At a Glance
Dar Ahlam's isolation is central to its philosophy of peace and privacy - you really do feel like you are in another world entirely
The setting for Dar Ahlam is the Sultan's former hunting grounds
Dar Ahlam offers a bespoke desert camp experience like no other- a bivouac tent with en-suite and private terrace - glamorous camping indeed
Choose your steed be it a camel, mule or horse for an exciting adventure in this fascinating region
Guests embrace the utterly rural location as the rooms have no TVs
Take a camel ride out into the desert at sunset - an aperitif in the oasis is something you don't experience every day.Scott Dunn team
Hand yourself over completely to the team here who will choreograph your stay to perfection with surprises galore.Tracy Stevens
Definitely worth a three night stay with one night offsite in their Nomad Camp or Valley of the Roses Camp.Tracy Stevens
Call us on 858 345 1764 to start planning your vacation to Dar Ahlam
Dar Ahlam, or the 'house of dreams', is located in Morocco's Ouarzazate region, perched between the town of Skoura and the Atlas Mountains in what was a Sultan’s private hunting ground. Surrounded by almond trees, olive groves, dates and roses, Dar Ahlam's luscious gardens are a luxury oasis, hidden away to the world.
Inside the imposing red brick Kasbah there are 13 suites, with a private villa in the grounds – all stunningly furnished, blending Moroccan chic with French influences – a perfect harmony of old world charm and modern luxury. Decorated with rich Moroccan colors and filled with individual artifacts and antiques, each suite is unique.
Gourmet meals are prepared by two French chefs and are exquisite, combining traditional Moroccan specialties with the latest culinary innovations. You can dine in a different private location each day such as lunch in the olive grove or herb garden and dinner on one of the Kasbah's many tucked away terraces, ensuring that privacy and seclusion is maintained throughout your stay.
The hotel has a hammam and spa, and offers an extensive range of indulgent, rejuvenating treatments. Dar Ahlam also has a superb desert camp which offers possibly the best desert experience in North Africa. Spend a night under the stars in your own luxury bivouac tent, with en-suite bathroom, living room and private terrace. A combination of Dar Ahlam with their desert camp is surely the way to see Morocco in style.
Activities abound, from chauffeured 4X4 excursions to the Dades or Draa valleys or the stunning Valley of the Roses - or take a donkey, camel, horse, quad bike or motorbike - the methods of transport around this fascinating and expansive region are endless. For those wanting a peaceful day nearer to home, take a cooking class, a stroll with a picnic in the surrounding area or simply enjoy the pool, treatments and hammam.
Dar Ahlam has 13 suites as well as a separate villa. Each suite and villa is different and all are individually furnished with contemporary and antique Moroccan styles. All of the suites have spacious en-suite bathrooms, fireplaces for those cooler evenings, Atlas Mountain views and all have a terrace. The villa has a sitting room and terrace with outdoor fireplace overlooking the private swimming pool. Please note there are no TVs or telephones.
Superior Suites measure 80 sqm and boast a separate living room. Each has a large private terrace which can connect to the next door terrace, ideal for families or groups of friends.
Dar Ahlam welcomes children of any age, and cots can be placed in every room. Please note that babysitting can be arranged on request and the chefs are more than happy to cater for children's meals. There is so much in the area for adventurous families to do and children will love riding the camels, horses or mules, and exploring the oasis. An overnight stay in the desert camp would be a once in a lifetime experience for any young adventurer.
Dar Ahlam prides itself on privacy and you can enjoy the delicious cuisine created by the two French chefs - one specifically in charge of delicious desserts - wherever you like in the kasbah and its grounds. Pre-dinner drinks are served each night in the grand salon for guests to enjoy together. The kasbah also has an outdoor swimming pool, traditional hamman and spa for indulgent relaxing treatments.
The surrounding region offers innumerable day trips which can be taken with your personal guide. Transport is by 4X4, mule, camel, motorbike, mountain bike or quad bike and there is also excellent trekking in the region. Salt mines, lakes, gorges and valleys are all within easy reach and outings can always be accompanied by a gourmet picnic or some delectable snacks. Cooking classes are also available at the kasbah.
Location & Directions
Dar Ahlam is located in an oasis that was once part of a medieval sultan’s hunting ground in Skoura, on the Saharan side of the Atlas Range, near Ouarzazate.
When to go
Skoura can be visited year-round, although it does get cold in winter, especially at night, while the height of summer can see temperatures well over 40ºC. Spring and autumn are probably the best times to visit. Dar Ahlam closes each year during July.