GATEWAY TO THE ATLAS MOUNTAINS

THE KASBAH BAB OURIKA STANDS IN EXCEPTIONALLY BEAUTIFUL LANDSCAPE IN THE ATLAS MOUNTAINS, ONLY 35 MINUTES FROM MARRAKECHeuro S INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. ON ITS HILLTOP, AT THE APEX OF THE OURIKA VALLEY, IT LOOKS DOWN TO THE RIVER, GREEN FIELDS AND GROVES OF OLIVES, ORANGES AND LEMONS, AND UP TO THE DAZZLING SNOWY MOUNTAIN PEAKS

THE KASBAH

WITH 360 DEGREE PANORAMIC VIEWS, KASBAH BAB OURIKA RECEIVES WARM SUNLIGHT ALL DAY, ENDING IN SPECTACULAR SUNSETS. GUESTS CAN RELAX IN INDIVIDUALLY DECORATED ROOMS WITH THEIR OWN TERRACES OR UNWIND BY THE SECLUDED SWIMMING POOL. ABOVE ALL THE KASBAH OFFERS PEACE AND RELAXATION IN SPECTACULAR SURROUNDINGS, A MEMORABLE ESCAPE FROM THE HUSTLE OF THE WESTERN WORLD.

ROOMS & RATES

THE KASBAH HAS 21 ROOMS. ALL ARE INDIVIDUALLY DECORATED AND HAVE STUNNING VIEWS OF THE ATLAS, THE NATIONAL PARK AND THE VALLEY OF OURIKA. WE HAVE 15 ROOMS IN THE MAIN KASBAH BUILDING AND 6 ROOMS IN THE GARDENS INCLUDING 2 POOL SUITES.

ROOM & RATES

HIGH SEASON IS FROM THE 21ST DECEMBER euro 5TH JANUARY AND THE MONTHS OF MARCH, APRIL, MAY AND OCTOBER. STANDARD SEASON RATES ARE THE REST OF THE YEAR. RATES ARE VALID UNTIL 31ST OCTOBER 2016.

OUR RATES ARE PER ROOM, PER NIGHT AND INCLUDE BREAKFAST, HOUSEKEEPER, MAIDS, WAITERS, LINEN, TOWELS ETC.
THERE IS A euro 3 EURO LOCAL TOURIST TAX PER PERSON (OVER THE AGE OF 12) PER NIGHT (PAID LOCALLY)

ROOM TYPESTANDARD SEASONHIGH SEASON
SUPERIOR
 
euro 150
MAD 1,650
euro 180
MAD 1,980
DELUXE
 
euro 230
MAD 2,530
euro 260
MAD 2,860
SUITE / GARDEN SUITE
 
euro 300
MAD 3,300
euro 340
MAD 3,740
DELUXE SUITE
 
euro 400
MAD 4,400
euro 445
MAD 4,895
GARDEN DELUXE
 
euro 230
MAD 2,530
euro 260
MAD 2,860
GARDEN POOL SUITE
 
euro 400
MAD 4,400
euro 450
MAD 4,950
GARDEN DELUXE SUITE
(2 bedroom en suite)
euro 600
MAD 6,600
euro 660
MAD 7,260
EXTRA BED
 
euro 25

(PLEASE NOTE THAT OUR BASE CURRENCY IS MAD AS ABOVE)

OUR CANCELLATION POLICY IS:

LESS THAN 7 DAYS100% OF THE TOTAL COST OF ROOMS BOOKED
FROM 8-14 DAYS75% OF THE TOTAL COST OF ROOMS BOOKED
FROM 14-28 DAYS50% OF THE TOTAL COST OF ROOMS BOOKED
MORE THAN 28 DAYS20% OF THE TOTAL COST OF ROOMS BOOKED

TRANSFERS:

WE CAN ARRANGE TRANSFERS TO ALL DESTINATIONS IN MOROCCO.
CONTACT OUR RESERVATIONS FOR FURTHER DETAILS AND PRICING.

