Atlas Mountains, Morocco
Our time in the Atlas Mountains was way, way, wayyyy too short. If I could have done it over, I would have spent more time here and less time in Marrakech itself. The Kasbah Bab Ourika feels like a true escape. The interiors are thoughtful and cool, the service is earnest and warm. Drinking homemade mint lemonade on the terrace, hiking through nearby Berber villages, spending a lazy afternoon by the pool, treating yourself to a traditional Hammam experience...there's just not enough time in the day to do it all. Which is why I plan to come back.
WHAT TO PACK
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WHERE TO STAY
Kasbah Bab Ourika is about 45 minutes from the Marrakech airport, but a world away. The ride itself is comfortable; you're not going too far up into the mountains so you don't have to worry about steep one way roads with no guardrails. The hotel offers transportation for a reasonable rate.
Be sure to check out the hotel shop and it's amazing selection of Moroccan rugs. The prices are set, so there isn't thepressure of haggling in the souk. The hotel can arrange shipping, but I'd suggest packing an extra bag to bring them home yourself. The staff will gladly help you package your treasures so they're easy to travel with.
Be sure to check out the spa before you leave for a true hammam experience. It's small but well-equipped and very reasonably priced.
Breakfast is included in your rate. Tip: Don't miss out on the fabulous Berber omelet baked in a traditional tagine with tomatoes.