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Kasbah Ellouze

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8/10

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Highlights

- Terraces & Pool
- Beautiful location
- Lovely ambiance
- Warm hosts

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Overview

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 comfortable simple 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. 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. It is worth pointing out this is not a luxury hotel, but the warm service means it is invariably better than more luxurious offerings in the area.

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Average Rating

based on 501 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • Hi Lisa,

    Sorry for the late reply - I blissfully didn’t check emails while we were away.

    Well I must say - THANK YOU. That was a seamlessly organised, mind-blowing trip! It was everything we dreamed of and so much more.

    The hotels, people and places were magical. We just loved every single moment of that totally epic adventure.

    We will be back in touch when we are ready for our next one!

    Thank you so much and well done for such a brilliantly organised trip.

    Sarah x

    MissingSuzie G reviewing Family Desert Holiday in Morocco on 27 July 2022

  • We had a wonderful trip to Morocco. What a fascinating country. Thank you so much for all of your help making things smooth and less stressful!

    Here are a few things we wanted to pass on:

    Dar Housnia was absolutely delightful. It was like an entire wing of a house to ourselves with perfect Moroccan decor. The private area where we ate was so cute, the riad staff so accommodating. I loved waking in the cozy space with our family and hearing both call to prayer as well as roosters. Just perfect.

    I was a little unclear how to ask what time we were being picked up etc, but your office promptly replied to my emails - even on weekends- when we had these questions about transport times. Once, we met our guide in Imlil these details we not problematic as our guide “Abraham” totally took care of us. Abraham was awesome. You should definitely request him again in the future. He was young (29)and energetic. He had a ton of hiking experience in Imlil as he was from there. He also seemed to know everything else about morocco, the desert, the culture, etc, etc. He was approachable, kind, patient, great with our kids and answered SO MANY of our questions.

    The hike was lovely - after rain the day prior in Marrakech - there was snow in the mountains. It was gorgeous. We may have been up for a longer hike up Mt Taboukel if I had known this was a realistic option for families ( I thought from reading that it was too technical for us). Yet not sure we had enough days for all these things always since getting in the desert was a priority.

    The mountain house, Dar adar, was just as described… very basic. The wifi was broken (which was a nice break when you have pre-teens addicted to phones, plus my husband called no wifi an amenity to not be available by email for his work!)). There was no heat and the fireplace helped a tad - but was so very cold in the rooms. My husband loved the rustic space, I may have gone up one step in niceness of mountain accommodation if I had to do it over again. Yet, meeting the other families in this Dar Adar (including another Tourdust family from England) made this house very memorable.

    We were then joined by our driver for the next several days, Jamal. What a fun guy and a perfect driver. He could joke with my kids, he had a fun smile, and he had worked with Abraham before so they were a great team. The drive to desert was long as I knew it would be. It was nice to have the stop on way there near Ait Ben Haddu. The drive back from desert was long. It was more near 10 hours of driving (plus 1 hour at lunch = 11 hours) but I wouldn’t have made any different choices.

    The luxury desert camp was far and away the highlight of our trip. The tents were adorable, I was sufficiently warm even at night inside the tent. We loved the camel riding, the ATV vehicles at a nearby camp, sunsets on the dunes, music around the camp fire, meals with others at the camp and more.

    The last night was at Riad Jona. This was so very very lovely. The food was amazing - such a good idea to eat here after our long drive back to Marrakech. They had a small dining pool plus a hot tub which was delightful. It was almost more of a boutique hotel as it had several rooms.

    MissingGwyneth R reviewing Luxury Family Desert Adventure on 11 December 2018

  • 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!

    MissingLiz R reviewing Sahara, Souks and Mountains Explorer on 14 October 2015

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