AIRPORT / MARRAKECH euro KASBAH BAB OURIKA

4X4 AIRCON        euro 70

TO MAKE A RESERVATION OR FIND OUT MORE CALL:

00 212 668 74 95 47
00 212 661 63 42 34

OR EMAIL:

bookings@kasbahbabourika.com

ACCEPTED PAYMENTS

THERE IS A 3.5 % ADMINISTRATIVE FEE FOR CC PAYMENTS.
ALTERNATIVELY WE CAN GIVE YOU BANK TRANSFER DETAILS NEARER THE TIME OF THE BOOKING.0

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Choose the room :

: euro 150 / MAD 1,650 : euro 180 / MAD 1,980
: euro 230 / MAD 2,530 : euro 260 / MAD 2,860
: euro 300 / MAD 3,300 : euro 340 / MAD 3,740
: euro 400 / MAD 4,400 : euro 445 / MAD 4,895
: euro 230 / MAD 2,530 : euro 260 / MAD 2,860
: euro 400 / MAD 4,400 : euro 450 / MAD 4,950
: euro 600 / MAD 6,600 : euro 660 / MAD 7,260



MEALS ARE SERVED IN THE GARDENS OR IN THE COLONNADED RESTAURANT
OR CAN BE TAKEN PRIVATELY IN THE ROOMS OR SUITES.
THE CHEF SPECIALISES IN TRADITIONAL BERBER RECIPES AS WELL AS INTERNATIONAL CUISINE.


WE CAN ARRANGE A VARIETY OF ACTIVITIES DURING
YOUR STAY AT THE KASBAH, PLEASE ENQUIRE AT RECEPTION
SO WE CAN BOOK THESE IN ADVANCE FOR YOU.


KASBAH BAB OURIKA OFTEN HOSTS SPECIAL PARTIES, WEDDINGS
AND GROUP EVENTS SUCH AS YOGA, PAINTING, MEDITATION,
BRIDGE WEEKS AND CORPORATE EVENTS.


RESTAURANT

MEALS ARE SERVED IN THE GARDENS, IN THE COLONNADED RESTAURANT OR CAN BE TAKEN PRIVATELY IN THE ROOMS OR SUITES.

TO MAKE A RESERVATION OR FIND OUT MORE CALL:
+ 212 661 63 42 34 / + 212 661 27 47 07
OR EMAIL:
bookings@kasbahbabourika.com

AT KASBAH BAB OURIKA WE ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT OUR PRODUCE. we source the freshest organic ingridients AVAILABLE FROM OUR OWN KITCHEN GARDENS AND NEAR BY MARKET TO PREPARE A PURE ARTISANAL CUISINE FOR OUR GUESTS TO ENJOY.

OUR MENUS REFLECTS THE SEASONS AND LOCATION. BERBER, ARABIC AND INTERNATIONAL DISHES ARE ALL FEATURED FROM HEALTHY AND DELICIOUS BREAKFASTS, LIGHT MENUS FOR LUNCH BY THE POOL, EXOTIC PICNICS, NUTRITIOUS HIKING PACKS AND BAB OURIKA SPECIALTIES FOR INTIMATE NIGHT TIME DINING.


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

Michael was trained classically in the London French restaurant scene in the nineties.He has travelled extensively in India, South East Asia and South America. It was on these travels that he became enthralled and skilled in Global Cuisine. Kasbah Bab Ourika is an exciting opportunity for him to develop this concept.

OUR RESTAURANT IS OPEN TO NON Reuro SIDENTS FOR LUNCH AND DINNER. WE CAN ALSO CATER FOR LARGE GROUPS ON ONE OF THE MANY DINING TERRACES IN THE KASBAH GARDENS WITH SPECTACULAR VIEWS OF THE ATLAS AND THE OURIKA VALLEY.

DINNEReuro 25 (A LA CARTE)
LUNCHeuro 25 (A LA CARTE)

SAMPLE MENU

STARTERS

MEDITERRANEAN FISH SOUP, RUSTIC CROUTON, SAFFRON AIOLLI

WARM CRISPY GOATS CHEESE BRICK, MIXED LETTUCES, RED ONION CONFIT, RED WINE VINAIGRETTE

THREE MOROCCAN SALADS, BERBER STONE BREAD ROASTED BEETROOT, ROCKET, FETA, WALNUTS, MINT, SHERRY VINAIGRETTE

MAINS

SLOW COOKED LAMB, POTATO CAKE, RATATOUILLE, SALSA VERDE

SALMON FISH CAKE, STIR FRIED SPINACH, LEMON, CAPER BUTTER SAUCE, CRISPY FENNEL SALAD

CHARCOAL COOKED BEEF TAGINE, VEGETABLES, WILD HERBED COUSCOUS

SPICY LENTIL FRITTERS, CRISPY, GREEN BEANS, OVEN ROASTED TOMATOES, MINTED YOGHURT SAUCE

DESSERTS

FONDANT CHOCOLATE CAKE, MASCARPONE.

