At a Glance
- A lovely boutique hotel in the Atlas Mountains
- Affordable, and charming
- Lovely pool
- Perfect base to explore the interesting Ouirgane Valley
The Ouirgane Valley is unquestionably one of those little secrets in the Atlas Mountains. Whilst you find many visitors heading to Imlil or the Ourika Valley, where you have a more unspoilt, laid-back experience of this magical part of Morocco. Moreover, the arid landscape blends with verdant orchards and the foliage of the gardens of Domaine Malika. You can’t help but notice the scent of almond trees, jasmine, white roses and lavender
Overhead, you see the peaks of the Atlas Mountains, snow-capped from November to about March. Your hosts are Paul and Agnes, who really do make the difference in hospitality and service.
There is a distinct Art Deco, and Art Nouveau feel about Domaine Malika. For example, vintage film posters appear in all the rooms, and you get a sense that the architect had some fun designing them. We love the massive windows, drawing in the views to the room, and you can walk out onto your own terrace to admire them. One Standard Room doesn’t have outdoor space, so opt for one of the five Premium Rooms. The Junior Suite is worth considering, with two superb terraces and its own lounge area.
Much is the cuisine comes from the private vegetable garden at Domaine Malika and nearby souqs or orchards. Feast on delicious Franco-Moroccan fusion fare. Often, they will set up a table beside the pool or in the orchards. Breakfasts are lovely too, including feasting on fresh juice from the garden: green tomato, apricot and almond, prickly pear, grape and apple, and grapefruit and peach, to name but a few.
There’s also a hammam to restore you after a walk. There is also a rooftop terrace and pool area.
Millis Potter Insight
Firstly, it must be said that the Ouirgane Valley is stunning. By and large, most tourists head to Imlil or the Ourika Valley, so you very much feel away from it all here. Above all, Domaine Malika is a stylish, boutique hotel. It’s also comparatively more affordable than other hotels in the Atlas Mountains.