Luxury eco-lodge at the foot of the mighty Atlas Mountains
Morocco is a popular tourist destination, it is an exciting country with a fascinating culture, but the going can be tough sometimes, especially in the bigger cities. If someone is after a more relaxing stay and a different experience, there is a beautiful alternative at the foot of the High Atlas mountains, just an hour’s drive from Marrakech in theToubkalNational Park. Choosen by CNN as one of the best eco-lodges in the world, the place known as Kasbah du Toubkal is indeed a unique hotel.
Built using mostly locally available materials and traditional techniques, the beautiful stone and timber building is perched on a high rock outcrop above the BerbervillageofImlil, offering magnificent views of the snow covered mountain ranges in the distance. The building might be natural and traditional, but it provides all the comfort and luxury western visitors need. There are a range of different types of accommodation on offer, from en-suite rooms to apartment style Garden House suites. Equipped with carved walnut furniture, tea/coffee making facilities and CD player, the rooms provide a relaxing and ambient atmosphere. The best feature, however, is the attached balcony, so guests can enjoy the stunning views from the privacy of their own space.
There are beautiful communal areas as well, so visitors can meet others, play games or just relax in good company. The staff is exceprionally friendly amd helpful, you’re guaranteed to be treated with genuine Berber hospitality. The food is great, consisting of a combination of Moroccan, Berber and western dishes. If someone wants more than just to sit back and relax, there are ample of opportunities to get active, from easy hikes and mule rides to more serious trekking. Kasbah du Toubkal also caters for the business visitor and provides facilities for up to 60 people, equipped with multimedia surround sound projection system.
Kasbah du Toubkal is an ethical business that has won several awards, promoting sustainable/responsible tourism and investing in the community. It is not a particularly cheap place, but those who stay there will get value for their money, a luxurious service and a very unique experience. So either for a shorter visit or a longer holiday, for a relaxing laid back time or some more physical activities, it is a wonderful choice.
Kasbah du Toubkal
Imlil Village, Morocco