Kasbah Bab Ourika Marrakech
Kasbah Bab Ourika Marrakech stands in the exceptionally beautiful landscape high in the Atlas Mountains. The Kasbah itself is amazing and the views of the mountains are breathtaking. The Atlas Mountains in Morocco are simply incredible beautiful with huge snowy peaks and lush green fields.
Kasbah Bab Ourika is located only 35 minutes from Marrakech International Airport. So, if you are tired of hustle and bustle of the Medina, you can relax at the Kasbah and enjoy the peace and serenity of this place. With 360 degree panoramic views you will get sunlight all day, not forget to mention spectacular views of the lush river valley and traditional Berber villages.
The Kasbah Bab Ourika is one of the most eco-friendly hotels in Morocco. Although only built in 2008, the exterior of the building blends perfectly with its environment. The Kasbah was constructed principally from rammed earth (this was a traditional Berber building technique) and include solar panels, a water recycling system, and a bio-digester.
The interior design and decor is minimalistic but luxurious, with earthy tones and of course Moroccan influence. The Kasbah itself is set in extensive gardens with two courtyards and lost of places where you can relax and admire the beautiful landscape.
Kasbah Bab Ourika has 26 rooms, each individually decorated with stunning views of the Atlas Mountains and the Valley of Ourika. I had the pleasure to enjoy the beautiful pool suite, with a private terrace and the most breathtaking views of the whole valley. The room was beautiful and tastily decorated in earthy textiles with wooden furniture and some collector’s pieces. The bathroom had a large shower, two sinks and access to the terrace. The bedroom had a comfortable king size bed and it was connected to the beautiful living room with a working fireplace. It was just a perfect place to spend my first few days in Morocco.
Dining at Kasbah Bab Ourika was exceptional. The restaurant serves food that is freshly supplied from the surrounding villages and ingredients are from local markets and from their very own kitchen garden. The chef specializes in traditional Berber recipes as well as international cuisine and the menu changes daily.
Meals can be served in the terraced gardens, the courtyard, colonnaded restaurant or can be taken privately in the rooms or suites.
There is a lot to discover around Kasbah Bab Ourika. You can enjoy different tracks, explore the nearby villages and the National Park or just relax by the pool. The nearest town is Tnine Ourika which has a large market where you can buy all sorts of products. There is also a great range of excursions from camel treks, hot air ballooning, mountain biking and even skiing in the Atlas Mountains.
Kasbah Bab Ourika is a truly relaxing and beautiful place. If you are looking for great nature vistas, amazing food and a few days escape from Marrakech, then don’t hesitate. I had an unforgettable time at this beautiful estate and would return in a heartbeat.
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