Dar Ahlam

  • Location: Mountains
    Skoura, the closest palm grove: 4km (10 mins by car)
  • Ouarzazate Airport (OZZ): 45km (45 mins by car)
    Marrakech Airport (RAK): 250km (4hs 30 mins by car)
    Airport transfer included
    Car recommended
    Free parking
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An introduction to Dar Ahlam

How would you describe Dar Ahlam in a nutshell?

Dar Ahlam is a traditional, 19th century kasbah with high walls, narrow passageways and secret terraces that unconventionally mixes theatre and boutique lodgings. Set in the Moroccan desert this combination enables each guest to become fully immersed in the local culture and the natural surroundings.

The hotel’s staff creates different themes for each day of a guests’ stay, surprising them by providing different meals in unique locations. Breakfast might be in your own private space in the middle of the garden one morning, involving a specific type of cutlery or specific type of food. The morning after it will completely different, as we never repeat meals or experiences.

How would you describe the atmosphere at the hotel?

The atmosphere at Dar Ahlam is very personal and adaptable to the needs of each individual guest. Whether our guests seek relaxation or would like to be active, everything is possible.

The house is not formal at all, but rather exudes an understated luxury, mixing rich Moroccan influences with French sophistication. Local materials were used in the construction of all quarters, such as adobe, bamboo, or lemon and olive tree wood. Dar Ahlam is elegant yet down to earth. Even when just looking at its architecture and design, the hotel really offers a unique immersion into local culture.

What type of food do you serve and what’s the philosophy behind it?

We want the meals to be as simple as possible, allowing us to focus on the quality of ingredients, which are either from our own garden or sourced locally.

As we try to immerse our guests in a different experience with the food we serve, we like to offer various types of cuisine, such as Moroccan cuisine, Western style cuisine, and so on. The different recipes came together from chefs all over the world, which in itself already offers a lot of originality and diversity in the meals.

Each element of the dish, such as the type of food, its color, and the way it is served, is then included in each day’s particular experience.

What kind of guests is Dar Ahlam perfect for?

Dar Ahlam is a very tranquil place where one can relax and spend quality time with their loved ones. Our hotel is perfect for people who want to unplug from daily life. Here they can be comfortable, sit back and let us do the creative planning such as what they will eat and where they’ll dine.

If we do have families with children visiting, we try to create spaces so that the families will be able to have their privacy just as all the other guests. There is plenty of space for that on the estate.

Dar Ahlam Kasbah
Dinner in the Dar Ahlam garden
Junior Suite
Superior Suite
Superior Suite
Kasbah garden
Pool area
Lunch at Sidi Flah
Aperitif at Ksar Ali
1001 nights dinner

Dar Ahlam rooms & rates

There are 14 rooms at Dar Ahlam, eight of which are in the main building. From 30 to 45 square meters in size, these rooms are spread out over three floors with three rooms on the first floor, four on the second, and one on the ground floor.

Four superior suites are located outside the main building. These are beautiful suites and very spacious with 100 square meters each. There is also a villa in one of the gardens with a large bedroom, bathroom, a kitchenette, and a huge salon that can be converted into a second room for children and propose a shower room and toilets. These suites have private terraces and are more modern in design but with a little Moroccan touch. All of the rooms are designed with different themes and their names are linked to the local history of the region where we are. They each have air-conditioning as well as heated floors and fireplaces.

Dar Ahlam’s main building is in the middle of the property with all of the gardens circled around it. Each garden has an individual layout and its own theme, such as the gray garden, vegetable garden, the white garden, the olive tree garden, the boreal garden, and so on.

  • Junior Suite for 2-3 people / 35 m²
    14300 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Bathroom (ensuite)
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Extra bed (on req.)
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    The Junior Suites at Dar Ahlam are between 35 and 50 sqm and feature a queen-size bed or twin beds, a bathroom with bathtub & shower, a fireplace, a separate toilet and air conditioning. Some rooms have space for an extra bed. They are located on the ground, first or second floor of the Kasbah.

  • Superior Suite for 2-4 people / 100 m²
    17160 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Bathroom (ensuite)
    • 1 Living room
    • 2 Extra bed (on req.)
    • 2 Baby cot (on req.)