AMARETTO PARFAIT WITH GERANYUM SYROP

FLOURLESS ORANGE AND ALMOND CAKE

HOMEMADE SORBET


ACTIVITIES

THERE'S A LOT TO DISCOVER AROUND KASBAH BAB OURIKA. OUR STAFF WILL GIVE YOU DETAILED INSIGHTS ABOUT A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT ACTIVITIES AND ARRANGE THEM FOR YOU. RESERVATIONS FOR ALL ACTIVITIES SHOULD BE MADE AT RECEPTION.

Hammam and Massage, The Arabs of The 7th century, and later the Ottoman Turks, perfected the ancient art of the hammam, which to this day is referred to as euro The Silent Doctoreuro for its health and wellness related properties.
The hammameuro s steambath helps one eliminates stress, toxins and impurities by sweating.The hammam is an intimate and inviting place that rids one of tension and daily worries, either alone or as a couple.


BERBER MASSAGE(mix between relaxing and tonic).Available in the massage room off the hammam, your room or in the gardens.

HAMMAM(usually lasts 20 minutes individual or 45 minutes for two people). You will receive a traditional Kessa body scrub, which will deeply cleanse . Next you will be wrapped in clay and roseessence which will moisturize your skin.

LEARN TO MAKE BERBER TEA, After a tour of the herb garden with our staff to collect mint and fresh herbs.

CAMEL TREKKINGG, 2 hour trek from the Kasbah through the village of Timalizen and down to the river.

HORSE RIDING, We can arrange this at stables 25 minutes from the Kasbah. You will need a transfer to take you there and return.

MOUNTAIN BIKING, A day riding through the local villages with a guide.

FULL DAY TRIP IN THE DIRECTION OF THE FOREST Explore the National Parks via the road to Igroufrouane passing through small villages with the option of a 1 hour trek. You can have a Picnic Lunch.

DAY TRIP TO NECTAROME GARDENS, then on the Village of Tafza to the Pottery manufacturing and the Berber Museum.

DAY TRIP TO SETTI FATMA AND THE WATER FALLS and the Ourika Valley If you would like us to arrange a local trekking guide at SettiFatma to walk you up to the water falls there is a supplement

DAY TRIP TO MARRAKECH.(45 minutes by car) Explore the Medina and enjoy the delights of the famous Main Square (Jemaa-el-Fna), the Souksand local monuments. If you would like us to arrange a national guide there is a supplement.

HOT AIR BALLOONING , We can arrange via 2 companies based in Marrakech. You will require a transfer to the collection point in Marrakech and to return to the Kasbah.

The Kasbah can arrange a variety of Treks

Trek 1 -Taourirte: 2 hours duration
Starting from the Kasbah explore the Traditional Salt Productions at Taourirte. Visit the Village and then return to the Kasbah throughfields of olives, plums and vegetable gardens.
Trek 2 - Timalizen:2 hours duration
Walking south to the Village of Timalizen and then to Tamzenderte Village.Continue to the river and return to the Kasbah.
Trek 3- National Park: 3/4 hours duration
A medium level of walk. You will go through Taourirte or Agadir Ntizi Villages and then into the National Park throughhills and valleys.
Trek 4 -Takaterte:4/5 hours duration
This incorporates Trek 1 (2 hours)where you explore the Traditional Salt Productions at Taourirte. You will also visit the Bio Aromatic Gardenscalled Nectarome at Douar El Haddad and to theSafran Garden "Le Paradis du Safran".
Trek 5 - Monday Market: 5 hours duration
This Trek incorporates Trek 4. You will also explore the local Berber Market ofTnine. It is a weekly Monday market.
Trek 6 - Berber Museum & Pottery: 5 hours duration
Enjoy a nice walk to Tafza Village situated on the other side of the river. Visit the local Pottery and the Berber Museum (20 dh/person Entrance).
Trek 7 euro National Park & Tagadirte Village: 5 hours duration
Mediumlevel of walk.Eastof the National Parkto Tagadirte village where you will have tea ceremony at a Berber House and experience Berber Culture. Returning to the Kasbah via the Taourirte Salt Mines.
Trek 8 - Exploring Villages & The National Park: About 7 hours duration
High level of walk. Explore the several villages and their local way of life before entering into the National Park where you will discover the different types of trees, plantsand wildlife.


