!

The views over the gardens to the Atlas mountains are amazing and add to the overall tranquil impression.

A real treat! A huge thanks to the host and her staff.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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DomaineMalika, Gérant at DOMAINE MALIKA Atlas mountains Hotel, responded to this review, August 11, 2011
Dear Jane & Stuart !

We don't have your mail so, we respond to your nice comment here;-).
It is with real great joy that we read, this morning, the review you have been kind enough to write on TripAdvisor.
We are really pleased that your stay with us you have left some nice memories.

The entire team of the house joins us in thanking you and we hope that we will be pleased to welcome you back home.

Friendships,

Paul & Agnes
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england
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5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2011

My husband and i decided to go straight to the mountains before we hit the chaos of Merrackech. How pleased we were with this decision and even more happy with this hotel that helped us relax, unwind and recharge!! We couldn't have asked for more beautiful views, a fabulous pool and a great surroundings to explore. The staff here were great and the setting was perfect. We both had a massage there that was amazing, so good that we even booked another the next day!..yes we really needed it! The food here was simple,very good and generous. However there was no choice in the french cuisine menu but that suited us as we have a flexible palette(not sure how well it would go down with someone who is more fussy) and are easy going people. Our room was lovely and very spacious. My husband absolutely loved the decor and furnishings-retro/modern and slightly French Colonial!! One small gripe i would have is that we found the bed slightly too hard and our sleep wasn't as comfortable as it could have been. We met the owner on the morning we were leaving as he had been away and he seem very charming. You could see that there was a lot of love and consideration put into this hotel to make the guest feel comfortable and happy....this goes a long way when you are so far removed from your home in England. This was a wonderful introductory to Morocco.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2011

For a four night stay, this hotel was the perfect place to relax and unwind.
We were warmly greeted and we settled down quickly. The pool was lovely with beautiful surroundings, the rooms were great and very spacious and the staff were extremely helpful.
I would strongly recommend this hotel and definatley visit again.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Douar Marigha | Route d'Amizmiz par Asni, Imlil, Ouirgane 42152, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Ouirgane
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Ouirgane
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — DOMAINE MALIKA Atlas mountains Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Domaine Malika is a luxury guest house in the Al Haouz province boasting a wonderful setting in a valley in Ouirgane surrounded by pine forests and olive groves. This guest house offers a refined and friendly atmosphere where guests on holiday in Morocco will spend enjoyable moments in a relaxing and luxurious ambiance in a natural setting next to the Toubkal national park with views over the High Atlas mountains. ... more   less 
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