[by Tanja] Much to our surprise the atmosphere and temperature in January is all about Spring time. Even warm enough to crave the shade. After a mere 45-minute drive from Marrakech, magical Kasbah Bab Ourika appears. Almost stately located on the hill top. Our stylish hideaway is so worth the bumpy ride across steep hillsides overlooking the Atlas Mountains, Ourika Valley and Salt Natural Park.
Kasbah Bab Ourika
Hidden corners everywhere. Fellow guests are lunching beneath a leafy pergola; others are lounging by the pool; some are draped on the white canvas outside chairs, good books to hand. This peaceful scene is enhanced by extensive gardens – centred with a fountain, surrounded by olive trees, beds of lavender, roses and jasmine. Benches and day beds have been located at strategic spots to capture that magnificent view. I never want to leave…
Bedroom with a view
Kasbah Bab Ourika is one of the most eco-friendly hotels in Morocco, built in traditional Berber style with the use of century old techniques. These thick walls help insulate against heat and cold.
With only 26 rooms, this is an intimate place. Room types include Superior, Deluxe, Pool Suites and – if you’re planning to bring the whole gang – a 5-bedroom Garden Retreat. The restaurant uses only the freshest organic ingredients from both its own garden and nearby locals markets. The menu reflects a balance between both European and Moroccan cuisine, changing daily according to the seasonal produce.
It’s all about the atmosphere
Its easygoing atmosphere makes it equally appealing for laid-back pleasure seekers, who might just want to sit by the pool sipping a mint tea, as for the more adventurous, a hike into the Atlas Mountains or down to the bottom of the valley for swimming in wild waterfalls or horseback riding. Even, surprise, skiing is on offer.
This place is an ideal hidden gem all year ’round. As perfect to escape the summer heat or the winter cold. To complete the dream, includes a spa and massage area. Could a place be more perfect?