Continuing our series of the best places to travel in the world, I am now looking at the top 4 best hotels & Kasbahs to stay in, in the Atlas Mountains.
The Atlas Mountains in Morocco are simply breath-taking, huge snowy peaks tower over lush green meadows with olive, lemon and orange groves aplenty. They extend across northwestern Africa, spanning Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia, separating the Atlantic and Mediterranean coastline from the Sahara Desert.
The Atlas Mountains are all about the views. Almond blossom at Ouirgane; winter snow and skiing at Ouïkaimeden; wild nature and traditional villages all year round. Trekking is best in spring when the almond blossom is particularly lovely. The cooler temperatures in autumn also make this a good time trek. High summer is a beautifully warm time of year in the mountains, unless you’re intending to climb Mount Toubkal.
Kasbah Bab OUrika has sensational 360 degree, panoramic views up to the mountain tops above and right down to the groves in the valleys below. It is perfectly positioned to take advantage of long sunny days but is also spectacular at sunset too. The exterior of the building blends perfectly with its environment, and indeed its eco-friendly credentials are important here (and include solar panels, a water recycling system, and a bio-digester). The Kasbah is set in extensive gardens with two courtyards and plenty of sunny spots to relax and appreciate the landscape. Although only built in 2008, there is a rustic feel and the buildings feel settled and as if they’ve been here forever. The interior décor is classy and luxurious, think earthy tones with a Moroccan influence so you don’t forget where you are; the textiles and artefacts are locally sourced. It’s not just us that this place has seduced; Condé Nast Traveller, Fodor, The Guardian and many more have rated or visited the Kasbah and seem to love it just as much as we do.
3. Kasbah Tamadot
Also known as Sir Richard Branson’s Moroccan retreat, the award-winning Kasbah Tamadot was bought by Sir Richard Branson during one of his famous ballooning expeditions. This magical walled complex near Asni, in the High Atlas, is made up from peaceful courtyards, intriguing staircases, landscaped gardens and breathtaking views. Each of the 28 rooms and suites has been individually decorated to reflect the beautiful architecture of the building and features antiques from all over the world. The master suite is the one to pick as it is a miniature replica of the Kasbah, with 360-degree views of the mountain scenery.
2. Kasbah du Toubkal
Kasbah du Toubkal looks out over three major valleys carved from majestic rocky mountains rising to over 4,000 metres. Near the foot of the highest peak in North Africa, it’s only 40 miles from Marrakech, but the peace and quiet and seclusion are so complete the city seems a million miles away.
Located on a hilltop in the Toubkal National Park, this historic, award winning boutique hotel has stunning mountain views, first class accommodation and a beautiful garden. Set in its own, self-contained Garden House, the apartment suite is the room to choose and benefits from a deluxe double or twin room, a bathroom with roll top bath and shower and a spacious living area featuring a fitted kitchen and a wood burner. There is also a huge glass wall opening out onto a balcony with beautiful views of waterfalls and the High Atlas. A private terrace offers a really idyllic place to enjoy breakfast, as well as giving direct access to the Kasbah garden.
4. Kasbah Angour
Kasbah Angour Atlas Mountains Hotel is a gorgeous boutique hotel & restaurant in a Berber castle in the Atlas Mountains near Marrakech. The Kasbah is perched on a hill-top and has superb panoramic views. There are 26 rooms & suites, spacious public areas, a wonderful swimming pool and beautiful gardens. Guests at Kasbah Angour can unwind in the hotel’s gardens, explore the Atlas Mountains with one of our guides or visit Marrakech, just 30 mins drive away.
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