Kasbah Bab Ourika

  • Location: Mountains
    Traditional salt production at Taourite: In walking distance
    Local Berber market (Mondays): In walking distance
  • Marrakech Airport (MAK): 45km (1h by car)
    Airport transfer available on request
    Car recommended
    Free parking
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An introduction to Kasbah Bab Ourika

How would you describe Kasbah Bab Ourika in a nutshell?

Kasbah Bab Ourika is a unique boutique hotel with a 360-degree panorama of the Atlas Mountains. It is surrounded by verdant hills and a national park. It is a remote place to get away from the world yet is only 45 mins from Marrakech. Harper’s Bazaar journalist Alex Preston said recently ‘It is a vision of Paradise, this earth–hewn hotel, its hilltop garden, its scents and its scenery. There is a quality of silence up here in the clear still air, a sense of timelessness that tricks you into believing that the fortress-like building, with its rose earth walls and cool courtyards, might have been here forever - a symmetrical extrusion from the hillside itself’.

How would you describe the atmosphere at Kasbah Bab Ourika?

The atmosphere here is of peace and of beauty. Nature is an intimate part of the hotel.

Light changes during the day create different magical ambiances. Mornings are glorious and later when the light begins to soften, drawing itself down the snow-capped mountains the valley, it becomes greener and redder and at dusk magic starts with candle lights all over the courtyards and terraces. Dinner is served outside half of the year under the stars with the breeze bringing garden scents in.

Winter days are mostly sunny and nights are cooler but the rooms are cosy. Log fires welcome you to the bar or the TV room to watch a movie.

A lot of our guests come to relax and unwind. Lazy lunches, reading in the many special places around the gardens. Others may want to see more of the Ourika Valley with excursions from the Kasbah or to trek in the national park next the Kasbah.

Who should stay at Kasbah Bab Ourika and who should rather book something else?

The Kasbah is a pure place where guests can experience a more genuine side of Moroccan life – the life of the Berber villages. If you are looking for a TV in your room or nightlife you may be better staying in Marrakech.

Our staff is part of the hotel family and they are proud of the hotel that has been created together. They will do their best to make you feel that the Kasbah is your home away from home.

From up here we have one of the most spectacular views of North Africa. I can’t tell you how many times our guests have told us that this is the most beautiful place they have been to which delights and motivates us all.

Please tell us about the restaurant and the food you serve.

At Kasbah Bab Ourika we are passionate about our produce. We source the freshest organic ingredients available from our own kitchen gardens and nearby markets to prepare a pure artisanal cuisine for our guests to enjoy.

Kasbah Bab Ourika and freelance consultant chef Michael Arthur have been working on a unique vision to create a balanced Moroccan and European menu. Our menu changes daily reflecting the fresh produce from our kitchen gardens and the surrounding valley.

Food is simple and healthy, rural and local but with sophistication and is served in the pagoda restaurant or under the trees.

What do you particularly like about this part of Morocco?

The Ourika Valley and the High Atlas are breathtakingly beautiful. And it is fascinating to live side by side with the Berber villages that have not changed for hundreds of years.

To you personally, what is so special about Kasbah Bab Ourika?

I am very proud to have created something that does feel like an old soul and that it has brought so much pleasure to our guests as well as vital employment to local Berbers. Our staff are proud of the Kasbah and this reflects in the genuine friendly Berber service that they always provide.

What’s your policy on kids?

We welcome children as we were all a child once. At the same time there are so many special places to relax in the gardens, that our guests without children would not find it an intrusion.

Kasbah Bab Ourika
Garden Deluxe Room
Garden Deluxe Suite
Garden Deluxe Room
Pool Suite
Pool Suite
Pool and restaurant
Bar
Garden terrace
Garden and Atlas Mountains

Kasbah Bab Ourika rooms & rates

There are 15 rooms in the main building and the gardens offer a further 6 rooms. We have Superior Rooms, Deluxe Rooms, Suites, Deluxe Suites, Pool Suites and a recently opened 5-bedroom Garden Retreat with its own terrace and infinity pool on the cliff-face with the whole of the Ourika Valley in front of it.

All of our rooms have great views. The style of the rooms reflects the Berber culture. The beds’ headboards have been upholstered in natural tones of leather, Beni Ourain rugs cover floor surfaces, windows are dressed with old Berber plaids — each one is unique in design — and Berber blankets decorate the beds.

  • Superior Room for 2 people / 15 m²
    1980 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    The Superior rooms are located on the first or second floor and come with a double or twin bed, an ensuite bathroom with shower and they offer beautiful views of the Atlas mountains. There is access to a shared terrace.

    Features: safe box, fan, central heating, hairdryer, bathrobes and toiletries.

  • Deluxe Room for 2 people / 25 m²
    2970 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Bathroom (ensuite)
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    The Deluxe Rooms offer either a double or twin bed, an ensuite bathroom with shower or bath tub and most have a private terrace. Two of the Deluxe Rooms can interconnect, so they are perfect for a family.

    Features: safe box, fan, central heating, hairdryer, bathrobes and toiletries.

  • Suite for 2-3 people / 30 m²
    3905 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Bathroom (ensuite)
    • 1 Extra bed (on req.)
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    The Suites are located in the garden or the main house and they offer a comfortable double or twin bed, an ensuite bathroom with bath tub, a living room and most have a pivate terrace.

    Features: safe box, fan, central heating, hairdryer, bathrobes and toiletries.

