Les Tourmalines

South & Sahara desert hotels, Ouarzazate & Skoura

An ideal location to combine relaxation with stunning views of the lake and exploring the Draa Valley, the Dades and Todra Gorges.



Space – or “the magic of vacancy”, as the hotel attractively labels it – abounds at Les Tourmalines thanks to its waterside setting.  Sitting pretty on the edge of Lake El Mansour, 12 miles from Ouarzazate inside a newish development, the guesthouse is also ideally positioned for exploring the Draa River valley and the Dades and Todra gorges, with their thousands of kasbahs (forts).  Owned and managed by a delightful French couple, Les Tourmalines works well as both a southern circuit stop, or as a longer-stop base for seeing this scenic area.


Each of the 12 rooms are quite large, and come armed with a Moroccan sitting room area, air-conditioning and small private terraces.  Sleeping four, the solitary luxury suite boasts all the above plus extra space and a TV.


Designed to merge with the lake, Les Tourmalines infinity pool sits right on the water’s edge.  Surrounding it is a wide terrace, where breakfast and sometimes lunch are served, and on which a sunset (over the lake) aperitif is highly recommended.  Dinner – high-quality Moroccan and French cuisine – is dished up in a Berber-style tent in the adjacent gardens. 


Very close by are Morocco’s largest stables: horses and camels can be hired by the hour (about £12) or day (about £40 including lunch).  Les Tourmalines itself can schedule 4x4 excursions, quad-biking, tennis and cycling tours, plus provide canoes to explore the lake.  Note that the arrival is through a partly unfinished development but worth it!

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Les Tourmalines Reviews

Setting is wonderful.

Les Tormalines was the least 'Moroccan' of the hotels but the setting is wonderful - the main meal was fine and the staff were friendly.

who stayed here in April 2013.

Absolutely delightful.

What a location, what a view, what lovely people...

who stayed here in October 2012.

Les Tourmalines, Ouarzazate & Skoura has been rated 2 times, with an overall rating of 4.50 out of 5.

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