2nd floor bedrooms all have ensuite shower, toilet and sink (awaiting photos with beds)2nd floor bedrooms all have ensuite shower, toilet and sink (awaiting photos with beds)
Riad Kasbah Oliver
Hosted by Mohamed & Carolyn
Mohamed & Carolyn is the host.
16 guests
12 bedrooms
37 beds
10 private baths
16 guests
12 bedrooms
37 beds
10 private baths
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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 space

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.

Guest access

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.


Amenities
Kitchen
Essentials
Washer
Free parking on premises

Prices
Extra people $49 NZD / night after the first guest
Weekly Discount: 15%
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
4 single beds
Bedroom 2
5 single beds
Bedroom 5
3 single beds
Bedroom 6
4 floor mattresses
Bedroom 7
4 floor mattresses
Bedroom 8
3 floor mattresses
Bedroom 9
3 single beds
Bedroom 10
2 single beds
Bedroom 11
2 single beds
Bedroom 12
2 single beds
Common spaces
5 sofas

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
Check in time is flexible
Check out by 1PM

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.

You must also acknowledge
Must climb stairs - long flight of stairs to access the kasbah, short flight of stairs to entrance. flight of stairs to 1st floor, stairs from level 1 to level 2
Potential for noise - Cockerels crowing (mornings) mosque calls at prayer time 5 x a day, Berber music if fetes in village (you'll probably get an invitation to go)
Pet(s) live on property - 2 tortoises
Amenity limitations - Very weak 3G signal, weekly power cuts (rural location), solar hot water 1st floor will not be as hot if it has not been sunny.

Cancellations

Safety features
Smoke detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

Availability
1 night minimum stay

2 Reviews

Jim User Profile
May 2017
A place one of a kind in the most community based and tranquil areas, was a pleasure to spend time sharing the beauty of the local landscape and the welcoming of everyone we met!

Paul User Profile
May 2017
A lovely Kasbah situated in a spectacular location with outstanding views . We were made to feel very welcome and all thoroughly enjoyed our short but memorable stay . Highly recommended !!
Mohamed & Carolyn User Profile
Response from Mohamed & Carolyn:
Thank you Paul. Mohamed would normally have been there but had some project work to attend to elsewhere . Hope to meet you in the future for some walking in the mountains.
May 2017

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.

Languages: English, Français, العربية

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