an experience of a lifetime in a 19th-century kasbah
"Dar Ahlam means 'House of Dreams' and even before entering the lantern-lit courtyard guests will swoon at the sight of this extravagantly renovated 19th-century kasbah." Condé Nast Traveller, The Hot List 2003. On the Saharan side of the Atlas Range, near Ouarzazate (about four hours from Marrakech), this super-deluxe Kasbah has been reconstructed to approximate the 19th-century original. Artefacts from Bali and India contrast with the medievalesque four-turret exterior. Architects Hervé Morand and Adam Glazewski created a maze of passages opening unexpectedly onto terraces overlooking snowcapped mountains and the surrounding 4,500-acre palmeraie. Guests can soak up the view from the heated swimming pool in the landscaped gardens.
A Parisian landscape architect was in charge of the gardens where you'll find a heated, T-shaped stone pool surrounded by date palms and olive trees, outdoor massage tents and a mosaic Jacuzzi and hammam. Thai massages, cookery classes Moroccan gommage (a clay scrub), and excursions via horse, camel, mule, hot-air balloon are all part of the anything-can-be-arranged philosophy.
Dar Ahlam's guide, Abde Samad, knows every secret of the region's kasbah trail and offers sunrise Champagne picnics to the Valley of Roses and and air-conditioned four-wheel drive desert outings for stargazers.
The menu was devised by creative chef Fréderick Grasser-Hermé and pastry guru Pierre Hermé, whose rose macaroons are heavenly. Every meal is served in a different setting - on the terrace overlooking the mountains, alfresco in the garden, by the pool with the table positioned to catch the glimmer of a full moon.
spa treatment room
Douar Oulad Cheick Ali/Casbah Madihi, Skoura Palmeraie, Morocco, Morocco
By Car: On the road to Ouarzazate towards Olerzouga (Dades valley). At the entry of Skoura, call the Dar Ahlam and they will send you a guide. By Train: Marrakech 220 km
Ouarzazate (Intl) 40 km / Marrakech Menara (Intl) 220 km
The restored mud-brick fortress has 9 suites and 3 two-room cottages decorated by a team of Parisian designers. Each one is painted a different color; amethyst, brick-red, and marigold, for example. The interior blends contemporary and antique Moroccan, and French, Italian, and Balinese influences can be seen throughout. All the suites have air conditioning, fireplaces and wonderfully spacious bathrooms. There is no television or telephone in the rooms but there is a good mobile phone network for those who are unable to escape from modern technology! The house can be rented in its entirety, and it can comfortably accommodate 16 guests.
Deposit: the guest pays a deposit to secure the booking and the balance is paid by the guest to the Property on checkout
Reservation more than 6 months before the stay at Dar Ahlam: Deposit: 30 % of the total amount is required for reservation. The payment of the balance is due 30 days before the stay.
Cancellation more than 30 days before the stay: Deposit Retained
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If you find your stay cheaper elsewhere we will give you £50 towards your next stay with us.