Kasbah Angour’s location enhances relaxation. There is no noise or light pollution at this hill top hotel with the stunning Atlas Mountains as a backdrop. There are 10 acres of beautiful gardens including a kitchen garden. The outdoors also includes a swimming pool and guests and visitors can enjoy alfresco meals with exceptional mountain views.
Guests will experience authentic Morocco at this independent Berber Castle hotel which is home to 25 Individually designed bedrooms and suites. The team are all Moroccan Berbers whilst the owner is British Paul Foulsham who opened the hotel in 2011 and wanted to offer a traditional atmosphere coupled with modern luxuries. Paul had tranquillity and relaxation in mind. Guests can enjoy guided walks of the surrounding countryside.
Half-day walks starting from Kasbah Angour are ideal for those looking to do moderate walking. Full-day walks are also offered and really enhance the experience in this setting. Walks are with a multi-lingual mountain guide local to the area and take around 4 hours. Thanks to Kasbah Angour’s privileged position, they can offer superb walks that start and finish at the Kasbah. As the Kasbah is in the foot-hills of the mountains, there is the possibility to choose walks where the amount of climbing is moderate rather than strenuous. They can also adjust walks to suit all walking abilities. Aside from the health benefits, walking holidays in the Atlas Mountains allow visitors to know about the country, its history, culture and environment which are all rewarding. As visitors open their lungs on a walk, they also open their minds. Walking transforms the way visitors view and remember a destination.
Guests start the day with traditional Moroccan breakfast including Mint tea, coffee, orange juice, local cheese, freshly baked breads, natural yoghurt and fresh fruit. Hot items cooked to order include Berber breakfast pancake “msemen”, Berber style eggs cooked in a bed of fried tomatoes and Fried eggs with cumin. After breakfast is the perfect time to embark on a walk.
A wonderful 11km / 4-hour walk is the ‘Berber Villages & Mountains Guided Walk’. Guests head east to Agadir village to admire the marvellous views north to the Haouz Plain and south to the mountains (including Mount Toubkal, 4,167m). The circuit continues south along a delightful small valley and into a lightly forested part of the Toubkal National Park. Guests then proceed to Outghal village to see houses constructed from baked earth, with the return through olive groves and mountain fields.
Kasbah Angour offers all manner of outdoor activity holidays including: Half Day Walks (3-4 hours), Full Day Walks (6-7 hours), Visit to the local Souk on Tuesdays (2-3 hours), Visit Imlil for the Day with mule trek & picnic, 4x4 Adventure in the Mountains, Tours of the Mountains by Car, Ascent of Mount Toubkal (2 days), Camel Rides, Visits to Marrakech and Golf.
Not only is this an active break but also a cultural one. Berbers are Morocco’s proud indigenous people and visiting local Berber villages and staying in a Berber castle only add to the uniqueness of a trip here in the mountains. Kasbah Angour supports the local community in a big way. Not only does the hotel provide permanent jobs but it also purchases everything locally supporting local farmers and businesses. Freelance guides and other professionals are also employed locally and they possess local knowledge and provide a unique awareness of the surroundings.
Meal times are exciting and varied at the hotel’s Le Grand Atlas Restaurant. The dinner menu changes daily and is reasonably priced with three course dinners priced 245 DH (around £20) whilst children under 12 have dinner priced 125 DH (around £10). The focus is on local recipes and home style cooking and starters include: Moroccan Harira soup with lamb, tomatoes & chickpeas / Courgettes stuffed with kefta (minced steak), tomato coulis / Chilled baked aubergine stuffed with tomatoes & thyme (v) / Pumpkin soup with argan oil & toasted corn croutons (v). Mains include: Chicken tajine with peppers & tomatoes, sautéed potatoes / Lamb tajine with fresh peas & artichoke, rice (min. 2 people) / Vegetable tajine, rice (v) / Kefta tagine (minced steak meatballs) with tomatoes, pasta and Lentil, chickpea & vegetable stew, sweet potatoes (v). A selection of desserts include Orange & carrot cake with citrus sauce (v) / Crêpe with hot apple compote (v) / Fresh fruit salad (v) and Plum tart (v).
Kasbah Angour is ideal for couples, groups and families but the hotel also offers single occupancy reductions of 15% on standard & superior room rates. The hotel is wonderfully located and designed for some ‘Me Time’ for everyone to enjoy.
At night, guests relax under the stars and enjoy their bedrooms, all with underfloor heating and air conditioning. There are no televisions, just serenity. And all this peace just 30 minutes from Marrakech.
B&B is priced from £108 per room per night
Half-day walk prices range from 295 dirhams (around £24) per person for a group of two to
150 dirhams (around £12) per person for a group of six