Kasbah Bab Ourika is a beautiful hotel, surrounded by stunning, mountainous landscape. It is not properly in the Atlas Mountains, so don't be too disappointed to find yourselves on the edge, as it is certainly the gateway - but a wonderful gateway nevertheless.
As with most luxury accommodation in Morocco, everybody staying here is Western - well, from the UK mainly, which might feel off-putting. However, it is private and calm and extremely serene.
Once over this cultural obstacle, the staff at Bab Ourika are attentive and very warm. Nothing is too much trouble and the atmosphere is down-to-earth and open. Little touches like a glass of home-made lemonade on arrival may sound cliched, but are conducted with grace and make each arrival feel special.
The gardens, pool and terraces are the reason to come here. The rooms are great too, but not quite to the same standard as the outside areas. This really shouldn't effect the enjoyment of your stay however, as you won't spend much time in them as you'll be looking for secret spots to sit and read, or gaze at the mountains and catch the sun.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Kasbah Bab Ourika Hotel Ourika