The Atlas mountains is a place where comfort meets tradition, it is a place you may not have heard of but need to travel to, a place to dream about and start planning for and after a day exploring the awe inspiring scenery, that I must admit I am having a great deal of trouble putting into words, I have found the best places for you to catch up on some much needed sleep.
I am dreaming of a formidable mountain range expanding more than 2,500km of terrain, where peaks and valleys meet to create a location of utter seclusion and beauty. A place where you can become one with nature and enjoy a bit of R ‘n’ R, whether that be relaxing at a day spa or spending a day finding your way in the wilderness to discover some of the most spectacular views one can find in this modern world.
If you are after luxury Kasbah Tamadot is the place to stay. Like a castle balancing on the edge of a mountain this beautifully crafted retreat is a gallery of all the beauty that Moroccan architecture has to offer. Designed with luxury in mind and a history behind it the entire building is filled to the brim with treasures hand-picked from a private collection previously owned by a renowned interior designer.Sit in the courtyard and enjoy a warm cup of mint tea as you let your mind absorb the valleys below, dine under the stars in devilishly comfortable Moroccan loungers and finish your day swimming in the pool. Kasbah screams luxury in my opinion and is the perfect place to just be.
For something a bit more traditional choose Douar Samra, set amongst its own flowering garden filled with fruit and vegetables this place is unlike any of the other places on my list. This small idyllic hotel will make you feel like you have come home as you are welcomed by the owner as if it were their own home and you a treasured guest. The focus of this hotel is about experiencing the traditional Berber culture and becoming closer to nature, with guided tours of the mountain or local villages you will find it hard pressed to be bored here. After the day is up enjoy a communal dinner in the Berber dining room meeting people from all over the world while you are served up traditional tagines and meals cooked with vegetables from the hotels own garden.
Kasbah Bab Ourika
For a more relaxed vibe Kashah Bab Ourika has everything you could want and more. Unhindered views of the surrounding valleys, it is hard not to be inspired in a place like this, breath in and be inspired by the snow-capped peaks in one direction and with another breath enjoy the view of fruit filled valleys below. With a focus on rest and relaxation the idea is to feel refreshed when you leave and there is plenty here that will accomplish that. Sit in the gardens and watch the sun go down, or simply experience an array of spa treatments filling you with positive energies as you welcome in a more positive you.