ABOUT: A small, chocolate-coloured kasbah that makes up in charm what it lacks in lustre. Situated amid Zagora's lush palmeraie (palm grove) on the edge of town, Asmaa – ‘the beautiful’ in Arabic – is a classic example of southern Moroccan hotels in that, while it offers only basic (but cosy) rooms, and not always the slickest service, there’s an irresistible friendliness and lovely atmosphere to compensate. Not to mention a pool and authentic food.
ROOMS: Mostly a dark pink hue, those fairly simple rooms are large, comfortable and decorated with subtle taste. All have air-conditioning, private bathroom and a balcony overlooking the gardens; some also face the pool. Showers and loos work well, although hot water can be limited. Several bigger apartments are also available. Wi-Fi exists but is patchy.
FACILITIES: The large gardens are split into a series of small spaces to provide seclusion. Depending on the season, roses, hibiscus or bougainvilleas will bloom and throw their fragrances into the mix. The good-size pool is enhanced by sun loungers and palm trees; dinners – traditional and tasty Moroccan meals – can be served here, as well as inside cushioned, Berber-tented salons, on various romantic outdoor terraces or in the menzeh (pavillion).
EXTRA INFO: As well as 4x4 jaunts into the Sahara, the Kasbah’s staff can organise traditional evening shows: performances of ancient songs and dances from the Zagora region.