Retreat into the foothills of the Atlas Mountains and you’ll at once feel as though you’ve stepped into a lunar landscape, straight off a film set. The lovingly restored Kasbah Ellouze has been delicately designed to create a harmonious and relaxing atmosphere in the shadows of jagged mountains and the hostile desert surroundings. Effortlessly chic interiors, unobtrusive staff serving wholesome Moroccan dishes, surrounded by the best scenery Morocco has to offer, epitomise this magical getaway.
If you’re after authentic rustic remoteness, look no further. Based in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, this Kasbah really does make you feel like you’re in the heartland of the moroccan countryside. A unique charm that makes Kasbah Ellouze so endearing is that it’s placed right in the hub of a small, quaint traditional village. Wake up to the relaxing lull of Moroccan life and immerse yourself in the village life as you head out of your hotel for an afternoon stroll. For a rather more adventurous experience take a camel ride along the shimmering rivers that twist through this landscape.
Simple, authentic style is the theme running throughout this ten bedroom property. Each room looks out onto the stunning gardens of almond, pomegranate, apricot and olive groves set against the backdrop of the distant snow capped mountains. Locally inspired decor complimented with key Moroccan colouring – azure blue, terracotta red and earthy brown – are used throughout the rooms and small touches, such as local arts and crafts dotted throughout, set this Kasbah apart from the rest. Crisp, clean, locally embroidered linen and wooden terraces opening out of some of the rooms make you feel as though you’re in your own magical Arabian castle.
WHY WE LIKE IT
As the sun slowly peeks over the crest of the Atlas Mountains there really is only one way to fully appreciate the spectacular surrounding scenery – by air. A once in a lifetime organised trip in a hot air balloon trip, at sunrise across this extraordinary arid landscape, is an experience we can’t recommend enough.
Coupled with the resident camels that make frequent appearances, wandering around the luscious emerald gardens or peering over the terracotta Kasbah walls, the Kasbah Ellouze fuses two essential aspects of a hotel experience that here at Black tomato we look for – unique and one to remember for a life time.