- Terraces & Pool
- Beautiful location
- Lovely ambience
- Warm hosts
There are plenty of hotels to choose from around Ait Ben Haddou, as it is a popular tourist destination, but we prefer Kasbah Ellouze, which is away from the madding crowds. Situated in a small hamlet, this 10 bed kasbah offers lovely accommodation complete with a pool (heated between November and February). The French owners take an active role in management and you can tell, with thoughtful touches and delicious home-made biscuits. Michel used to be a professional cook and whilst he no longer cooks himself, he is heavily involved in designing the menu.
For warmer days, there is a beautiful roof terrace and balcony, for colder evenings, there are 2 salons and a jazz-themed lounge where you can relax.
From the Kasbah it is a lovely 2-3 hr walk along the valley (or short drive) to Kasbah Ait Benhaddou. The hotel also organises lovely camel treks out to ancient granaries and troglodyte caves in the vicinity and most mornings you can take part in bread baking with a local family (a donation is required).
Around 4-5hrs drive from Marrakech, Kasbah Ellouze is a perfect hotel for those wanting to get a taste of the desert without all the driving required to get out to the dunes at Erg Chegaga and Erg Chebbi.
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It was totally awesome!! Climbing the Toubkal summit by moonlight is just breathtaking!!! Yes it was absolutely freezing and so glad I took layers of thermals and hat and gloves!!
The Riads you booked were great, we both loved them, although we preferred the second Kasbah in Imlil we stayed in to the Kasbah Toubkal on our first night, our room was great especially after being in hostels for several nights!! Boy were they cold!!!!
El Fenn is fabulous, Lilly Allen had been staying with her band that week and left the day we arrived! Love that place, we are planning to go back next year! Caravanne was like walking into a little boutique hotel, loved that place as well.
There's something special about the mountains, loved it!
The desert camp was really well organised, although to be honest I think two nights are enough as there is not a lot to do and it is blisteringly hot by 9.00!! But we were looked after really well and had my first glass of wine for two weeks, went down very well!!! The sundowners were so much fun, especially trying to walk through the dunes after a couple of wines!!
Really great adventure and thank you so much for putting such a fab trip together for us!
Liz Rowsell reviewing Sahara, Souks and Mountains Explorer on 14 October 2015
We had a a wonderful time in Morocco. We were delighted with our guide Mustapha. He was a brilliant pairing for us as he tuned into what we liked and didn't, taught us lots about history, culture and geology and really looked after us at all times. I would recommend him to anyone in the future. Hamid our muleteer and Sayed our driver were also excellent.
We loved the itinerary that Rebecca put together for us. She was right about how much we could fit in and so we will have to return another time to try Essaouria!
Apart from the additional bed-fellows during the trekking (which was in itself a learning experience!), we were really happy with all our accommodation. We loved the fact they were small, often family run and that the staff would look after you completely. It was so reassuring to see the clear process of quality assurance by Tourdust. It was great to meet Anna at Riad Adore and to know that the company really is passionate about its customers having a great time and the lengths they go to test that for themselves.
We were really happy with the service we got from Tourdust which can be best described as friendly, efficient and expert. The team showed genuine interest in us and our trip and I felt that Rebecca was almost as excited as we were by the time all arrangements were in place. The information pack provided was invaluable too and I must admit I printed the lot because it turned out to be more useful than guidebooks. We usually travel independently and like to do so. We'd forgotten how relaxing it can be to have someone do all the hard work of planning and scheduling and even making a decision of where to stop for lunch. I'm certain that these things made the holiday the special experience that it was.
I am struggling to think of just one thing which could have been improved. The only thing I can think of is to add 'hat and gloves' to the itinerary for the Toubkal summit. Although I think this is included in the winter trekking advice, I don't think its listed otherwise. It was darn cold up there due to the wind chill, but Mustapha had a spare pair so I was ok. If I missed it on the list then apologies.
We will definitely be using Tourdust again and look forward to hearing about any new destinations that you add (we are interested in Cuba next!!)
Matthew McSweeney reviewing Sahara, Souks and Mountains Explorer on 10 November 2014
We have just returned from Morocco after a splendid trip. Thank you very much for organizing such an excellent trip. The planning and detail put into every aspect of the trip was very obvious and ensured we had such a great holiday.
The four days trekking were superb, culminating in our ascent to the top of Mount Toubkal with its spectacular views and breathtaking scenery. Our guide, Yusuf, was very able and professional and we were particularly impressed by our cook, Abdullah, who produced excellent food, meal after meal, without exception.
We were also impressed by the very high standard of accommodation, particularly Kasbah Ellouze and Dar Hannane whose manager, Mohamed, and assistant manager, Azziz, were incredibly friendly and helpful.
Purely for information and feedback purposes, the only slight hiccup, in an otherwise flawless holiday, was the fact that the driver we had for the two day trip to Ait Benhaddou had little or no English.
Once again, thank you so much for all the planning and detail you put into this trip. As per your e mail, on a score out of five, we would award five out of five to Tourdust and would have no hesitation in thoroughly recommending your company to any prospective traveller.
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We would love to use Tourdust again in any future trips and with that in mind look forward to being in touch with you both again.
Charles Fox reviewing Sahara, Souks and Mountains Explorer on 06 October 2014