TO MAKE A RESERVATION OR FIND OUT MORE CALL:
+ 212 661 63 42 34 / + 212 661 27 47 07
OR EMAIL:
bookings@kasbahbabourika.com

EVENTS

KASBAH BAB OURIKA OFTEN HOSTS SPECIAL PARTIES, birthdays, WEDDINGS AND GROUP EVENTS SUCH AS YOGA, PAINTING, MEDITATION, BRIDGE WEEKS AND CORPORATE EVENTS.


TO MAKE A RESERVATION OR FIND OUT MORE CALL:
+ 212 661 63 42 34
+ 212 661 27 47 07

OR EMAIL:
bookings@kasbahbabourika.com




THE KASBAH IS ONE OF THE MOST ECO-FRIENDLY BUILDINGS IN MOROCCO.
CONSTRUCTED PRINCIPALLY FROM PISE (RAMMED EARTH), THE TRADITIONAL BERBER BUILDING TECHNIQUE, IT BLENDS EASILY WITH THE ROCK AND EARTH AROUND IT.


Since its opening in 2008 , Kasbah Bab Ourika has been featured
in many of the most prestigious international
travel press and digital Media.


Since its opening in 2008 , Kasbah Bab Ourika has been featured in many of the most prestigious international travel press and digital Media.



WE CREATED A UNIQUE AND SPECIAL PLACE.
A SINGLE ESCAPE WHERE GUESTS CAN EXPERIENCE
A MORE GENUINE SIDE OF MOROCCAN LIFE.

ECO- FRIENDLY

THE KASBAH IS ONE OF THE MOST ECO-FRIENDLY BUILDINGS IN MOROCCO. CONSTRUCTED PRINCIPALLY FROM PISE (RAMMED EARTH), THE TRADITIONAL BERBER BUILDING TECHNIQUE, IT BLENDS EASILY WITH THE ROCK AND EARTH AROUND IT.

THICK WALLS PROVIDE NATURAL INSULATION IN SUMMER AND WINTER TO ENSURE A BALANCED TEMPERATURE. THE KASBAH USES SOLAR PANELS TO HEAT THE BUILDING AND THE DOMESTIC WATER SUPPLY. WE HOPE TO INSTALL ADDITIONAL PANELS TO START GENERATING OUR OWN ELECTRICITY TO ENSURE THAT WE ARE ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE.
ALL GREY WATER AT THE KASBAH IS RECYCLED AND USED IN THE GARDEN.
AT THE OUTSET THE KASBAH PROVIDED ESSENTIAL TRAINING TO ENSURE THAT THE MAJORITY OF OUR STAFF ARE FROM THE NEARBY VILLAGES. THIS POLICY HAS BEEN SUCCESSFUL AND WE ARE ONE OF THE LARGEST EMPLOYERS IN THE VALLEY. THIS PROVIDES MUCH NEEDED EMPLOYMENT IN THE AREA AND ENSURES THAT THE KASBAH IS INTEGRATED INTO THE LOCAL COMMUNITY.
IN ADDITION THE KASBAH HAS TRIED TO SHOW ITS COMMITMENT TO THE LOCAL DOUAR (COMMUNITY) BY INSTIGATING VARIOUS INITIATIVES AND ACTIVELY PARTICIPATING. THE KASBAH SPONSORED THE CREATION OF EXTRA WATER STORAGE TO PROVIDE RUNNING WATER TO THE HOUSES IN THE VILLAGE BELOW. LOCAL GOVERNMENT PROVIDED PUMPS AND FUNDS TO COMPLETE THIS WATER DISTRIBUTION.