    The Superior Suites at Dar Ahlam are between 80 and 85 sqm and feature a king-size bed, a bathroom with bathtub and shower, a living room with fireplace, a separate toilet, air conditioning and a private terrace. Some rooms have space for two extra beds.

  • Villa for 2-4 people / 150 m²
    22000 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Bathroom (ensuite)
    • 1 Shower room
    • 1 Living room
    • 2 Extra bed (on req.)
    • 2 Baby cot (on req.)

    The Villa has 150 sqm and features a king-size bed, an en-suite bathroom with bathtub and shower, a large living room with fireplace, air conditioning, a small kitchenette and a private terrace with a plunge pool (not heated).

    The living room can be converted into a second room for children with double or twin beds. It proposes a shower room and toilets.The villa is located in the beautiful gardens of Dar Ahlam.

Included in the rates
The all-inclusive package includes: Transfers from and to Ouarzazate airport by 4x4 with driver, all meals, snacks and beverages (soft drinks, wines and alcohols) except some ‘à la carte’ wines and champagne, hammam, heated swimming-pool (massages are charged extra), private excursions by 4x4 with guide and driver, cooking demonstration, special and unique dinners. Our family rate is valid for 2 adults and 2 children (under 14 years old).
Children & Extra beds
Children are welcome. Cots and extra beds for babies and children up to 14 years old are free. Children and adults 15+ years: MAD 3.850 per night all incl.
Minimum stay
2 - 3 nights (check calendar for dates)
Check in time
after 15:00
Check out time
before 10:00
Closed July 1st to 31st

Facilities & services

  • Children welcome
  • Swimming pool
  • WiFi
  • Air conditioning
  • Maid service
  • Bar
  • Concierge service
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Restaurant
  • Steam room/Hamam
  • Laundry service
  • Safe box
  • Hair dryer
  • Spa

Guests can be as free and spontaneous as they want to be at our hotel, therefore all meals are included and can be taken at any time throughout the day. Guests just have to show up and will be taken to an exclusive area set aside just for them personally. Moroccan wine, as a tribute to our culture, as well as other alcoholic drinks are included in the room price as well. Champagne and à la carte wines are charged on site.

A personal driver and a guide are at our guests’ disposal. There is a pool at the hotel, which is open to our guests and they can also get massages and relax at our hammam (not included).

Things to do in Atlas Mountains & Skoura

  • Art / Culture
  • Cooking classes
  • Massages / Treatments
  • Hiking
  • Cycling
  • Horseback riding

The hotel is in the middle of a beautiful oasis with plenty of spaces to relax, swim in the pool, soak up some sun, read, or be pampered at Dar Ahlam’s spa and hammam.

Only five kilometers away you can find yourself in a completely different environment, a rocky desert, and within one hour and a half you can be in the middle of a completely different type of geology and vegetation. Our guests can take treks through the desert; all of them can be adapted to individual wishes such as going by bicycle or on horseback. We also offer quad tours, together with an outdoor lunch in the desert. The most popular destinations are the lake, gorges and Rose Valley.

A trip to the desert with a one-night stay in tents is something many of our guests enjoy doing. Each experience on the trip is staged, starting with a three-hour drive to have lunch in a beautiful oasis followed by a two-hour drive to reach the camp. The view of the sunset over the dunes is absolutely stunning and guests can spend their evening watching the stars. In the morning they’ll wake up to the smell of fresh coffee and see the sunrise.

The location of Dar Ahlam

Dar Ahlam is located in a palm grove named Skoura in the southern part of Morocco, close to the High Atlas Mountains. Ouarzazate, the closest city with an international airport is about 40 mins and Marrakech four hours away.

The hotel is set onto three hectares in the middle of the oasis on what used to be a Sultan’s hunting grounds. The palm trees separate us from the other 20,000 inhabitants living nearby in a remote village with only a few cars and motorcycles.

When is the best time to visit Atlas Mountains?

In Morocco each season is beautiful and has its individual charm. In my opinion, the best seasons to stay at Dar Ahlam are spring and fall as the temperatures during that time are not too extreme and nature is especially beautiful.

During summer you will find yourself taking advantage of all of the shade in the oasis. There are still a lot of activities that can be done during that season. In winter the difference in temperature between day and night varies hugely. During the day our guests can swim in our heated swimming pool and at night sit by the fireplace.