Kasbah Angour’s location, just 30 minutes outside of Marrakech is ideal for both longer holidays and short breaks. The low humidity in the Atlas Mountains makes this a wonderful destination throughout the year with summer temperatures in the low 30s. There is no noise or light pollution at this independent hill top ‘Berber Castle’ hotel with the stunning Atlas Mountains as a backdrop.
At its highest, the Atlas Mountains stand at over 4167 metres above sea level. The slopes seen from Kasbah Angour hide away fertile green valleys in their folds and mountains that have resisted the passage of time and have preserved their natural splendour. The High Atlas range is known for its dramatic mountain peaks covered in snow for much of the year, its beautiful small villages in far flung places and its biodiversity. This is paradise for nature lovers and one of Morocco’s most rewarding regions to explore. At Kasbah Angour within 10 acres of diverse gardens, guests will see both ornamental plants, shrubs & tress and plant native to the arid Atlas Mountains. There is also a busy kitchen vegetable garden within the hotel grounds and a wide variety of fruit trees (olive, apricot, plum, peach, pomegranate, orange, mandarin, fig & quince).
There are over 140 protected areas in Morocco to preserve a remarkable 40 plus different ecosystems and thousands of species of animal and plant life. Guided walks from Kasbah Angour include walking through part of the Toubkal National Park which features a changing landscape with seasonal river beds, lightly forested mountain sides and varying colours with different rock outcrops.
Throughout this region visitors will be able to sample local produce. At Kasbah Angour guests can enjoy a changing seasonal selection of fresh fruit and vegetables, meat from animals that graze on the mountains pastures, the hotel’s own olive oil, walnuts and almonds from local mountains orchards and other Moroccan produce like argan oil and Moroccan wine.
Guests will experience authentic Morocco at this 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. Guests can enjoy guided walks of the surrounding countryside. At the hotel guests can enjoy all-day dining at the restaurant including alfresco and enjoy a large outdoor swimming pool, all with exceptional mountain views.
Kasbah Angour is decorated throughout with colourful local Moroccan Berber crafts. There are modern touches also including underfloor heating, air conditioning and Wi-Fi. The hotel has its own shop which is ideal for all manner of small home furnishings and gifts.
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.
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.
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.
Kasbah Angour is ideal for both short breaks and longer holidays and perfect for couples, groups and families but the hotel also offers single occupancy reductions of 15% on standard & superior room rates. 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.
Discover the real Morocco at Kasbah Angour.
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