In a Nutshell
A former fortress-palace, the Kasbah du Toubkal perches a rocky pinnacle surrounded by Morocco’s High Atlas‘ snow-capped peaks. Peaceful is too flimsy a word to describe such a tranquil spot. The silence and stillness are almost tangible and work wonders for refugees fleeing the clamour of twenty-first-century life.
At a Glance
- An iconic hotel in the High Atlas Mountains
- Located in the pretty Berber Village of Imlil
- Comfortable rooms, and good food
- Perfect base from which to do a series of day treks
The Kasbah’s surroundings are road free, meaning guests travel the last kilometre from the Berber village of Imlil by mule or on foot. During those first minutes approaching the hotel, life perceptibly slows down. There is time to admire the glorious views, savour the mountain air, and realise more to life than travelling in the fast lane.
There are eight very comfortable guestrooms at Kasbah du Toubkal, several rooftop towers and others around the inner courtyard with private balconies or terraces and en-suite bathrooms. The height of indulgence is the Garden House, with 3 en-suite bedrooms, a sitting room and a private terrace. However, the point of the Kasbah is not the interiors. It is all about the sublime views from every room and vantage point over the surrounding mountainscapes.
The most magnificent, however, is the 360-degree panorama from the carpeted and cushion-piled roof terrace. In conjunction with unobtrusive yet charming staff performing mint tea rituals and offering warm almonds, there can be few more beautiful and uplifting places in the world.
Millis Potter Insight
Firstly, you really feel like you have reached the heart of the Atlas Mountains when staying at Kasbah Du Toubkal. For instance, Imlil is the main Berber town and just walking around it is a delight. Moreover, you are right under the high peaks such as Mount Toubkal. In truth, it must be pointed out that the Kasbah has two faces. On the one hand, you have lovely private rooms, but you also have dorm accommodation for students. On the whole, this isn’t a problem, but it is during the school holidays. In other words, choose your dates carefully to avoid noisy neighbours! In general, the Kasbah is idyllic, charming and a wonderful place to stay.