Feudal Castle to Eco-Friendly Fantasy in Morocco…


I watched ‘Casablanca’ the other night and my desire to travel to Northern Africa was reignited immediately. I also was in the midst of a girls’-night-in, consisting of homemade summertime facial masks. I thought to myself…hmmm…spa PLUS Morocco would be the ideal….and what do you know? One of the top Eco-Spa’s in the world is located right in Morocco.
Kasbah du Toubkal Mountain Retreat
Kasbah du Toubkal Mountain Retreat (photo courtesy of www.highatlasfoundation.org)
Tucked at the base of North Africa’s  tallest mountain in Morocco is the Kasbah du Toubkal Mountain Retreat.
Kasbah du Toubkal
Kasbah du Toubkal...I would love to wake up doing yoga on this patio..followed by some homemade mint tea...(photo courtesy of www.sawdays.co.uk)

The hotel is run by the owners and the local Berber community, a naturally eco-friendly culture. The hotel’s philosophy is centered around the preservation of the local National park and a partnership with the local Berber community (all of the employees are Berber as well).The hotel has successfully transitioned from a feudal homestead into a place of warm hospitality.
At the base of Mount Toubkal, your luggage is thrown on a mule and you hike up to your room, passing gorgeous local flora along the way.
The gardens of the resort create a quiet and all-natural oasis in the Berber region...
The gardens of the resort create a quiet and all-natural oasis in the Berber region... (photo: http://www.noflights.com/gallery/original/kasbah_garden_large.jpg click to enlarge)
eat outside...or inside in the hotels romantic restaurant and lounge...
eat outside...or inside in the hotels romantic restaurant and lounge... (photo: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3265/2491179793_2d2ed58bd5.jpg)
Upon arrival you are greeted with mint tea and cleansing rose water while the hotel is lit with candles and wood-burning fires…no wasting electricity here. The candles and fires allow you to enter a  timeless ambiance that many hotels only fantasize about achieving.
simple yet chic and authentic bedroom at the Kasbah
simple yet chic and authentic bedroom at the Kasbah...thatched ceilings, stone floors, linen bedding and Moroccan lamps lit with cream colored candles (photo courtesy of http://lh3.ggpht.com)
The doorway to the resort makes you feel like you are stepping back into a forgotten time and world....
The doorway to the resort makes you feel like you are stepping back into a forgotten time and world.... (photo: http://farm1.static.flickr.com/91/229468518_80b01b1ede.jpg?v=0)
The Spa-resort is famous for its trekking expeditions to the summit of Mount Toubkal and consequential authentic Moroccan spa experience.
The hotel boasts an authentic and yet private hamman experience (a cleansing and rejuvenating plunge pool), steam room and options for many spa treatments.
the authentic hamman at the resort...I could relax in there for hours after a long trek...or a long lunch...
the authentic hamman at the resort...I could relax in there for hours after a long trek...or a long lunch... (photo from media.expedia.com)
The hotel has won many awards due to its efforts to reach out to the local community and reduce its carbon footprint. Every guest is charged a small surcharge (5%) to contribute to a community hamman, irrigation systems and local communication systems. Sustainable and chic…I love it!
The hotel ranges from about $200 to about $700 depending on time of year and type of room.
For more info on trekking Mount Toubkal click here.
For more information on the Kasbah du Toubkal click here.

By : moroccanarchitecture.wordpress.com