In a Nutshell

Kasbah Bab Ourika is a luxury boutique hotel located in the Ourika Valley in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains. 


At a Glance

  • A perfect blend of both eco-friendly philosophy and a luxury chic style
  • Above all, the views here are incredible
  • Also, there is a lovely pool
  • As a result, it is perfect for those who love to relax, and also a base from which to walk
  • Altogether, one of the best hotels in the Atlas Mountains
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The Detail

Kasbah Bab Ourika is almost perfectly perched on a hilltop overlooking the picturesque Ourika Valley with the High Atlas Mountains beyond. You are just 40 minutes from Marrakech, and it makes for a wonderful few days exploring this incredible area. Bab Ourika has its own guides, so you can easily head out on a series of walks, short or long.

Bab Ourika was Stephen Skinner’s brainchild, who lovingly crafted the interiors using an understated Moroccan style. You won’t find Arabic bling and ostentation here. It’s all about traditional Berber style, bringing with it elegance and charm. The walls are made from rammed earth (pisé), the floors from natural coloured beijmat. A muted colour scheme of cream, brown and beige seem to all blend together perfectly. It’s stylish, low-key, and in many respects, adorable.

There are just 26 rooms at Bab Ourika, so you have a lovely boutique feel. The rooms are large, with high ceilings, with many having open tadelakt fireplaces, which are refreshing during the colder months. Some of the rooms are located in the main house, and others within the grounds. The Superior Rooms have views to the south-west, rather than towards the Atlas Mountains. As you are here for the views, it’s better to consider the Deluxe Rooms, which also come with a bathtub and separate shower, and some have private terraces. To ensure a terrace, it’s best to consider a Suite. For those who want something special, consider the Pool Suite. Families can opt for the two-bedroom Garden Deluxe Suite. In all rooms, you have top-spec mattresses and fine linen, yet don’t expect TVs. WiFi is available but generally only works in the communal areas.

You can have meals in the dining room or outside on the terrace. They use fresh ingredients sourced from the garden. There is also an adjoining bar with a cosy fire.

The pool is a delightful prospect after a day walking in the Ourika Valley. Also to be considered is the traditional Hammam.

Bab Ourika - in particular a eco-friendly lodge in the Atlas Mountains in Morocco

Millis Potter Insight

Kasbah Bab Ourika has always been one of our favourite hotels in the Atlas Mountains. It might not be as luxurious comparatively as Kasbah Tamadot, but in terms of the experience, it comes close. There’s an especially lovely atmosphere about Bab Ourika. For example, you can easily have a long lunch followed by an afternoon by the pool. Those who want to head out and do a day trek can, and equally, you can just relax here. The rooms are designed in that lovely understated Moroccan chic style. All in all, we love a few days stay at Bab Ourika.

Kasbah Bab Ourika Itineraries

Travel is all about those unique and special moments which make you smile. Our aim is simple: to offer exceptionally unique and innovative itineraries that are totally personalised around you.

Family Holiday in Morocco

Marrakech - Atlas Mountains - Agafay Desert - Essaouira  

This private family holiday in Morocco is packed with experiences your children will adore. Morocco is the closest destination that will allow your children to immerse themselves in a different culture.

9 days from £2000 p. p.

Grand Tour of Morocco

Casablanca - Fez - Merzouga - Skoura - Ourika - Essaouira - Marrakech  

This comprehensive private tour of Morocco brings together the sights and sounds of this fantastic destination, and the chance to discover more than the well-trodden paths around Marrakech.

14 days from £2995 p. p.

A Desert Adventure in Morocco – Souks to the Sahara

Casablanca - Erg Chigaga - Zagora - Skoura - Ourika - Marrakech  

There is something impossibly romantic in delving into the great dunes of the Saharan Desert. Nights under canvas, sunsets and camel rides; experiences that undoubtedly make you feel like you have escaped.

11 days from £2495 p. p.

Trekking Holiday in the Atlas Mountains

Marrakech - Ouiigane Valley - Ait Aissa - Imlil - Ourika Valley - Oumnass  

A trekking holiday in the Atlas Mountains allows you to walk through timeless Moroccan Berber villages and along dramatic scenic valleys overlooked by the towering peaks. You’ll be staying in the best possible lodges and boutique hotels.

10 days from £2495 p. p.

Marrakech, Atlas and Atlantic Coast

Atlas Mountains - Marrakech Medina - Atlantic Coast  

Explore the bustling souks of Marrakech, the breathtaking scenic beauty and Berber villages of the Atlas Mountains and the sleepy fishing town of Essaouira. In short, this brief taste of Morocco is an ideal first visit to this vibrant country. 

10 days from £2295 p. p.

Fez, Marrakech & Atlas Mountains

Fez - Marrakech - Atlas Mountains  

Fez and Marrakech are undeniably Morocco’s most iconic and evocative cities, packed with all the magical charm that makes Morocco so mesmerising. This itinerary allows you an immersive experience of both, and additionally, some gentle R&R in the mountains to conclude your trip.

9 days from £2295 p. p.


Travel is all about those unique and special moments which make you smile. Our aim is simple: to offer exceptionally unique and innovative itineraries that are totally personalised around you.