We stayed at the Kasbah Agafay at the end of October/beginning of November. We only had 3 nights but this short stay was everything we could have asked for and more. The hotel's driver collected us from the airport and soon we were sitting in amazing surroundings, drinking mint tea! Our suite was magnificent, huge and beautifully decorated in traditional style. The bed, very large and very comfortable, combined with the peaceful atmosphere, ensured quality sleep each night.
The manager, Mo, is absolutely charming and went out of his way to make sure we had a wonderful stay, as did every other member of staff we came across. My husband had a broken leg, was in plaster and on crutches, but Mo and his team went out of their way to help us enjoy our holiday, despite this. We were told to treat the hotel like a home and it certainly felt like that during our stay. The hotel was not very busy and we only saw one or two other guests while we were there - this might be due to the time we went.
We used the hotel driver, Mustapha, to take us into Marrakech to see all the touristy bits and we also hired a guide (recommended by Mo), who was excellent and meant we could enjoy all the important sights and benefit from his extensive knowledge. I would recommend this and it was good value for money (30 Euros). We returned to the city in the evening to sample a traditional restaurant, with music and dancing. Having the car for the day was an additional extravagance but well worth the money and saved a lot of hassle, especially for someone on crutches!
The hotel is a converted fortress which has been lovingly restored, retaining much of its former glory. We were able to explore at will and saw some amazing rooms and artefacts. The grounds are beautiful and include a lovely swimming pool, with comfy sun beds and chairs. We spent many hours here, relaxing with a book and taking the occasional, bracing dip! - the water was very cold, as it is not heated and the sun, although warm, is not out sufficiently long enough each day to warm the water. We had lunch on the stunningly landscaped terraces above the pool.
The food at the Kasbah Agafay was delicious - there are no menus, you just eat what the chef has prepared, using fresh ingredients from the hotel's gardens and farm. We were never disappointed!
Would we change anything? Yes, stay for longer next time! We would also try spending a couple of nights at the sister hotel in the heart of the Souk, the Kssour Agafay, before moving on to this tranquil haven. I cannot to speak too highly of this hotel in every respect and will definitely return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kasbah Agafay, this luxury Marrakech hotel is a haven of relaxation and tranquility offering unforgettable views across Berber villages, the Atlas Mountains and olive grove plantations. Nestled around olive and citrus orchards just at the border to the big dessert plains South West of Marrakesh. Just a short drive (20 minutes) from the buzz of Marrakech and the airport, this Marrakech hotel dominates the old and new crossroads of camel and goat herds. This luxury Marrakech hotel has been elegantly restored in to a striking private hotel. For those that dream of escaping to an 18th-century castle fort, Kasbah Agafay is a unique retreat. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kasbah Agafay Marrakech
- Kasbah Agafay Hotel Marrakech