My wife and I spent a lovely 3 days at Domaine Malika. Paul is an excellent host, and other reviews attest to his friendliness and enthusiasm. His mother welcomed us warmly on our arrival, though her English needed some help from my French! When we had settled in, we were given a tasty light lunch (110 MAD each), before Paul advised us on a short afternoon walk to nearby salt mines (more interesting and pretty than they sound).
We had dinner each night of our stay, and the food was interesting (putting things together I'd never have thought of) and delicious. It was no hardship to be catered for every evening, with the (fixed) menu being very different each evening, and a reasonable 280 MAD each.
One criticism for us was that the bed was a little hard - you can't cater for everyone in that respect, and after each day, we'd done enough walking to sleep pretty well anyway.
After our simple but satisfying breakfast, Paul advised us on a longer walk on our second day, giving us a map, though I'd recommend getting your own before you travel if you can - the scale of the map was such that even in our 5 hour round trip, we only covered a tiny square of the map! This meant it was difficult to get our bearings (and we did get a bit lost), but friendly locals put us straight on one occasion, and on the other, we just found a road and followed it till things became familiar.
It was a little cool for us to enjoy the swimming pool, but it is a lovely setting.
We went on to Kasbah Tamadot after our stay in Domaine Malika. It's not fair to compare them really, but there were certain respects in which the cheaper, smaller hotel won, principally (as you might expect) in terms of friendliness and helpfulness of staff, and the atmosphere resulting as guests were far more inclined to chat with one another, rather giving a convivial spirit, once again aided by Paul, who (as others have said) spoke to us like friends (which some people might not want - rest assured, the Branson employees aren't like that).
Overall, we had a really good stay and were very grateful to Paul and his team. If you are after a base to explore the Atlas Mountains, this would be a very good place to consider.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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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