Georgia Hopkins

Bab Ourika

with Georgia Hopkins www.itsbeautifulhere.com
  • Where:Atlas Mountains, Morocco

  • Why:A quick escape from the madness of Marrakesh.

  • When:September 2014

  • Who:Just me.

Highs & Lows

  • The stunning hilltop setting and breathtaking beauty of its surrounds.

  • Complete calm and serenity…shady garden lounges and hidden Kasbah corners offer ultimate relaxation.

  • Spectacular sunsets and endless starry skies.

  • Great hiking opportunities.

  • Admirable eco-credentials. Supportive of local Berber villages.

  • Incredibly friendly and hospitable staff.

  • Somewhat isolated, so no chance of dining elsewhere (but I was more than happy staying in).

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Life Changing

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Overall Value

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Stealable Stuff

  • Refer a Friend

Total: 48/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    A luxury mountain kasbah.

  • Vibe

    Calm, peaceful, eco-friendly mountain vibes.

  • Location

    Blissfully off the grid, but still only 45 minutes from the heart of Marrakesh.

  • Rooms

    15 rooms in the main building, 6 rooms in the garden, and a new pool suite next to the vegetable garden (with private infinity pool). All rooms have views of the Atlas Mountains and the Ourika Valley.

  • Music

    Didn’t really notice.

  • Year Opened

    2009

  • Designed By

    Interior designer, Romain Michel-Ménière.

  • Pool/Gym

    Yes, a secluded pool and small haman for spa treatments.

  • Restaurant

    Yes, one of the highlights. Daily changing modern-Moroccan menu using local and organic ingredients from the Kasbah’s own veggie garden.

  • Bar

    Yes

  • Minibar

    No

  • Wifi

    Yes, but a little (understandably) unreliable.

  • Children

    Skip the children, better here without.

  • Price

    Worth every dirham.

Visit the local Berber Monday market at nearby Tnine Ourika.

Hit the local markets

Unnamed Road, Morocco

Visit the local Berber Monday market at nearby Tnine Ourika.

Hike in the Atlas Mountains and through the neighboring National Park.

Explore the valley

Unnamed Road, Morocco

Hike in the Atlas Mountains and through the neighboring National Park.

Biking in summer, skiing in the High Atlas in winter.

Mountain Activities

Unnamed Road, Morocco

Biking in summer, skiing in the High Atlas in winter.

Bab Ourika

Unnamed Road, Morocco

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