About Atlas Kasbah Ecolodge
The Atlas Kasbah Ecolodge in Morocco is the first eco-friendly accommodation in the Argan Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage. It is located in the High Atlas Mountains yet only 20 min. from the beautiful beaches of Agadir. Opened in 2009, the Atlas Kasbah Ecolodge was granted both the prestigious Responsible Tourism Award from the Ministry of Tourism of Morocco and the international Green Key Ecolabel from King Mohamed VI Foundation for the Environment. In 2011, it was recognized as 1 of 6 projects in the world by the International Network of Responsible Tourism & was awarded the ALM Ecology Trophy the same year. The owners, Hassan and Helene both hold a Master’s Degree in Sustainable Development and invite you in their home for an eco-friendly stay within the Berber community.
The Team: Hassan Aboutayeb is the manager and owner of the Kasbah. He is also a well known consultant on sustainable tourism development. Hassan has a French Master of Arts in Sustainable Tourism. Hassan wanted to put his professional knowledge into practice and consequently Atlas Kasbah was born, the first ecolodge in Agadir, Morocco. Hassan’s wife, Hélène, has a Master’s in Sustainable Development from the University of Maine and has been instrumental in the implementation of this innovative ecotourism project in Morocco. The project focuses on respect for the environment, appreciation and use of traditional architecture techniques and above all, the strengthening of the local Berber communities.
In order to help make your stay as pleasant as possible, there is a team of local Berber staff from the nearby villages, whose only concern is to take good care of you. They include: Rkia, Tamhilt, Fadna, M’Bark, Hussein, Brahim and Lahcen. The Kasbah community is completed by some pets: goats, peacocks, chickens, turkeys and cats but don't worry if you're allergic, they don't come into the ecolodge.
Rooms and Suites: Atlas Kasbah Ecolodge offers exceptional spaciousness, surrounding nature and peace and quiet in the unique setting of a majestic fortress. There are 8 rooms and three 55 m² suites, all of which are bright, spacious and decorated in a traditional style, that combines Berber and European influences. They all have an ensuite bathroom but no TV.
N.B. It is a smoke free accommodation.
Dining: The menu at the Atlas Kasbah Ecolodge has been carefully chosen by the chef and offers Moroccan dishes for you to discover why Mediterranean cuisine has been recognized as a World Heritage by the UNESCO. A different set menu is chosen every day to guarantee fresh products and for you to discover all the Moroccan flavours. A Vegetarian menu is also available upon request. The restaurant’s terrace, overlooking the surrounding hills, is also a way to escape. In fact, the view encompasses the High Atlas Mountains which is in sharp contrast to the adjacent plains. Add to this scenery the captivating colours of the Kasbah walls and you have an unmatched atmosphere in an absolutely timeless place.
If you are a lover of exotic cuisine and have always dreamed of learning the skills of a great chef, we invite you to join us in the kitchen of the Kasbah. The exquisite and highly creative dishes and the local specialties, are yours to learn how to cook. As Paul Gauguin once said, “Just bring a light mind, a generous spirit and a big heart”. From the careful selection of ingredients to the mastering of techniques, you will learn it all.
N.B. The Ecolodge does not have an alcohol licence but guests are welcome to bring their own alcoholic drinks.
Make the best of your stay with some great activities ! Note : All the activities proposed require a minimum number of participants and are available upon request. Prices are discounted for guests only.
The Ecolodge Atlas Kasbah integrates sustainability, innovation, respect for the environment and the appreciation for the local Berber cultures. Consequently, the Kasbah places an emphasis on eco tourism labels. In order to achieve these objectives, six criteria were chosen including: water, energy, waste, purchasing, the integration with the scenery and environmental education.
Here are some of the concepts implemented:
Transfer Time from Airport:
30 minutes (private transfer).