THE KASBAH HAS ENCOURAGED FOREIGN COMPANIES AND GUESTS TO SPONSOR THE ACTIVITIES OF THE LOCAL SCHOOL AND WE HAVE MANY RETURN GUESTS WHO HAVE KINDLY ARRANGED PACKAGES TO BE SENT WITH ESSENTIAL MATERIALS SUCH AS BOOKS AND WRITING EQUIPMENT.
THE KASBAH IS KEEN TO IMPLEMENT OTHER TRADITIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL INITIATIVES. THERE ARE PLANS TO BUILD A PROTOTYPE BIODIGESTER UNIT TO USE WASTE PRODUCTS OF THE KASBAH TO PRODUCE ELECTRICITY AND GAS AND FINE QUALITY COMPOST FOR THE GARDENS. IT IS HOPED THAT IF THIS PROJECT IS A SUCCESS IT WILL HAVE APPLICATIONS ALL OVER THE BERBER VILLAGES IN THE HIGH ATLAS.

IN PRESS

Since its opening in 2008 , Kasbah Bab Ourika has been featured in many of the most prestigious international travel press and digital Media.


NOVEMBER 2015


CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 AND 2015 CHOICE AWARDS 2013 - TOP 25 LUXURY HOTELS IN MOROCCO


OCTOBER 2015 euro KASBAH BAB OURIKA IS A ROMANTIC ATLAS MOUNTAINS HOTEL OFFERING UNFORGETTABLE VIEWS, BERBER-INSPIRED INTERIORS AND COMFORTING MOROCCAN DISHES.euro REVIEWED BY NATALIE PARIS


MARCH 2015
ARTICLE : euro FASHION IN MOROCCOeuro
FEBRUARY 2015
KOTO BOLOFO, PHOTOGRAPHER
euro KASBAH BAB OURIKA, WITH ITS VIEWS OF THE ATLAS MOUNTAINS. I'VE BEEN TOMOROCCO MANY TIMES AND THOUGHT THE SNAKE-CHARMER-HUSTLE-AND-BUSTLE WAS THE WHOLE STORY, BUT THIS IS A HIDDEN JEWEL. TELL NO ONE ELSE ABOUT IT.euro KOTOWAS BORN IN LESOTHO AND NOW LIVES IN FRANCE; HIS MANY SUBJECTS INCLUDE MADONNA AND VENUS WILLIAMS


NOVEMBER 2014
NOMINATED euro KILLER VIEWeuro
http://www.thestylejunkies.com/awards-2014/


NOVEMBER 2013
MOROCCO BEYOND MARRAKECH FEATURING KASBAH BAB OURIKA
http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/morocco-beyond-marrakesh


2012
CHOICE PROPERTY


SEPTEMBER 2011
euro AN ESCAPE TO MOROCCOeuro S OURIKA VALLEYeuro BY TAHIR SHAH
http://www.luxurytravelmagazine.com/news-articles/an-escape-to-moroccos-ourika-valley-16385.php


2011
100 HOTELSOF THE WORLD


JUNE 2010
euro FAR FROM THE MEDINA CROWD IN MARRAKECHeuro FEATURING KASBAH BAB OURIKA
http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2010/jun/05/morocco-marrakech-hotels-retreats-eco

DESIGN

WE CREATED A UNIQUE AND SPECIAL PLACE. A SINGLE ESCAPE WHERE GUESTS CAN EXPERIENCE A MORE GENUINE SIDE OF MOROCCAN LIFE.

The creation of Kasbah Bab Ourika started in 2004 when Stephen Skinner found the hilltop site and started the construction of the main buildings and the planting of the surrounding gardens. It took 5 years to realise the current Kasbah. The project involved a large team of local artisans to create access to the site. The entry road was dug by hand. The initial construction was dependant on Berber donkey transport to supply water and materials. Wells were found and a system to pump water more than 500 metres uphill to holding tanks created alongside the Kasbah. The project is ongoing with the addition of the garden rooms and waterfalls, the kitchen gardensover the past few years and now due to open in 2016 the new 5 bedroom Retreat looking out over the Ourika Valley and the Atlas.

