Kasbah Bab Ourika

Atlas Mountains, Morocco

From $800 Per person in low season
From $1300 Per person in high season

based on 7 nights

per person for 5 nights, based on 2 people sharing a Deluxe Room on a bed and breakfast basis, includes private return airport transfers.

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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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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.

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Insider's View

Take a one bedroom private Villa with plunge pool for privacy and relaxing with a gorgeous view.

A rustic retreat with great views far from the madding crowds of Marrakech.

Be sure to take a guided hike through the valley, the views are fantastic!

If your stay coincides with the Monday Berber market at the nearby Tnine Ourika this is not to be missed!

Have a trek with the resident donkey and sit on the side of the mountain with your picnic.

Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to Kasbah Bab Ourika or take a look at our itineraries to Atlas Mountains

Description

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.

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 comfortable 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 26 rooms and suites are all individually decorated in 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 cosy open fireplaces for those chilly Atlas evenings. Delicious Berber, Arabic and international meals are served in the shady gardens or colonnaded restaurant.

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.

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Accommodation

Kasbah Bab Ourika's 26 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 Room

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. They are fitted with a bright and spacious an en-suite shower room.

Deluxe Room

With dramatic views of the Mountains and Ourika Valley, Deluxe Rooms sleep two guests and have an en-suite bathroom with bath and shower, fireplace and/or private terrace.

Suite

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. Each also has the option of adding a single bed.

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.

Pool Suite

Pool Suites sleep 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. The Suite also comes with a large en-suite large bathrooms with bath and shower.

Garden Deluxe Suite

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.

Childcare

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 however the hotel will try to meet any requests.

Facilities

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 or the colonnaded restaurant. There is a secluded swimming pool as well as a small hammam and massage room.

Activities

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.

Reviews

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Mr Harry Chichester (Guest)

The food was very good, and was a good mix of Moroccan and European. The breakfast was really good.

Particularly good hotel manager. She was great at circulating informally, so people could ask her questions. Amazing room downstairs with a fire, which was perfect as it could get quite cold, and it was great to sit in.

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Kerry Willmer (Staff)

Spending time in the Atlas Mountains is such a lovely experience, the air is so fresh and clean and the views of the snow-capped mountains are amazing.

Rustic and simple is how I would describe this hotel, built by using the traditional Berber techniques it feels like a very authentic Kasbah

The food is good and they offer lots of local recipes

Experiences

  • A day in the life of Berbers

    Get to know Morocco's unique Berber culture by spending time in one of the authentic Berber villages. You'll have the opportunity to explore the Moroccan countryside and understand this traditional way of life.

  • Day trip to Cascades d'Ouzoud

    Escape the bustling streets of Marrakech and head towards Demnat and the Cascades d'Ouzoud, a beautiful cascading waterfall. Stop for a picturesque Berber lunch near the waterfalls and visit a traditional water mill.

  • Day trip to Imlil - Jebal Toubkal

    Visit Imlil, a small Berber village in the High Atlas Mountains and located at the base of the highest mountain in Northern Africa, Jebel Toubkal. Explore the local area on foot or by mule including other Berber villages and their working co-operatives.

  • Hot Air Balloon across Moroccan landscape

    Drift gently over the incredible desert landscape of Morocco, appreciate the silence and views of Berber villages and snow-capped Atlas mountains on this trip of a lifetime.

  • Trekking in the Atlas mountains

    The perfect way to explore the Atlas mountains is on foot. Trekking can be anything from a four-hour morning walk to a three day expedition, staying in trekking lodges on route.

Location & directions

Atlas Mountains, Morocco

Kasbah Bab Ourika stands on a hilltop at the apex of the Ourika valley, in the Atlas Mountains. A one-hour drive 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.

How to get there

It is a 3-hour 30-minute direct flight to Marrakech Menara Airport, then a one-hour private transfer by road to Kasbah Bab Ourika.

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Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to Kasbah Bab Ourika or take a look at our itineraries to Atlas Mountains

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