A traditional Kasbah surrounded by a Garden of Eden, on two hectares of land. The property is located at the gateway to the Southern Moroccan desert, 40km east of Ouarzazate, in a palm grove named Skoura.
Lavish and luxurious, Dar Ahlam translates as the ‘House of Dreams’ for a reason. A renovated, 19th century kasbah (fort), this is a sleepy paradise that will inspire the most sceptical naysayer. Narrow passages lead to lantern-lit courtyards and secret terraces with conversation-ending views; all around are Balinese artefacts, muslin curtains, cushion-filled crannies. Outside, there’s a 4,500-acre palmeraie; beyond that, only the endless Sahara...
The nine suites and four villas are simple but elegant, including big, stylish bathrooms with good water pressure. All are spacious, and all have air-conditioning, under-floor heating, and fireplaces. Villas have the additional lure of terraces and private, heated pools.
Out in the landscaped gardens, past pomegranate hedges and date palms, await a heated stone pool, outdoor massage tents, a Jacuzzi and a small spa providing clay scrubs. Dinners – traditional Moroccan with modern twists, followed by delectable French naughties – take place in a different location each day: one night you’ll be tucking into tagine within an olive grove, the next sinking macaroons in the grand salon. Afterwards, order a grenadine and repair to the rooftop for some tipsy stargazing.
A limitless menu of excursions are available: sunrise champagne picnics in the Valley of Roses; overnight camping in the Sahara; quad-biking; camel treks through almond blossom glades; stallion rides to a nearby Lake; visits to local co-operatives, and so on. There are also cookery lessons and Wi-Fi, both free.
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Only 35 minutes from Marrakech, Bab Ourika receives warm sunlight all day, ending in spectacular sunsets. Guests can relax in individually decorated rooms with their own terraces or unwind by the secluded swimming pool.
Luxurious guest house in the palm groves of Marrakech.
The Kasbah is a welcoming environment for people seeking a comfortable mountain refuge and for those who wish for superb rooms in a stunning setting.
The Berbere Palace is built in the Kasbah style, with a mix of Berber and traditional crafts.
Small kasbah hotel in the town of Tineghir. Lots of charm and very friendly staff. A real 'earth experience'.
Selman is a new super luxurious hotel experience in the countryside near Marrakech (only 5 minutes from the city).
When travelling around Morocco it is not (contrary to common belief) necessary for women to ‘cover up’ out of respect for local modesty traditions. Morocco is a very mixed society with Moroccans who dress as westerners and more traditional families dressing in a more traditional way.
The only areas of the country where it is advisable for women to cover up their legs and shoulders would be in some parts of the High Atlas Mountains (very remote areas) where the locals are rarely visited by foreigners. It is highly unlikely that you will be visiting these areas on any holiday arranged by Lawrence of Morocco.