Experience a land of adventure from this Kasbah near Ouarzazate, gateway to the Moroccan desert

On the fringes of the Moroccan desert, shaded by the palms, lies Dar Ahlam. Terracotta coloured stone meets cerulean skies as this traditional Kasbah cuts an imposing shape across the landscape. Unwind in a haven of manicured lawns and fragrant almond blossom. Or step out into the wilderness of the desert for a night under the stars, where you will soak up the elegant beauty in the privacy of your own luxury tent.

The décor changes with the seasons, sumptuous fabrics and colours bringing the environment to life. Days at Dar Ahlam are long and luxurious. Without the distractions of television and technology, you can really unwind. Instead, indulge in a massage under the olive trees or head off for refreshments by the river. Spend a balmy evening atop the Kasbah, aperitif in hand, before feasting on a freshly prepared supper under the vast sky.

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Beyond the walls of Dar Ahlam lies all the mystery of the desert. Explore the dunes on camelback for a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience, surrounding yourself with the golden sands of the Sahara as you’re pampered in your private luxury tent for a night under the stars. You can also spend seven days travelling the road from Marrakech, following the oases of southern Morocco. 


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14 Rooms |  2 Floors | 

4.8 /5

58 reviews

Considerate

Considerate Collection

Pool

Pool

Adventure

Adventure and Activity

Winter

Winter Sun

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Environmentally Conscious

This traditional Moroccan Kasbah has been thoughtfully constructed using local materials such as adobe, bamboo, and wood from lemon and olive trees, minimising its energy use by installing solar panels and a water treatment system which makes tap water drinkable in the desert – reducing the need for plastic water bottles by as much as 90%. The system also provides water for the on-site aromatic herb garden, while any excess is supplied to the Palmeraie water canal. Thanks to its clever architectural insulation, there is no need for air-conditioning, and pipes are protected to keep the heat inside. The hotel runs a successful rubbish collection and recycling programme to separate and recycle key resources, including selling glass to a factory in Marrakech, and feeding organics to farm animals.

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Cultural Custodians

Days at Dar Ahlam are shaped around ultra-personalised experiences which immerse guests in Berber culture, from sleeping beneath the stars in a traditional tent, sunrise tea ceremonies in the Sahara, to locally-led treks into the Valley of Roses, and visits to hilltop villages which date back to the 12th century. The historical houses of the families who welcome Dar Ahlam guests into their homes are refurbished and restored by the hotel to protect the buildings’ traditional features, which also improves the living conditions for the residents. Dar Ahlam runs the Memory Road project in southern Morocco in partnership with the Global Heritage Fund to renovate entire, abandoned villages and bring them back to life for the community and preserve the Berber way of life for generations to come.

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Community Minded

The majority of Dar Ahlam’s team are not only locals, but are the workers who helped transform the Kasbah during the original renovation works into the ‘small house’ concept hotel that it is today, becoming long term members of staff with access to the 700,000 heures sustainability training programme which is based at the hotel. As an active member of its Berber village community, Dar Ahlam purchases seasonal, largely vegetarian ingredients from local souks, including pomegranate vinegar, date caramel, tall herb grass honey, and argan oil, as well as from women’s associations in nearby villages (the retired gardener still sells his vegetables to the hotel kitchen). The hotel’s micro-credit system involves local breeders in high quality, eco-friendly animal rearing, to improve animal welfare and meat quality.

Thierry Teyssier Independent Minds

Independent Minds: Thierry Teyssier

Rebellious by nature, visionary hotelier Thierry Teyssier has thrown the traditional hospitality rule book out the window by adopting a bespoke approach to each and every guest at Dar Ahlam, which more than lives up to its Arabic translation as the ‘House of Dreams’. Bringing a sense of showmanship learned during his days as a French actor to his Moroccan Kasbah, all the world’s a stage for Thierry when it comes to creating unique experiences for his guests.

Our rooms

Kasbah Suite


Sleeps 2
King
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Memory Road - Discover Southern Morocco


Sleeps 3
King
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Garden Suite


Sleeps 3
King
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2 Bedroom Garden Suite


Sleeps 4
King
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Ratings

Quality Assured

Mystery Inspected

Global Rating

4.8 /5

4.8

58 reviews

INVITED Rating

5 /5
5 /5
Tripadvisor score 5.0

5

249 reviews

INVITED Reviews

100 %

of reviewers would recommend this hotel


5

Awesome!

Adventure of a lifetime

By Gil Dec ’18


Dar Ahlam, Morocco

5

(based on 1 reviews)

100 %

of reviewers would recommend this hotel


5

Awesome!

Adventure of a lifetime

By Gil Dec ’18


Key Features

Spa
Spa
Restaurant
Restaurant
Free
Free airport shuttle
Air
Air conditioning

All Hotel Features and Services

  • Free airport shuttle
  • Laundry service
  • Free parking
  • Jogging track
  • Meeting rooms
  • Air conditioning
  • Family friendly
  • Security
  • Free Wi-Fi

All Hotel Features and Services

  • Free airport shuttle
  • Laundry service
  • Free parking
  • Jogging track
  • Meeting rooms
  • Air conditioning
  • Family friendly
  • Security
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Wi-Fi in public areas
  • Pets not allowed

Food And Drinks

Whether it’s lunch by the pool or dinner in the Nomad Lounge, each fine dining experience is created personally for you. With no menu, meals are crafted from local ingredients sourced from the souk or grown in the hotel’s garden. Unusual flavours and traditional techniques combine to produce a contemporary cuisine.

Free dining option

Served Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner The concept of Dar Ahlam is very different from many more standard hotels. There is no restaurant room at Dar Ahlam- but instead there are dozens of places inside and or outside to organise meals privately at the time you want. A 1001 night dinner- an alfresco lunch in the garden- a picnic in Sidi Fla gorges - if you wish- you can experience a different place and decor for every meal during your stay.

Location of your stay

Hotel Address

Dar Ahlam

Douar Oulad Cheik Ali

Skoura

Ouarzazate

45502

Morocco

Check in:

1400

Check out:

1100

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Where is it?

40 kms to airport Ouarzazate

220 kms to airport Menara

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