Georgia Hopkins

Bab Ourika

  • Where:
  • Why:A quick escape from the madness of Marrakesh.
  • When:September 2014
  • Who:Just me.
Bab Ourika Sundowners.


Bab Ourika The hallways…beautifully simple design.

The hallways…beautifully simple design.

Bab Ourika Chair obsession.

Chair obsession.

Bab Ourika So cosy.

So cosy.

Bab Ourika The entrance to my bedroom.

The entrance to my bedroom.

Bab Ourika Homemade lemonade on these shady lounges…yes please.

Homemade lemonade on these shady lounges…yes please.

Bab Ourika Valley views.

Valley views.

Bab Ourika The beautiful lavender-filled garden.

The beautiful lavender-filled garden.

Bab Ourika The pool.

The pool.

Bab Ourika Rock the Kasbah – it will blow your mind.

Rock the Kasbah – it will blow your mind.

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

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

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


  • Designed By

    Interior designer, Romain Michel-Ménière.

  • Health & Wellness

    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


  • Minibar


  • Children

    Skip the children, better here without.

  • Price

    Worth every dirham.

  • Website

    Visit website

Hit the local markets

Hit the local markets

Unnamed Road, Morocco

Explore the valley

Explore the valley

Unnamed Road, Morocco

Mountain Activities

Mountain Activities

Unnamed Road, Morocco

Bab Ourika

Bab Ourika

Unnamed Road, Morocco

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