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“Idyll in the Atlas Mountains” 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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Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Ouirgane
London, United Kingdom
1 review
“Idyll in the Atlas Mountains”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2012

We stayed for the first time at Domaine Malika for three days before transferring to Marrakech and it was only the hefty deposit on the hotel booking in the capital that prevented us from changing our reservation and staying the whole week in what is, without exaggeration, a hidden paradise.
Paul and his mother provide a wonderful, personalised service, providing advice on hiking as well as a warm and welcoming environment at the hotel which makes you feel as though you really are in your own home! The staff is so friendly and enthusiastic and very accommodating of sun worshippers (moving tables around to facilitate a private breakfast outside).
Lovely spacious rooms (including great hot tub size baths perfect for relaxation after a day hiking) with private terraces with stairs down to a shared but sizeable pool that looks out across sun drenched orchards and snow-capped mountains - quite a contrast! If you're looking for a place to relax, it couldn't get much more idyllic but if you're into hiking (which my family and I are!) the local hikes up mountains, dried river beds, through local villages and to what appear to be abandoned salt mines provide an abundance of spectacular views as well as an insight into traditional Moroccan life (somewhat more authentic than the Berber museums in Marrakech).
A definite recommendation - the days we spent there were not long enough!
Tip: Use sun cream - we didn't reckon with the higher altitudes and manage to burn on the first day!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 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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Palm Coast, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2012

We stayed in the suite and enjoyed the private sunbathing terrace with a terrific view of the orchard and mountains beyond. Our room was spacious, immaculate, and the internet worked just fine. Paul and his mother were very warm and welcoming, and the wait staff were excellent. We thoroughly enjoyed the hamman experience. We stayed two nights on our way to Essaouira and highly recommend the hotel for a scenic stop on your travels around Morocco.

  • Stayed April 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2012

At the margin, small hotels generally succeed because of the stamp of their owners. With Domaine Malika, there's is no doubt you are 'chez nous' with Paul and his mother. And all the better for that. Paul's enthusiasm shines through in his attention to detail, the sense of occasion he creates around meal times and in his fondness for jazz. The main domaine is new but has the feel of a 30s villa and is eclectically furnished with battered armchairs, deco sideboards and, dig this, 60s lamps. It has a lived-in sophistication, however, the right side of wackiness. And it just happens to be where the Ouirgane valley opens out. The views are 360 and splendid. We hit a poor patch with the weather but it didn't matter: one can mooch around happily for a day or so indoors. A great place, then, to escape Marrakech or to stop en route for Taroudant.

Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Basel, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2012

If you read the reviews for Domaine Malika, you might be tempted to think it can't possibly be as good as all that. However. The food really is fantastic. The staff really are charming. The decor really is like out of a 1960s James Bond movie (and I mean that in a good way). And Paul and his mother are every bit as great as people say.

We were there when it was unexpectedly cold and we were thrilled to have an extra heater brought to the room before we even asked for it. This was our first experience with Paul and he could not have been more charming and accommodating.

What we also came to appreciate about him is how very well he treats his staff. He goes out of his way for the customer however not at the expense of treating his staff with respect. I believe that his respect for the staff is reflected in their respect for the customer. It's a very happy circle all the way around. (And, interestingly, it wasn't just his staff, everyone we met in the valley seemed to know Paul and have only good things to say about him.)

Domaine Malika reflects an aesthetic and approach to hospitality that makes you really happy to support. We would highly recommend it anytime of year.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2012

We stayed for a night here, the rooms are amazing, the pool is immaculate and the whole property in general is just stunning. It is so relaxing being here and the staff are SO nice and helpful! the food is incredible also!

I really recommend staying here to anyone visiting the Atlas mountains!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2012

We had the fortune to stay here for two nights and only wish we could have stayed longer. Paul and his mother are great hosts throughout your stay and willing to help with all requests. We stayed in a junior suite and the rooms are incredible, with views looking out onto the mountains and your own private garden with steps leading down to the pool area. The pool area looks is wonderful, with enough space to ensure that it would stil feel private even if the hotel was full. Its just a shame that the wetaher for us wasnt warm enough to sunbath here. Although i can imagine when the sun comes out it would make it even better.
The food served at the hotel is of top quality and highly recommended. We will certainly come back to this hotel for a long weekend.

Room Tip: The junior suites are worth the little bit extra expense
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  • Stayed April 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2012

My wife and I stayed for three nights at this great spot. Great hosts, staff, food and amazing location. View from room onto snow capped mountains in the sun takes some beating. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 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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