Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Where to Stay... Ouarzazate / Skoura

I want to show you a couple of the beautiful places we stayed in Morocco.

This one, at Skoura (near Ouarzazate) is a Relais & Chateaux hotel called Dar Ahlam. It's an old kasbah that has been converted to a boutique hotel. There was an option to go for a day-trip into the desert, but since we'd just come from our night in the Sahara, we decided to take the opportunity to relax by the pool. Mum and I had a massage in the hammam, which was lovely - exactly as you'd imagine a traditional hammam, with rose petals, steamy rooms, high ceilings, low lighting, a bath in the middle of the room, and lots of essential oils.

Everything about this place was understated and chic. At night they set up low tables around the pool, and gave us soft blankets to keep warm. You can see from my pictures below of the table settings that everything was done with such care and elegance. The dessert (after lunch) in the last picture was so delicious: finely sliced pineapple with lemon sorbet, and mint leaves which had individually been covered in sugar.

Here are some pictures taken after dark, in the lounge room and in my room.

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