Reached by donkey, this Berber-run mountain retreat boasts breathtaking views, seemingly endless trekking possibilities and takes secluded recuperation to next level. Awarded a Green Globe for sustainable tourism and situated at the foot of Jbel Toukel, North Africa’s highest peak, this former Feudal Caid’s home opens up the Toubkal National Park to guests with style and earthy appeal.
Within the kasbah, the emphasis is on simplicity and relaxation: TVs and technology give way to a well-stocked reading and music room, a roof terrace and a private hammam. Outside the kasbah, the slow pace continues with the village, surrounding hamlets and mountain landscape to explore by foot or mule. Those of an adventurous nature, meanwhile, can climb the 13,665 foot mountain with local guides.
There’s accommodation to suit all tastes and pockets, from handsomely laid out Deluxe and Superior rooms, with prices to match, to smaller but affordable Salon rooms, which still boast fine views and enough rich carpeting and covers to feel welcoming. The wide choice of local food, offered throughout the day, gains universal acclaim.
Earthquake, September 8th 2023: Kasbah Toubkal was happily spared in the disaster that hit Morocco’s southern city of Marrakech and outlying communities, causing much damage and loss of life. The road to Imlil was temporarily closed and electricity and communications put on temporary hold. Guests and staff had a scary and sleepless night, experiencing shocks but no harm. Owner Mike McHugo says that staff did a great job calming and looking after guests, who were very appreciative. Future stays will be possible – enquires and bookings can continue as usual.