Desert magic, Sahara safari, Berber villages and film studios: the Moroccan city of Ourzazate offers a variety of adventure and discovery tours.Â
KSAR IGHNDA REVIEW
On my first trip to Morocco in November 2015, I had the chance to discover Ourzazate and its region near the Sahara desert in south Morocco. Our 5-day trip was perfectlyÂ organized by Tombouctour (http://www.tombouctour.ch/), a Swiss travel agency specialized in Morocco.
After two days exploring the Sahara desert, we arrived in Ourzazate and spent the evening and the night at the Riad Ksar Ighnda. A riad is a traditional Moroccan house or palace with an interior garden or courtyard. Today, this luxury hotel offers 19 rooms or suites each with its individual Moroccan decor. From my suite, I had a wonderful view of the garden and the swimming pool. Ksar Ighnda reminded me very much of Andalusia, which was under Muslim rule from 711 to 1492.
My suite was spacious and soundproof (I was exhausted after dinner and slept like a baby). On the desk, there was a bowl of fresh fruit and some delicous cookies. The heating worked perfectly well (it gets quite chilly in south Morocco at the end of November). Even the bathroom with the shower had a small room heater.
The staff was very friendly, especially in the restaurant and at the bar. The dinner was excellent: I ate the best fish soup of my life, and the cook was kind enough to write down the recipe for us. The tajine, a Moroccan slow-cooked savoury stew, typically made with sliced meat, poultry or fish together with vegetables or dried fruit, was delicous, too. Guests who are interested in Moroccan cuisine can also book a cooking course at the hotel.
A magnificent luxury hotel and an oasis of peace: Riad Ksar Ighnda.
The Moroccan interior design of this suite reminds me of One Thousand and One Nights.
The dinner at the restaurant was delicious and the breakfast copious.
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