Hotel Talout

South & Sahara desert hotels, Ouarzazate & Skoura

A 12-room hotel set on a hill overlooking the palmeraie, with views of the Atlas mountains and desert.

ABOUT: Occupying a hill overlooking Skoura’s palmeraie, the Sahara and the Atlas Mountains, this 12-room auberge-style hotel manages to be both comfortable and characterful.  Constructed in traditional southern mud-and-stone style and run by the famously friendly Abdelmoula Talout, a local from the nearby village, it boasts a pool, a roof terrace and a hammam.  Access is via a signposted track off the main road from Ouarzazate.

 

ROOMS: Each of the cosy, air-conditioned rooms is decorated with traditional materials – tamarisk wood, huge palm leaves, rugs,tadelakt plaster – and quirky heirlooms, and each has a small living area, hot shower in the bathroom and a view of the pool or palmeraie.  Suites come with a private terrace for extra privacy.

 

FACILITIES: The decent-sized (unheated) pool is surrounded by sun loungers, straw-topped parasols and two Berber-style tents.  Higher up, a large, shaded roof terrace has views in every scenic direction, and is a great place for dinner – traditional Moroccan meals like tagines, couscous and kebabs, plus home-cooked breads and vegetarian options, all made by Abdelmoula’s wife.  There’s also a dining room, a TV lounge with a fireplace, a new hammam, games and Wi-Fi.

 

EXTRA INFO:A range of excursions is available, from donkey trots around the palmeraie to tours of nearby salt mines and kasbahs, and 4x4 jaunts to the Valley of the Roses or to the Todra Gorge.  Trips to learn more about village crafts, such as pottery and basket weaving, are also available.

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