Built into the side of a mountain in remote mountain community in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco, Riad Kasbah Oliver is a basic yet comfortable mountain accommodation using 3 typical Moroccan building styles surrounding a central courtyard.
We have 8 ensuite bedrooms and 4 without bathrooms. Family live on site and are available to help out as required. We run projects in the villages so welcome volunteers or donations to village projects including use of the village hamam.
The Kasbah is the first built to plan building in the village and the site had to literally be dug out of the mountainside in order to erect the building. We used 3 typical Moroccan building styles, kasbah (1 towered home), riad (rooms accessed off central courtyard garden) and Berber House (dimensions of the larger rooms allowing for the roof beams). All rooms on floor 2 have en suites while most of the rooms on level 1 have use of 2 wet rooms with toilet cubicles and a communal Moroccan mosaic sink. Room 2 and room 5 have ensuites. Room 2 is a large family room or dormitory room with plenty of room for up to 8 guests.
We have 4 sun loungers available for guest use (ask Mohamed for the cushions) on the large roof terrace. We also have 2 sofas in a corner of the courtyard garden for guest use. Salons are available for guest use in reception plus 2 others on the ground floor and a Berber salon on the 2nd floor. Tables and chairs are also available for guest use at the front of the kasbah, there are built in benches against the wall too to sit on.
Guests can access the courtyard garden, the roof terrace, front terrace, reception salon, dining room, large salon on the ground floor and Berber salon on the 2nd floor, communal area toilets and showers, help out in the kitchen with cooking learn how to make tagine, cous cous and Harira.
Interaction with guests
Ahmed and Mohamed are almost always on hand to help you out or to take a walk with you around the local area , to arrange a mule for further afield walks, local guides, local transport pick ups and trips to the souk, to talk about village projects, to talk about life in the village and so on.
Other things to note
You will probably hear the mosque call the first few nights. A few people have found that they feel more tired at this altitude or suffer minor headaches, though it is far lower than the usual level people report altitude sickness. This usually passes after several days. Anecdotally we have noted that people's blood pressure tends to lower while they are here, assimilating with the local population. Walking terrain is classed as Medium difficulty so it is unfortunately not suitable for people with severe mobility problems.
No smoking in the building. Smoking is only permitted outside the front door. No littering. No flushing toilet paper down the toilet as the kasbah is on rural drainage. Paper and sanitary items must be placed in the bins provided in each bathroom. Please place the bin outside the door every time you want it emptied. Preserve water by turning the taps off when brushing teeth and take short showers particularly in the hot summer months when water shortages may occur. Turn off lights when out of your room to save energy and please do not leave appliances plugged in overnight or when you are not in the room to reduce fire risk and preserve energy. Rooms will only be cleaned if you give permission for a member of staff to go in and clean. Wear appropriate clothing for local sensibilities, 3/4 length trousers and short sleeved or 3/4 length sleeve tops as opposed to sleeveless vest tops or short shorts.
Mohamed loves fishing, walking, Berber music, travelling to new places and making life better for his fellow villagers through community projects and working with our partners Baraka Community Partnerships.
I love travelling like a local, reading autobiographies, films based on true stories, 80's music and world food.
We want you to love the villages as much as we do and encourage guests to get immersed in the local culture. Guests are welcome to help out in the kitchen, go and visit village homes and meet the villagers. Mohamed and Ahmed (his brother) are open and friendly hosts and are based in the village. I do the bookings as I'm English so it's easier for guests. Our motto is to take life as it comes.