Kasbah Bab Ourika
Atlas Mountains, Morocco
Eco friendly Kasbah Bab Ourika perches majestically on a hilltop at the apex of the Ourika Valley, guarding the gateway to the snow-capped Atlas Mountains with awe inspiring 360 degree panoramic views and the best viewpoint to enjoy a Moroccan sunset.
At a Glance
The Kasbah's eco friendly philosophy is strong and it is probably Morocco's most environmentally friendly hotel - something to revel in while you are enjoying the spectacular surroundings, exquisite cuisine and eco chic décor
Kasbah Bab Ourika is true to its location, being an authentic mountain retreat, constructed in the traditional Berber tradition with rammed mud walls
Use the Kasbah to add a different dimension to your vacation - its location in the Atlas mountains makes it perfect for hiking, trekking, biking, rafting, horse-riding and even skiing
The resident chef focuses on traditional Berber cuisine using locally sourced ingredients and inspirations
The Kasbah's location in the Atlas Mountains makes it the perfect place to escape the heat of Marrakech with temperatures tending to be typically 10 degrees colder
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This innovative boutique hotel offers a bird's eye view of the Atlas Mountains, traditional Berber villages and of the lush river valley below. The setting for Kasbah Bab Ourika is simply stunning with magical views both by day and night and it offers a peaceful but spectacular interlude in sharp contrast with the hustle of the Western World.
Kasbah Bab Ourika is one of the most eco-friendly hotels in Morocco and is constructed principally from rammed earth, the traditional Berber building technique. The thick walls provide natural insulation in the heat, all water is recycled, a biodigester system produces electricity and solar panels provide hot water for the hotel and the under floor heating. Despite all these environmental 'constraints', the Kasbah's status as a luxury boutique retreat is not compromised - the attention to detail, friendly service, stylish decor and fabulous food all add to the setting to make a stay here a truly memorable one.
The Kasbah's fifteen rooms and suites are all individually decorated in soothing shades of browns, whites and creams and are furnished with traditional Moroccan pieces. Each offers mesmerising views of the mountains or valley and many have private terraces and cozy open fireplaces for those chilly Atlas evenings. Delicious Berber, Arabic and international meals are served in the shady gardens, colonnaded restaurant or privately in the comfort of your room.
Days can be spent simply lounging by the Kasbah's pool and enjoying the tranquil surrounds but those curious to see more of Morocco can visit the large Monday Berber market at the nearby town of Tnine Ourika or call at some of the farms that grow herbs and flowers in the valley for the perfumers and herbalists who sell a wide variety of exotic perfumes in the Medina. For the energetic there is also hiking, trekking, biking, rafting, and riding from the Kasbah or even skiing nearby in the Atlas mountains.
Kasbah Bab Ourika's twenty rooms and suites have all been beautifully designed to reflect the natural surroundings of the hotel - limestone walls, leather bed heads and traditional carpets all adorn the Kasbah and many of the rooms are home to special Berber artifacts sourced by the owner. Superior Rooms have a shower in their en-suite bathrooms as well as a terrace. Deluxe Rooms are slightly larger with baths and many have fireplaces and/or terraces. The Kasbah's Suites are more spacious still with fireplaces and/or terraces and the Deluxe Suite is the largest with families often adding two extra beds to the spacious sitting area.
These are located on the first floor and are slightly smaller than the Deluxe Rooms, sleep two guests and have south west views and look into the courtyard.
With dramatic views of the Mountains and Ourika Valley, Deluxe Rooms sleep two guests and are larger than Superior Rooms and have an en-suite bathroom with bath and shower, fireplace and/or private terrace. There are seven of these rooms located on the first floor of the Kasbah (two of these can be connected) and one in the garden with river and valley views through French doors.
Dramatic views of Mountains and the Ourika Valley are offered from the suites. They have large en-suite bathrooms with bath and shower, safe, fireplace and/or private terrace. There are three on the ground floor, two on the first floor and one in the gardens which also has an infinity pool. Each also has the option of adding a single bed.
There are two pool suites, each sleeps two guests and boasts fantastic views of the Atlas Mountains, gardens and Ourika Valley. Included is a lounge area, bathroom and french doors to a private terrace and heated plunge pool.
There is one deluxe suite, the largest room at the Kasbah which has a double bedroom with a large open plan living room, spacious enough for two extra beds for children. There is a spacious dressing room and vaulted bathroom with shower and large bath tub. The suite has a balcony with views over the Atlas mountains and the Ourika Valley and is located between the two towers of the Kasbah.
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The Deluxe Garden Suite is in the center of the Kasbah Gardens with stunning views of the rose gardens and the High Atlas beyond. It has 2 bedrooms and 2 en-suite bathrooms (master has bath tub and shower), a large sitting room and terrace. It can be rented in addition to the adjoining private Pool Suite.
Children are more than welcome at Kasbah Bab Ouirka - active families can enjoy the trekking, riding and other outdoor activities that the area offers and kids will love the pool. Please note that there are no specific facilities for children but that the hotel will try to meet any specific requests.
Passionate about produce, the chef specializes in traditional Berber and Arabic recipes as well as international cuisine with fresh ingredients derived daily from neighboring villages. Healthy delicious breakfasts, lunch by the pool, exotic picnics and nutritious hiking packs can all be prepared and meals can be served in the gardens, the colonnaded restaurant or in the privacy of your room. There is a secluded swimming pool as well as a small hammam and massage room.
The Kasbah are happy to help organize any excursions for sightseeing, farm, market and village visits, trips to Marrakech, hiking, trekking, mountain biking, rafting, canoeing or riding and can even arrange skiing 40-minutes' drive away in the Atlas mountains. Alternatively enjoy a day relaxing in the sun with a delicious poolside lunch.
Location & Directions
Atlas Mountains, Morocco
The Kasbah Bab Ourika stands on a hilltop at the apex of the Ourika valley, in the Atlas Mountains. Only 35-minutes from Marrakech’s International Airport, it looks down to the river, green fields and groves of olives, oranges and lemons, and up to the dazzling snowy mountain peaks.
When to go
The Atlas Mountains can also be visited year-round, although it does get cold in winter, with averages in the late teens. Summers months can be unbearably hot, especially in the months of July and August. Late autumn (September to November) and early spring (February to April) are the best time to visit, with daytime temperatures in the 20's and low 30's Celsius.