  • Deluxe Suite for 2-4 people / 55 m²
    5115 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Bathroom (ensuite)
    • 1 Living room
    • 2 Extra bed (on req.)
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    The Deluxe Suite features a double or twin bed, a vaulted bathroom with bathtub and shower, a living room and a private terrace.

    Features: safe box, fan, central heating, hairdryer, bathrobes and toiletries.

  • Garden Pool Suite for 2 people / 45 m²
    5115 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Bathroom (ensuite)
    • 1 Living room

    The Garden Pool Suite features a double or twin bed, an ensuite bathroom with bath tub, a living area, a private terrace and a private pool.

    Features: safe box, fan, central heating, hairdryer, bathrobes and toiletries.

  • Garden Deluxe Suite for 2-5 people / 80 m²
    7645 / night
    • 2 Double bedroom
    • 2 Bathroom (ensuite)
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Extra bed (on req.)
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    The Garden Deluxe Suite features a double or twin bed, an ensuite bathroom with bath tub, a living area and a private terrace with beautiful views of the Atlas mountains.

    Features: safe box, fan, central heating, hairdryer, bathrobes and toiletries.

  • Private Pool Villa for 2-4 people / 80 m²
    11440 / night
    • 2 Double bedroom
    • 2 Bathroom (ensuite)
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Dining room
    • 1 Kitchen
    • 1 Extra bed (on req.)
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    The Private Pool Villa features two double or twin bedrooms, an ensuite bathroom with bath tub and shower, a kitchen, a fireplace, a private terrace, a private infinity pool and beautiful views of the valley and the Atlas mountains.

    Features: safe box, fan, central heating, hairdryer, bathrobes, toiletries, terrace and fireplace.

Included in the rates
The rates include breakfast and daily housekeeping.
Optional extras
Hammam, Berber massage, Berber tea making, camel trekking, day trips to Setti Fatma and the waterfalls, hot air ballooning all available on request.
Extra charges payable at the property
There is a 3.5% charge on credit card payments. Tourist tax: EUR 3 per person per night (over the age of 12; paid locally).
Children & Extra beds
Children are welcome. Baby cots are complimentary. Extra beds (4+ years old) can only be added to Suites. They cost 660 Moroccan Dirhams per night.
Minimum stay
1 nights
Check in time
after 15:00
Check out time
before 10:00

Facilities & services

  • Children welcome
  • Swimming pool
  • WiFi
  • Terrace
  • Maid service
  • Bar
  • Concierge service
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Restaurant
  • Central heating
  • Courtyard
  • Room service
  • Business facilities
  • Steam room/Hamam
  • Laundry service
  • Safe box
  • Hair dryer
  • Spa

The Kasbah sits on its own hilltop surveying the Ourika Valley and the snow-capped Atlas beyond. The main Kasbah building is a formidable castle. All furnishings have been sourced locally. Genuine antique wood doors open up to private balconies or courtyards that lead to the main terrace and gardens.

The gardens are luxurious and spacious and feature a large swimming pool, water gardens and immaculate kitchen gardens that supply the Kasbah restaurant.

We are attentive to our guests’ personal requests and needs and offer a wide range of excursions and activities as well as spa and massage treatments. A particular favourite is demonstrations given by the Kasbah Kitchen on creating typical Berber dishes.

Things to do in Atlas Mountains & Marrakech

  • Art / Culture
  • Massages / Treatments
  • Yoga classes
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Cycling
  • Horseback riding

Trekking around the Kasbah is very popular as you pass through extraordinary scenery and wildlife. Excursions by car with a Kasbah guide and a picnic are also a great way to get a feel for the Atlas.

A camel trek through the villages with a tea ceremony in a local Berber house is also something not to be missed. Many of our guests also like to make a day excursion to Marrakech city.

And finally, riding our donkeys Pepita and Isabella is a must for children!

Kasbah Bab Ourika reviews

5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
Best hotel I've ever been to.
Sam C. (USA)
stayed at Kasbah Bab Ourika in May 2017
5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
Wonderful! I just would like to share with you that I am having a more than wonderful stay in Kasbab Bab Ourika. This is a precious place to keep secret. Everybody is so nice. The servicr is perfect. All is simple as I like. The deco is what I expectex.Please keep this place the way it is and I will for sure come back. It is THE place to be to enjoy quiet snd peaceful break.The weather is delicious at this time of the year. Pur air and so quiet. I just love it.Damien is so nice but all of them are.Thanks as this is because of Welcome Beyond I found you...Thanks Amanda as my room is perfect. The food is delicious too and enjoying breakfast outside in front of the Atlas mountain.
Isabelle B. (France)
stayed at Kasbah Bab Ourika in February 2017

The location of Kasbah Bab Ourika

The Kasbah is in a remote location but at the same time it is only 45 mins by car from Marrakech Menara airport. We offer transfers to any location in Morocco and of course to and from Marrakech airport (in a 4x4 car with aircon).

We are surrounded by a national park, salt mines, remote villages, a national forest, orchards, rivers, olive groves, vegetable gardens, white capped Atlas Mountain, saffron farms and most importantly by beautiful and genuinely welcoming Berber People.

When is the best time to visit Atlas Mountains?

Morocco is a year-round destination, especially since Kasbah Bab Ourika sits on a hilltop and is the perfect escape from the summer heat. Winter months have bright blue days and colder evenings which can be enjoyed in front of open log fires.