The team of staff - the Kasbah employs someone from each family in the local area, and they have a brilliant rapport with the guests, and with each other. Hugely warming welcomes, service with a smile, very dedicated to being attentive, sheer professionalism in working around gluten free/vegetarian requirements, and they take such pride in serving their local produce.
The majestic scenery, and the amount of 'elements' in the grounds - different little seating areas to discover, olive groves, lavender patches, donkeys, the kitchen garden, the pool, terraces and so on.
Authentically rustic yet clean, modern and minimal designs throughout.
The chef is working some serious magic - easily some of the most incredible dining I've experienced abroad. Always an element of surprise - a salad will be puréed aubergine and mint, for instance. Spectacular stuff. Very special.
The breakfast spread is very generous - eggs any way you like (including the berber omelette, spiced and sizzling in a tagine!)
It's worth being clear that this isn't a 'luxury' venue, though it charges expensive, London hotel prices, without some of the basic amenities (no conditioner, which is essential in the hot dry heat, for instance). Given the local produce and staff, and the living wages and local pricing, you just know they're making incredible margins.
My room (12) had the most spectacular terrace view, but looked very, very different to the 'deluxe suite' as shown on the website. A lot smaller, more basic, darker.
You're a captive audience when you're there, so dining costs can rack up extremely quickly. It's not priced incredibly highly, it's city-dining prices and the quality is very good, but on the Thursday they offer a buffet as the only option at 330dhs (£26) per person - and it's 4x tagines, bowls of vegetables and meringues and fruit as the dessert, so doesn't at all justify the cost - all excl. drinks. Bottles of water at dinner are £4. I wasn't overly hungry, and I don't eat meat, so it ruled me out of 3 of the 4 mains and I only wanted one medium sized plate of food - having explained this to reception, the lovely staff very quickly agreed to charge us for one main for me, instead of the full all-you-can-eat cost.
Again, the cost of the transfer - 70 euros, and both ways, 140 euros stacks up!
Would love to return! It's an incredibly special place (though will take me til next season to save up!)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bab Ourika perches majestically on a hilltop at the apex of the Ourika Valley, guarding the gateway to the snow-capped Atlas Mountains – yet it is only 45 minutes from Marrakech’s International airport. With 360 degree panoramic views, this innovative new hotel receives warm sunlight all day, ending in spectacular sunsets. From its unique eyrie-like position it offers a birds eye view of the Atlas, of traditional Berber villages and of the lush river valley below. The Kasbah is one of the most eco-friendly hotels in Morocco; constructed principally from rammed earth, the traditional Berber building technique, it seems almost to have grown out of the rocks beneath. The thick walls provide such good insulation that air-conditioning is unnecessary. Solar panels provide hot water for the hotel and and the underfloor heating in the dining and bar area. Soon a biodigester will provide electricity and compost not only for the hotel but also for the village below. ... more less
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