Douar Samra

Mountain Hotels in Morocco, Asni & Imlil

A friendly mountain hotel in the spirt of the Berber life with 7 rooms and a tree-house.

ABOUT: Set in a village almost 2,000m above sea level, at the foot of the Toubkal Massif, this friendly, sleepy hotel bursts with Berber spirit and touches.  Comprising seven rooms and a tree-house, the Douar was restored and furnished by current owner Jacqueline with the help and advice of local villagers’ wisdom.  The result is a low-slung, pisé (reddish rammed earth) structure, a blending of old and new.  Upon your arrival, Jules the donkey takes the luggage while you get to grips with Wi-Fi passwords and aperitifs and meet the pet shih tzu dogs.  All the while, Jebel Toubkal, North Africa’s highest peak, looks on steadily.
ROOMS: The four ‘Main House’ bedrooms are wood-beamed and entirely candlelit; the Garden House has three slightly larger Mini-Suites with electric lighting and a similar homeliness.  All include a fireplace, en-suite showers, bright cushions and spectacular mountain views.  Found at the organic gardens’ far end, the charming Tree House offers seclusion and novelty.
FACILITIES: From Samra’s various roof terraces, views extend over the vegetable gardens and fruit trees to Imlil’s fertile valley and the towering mountains above.  Inside, an authentic hammam awaits.  Dining is communal, taking place around an open fire and involving delicious Berber tagines.
EXTRA INFO: Walking excursions are available, including treks to waterfalls and an overnight ascent of Toubkal itself, bedding down in a small refuge.  Or just amble around the village, watching Berber women hang out colourful carpets and children play with chickens.

For your Atlas mountain holiday at the Douar Samra, call 0207 112 0019 to discuss your plans.

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