Kasbah Valentine, Ait Ben Haddou, Morocco

Kasbah Valentine is a guest house located in front of the Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, 30 km from Ouarzazate. It has 10 air-conditioned rooms spacious enough, decorated in Berber style, with private bathrooms. There is plenty of natural light in all rooms. Upon arrival you will be welcomed in the traditional way with a mint tea and pastries. There is an onsite restaurant that serves the most typical Berber dishes: couscous, tagine, soup, salad, etc. The most valuable area of this house is the terrace from where you have a breathtaking view; it is also the ideal place to enjoy breakfast or a drink while watching the beautiful surroundings and of course with your camera in hand!

Tips

If you really want to be in a typical place, away from the big city, next to the Kasbah, this place is ideal. The owners will do everything to make your stay unforgettable.
It is best to make a reservation in advance because the house also welcomes groups who are visiting the country, whithout reservation, you might be forced to look elsewhere.
You also have an area next to the restaurant, where you can buy some crafts and even beautiful tagines.

Herboriste Marrakech, El Mellah, Marrakech, Morocco

Herboriste Marrakech is a herbalist shop in the Jewish quarter of El Mellah in Marrakech where many local guides take tourists after visiting the Bahia Palace. They call the store as ‘pharmacy’ and they say that it is a cooperative where women produce Argan oil, so well known these days as it is added to several products; and you can see at the entrance a woman who works with their hands and their feet while the person who welcomes you begins to explain the procedures for obtaining oil. You will be taken to a small room where you’ll find many great bottles with beautiful colors that will seem magical potions and you will be asked to drink something while you attend an explanation of different products on sale, of course. With the demonstration of several products you will have the opportunity to try a few of them while some integrating people of the group will receive massages from a representative of the cooperative to test argan oil.

Tips

If you are not ready to buy, it’s better to take a walk through the souk until the tour continues.
You might find this long but you can leave when you want and wait for the group outside.

Diwane Hotel, Marrakech, Morocco

Hotel Diwane is located 2km from the center of Marrakech. It is a hotel that was completely renovated in 2008. There are 115 rooms, a large patio, wi-fi, mini bar, private balcony, air-conditioning and bathroom with hairdryer and courtesy toiletries . There is a restaurant with a party-exterior that gives to the beautiful patio with the pool back where you can have coffee at the bar. There is also another restaurant outside which serves Moroccan dishes. The reception is open 24 hours a day, there is a car park, a terrace, a hairdresser, a beauty salon, a business center, a souvenir shop, a fitness center, a spa center with solarium, a health center and Turkish steam baths. The hotel is 5 km from Marrakech-Menara Airport and a 10-minute walk from the central station.

Tips

The hotel is very well placed to reach the cultural district by walking. The Kasbah Mosque, the Bahia Palace, the Saadian Tombs are nearby. In the vicinity of the hotel you will find many shops, bars, restaurants and even a cinema.