Kasbah Angour

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About Kasbah Angour

Kasbah Angour is a gorgeous boutique hotel & restaurant in a Berber castle in the Atlas Mountains near Marrakech. The Kasbah is perched on a hill-top and has superb panoramic views. There are 25 rooms & suites, spacious public areas, a wonderful swimming pool and beautiful gardens. Guests at Kasbah Angour can unwind in the hotel’s gardens, explore the Atlas Mountains with a guide or visit Marrakech, just 30 mins drive away.

HISTORY: Kasbah Angour was established by an Englishman, Paul Foulsham, who first visited Morocco in 1986 and immediately became fascinated by the country. In 2003, Paul decided that visitors arriving in Marrakech needed the opportunity to stay in a hotel in the stunning Atlas Mountains near to the city. He was lucky to find a glorious hill-top site and capable local craftsmen to help fulfil his vision. The hotel opened in March 2011 and Paul continues to be the resident owner/manager. The team running the hotel comprises Moroccan Berbers drawn from the local villages. The Berbers are hard working and kind people and this is reflected in service at Kasbah Angour. The underlying ethos is to show guests the best of Morocco.

This hotel is available as part of any tailor made holiday with Rediscover the World.

Accommodation: Kasbah Angour is a boutique hotel with 25 rooms & suites, beautifully designed with traditional Moroccan materials with some modern touches such as under-floor heating and air conditioning (all rooms are non-smoking). There are four categories.

  • The nine Assif Standard Rooms face west and south-west. They overlook the river Sidi Fares valley. The word “assif” is berber for “river”.All Assif rooms have terraces to enjoy the views of the valley and the mountain foot-hills beyond. The beds can be made up as two singles or one king size double. The rooms curve around the crest of the hillside and vary slightly in size. The average room size is 28 sq m with a terrace adding a further 12 sq m.
  • The nine Adrar Superior Rooms are spacious (30 – 31 sq. m) and face south with views across the gardens to the summits of the High Atlas Mountains. The word “adrar” is Berber for “mountain”. All Adrar rooms have large terraces (23 – 26 sq m) to enjoy the sunshine and gardens. Most of the bathrooms have a bath and shower combined. However, two of the Adrar bathrooms have large walk-in showers. The beds can be made up as two singles or one king size double. The Adrar Superior Rooms can take one extra bed (supplement may apply).
  • There are seven Tower Junior Suites located in Kasbah Angour’s three towers. The Tower Junior Suites feature comfortable seating areas.Tower Junior Suites vary in size from 35 sq m to 42 sq m. Three Junior Suites are located in the Adrar Tower on the eastern side of Kasbah Angour, one Junior Suite (the Agadir Junior Suite) is located on the northern side of the Central Tower and three more Junior Suites are located in the Assif Tower to the west. The beds can be made up as one king size double or two singles. The Tower Junior Suites can also be adapted to take extra beds. Most can take two extra beds and one of the suites can take three extra beds.
  • The Angour Deluxe Suite is named after Mount Angour to the south of the Kasbah. It is located on the first floor in the central tower and has an entrance hall, bedroom, bathroom and a Moroccan salon. The spacious bedroom (21.6 sq m) looks due south across the gardens to the summits of the mountains. There is a large bathroom (8.5 sq m) which is separated into two parts: double wash basins and bath; and toilet, bidet and “walk in“ shower. The comfortable Moroccan salon (25.1 sq m) has views to the south and east. It incorporates a very attractive bar with sink and fridge. There is a large terrace (22 sq m) adjoining the salon, with wonderful panoramic views.

Facilities: the restuarant offers Moroccan and Mediterranean specialities using fresh local seasonal produce. For much of the year, guests can dine outside with stunning views of the summits of the mountains. Kasbah Angour is licenced and offers a good selection of local beers, fine Moroccan wines & spirits.

  • Le Grand Atlas Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner to both guests and non-residents. Dishes use fresh, seasonal produce sourced from on-site gardens and local suppliers. A variety of Moroccan and Mediterranean themed specialities with the accent firmly on wonderfully flavoured, healthy and colourful dishes. The chef is happy to cater for vegetarians and to adjust dishes for those with special dietary requirements. Moroccan food is not “hot” to taste but is subtley spiced with ginger, cumin, saffron, paprika, cinnamon, garlic, coriander & parsley. Moroccan dishes include: tajines (meat and/or vegetables slow-cooked and named after the conical earthenware pot in which the dish is cooked); couscous(thrice-steamed, fine semolina served with vegetables & meat or poultry); charcoal grills; soups; and delicious salads (using tasty & colourful fresh vegetables).
  • Café-Bar Azrou serves hot & cold drinks. Guests can also choose food from the Restaurant menu. Kasbah Angour is licenced and has a good selection of local beers, Moroccan fine wines and spirits. The Café-Bar is built of stone (“azrou” is taken from the Berber for stone) and decorated with traditional Moroccan artefacts. For a large part of the year, including the Winter months, the fine day-time weather means that it is ideal to sit outside. Several outside terraces adjoin the Café-Bar which give wonderful views across the gardens to the surrounding panorama. One night per week (typically Saturdays or Mondays) there is a Moroccan Berber musical evening in the Café-Bar when local villagers play.

Swimming Pool - set in the southern gardens and benefits from the views to the summits of the mountains. As the pool is not heated, the best months for swimming are April to October.

Gardens - Kasbah Angour has 10 acres of gardens to enjoy. They contain an wonderful mix of plants and trees, including native mountain species. There are many different areas to explore. The southern gardens are planted with flower beds, trees & lawn. There are extensive terraces where you can enjoy the sunshine. You can stroll across the lawn and enjoy the delightful vistas. The northern side of the Kasbah has formal gardens, with rose and other flower beds, low hedges and fruit trees. There is a wonderful courtyard bordered by a pergola for al fresco dining. Don't forget the herb and vegetable garden to the north-east of the Kasbah.

IDEAL FOR FAMILY HOLIDAYS

Activities for families include:

* Half day walk with a guide, starting & finishing at the Kasbah, to discover the local Berber villages
* Guided day trip to Imlil with 3 hour mule trek & visit to waterfalls
* Half day trip to outdoor adventure park (cross canyon zip-wiring, treetop aerial walkways, etc) a short walk from the Kasbah
* Half day mountain bike discovery of the Toubkal National Park next to the Kasbah
* 4×4 adventure day in the heart of the Atlas Mountains
* Short camel ride at nearby riverside location with spectacular Atlas Mountain views
* Cooking Berber bread & biscuits with the Kasbah Angour pastry chef
* Day at outdoor aqua park, pools and slides (25 mins drive from the Kasbah)
* Day excursion by car to the Sidi Fares villages (altitude of 1,800m) with walk through the villages & part-way along the river
* Enjoy our swimming pool and play in the large gardens
* Play table tennis or a board game

Transfer Time from Airport:

50-60 minutes hour (private transfer from Marrakech airport)

  • Classic (3/4*)
  • 21-50 rooms
  • Pool
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Cookery classes
  • Family rooms available
  • Ideal for families
  • Ideal for couples
  • Ideal for walking
  • Ideal for fly drives

Reviews

"We loved the holiday, unfortunately we hit very bad weather and one part of the trip had to be abandoned, however the local agents handled it very well and made all the arrangements for a very luxurious alternative. We found all the local people, from the Riad owners to the car drivers, to be exceptional and most helpful. Riad El Zohar is a real gem and just perfect for a taste of Marrakech. We were very impressed with the whole organisation, thank you."

R Butcher, December 2014

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