KASBAH BAB OURIKA (link)
Our next stop this year is to Morocco, where I got to explore different areas around Marrakech, a former imperial city in western Morocco. The city is home to many palaces, mosques, and gardens, but my first location was to the boutique hotel, Kasbah Bab Ourika. Situated 35 minutes from the Marrakech airport, the hotel is actually located in the Atlas Mountains, which separate the Mediterranean and Atlantic coastlines from the Sahara Desert. When I heard about it’s location, I already knew I would experiencing some amazing views. On the hilltop of the Ourika Valley, you can see down to vast groves of olives, lemons, and oranges with white tipped mountains staring at you when you look up.
The hotel had very friendly service. They’re currently building a two bedroom pool villa, which is perfect for families, but it’s already a great place to come with friends and groups if you’re traveling around Morocco or to Marrakech. It’s a relaxing getaway that takes you away from the Western hustle for a little bit. It’s an extremely relaxing and exotic place – I couldn’t help but feel at ease when the Atlas Mountains were in view at every turn. Not only did the warm sunlight cast a nice glow on all the interiors (and made me feel like I was daydreaming all day), the sunsets were killer. You can view them from various terraces or the pool area. While there isn’t any wifi or TV in the rooms, they’re available in the common areas. It’s safe to say that I didn’t miss it at all though. The valleys and mountains were mesmerizing, and all I wanted to do was go outside and explore everything, as much as I could.
After walking around, I hung out at the terrace in my room to see the sunset and had dinner shortly after. Food is served in the gardens or at the one restaurant on the property where the menu changes daily. They’re mostly Moroccan dishes made with their own vegetable and herb garden, with a great local wine list. If you’re feeling peckish, there’s also a mint tea station that they put out with cakes around 3:30pm. As my first stop in Morocco, it took my breath away and definitely made me excited to explore the area more.