A friend of Stephen architect Argus Hardy provided plans for the main Kasbah building. Stephen also asked interior designer Romain Michelle Meiniere to help him oversee the finishing and interiors. Romain worked closely with Stephen and writes:

Stephen expressed to me his interest in my interior design work, my use and respect for Moroccan tradition and the local craftsmanship, and the possibility to join his project on the design side.

On visiting Bab Ourika I was taken aback by the beauty of the surroundings and the Kasbah itself. The courage displayed by Stephen to take on such an enormous project was incredibly admirable to me. He had chosen a hilltop in the Ourika valley, far from the tarred roads, the safety of the busy populated city, away from the normal tourist attractions of Marrakech - the souks, restaurants, etc. Here he has created a unique and special escape, a pure place where guests can experience a more genuine side of Moroccan life euro the life of the village Berbers.

The feeling of the Kasbah was striking to me too. It had a powerful presence to it euro a living element. It did not feel like a newly constructed site, more like an old soul - a Kasbah that had been there for years, overseeing the villages below, perched on its own hill standing guard over the mountains euro a true reflection of its surroundings. Argus Hardy, the Kasbaheuro s architect, design and proportions appealed to me too.

My decision to join this special project came from my respect and understanding of Stepheneuro s vision, as well as our agreed ideas and direction for the interiors of the Kasbah euro to keep everything true to the Berber style euro using natural colours, Berber textiles and artefacts. Since living in Morocco I have become more and more interested in working with the natural materials found here euro materials which are typically used in the regional areas of Morocco. Kasbah Bab Ourika was the perfect place for me to utilise these traditional techniques and building methods euro limestone and mud walls, palm trunk ceilings.

We knew immediately what are priorities were. We had to acknowledge the incredible and striking views that surround the Kasbah euro the dramatic Atlas Mountains to the front, the amazing deep red canyon that drops to the left - making these a feature point of the property. Large windows and glass doors, designed on the Egyptian gold number, have been used allowing the views to be seen from every room within the Kasbah, as well as elongated meurtriere style windows, also seen in the traditional Berber Kasbahs.

For Stephen and I it was an easy decision as to what materials we wanted to work with. We needed to keep everything true to the surroundings and reflect the typical style of the Berber villages. A traditional mixture of limestone and earth - plus other ancestoral secrets of technique and application - was used to cover all wall surfaces, allowing the perfect natural backdrop for the euro chic ethniceuro style furnishings we had designed.

In the bedrooms bed-heads have been upholstered in natural tones of leather, BeniOurain carpets cover floor surfaces, windows are dressed with old Berber plaids (each one unique in design) and Berber pompom blankets decorate the beds euro all of these furnishings have been locally sourced, all carrying the theme of the natural earth colours that surround the Kasbah - brown, white and creams. This theme is seen throughout the Kasbah in the furnishings of the communal areas - dining room chairs upholstered in leather and old Berber plaids, lounge seating and cushions covered in old Berber rugs and blankets.

Stephen and I have collected numerous locally sourced objects and artefacts, all of which at some point had a functioning purpose in the daily life of the Berbers. They have been used now for decoration or transformed with a new modern function euro ancient pots which were used for transporting water and oil are now lamp bases, an old chest which once held the contents of a young brides dowry now decorates a passageway of the interior courtyard. These objects allow us to show the guests at Bab Ourika the craftsmanship of the Berbers plus the opportunity to understand more of their lifestyle and daily lives. As Stephen and I continue to search for more unique and rare pieces the Kasbah will be forever changing with our new discoveries.

Fresh, home grown roses will add splashes of colour throughout the Kasbah, sitting against the natural tones used in the furnishings and the traditional wall surfacing. We will also display artwork from various artists, such as Alan Keohane, with his wonderful collection of photos of the local Berber people in the neighbouring villages and Beatriz Maximoeuro s striking photography of Berber life.

CONTACT

KASBAH BAB OURIKA - Ourika valley, Tnine Ourika, Maroc - Tel.+212668749547 / +212661634234 -email:bookings@kasbahbabourika.com -Design Marcos Rosa -Web_Master Ahmed Elktam FOLLOW US