- Rural retreat
- Spacious gardens
- Large family apartments
- Just 25 minutes from Marrakech
Located at the end of the Ourika Valley, the Quaryati eco-lodge is nestled in a beautiful, rural setting amongst rolling wheat fields and olive groves. With its spectacular views of the High Atlas Mountains, well maintained, spacious gardens (complete with peacocks) you’ll feel a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of Marrakech.
The eco-lodge is a larger property than we usually use (it has around 40 rooms in total) and whilst not as chic as some of our other hotels, it makes for a very relaxing, good value option for families. All of the rooms are set around the main building and have air conditioning, tv and safe as a standard. For families there are large apartments spread over two floors; each has a kitchenette, siting and dining room, a balcony, private patio area with an en-suite master bedroom.
There is a medium sized pool and lovely gardens which are beautifully illuminated at night, creating a wonderful evening atmosphere. Food is available at the hotel and much of the produce comes from Quaryati’s farm. The meals are delicious (think Moroccan with a French twist) and you can expect to pay around £13 per person for a 3 course evening meal.
There are some lovely walks and cycle rides around Quaryati (bike hire is included in the price of your stay) but if you prefer to take things a little easier you can just relax by the pool (unheated), arrange a hammam or play a gentle game of badminton or Pétanque in the gardens. The beauty of this hotel is that, whilst it’s rurally located, it’s only a 25 minute drive from the centre of Marrakech so you can take the complimentary shuttle bus for a day’s sightseeing.
As part of its aim to reduce its impact on the environment the eco lodge doesn’t use any pesticides or herbicides on the garden or farm, water usage is reduced and waste recycled where possible. As part of its social responsibility the hotel employs and trains local people from the surrounding villages as opposed to bringing in staff from Marrakech.
We had a wonderful time! Our transfers (besides a bit of a wait when we arrived) were smooth. The gentleman that drove us to and from the airport also drove us to our hike and he was very nice and helpful, clean car and very accommodating.
Our tour guide on the first day, Mandy, was charming and insightful. It was a slow day in the markets but we appreciated the space and gave us a chance to hear all about the Souks. The gentlemen who was with her was a wealth of knowledge and both did a very nice job!
Our hike was awesome and our guide was great- he even took us to a cool waterfall and took great care of us; lunch in the mountains was delicious!
The hotel was so lovely and the staff was very accommodating and helpful. The food was great and the rooms very comfortable!
I did a good amount of damage in the market (often accused of being Berber;) and truly hope to be back next Spring... maybe a girls trip or perhaps I’ll bring my kiddos!
Thank you for organizing such a nice getaway for my husband and I; we will confidently recommend Tourdust to our friends!!
Jennifer H reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 12 June 2019
Wow, we had a brilliant time!! Not sure where to start…
Transport was great, very reassuring to have all that taken care of and all drivers were polite and helpful. Good to know in advance to have some dirham ready for tips.
Treking: Our guide Hassan, muleteer Centim and chef were great. We’d never been guided before and were a little worried about how it would all work out but Hassan went at a pace that worked for us, always made sure we knew where we were going and happy to answer questions but also to give us some space. Food was such a treat! Beautiful locations and we were thoroughly looked after.
Accommodation. Mountain lodge were brilliant. Very cold at night in Imlil so glad to have layers. Staff helpful, food plentiful and delicious. Ouirgane Eco Lodge was a real treat after the mountains. And the riad. Oh my goodness. We loved it! Breakfast on our own terrace, a pool to cool off in. So much space and so beautifully decorated. We couldn’t believe it was ours for the period of time and a great respite from the hustle and bustle of the souks.
The balance of the trek and city was great for us, kids saw all kinds of things in both places that really opened their eyes. Weather was very kind to us so it was an extra treat to have the sunshine.
It definitely felt like a real adventure and something that we’ll always remember as a family.
We had plenty of info from Tourdust and plenty of prompt replies as my queries popped up.
Kate A reviewing Marrakech & Mountains Family Trek on 26 April 2019
The whole holiday start to finish was just fabulous, the accommodation was perfect and to a certain extent stunning at the Dar Hosnia in Marrakech.
The transport, guides and staff at both locations were wonderful with a special mention to the Douar Samra team in Imlill. They were more than a bit special.
The food at both locations was excellent and the ambience and fun we enjoyed in Douar Samra was beyond all expectations.
We made many new friends whom I am sure we will keep in touch with way beyond this holiday.
You put together a perfect package it was much more than just a great holiday it was a richly rewarding experience.
Just finally to say a big thank you to you for organising one of the best trips we have had.
stuart w reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 15 April 2019