Kasbah du Toubkal
- Style Berber castle retreat
- Setting High in the High Atlas
Just 40 miles from Marrakech in the Atlas Mountains, the hotel Kasbah du Toubkal feels much further from civilization than that, perched as it is near the foot of North Africa's tallest peak. Views from this clifftop castle's candlelit, pillow-strewn rooms and ideally situated terraces overlook three valleys carved from the surrounding dramatic mountains that soar to over 4,000 metres. Settle in with a pot of Moroccan mint tea and lose yourself in the magical setting.
Need to know
- Rooms 14, including a house with three ensuite double rooms.
- Rates Double rooms from $219.32 (€160), excluding tax at 5 per cent. Kasbah du Toubkal is unable to accept payment by credit card.
- More details Rates include breakfast. Two-night minimum stay.
- Facilities Basic but adequate. Traditional Berber-style hammam, with a cauldron of piping water.
- Check–out 10am, but you may be able to stay later if availability permits. Check-in: 2pm. The hotel's off-site reception in Imlil village is staffed 9am–5pm; out of hours, call +212 (0)524 48 56 11.
Children Families will have fun taking over the Garden House as it has three rooms which link together.
- Also Two-night minimum stay. All bills incur a five per cent charge that benefits Village Association community projects. Transfers to/from Marrakech (60km) cost €85.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms The garden apartment, the Ifri suite, has its own lounge, terrace and balcony. The garden house has a 12-metre glass wall and a balcony looking up to the waterfalls and High Atlas mountains. All other accommodation is comfortable, but more basic.
- Packing tips Your trustiest walking boots.
- Also Mule-trekking can be arranged, starting at €15 for a half day.
Food and drink at Kasbah du Toubkal
- Hotel restaurant Food is very simple Moroccan cuisine, with a lunchtime set menu for €15, and €20 at dinner.
- Top table The top terrace in summer; snuggled up by the fire in winter.
- Last orders Lunch, 1.30pm; dinner, 8.30pm.
- Room service No room service except in the Garden House or Apartment Suite, but mint tea, coffee and soft drinks are available throughout the day.
- Hotel bar Berber tradition dictates that no alcohol is served on the premises. You can bring your own with you so long as you’re happy to serve yourselves.