“A remote mountain inn, just yards from the plummeting Ouzoud waterfalls, imbued with a spirit of genuine Berber hospitality”
The 9 bedrooms have been conceived and decorated in the same vein as the rest of the riad with simple screed floors, warm colour washes and beautiful beamed ceilings, some with coloured tataoui work, others planked with painted Berber motifs. We preferred the first and second floor rooms which felt more private. See Rates for full details.
The bedrooms have limited natural light - some give onto the courtyard whilst others have narrow outside windows - yet none of them feel claustrophobic. Bright blankets and rugs add warmth and colour and the rooms have been attractively lit with copper appliqué lamps and bedside lanterns. Most of the rooms have open hearths - check that yours has one if you book in winter - and all have the rush-seated easy chairs that you see throughout the Atlas. Although the rooms are simple, we felt that nothing was missing.
All of the rooms have small tadlakt shower rooms with beautiful hand painted sinks and brass mixer taps. We really appreciated the lashings of hot water when we got back to the riad after a long hike.
Patrick’s culinary policy at the riad is of the ‘keep it local’ kind, and the cooks prepare the sort of dishes that they’d eat in their own homes. Most ingredients will have been grown in the village - many organically - or haggled for at Ouzoud’s colourful Tuesday market.
You dine in the riad’s cosy salle maroccaine (where a fire is lit in the colder months), in an adjacent courtyard, or, best of all, up on the roof terrace where night skies, with so little light pollution, are simply amazing. At dinner you choose between 2 starters - maybe a tomato tart or soup - which will be followed by a tagine, couscous, some kind of grilled meat or perhaps by a confit de canard. Desserts include fresh fruit salad, chocolate mousse or homemade crème caramèle.
Breakfast is also an authentically Moroccan offering. Delicious semi-leavened bread arrives hot from one of the village’s wood-fired ovens, there are locally made jams and honeys, homemade pancakes and - a real treat in such a remote location - freshly squeezed orange juice. Let the cooks know when you come down to breakfast if you’d like a picnic to be prepared. It will be ready by the time you head out.
Kids would love the waterfalls and the monkeys but maybe less so the hiking, which is pretty tough. They’d probably find that a couple of nights would be enough. And they’ll get the VIP treatment which is lavished on any foreign kid travelling in remoter parts of Morocco.
Teens (over 12)
Sable and Verveine can be set up as triples or fit a baby cot, and Turquoise can fit an extra bed for a young child.