The multi award-winning Atlas Kasbah Ecolodge in Morocco is the first eco-friendly accommodation in the Argan Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage location. It is located in the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains yet only 20 minutes 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 one of six projects in the world by the International Network of Responsible Tourism & was awarded the ALM Ecology Trophy the same year. It was the 2015 Gold Winner of the World Responsible Tourism Awards.
The founder of this ecolodge, Dr. Hassan Aboutayeb, works as a consultant in sustainable tourism development and in the creation of environmentally friendly businesses. He has spent his life promoting responsible tourism in Agadir and in the Argan Biosphere Reserve.
As part of the approach to promoting the local community, the Atlas Kasbah Ecolodge provides employment for people in the Agadir Souss Massa region. This includes employing women with no formal schooling, providing new opportunities for them and their families. 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.
The Atlas Kasbah integrates sustainability, innovation, respect for the environment and the appreciation for local Berber cultures. There is also an emphasis on water & energy conservation, waste management, integration with the landscape with the use of traditional architecture and building materials and environmental education.
Transfer Time from Airport:
30 minutes (private transfer)
Atlas Kasbah Ecolodge offers exceptionally spacious rooms, surrounded by nature and peace and quiet in the unique setting of a majestic fortress. Traditional furniture, sculpted wooden doors, & tadelakt plaster echo the riches and ancestral knowledge of Moroccan craftsmanship.
The 9 guest rooms (Standard, Traditional & Tower rooms) and 3 Family Suites are spacious, light and comfortable, offering a subtle blend of traditional and European elements. All are en suite with shower but no TV. Guest rooms are double or twin and there is also a triple room; Family Suites sleep up to 2 adults and 3 children.
Atlas Kasbah is a smoke-free accommodation but smoking is permitted on the terrace.
The menu at the Atlas Kasbah Ecolodge is carefully chosen by the chef; a different set menu is chosen every day to guarantee fresh products and for you to discover Moroccan flavours. A vegetarian menu is also available upon request. The restaurant’s terrace overlooks the surrounding hills and towards the Atlas Mountains.
The Ecolodge does not have an alcohol licence but guests are welcome to bring their own alcoholic drinks.
If you are a lover of exotic cuisine and have always wanted to learning the skills of a great chef, you are invited into the kitchen of the Kasbah to learn how to cook the local specialities.
The spa at the ecolodge has been carefully designed to be ecological and responsible. It has a salt pool, Atlas mountain white quartz and wild flowers bath, therapeutic salt cave, therapeutic and energising massages, yoga and meditation. A treatment menu is available upon request. There is a lovely outdoor swimming pool with terrace and sunbeds.
The ecolodge organises a varied programme of activities like an Astronomy Night; bird watching, Berber language class, tadelakt plastering course, Moroccan pottery course and for the more active - surfing, paddle board, fishing, mountain biking, horse riding and donkey rides. Yoga & Meditation is offered, too.
Note: All the activities below require a minimum number of participants and are available upon request. Prices are discounted for guests only.
There is free wifi in the reception area of the ecolodge.
Parking is available.
Day trips and excursions for holiday guests in Agadir; book private trips such as Marrakech, Essaouira and Taroudant and activities like quad bikes, golf, camel riding.