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!
- 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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