GATEWAY TO THE ATLAS MOUNTAINS

THE KASBAH BAB OURIKA STANDS IN EXCEPTIONALLY BEAUTIFUL LANDSCAPE IN THE ATLAS MOUNTAINS, ONLY 35 MINUTES FROM MARRAKECH 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 26 ROOMS. ALL ARE INDIVIDUALLY DECORATED AND HAVE STUNNING VIEWS OF THE ATLAS, THE NATIONAL PARK AND THE OURIKA VALLEY.
WE HAVE 15 ROOMS IN THE MAIN KASBAH BUILDING AND 12 ROOMS IN THE GARDENS INCLUDING 2 POOL SUITES AND A VILLA RETREAT.

ROOM & RATES

The Kasbah has 27 rooms. All are individually decorated and have stunning views of the Atlas, the National Park and the Valley of Ourika. High Season (with min stay of 3 nights in high season) is from the 22nd December – 5th January and the months of March, April, May, September, October and November. Standard season rates are the rest of the year.

Our rates are per room, per night and include breakfast, housekeeper, maids, waiters, linen, towels etc. There is a €3 euro local tourist tax per person (over the age of 12) per night
Kasbah Bab Ourika fixes all pricing 1 Euro to 11 DHM.

ROOM TYPESTANDARD SEASONHIGH SEASON
SUPERIOR ROOM
Maximum 2 guests
 
150 Euros
(MAD 1650)
180 Euros (MAD 1980)
DELUXE ROOM
Maximum 2 guests
 
240 Euros
(MAD 2640)
270 Euros (MAD 2970)
SUITE
Maximum 3 guests
 
315 Euros
(MAD 3465)
355 Euros (MAD 3905)
DELUXE SUITE
Maximum 4 guests
 
420 Euros
(MAD 4620)
465 Euros (MAD 5115)
POOL SUITE
Maximum 2 guests
 
420 Euros
(MAD 4620)
465 Euros (MAD 5115)
GARDEN DELUXE SUITE
(2 bedrooms en suite up to 5 guests)
630 Euros
(MAD 6930)
695 Euros (MAD 7645)

Private Pool Villa
(2 bedrooms, large private lounge and terrace with private pool)
 
945 Euros
(MAD 10395)
1040 Euros (MAD 11440)

Private Villa Retreat
(5 bedrooms and private pool)
 
1600 Euros
(MAD 17600)
1890 Euros (MAD 20790)

Family Suite
(part of Villa if sold as separate rooms it has 2 bedrooms interconnecting via the bathroom)
 
420 Euros
(MAD 4620)
465 Euros (MAD 5115)

Extra Bed (only available in Suites and Deluxe Suites)
 
€50 (4 years and above)
(MAD 550)

Tourist Tax
 
€3 per person per night
(over 12 years) (MAD 33)

NY Dinner
 
€75 per person
(MAD 825)

COTS ARE AVAILABLE FREE OF CHARGE AVAILABLE ONLY IN DELUXE, SUITE AND POOL SUITE.

(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
Dinner€30 (a la carte) (MAD 330)
Lunch (Resident)€25 (a la carte) (MAD 275)
Buffet Lunch€30 (MAD 330)

CAR TRANSFERS:

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

AIRPORT / MARRAKECH KASBAH BAB OURIKA

4X4 AIRCON (1 - 4 pax)       70 Euros (770 Dhs)
Hyundai H1 (5 - 7 pax)      90 Euros (990 Dhs)

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

BANK TRANSFER PRIOR ARRIVAL

THERE IS A 3.5 % ADMINISTRATIVE FEE FOR CC PAYMENTS.

