Kasbah Bab Ourika
Atlas Mountains, Morocco
Not far from the ancient city of Marrakesh, rolling hills give way to striking mountains and lush valleys. At the top of one of these hills sits Kasbah Bab Ourika, a stunning traditional villa of rammed earth that simultaneously surveys all that lies before it without overtaking the natural beauty of its surroundings. Here among the warm brown stone walls, guests can commune with the traditions of Moroccan culture through Berber and Arabic dishes, and reflect on the arid landscape from the hotel’s veritable oasis, the botanical garden.
Like so many things, the Kasbah is more than meets the eye. While it was constructed using traditional Berber techniques, the thick walls provide natural insulation from the heat and the cold, and solar panels are used to heat water and the building when necessary. The hotel also recycles greywater in their garden, and provides extra water storage for a nearby village. Give yourself over to the pleasures of Morocco at this immersive hilltop villa.
27 rooms, including 15 rooms in the main Kasbah building and 12 rooms in the gardens, including 2 pool suites and a villa retreat
All rooms have views of the Atlas Mountains, the national park, and the Ourika Valley
Dining available in the gardens or colonnaded restaurant
Property includes an herb garden, infinity pool, and Beldi spa
Access to day treks in and around the national park
Rates from $300 per night
Use of infinity pool
Housekeeping, maids, waiters, linens, towels, etc.
Constructed out of pise (rammed earth) using traditional Berber building techniques
Thick walls provide natural insulation
Property uses solar panels to heat the building and water, aims to install additional panels to start generating their own electricity
Greywater is recycled and used in the garden
Sources kitchen ingredients from onsite gardens or local markets, using seasonal foods
Hires locally and invests in job training for staff
Supports local community through various initiatives, including providing extra water storage for nearby village
Plans to build a prototype biodigester unit to turn waste products into electricity, gas and high-quality compost
Making Berber Tea
A bottle of moroccan wine in the room
A bag of organic verveine grown in the hotel’s organic gardens
A locally handmade organic verveine soap bar