Summer in the Atlas Mountains in a Berber Castle

February 21, 2020

 

In July & August guests who stay 7 nights on a B&B basis, pay for just 6 nights. If guests stay for further nights, there is a 15% reduction off the price for extra nights. No charge for children under 11 years. Rooms start at 1,470 dirhams/night (about £115) for two people with breakfast

 

Kasbah Angour’s location just 30 minutes outside of Marrakech is ideal for family holidays this summer. 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 hilltop independent hotel with the stunning Atlas Mountains as a backdrop. And being ‘boutique’ sized means families can enjoy tranquillity and get a true sense of escape.

 

Here are 5 outdoor family moments at Kasbah Angour:

  1. Swimming - The hotel offers a large outdoor swimming pool with unique views of the Atlas Mountains. Families can also spend time exploring the 10 acres of beautiful gardens which include a kitchen garden. The garden is also home to several tortoises. Table tennis and board games are also available.

  2. Guided Walks - Guided walks are a wonderful way for families to get out, enjoy several landscapes and experience a wonderful part of Morocco with a local. 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.

  3. Camel Rides - Families can enjoy camel rides just 15 minutes away from Kasbah Angour. The hotel organise transport taking families to a very scenic river-side location where there are camel and horse rides.

  4. Local Shopping - Families are invited to see a local way of life just 5km from the hotel. Kasbah Angour’s local souk is held on a Tuesday in the village of Tahanaout. The souk experience is quite unlike shopping in a Western market and is an excellent introduction to the Moroccan Berber way of life.

  5. 4x4 Drives - Kasbah Angour offers an exhilarating discovery of some of the finest scenery in the Atlas Mountains in a day’s excursion by 4×4 vehicle. They follow in part a narrow, windy track normally only used by local villagers as an access into/out of a glorious river valley with dramatic mountain walls. A picnic lunch can also be organised.

 

Kasbah Angour is home to 27 individually designed bedrooms and suites and the whole castle is decorated throughout with colourful, local Moroccan Berber crafts. Visitors and guests can dine both alfresco and indoors at the Grand Atlas Restaurant where all meals are prepared using local and seasonal produce. 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.  

 

The team at Kasbah Angour 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.

 

The dinner menu changes daily and is reasonably priced with three course dinners priced 255 DH (around £20) whilst children under 12 have half price meals. The focus is on local recipes and home style cooking.  

 

Moroccan wines are on the up and at Kasbah Angour Paul and his team have searched out some exceptional local wines. Morocco produces a surprising amount of wine. In 2010, in 1000 hectolitres, 333 were produced. That is more than say Israel and Mexico and close to Turkey’s 580. Wines at Kasbah Angour include: RED – Sahari Réserve (similar to a Spanish Rioja), Medaillon Cabernet (similar to a Bordeaux) and La Ferme Rouge (similar to a Burgandy). WHITES – include a Terroir Blanc (dryish and Kasbah Angour’s house white wine. GRIS – Sahari Gris and La Ferme Rouge Gris.

 

www.kasbahangour.com

B&B is priced from £115 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

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