Sister hotel in the south of morocco
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The Villa retreat is situated in the gardens

AT THE FRONT TAKING IN THE WHOLE OURIKA VALLEY, IS A SPACIOUS SITTING ROOM WITH FIREPLACE AND FILM/READING CORNER, AN OPEN KITCHEN AND SITTING AREA WITH TERRACE NEXT TO THE BIOLOGIC GARDENS. THE SLIDING GLASS ROOF LETS THE FRESH AIR IN AND IT’S IDEAL FOR STAR GAZING IN THE WARMER MONTHS. THE BLACK INFINITY POOL REFLECTS THE MOUNTAINS ...TRULY MAGIC. EITHER SIDE ARE TWO PREMIUM POOL SUITES WITH ENSUITE BATHROOMS . LOOKING OUT TO THE RED HILLS OF NATIONAL PARK A SUITE WITH ENSUITE BATHROOM, PRIVATE TERRACE AND A SITTING ROOM THAT CAN BE USED AS A SECOND BEDROOM (IDEAL FOR FAMILIES). A FURTHER ADJOINING SUPERIOR ROOM ENSUITE WITH VIEWS TO THE BIOLOGIC GARDENS AND THE MOUNTAINS. THE VILLA RETREAT CAN BE RENTED AS A WHOLE PROVIDING PRIVATE ACCOMMODATION WITH FULL USE OF THE AMENITIES OF THE HOTEL. IT CAN ALSO BE RENTED ON A ROOM BASIS AS PART OF THE HOTEL. IT HAS A UNIQUE LOCATION, BREATHTAKING VIEWS AND STYLISH AND ECLETIC INTERIORS AND IS BATHED BY THE SUN ALL DAY ROUND !

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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.IT 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 RESIDENTS 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 30 (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 TREATMENTS Combination of relaxation and efficiency
Experience one of the oldest traditions of the Eastern culture and discover our traditional hammam. The hammam’s steam bath 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.

Escape Hammam (Enjoy the private access to the hammam (no therapist) and relax covered by verbena scented foam
(30 min) @ 250 Dhs per person

Discovery Hammam Discover the benefits of a traditional Moroccan scrub. Thanks to the black soap that moisturizes the skin deeply and prepares for a gentle exfoliation with the ”kessa” glove.
(+- 30 min) @ 350 Dhs per person

Traditional Hammam Enjoy the traditional Moroccan scrub with the black soap and the verbena soaping.
To complete this journey, the “Ghassoul” mask purifies and soften the skin by absorbing impurities. Leave with a skin bright and silky.
(+- 45 min) @ 500 Dhs per person

MASSAGE TREATMENT We offer only one type of massage: Berber massage (mix between relaxing and tonic).
- 550 Dhs for 50 minutes per person
- 350 Dhs for 30 minutes per person

BEAUTY TREATMENTS FROM ABSOLUTION - PARIS Absolution face care elaborated from organic vegetable extracts or wild plants, minerals and vitamins.
- 460 Dhs for 1 hour per person
- 320 Dhs for 30 minutes per person

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.

FULL DAY TRIP IN THE DIRECTION OF THE FOREST EXPLORE THE NATIONAL PARK VIA THE ROAD TO IGROUFROUANE PASSING THROUGH SMALL VILLAGES WITH THE OPTION OF A 1 HOUR TREK. YOU CAN HAVE A PICNIC LUNCH.

½ 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 SETTI FATMA 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.

