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A guide to Morrocan tourism

Morocco’s Hidden Gem: A Look Inside the Country’s Best-Kept Secret Hotel

Morocco is a vibrant country, full of stunning landscapes, bustling cities, and a rich cultural heritage. But nestled away in the mountains, amidst the picturesque Atlas range, lies one of the country’s best-kept secrets: the charming, intimate boutique hotel, Kasbah du Toubkal.

Set at an altitude of 1,800 meters, this hidden gem is located within the walls of a restored Kasbah (traditional fortress) that dates back to the 19th century. Its unassuming exterior belies the luxuriously appointed interior – with just fourteen rooms and suites, each individually designed and decorated to reflect the area’s Berber culture, and fitted with modern amenities like underfloor heating, plush bedding, and stunning views across the valley.

But what truly sets Kasbah du Toubkal apart is its commitment to sustainability, as well as its deep roots in the local community. The hotel is surrounded by terraced gardens, which provide produce for the kitchen and local markets, as well as acting as a habitat for Honey Buzzards, Owls, and other local bird species. There’s also a traditional hammam (steam room), where guests can indulge in Berber-style massages and body treatments using locally harvested herbs and oils.

The true highlight of Kasbah du Toubkal, however, is the wide range of outdoor activities and excursions on offer. From hiking and trekking in the surrounding mountains, to cooking classes with the hotel’s chefs, to exploring nearby Berber villages and learning about the region’s history and culture, there’s something to suit every interest and skill level.

But what really sets this hotel apart is its commitment to empowering the local community. The Kasbah is owned and operated by the local Berber community, and all staff members are recruited from the surrounding area. The hotel also supports a charity organization, Education for All, which provides free education for young women in remote areas of the mountains.

Kasbah du Toubkal is a unique and truly special place, where guests can immerse themselves in the beauty and culture of Morocco while also contributing to its sustainability and supporting its local communities. It’s no wonder that this hidden gem has been named one of the world’s best eco-lodges and has received numerous awards for its commitment to responsible tourism. For those seeking an unforgettable, authentic Moroccan experience, be sure to add Kasbah du Toubkal to your travel bucket list.