A unique and luxurious experience in the heart of the Atlas Mountains.
ABOUT: Hidden among Ouirgane Valley pine, olive and lemon trees below the High Atlas mountains, the luxurious, dreamy Malika is the very epitome of a ‘bolthole’: relaxing, secluded, safe and serene. It’s especially good in summer, when herb scents flavour the air and breezes keep you cool. The nearby – but unheard – main road continues up to the spectacular Tiz’n’Test pass, or back to Marrakech, its markets and madness somehow only an hour away.
ROOMS: All close to the large pool, Malika’s seven light-flooded, air-conditioned rooms mix North African traditional style with modern Marocaine: think earthy tones, large tiled bathrooms, comfy beds, flatscreen TVs. There’s a standard room and five junior suites, all with a private terrace, and then one larger suite which has two terraces and can sleep up to four.
FACILITIES: Mining the vegetable garden, orchard and local markets, Malika’s restaurant does creative and delicious cuisine (try the honeyed cream with lavender and saffron). Meals are served candlelit in the gardens or indoors by a fireplace; either way, book before 11am on the day. Also available are half-day cookery courses, and guided hiking, biking, horse-riding and 4x4 excursions to Berber villages and the mountains. A wellness centre provides massage and treatments using local products.
MORE INFO: Free Wi-Fi is found throughout. The minimum age for guests at Malika is 12 years.
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Domaine Malika was also lovely but was not as nice as the Villa des Orangers. The owner, Paul, was lovely and a very engaging front of house person, but the hotel itself was a little dated and the food not great either in terms of taste but certainly also quantity, especially for 2 teenage boys for whom a quail for a main course was simply not sufficient. On reflection I would not recommend it as a hotel for families and I would have limited our stay to 2 rather than 3 nights. The pool was also freezing. The hamman was great though and we did some riding from la Rosearie hotel which was good . Domaine Malika advertises cycling as an option but it’s not really viable unless a big group wants to do it as the cycling company they use has to come all the way from Marrakech so it’s expensive just for one or 2 to do. The mule trek was ok, the guide and the mule owners were very friendly. One highlight was a lunch at somewhere nearby called Chez Momo which another guest recommended and the boys loved the food and the generous helpings of it - Domaine Malika could only offer us processed cheese or turkey sandwiches although we found out at the end that we could have requested lunch if we had asked before noon but no one told us that at the outset and it wasn’t in the printed info in the rooms. We gave honest feedback direct to Paul and he was very apologetic and keen to take comments on board so as to improve which was welcome.
Jan Phillips who stayed here in October 2014.
All the accommodation was excellent standard especially Domaine Malika where the hospitality and cuisine was very good indeed.
Elizabeth S who stayed here in August 2013.
Very impressive - fab room - to die for views - so many options to hang out in the sun/shade/poolside. Staff were wonderful - we had a cookery lesson and a Hammam - all really enjoyable. Food was first class - they set and achieve a high standard at Malika. We became close to Khalid (waiter) and to Foosia(?) the chef - even visited their respective houses for tea! We walked locally and ventured further afield in a taxi.
Mel G who stayed here in April 2013.
Domaine Malika, Ouirgane has been rated 3 times, with an overall rating of 4.33 out of 5.
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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.