Treks at Kasbah Bab Ourika

In addition to easy walks and picnics locally, you can explore the region on longer treks including the remote and unspoiled Salt National Park. You can experience a taste of Berber village life as you pass through the many local villages. Kasbah Bab Ourika can provide an experienced English-speaking Mountain Guide who can tell you more about the valley, the Berber way of life, the countryside and botany surrounding you. On the following treks The Kasbah’s Chef can arrange an individual picnic lunch (200 dhs per person) or sandwich to take away (100 dhs per person) Or on our forest treks we can arrange for you to have lunch in a Berber house (200 dhs per person – including mint tea & mineral water) The Kasbah will provide mineral water for your Trek; and the Guide or a donkey (for large groups) will carry it for you.
Trek 1 -Taourirte Direction: 2h00-2h30 duration (Easy Trek)
SStarting from the Kasbah, explore the Traditional Salt Productions at Taourirte, visit the Village, and come back to the Kasbah through the little fields of olives, plums and vegetable gardens.
(250 dhs per person for minimum of 2 People or 500dh for Single)
Trek 2- Timalizen Direction: 2h00-2h30 duration (Easy Trek)
Walking South to the Village of Timalizen and then to Tamzenderte Village, continuing onto the river and return back to the Kasbah through the farm lands.
(250 dhs per person for minimum of 2 People or 500dh for Single)
Trek 3-National Park Direction: about 3h00 to 3h30 duration (Medium Trek)
This is considered a medium level walk, in which you will go through Taourirte or Agadir Ntizi Villages, then into the National Park onto hills and valleys, coming back to the Kasbah through the hills.
(300 dhs per person for minimum of 2 People or 600dh for Single)
Trek 4 –Takaterte (Gardens) Direction: about 3 to 4 hours duration (Medium Trek)
This incorporates the visit in Trek 1 , where you explore the Traditional Salt Productions at Taourirte and visit the Village, plus a visit to the Bio Aromatic Gardens called Nectarome (entrance fees -20dhs- not included) at Douar El Haddad and to the lovely Christine's Safran Garden "Le Paradis du Safran" at Takaterte (entrance fees -100dhs- not included) (In case you get tired the guide can arrage for you a “local Taxi” which cost 150 dhs from the Safran Farm to the Kasbah).
(350 dhs per person for minimum of 2 People or 600dh for Single)
Trek 5 - Monday Market: 4 to 5 hours duration (Medium Trek)
This Trek incorporates Trek 4, exploring the Traditional Salt Productions at Taourirte and Visits to the Nectarome and Safran garden plus explore the local Berber Market of Tnine, which means : “Monday” . (In case you get tired the guide can arrage for you a “local Taxi” which cost 150 dhs from the Safran Farm to the Kasbah).
(350 dhs per person for minimum of 2 People or 600dh for Single)
Trek 6 – National Park & Tagadirte Village: 4 to 5 hours duration (Medium Trek)
EIt's medium level trek, walking East of the National Park to Tagadirte Village, in which you have an option to visit a Berber House and get in touch with the Berber Culture and have a cup of mint tea with the family (50 dh per person supplement) then returning to the Kasbah via the Taourirte Salt Mines.
(350 dhs per person for minimum of 2 People or 600dh for Single)
Trek 7 – Exploring Villages & The National Park: 7 hours duration (Hard Trek)
This is a high level trek, in which you can 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 of the Valley, such as Juniper, Holy Oak, Pine and Carob.
(550 dhs per person for minimum of 2 People or 700dh for Single)
Please note:
There is a cancellation fee of 50% for last minute cancellations.
All the prices of the treks are based on 2 People Minimum.


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


MARCH 2015
ARTICLE : FASHION IN MOROCCO
FEBRUARY 2015
KOTO BOLOFO, PHOTOGRAPHER
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. KOTOWAS BORN IN LESOTHO AND NOW LIVES IN FRANCE; HIS MANY SUBJECTS INCLUDE MADONNA AND VENUS WILLIAMS


NOVEMBER 2014
NOMINATED KILLER VIEW
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
AN ESCAPE TO MOROCCO S OURIKA VALLEY BY TAHIR SHAH
http://www.luxurytravelmagazine.com/news-articles/an-escape-to-moroccos-ourika-valley-16385.php


2011
100 HOTELSOF THE WORLD


JUNE 2010
FAR FROM THE MEDINA CROWD IN MARRAKECH 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 the life of the village Berbers.

The feeling of the Kasbah was striking to me too. It had a powerful presence to it 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 a true reflection of its surroundings. Argus Hardy, the Kasbah s architect, design and proportions appealed to me too.

My decision to join this special project came from my respect and understanding of Stephen s vision, as well as our agreed ideas and direction for the interiors of the Kasbah to keep everything true to the Berber style 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 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 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 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 chic ethnic 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 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 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 Maximo 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