Kasbah Bab Ourika: A Heavenly Retreat in Morocco’s Ourika Valley

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    Nestled just 40 minutes away from Marrakesh, Kasbah Bab Ourika is a luxurious hillside retreat that boasts stunning vistas of the Ourika Valley. This idyllic destination offers sweeping views of the traditional Berber villages scattered across the valley. Guests can immerse themselves in this natural splendor in a variety of charming spaces, including picturesque courtyards, terraces, lush gardens, and pristine swimming pools. Alternatively, they can choose to relax in one of the 30 exquisitely appointed rooms, each featuring its own private terrace.

    Kasbah Bab Ourika transcends the conventional hotel experience by offering a gateway to explore the enchanting region through an array of captivating excursions and treks. It’s a true sanctuary where you can disconnect from the demands of the Western world and simply unwind. Attracting a diverse clientele, including American, Spanish, and French travelers, this authentic oasis provides a serene haven, far removed from the bustling chaos of Marrakech, for those seeking a peaceful and rejuvenating escape.

    Kasbah Bab Ourika – New York Jewish Travel Guide

    Furthermore, Kasbah Bab Ourika stands as a shining example of eco-conscious hospitality in Morocco. Its construction predominantly employs rammed earth, a traditional Berber technique. These thick walls serve as effective natural insulation against both the scorching heat and the chill of the desert nights. To enhance sustainability, the Kasbah harnesses solar panels to generate hot water, which fuels the underfloor heating system. This commitment to eco-friendliness aligns seamlessly with its dedication to offering guests a holistic and responsible retreat.

    Kasbah Bab Ourika – New York Jewish Travel Guide

    Ingrid Debertry, the hotel’s esteemed general manager, unveiled the captivating history of Kasbah Bab Ourika. She revealed that the property was born from the vision and meticulous craftsmanship of its British owner, Mr. Stephen Skinner, who embarked on this transformative journey in 2003. After five years of continuous expansion with the addition of new rooms and gardens, the Kasbah reached its current state of 40 units. These units are distributed between the main building and charming garden-side accommodations. Notably, during the COVID lockdown, the Kasbah unveiled a special edition known as “The Retreat,” featuring 11 bedrooms designed to cater exclusively to large groups, families, or yoga retreats—a distinct experience.

    The Kasbah’s expansive grounds are adorned with a multitude of flowering trees, including vibrant orange and lemon trees, along with a diverse array of blooming flowers, creating a picturesque setting. Ingrid noted that the clientele has experienced a delightful evolution, with an increasing number of French and American visitors finding their way to this hidden gem.

    As it was time for lunch in the hotel’s enchanting garden, guests were treated to awe-inspiring mountain views. The cuisine presented a delightful blend of flavors, characterized by its deliciousness and health-conscious approach. The wine list predominantly features selections from Morocco. The attentive waiter explained that the menu undergoes daily changes, ensuring that the food is crafted from fresh vegetables and organic ingredients sourced from both the Kasbah’s own garden and nearby markets. The resulting culinary experience is a harmonious fusion of Berber traditions and wholesome European options, thoughtfully crafted to reflect the season’s bounty.

    Kasbah Bab Ourika- New York Jewish Travel Guide

    With a warm and inviting smile, Ms. Ingrid added, “This is a serene haven with breathtaking vistas and pristine natural surroundings. We have a dedicated team of 75 individuals, many hailing from the nearby villages. Additionally, we offer the expertise of a guide who can help you explore and uncover new experiences and activities, including excursions to the National Park, horseback riding, kayaking, mountain biking, enchanting hot air balloon rides, immersive lunches with local families, or the

    For more information:

    To plan a trip to Morocco, contact the Moroccan National Tourist Office or log on to http://www.visitmorocco.com/en.

    Fly Royal Air Morocco: https://www.royalairmaroc.com/us-en/

    Story and photography by Meyer Harroch, New York Jewish Travel Guide, and New York Jewish Guide.com

    The author took part in a press trip sponsored by the Moroccan National Tourist Office.


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