At the end of a dusty, bumpy and winding road lies the wonderful Kasbah Bab Ourika. The setting is truly magnificent! The Kasbah sits high on a hill looking down over patchwork fields of cultivation and traditional homes and in the near distance are red coloured mountains with contrasting dark green trees. It is quite breathtaking!
I loved the understated decor - tasteful, stylish in a subdued, classy style. Tones of white, beige & putty in the bedroom and roomy bathroom - with expansive glass to take in the view while soaking in a deep, luxurious bath. There was a private terrace off the suite with deck chairs and straw hats provided...and views into the mountains & valleys that are unsurpassed.
The numerous sitting, TV and lounge areas are beautifully decorated - loads of comfy lounges and an eclectic mix of antique and rustic furniture.
Dinner was a memorable experience - the food delicious and service efficient and friendly. A wonderful touch were the candlelit lanterns evenly spaced in the internal courtyard....setting an exotic and romantic mood.
Breakfast, served under a loggia covered with white bougainvillea, was absolutely delicious. The food was fresh and plentiful with a great choice. Just to give you an example - there was freshly squeezed orange juice; diced fresh fruits with homemade yoghurt; home made jams; plate of sliced freshly picked tomatoes, drizzled with fruity olive oil and snips of basil; a herb omelet....freshly baked bread....!!
I loved the gardens - rows of vegetables and herbs - all used in the food prepared for us. As well as the extensive vegetables and fruit trees, there are beds of roses and lavender. You can sit in numerous places amidst the garden and saviour the view.
A special mention must go to Amanda, the Manager. What an asset to the Kasbah! She is passionate about the local culture; has a wonderful & lively sense of humour; warm and welcoming and offers tips and advice with a smile! She oversees the Kasbah shop which offers traditional woven rugs, blankets and a range of silver jewellery at very reasonable prices. Amanda will organise shipping of purchases as well!
We were very impressed with the hotel philosophy of employing local people; selling local products (woven baskets) and even buying home grown produce from the employees.
This is a perfect place to relax and unwind. A place to pamper and indulge oneself. Unfortunately, we only stayed one night but wished it had been many more.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bab Ourika perches majestically on a hilltop at the apex of the Ourika Valley, guarding the gateway to the snow-capped Atlas Mountains – yet it is only 45 minutes from Marrakech’s International airport. With 360 degree panoramic views, this innovative new hotel receives warm sunlight all day, ending in spectacular sunsets. From its unique eyrie-like position it offers a birds eye view of the Atlas, of traditional Berber villages and of the lush river valley below. The Kasbah is one of the most eco-friendly hotels in Morocco; constructed principally from rammed earth, the traditional Berber building technique, it seems almost to have grown out of the rocks beneath. The thick walls provide such good insulation that air-conditioning is unnecessary. Solar panels provide hot water for the hotel and and the underfloor heating in the dining and bar area. Soon a biodigester will provide electricity and compost not only for the hotel but also for the village below. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kasbah Bab Ourika Hotel Ourika