Created and run with care and enthusiasm by Paul and his Mum, this lovely relaxed retreat doesn't fall into the faux Morocco chasm whereby all things are bathed in half light and plastered with token kilims and lanterns to remind you where you are. Rather, and very successfully, the atmosphere in the traditional Berber style buildings is wonderfully eclectic, clean and contemporary, and a gaze at the stunning Atlas mountain and valley vistas makes sure you are well aware of the magnificent location every time you open your eyes. When your eyes are closed, chances are you will be sleeping in one of the huge beds in the gorgeous light airy rooms with their own outside terraces and simple but beautiful decor, or preventing the Sens de Marrakech shampoo from getting in your eyes as you shower in the vast tadelact shower/bath on its raised enclosure.
The gardens and pool make the chilled ambience complete, where many of the ingredients for the excellent meals are produced. It is possible to venture out to eat, but generally speaking you might regret it as the French influenced cuisine is prepared with care, skill and pride, something sadly lacking in much of Morocco in spite of rumours and prices to the contrary. Obviously, should you venture to Xanadu the Branson Palace a few km's away you would certainly not be disappointed on this score, but you might need to increase your mortgage...
This is one of the burgeoning problems of Morocco these days... prices. Since my first of many visits forty years ago, things have got out of control. It seems the Moroccan hospitality industry has decided wholesale that its delightful people and country are worth huge sums of cash for services and facilities that frankly often do not make the grade. This can only serve to undermine travellers perception of its value and do nothing but damage in the long run. Happily, Domaine Malika sets standards which defy this trend and is worth every dirham on every level. It would be nice to think other establishments might learn from their example, but somehow I doubt they will. Just go there, you'll love it.
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- The Domaine Malika is a luxury boutique hotel located moroccan atlas mountains boasting a wonderful setting in a valley in Ouirgane surrounded by pine forests and olive groves. This atlas mountains hotel 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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