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The perfect chance to combine bridge, delicious food, great company and much more in beautiful surroundings. Kasbah Bab Ourika is a StockenBridge favourite with guests returning time and time again - this will be our sixth consecutive year we are running a bridge holiday here. Early Spring is the ideal time to visit with warm daytime temperatures, lush gardens with a heated swimming pool and a welcome break from the British winter. Click HERE to read about our previous holidays.
As this holiday is so popular, we are running two consecutive weeks in 2019. Zeb will be teaching the first week and his brother, Simon, the second. Simon Stocken has been teaching players around the world since 1995. His calm manner and expert tuition make learning bridge easy and pleasurable, enabling players of all abilities to sharpen their skills and learn new techniques. Click HERE to read more about Simon.
Kasbah Bab Ourika
The Kasbah Bab Ourika stands in an exceptionally beautiful landscape in the Atlas Mountains, just 50 minutes from Marrakech. From its hilltop, in the fertile Ourika valley, it looks down on one side to the river, green fields and groves of olives, oranges and lemons, and on the other side to a picturesque ridge of red rock, known locally as ‘Arizona’ with dazzling snowy mountain peaks in the distance. Simply unforgettable!
The Kasbah is one of the most eco-friendly buildings in Morocco. Constructed principally from pisé (rammed earth), the traditional Berber building technique, it blends easily with rock and earth around it. Thick walls provide natural insulation in the heat and along with solar panels ensure a balanced temperature. All water at the Kasbah is recycled and used in the garden and an innovative biodigester system is used to produce electricity and also compost for the fully organic garden.
Inside the Kasbah, the floors are of natural coloured beijmat (exposed brickwork) and furnishings of Berber fabrics in muted shades of cream, brown and beige. The result is a series of living spaces which feel deeply restful and spoilingly comfortable. Spacious and airy by day, but once the sun sets, lanterns glow in the courtyard, fires are lit and the interior is transformed. What makes the Kasbah stand out is the army of delightful and hardworking staff, almost all recruited from the nearby villages, ensuring that service really is a priority. The friendly and efficient manager, Damien, makes sure that everything runs like clockwork.
For more information about Kasbah Bab Ourika and to see their photo gallery, please visit their website by clicking HERE.
At the Kasbah, there is plenty to do away from the bridge table, including wonderful walking trails directly from the doorstep or you can head further afield to the remote and unspoiled Salt National Park with one of the Kasbah's own excellent guides. The Kasbah can prepare a picnic for you and you can even take your own mule and muleteer. There is also camel trekking, horse riding and golf within easy reach. If all this seems a bit energetic, then you can visit the Kasbah's small Hamman by the pool offering traditional exfoliation with 'savon noir', and massage treatments.
There are a number of optional excursion possibilities including a trip to the high Atlas mountains, a beautiful saffron farm, a guided walk to the colourful Berber 'Monday Market' at the nearby town of Tnine Ourika or a visit to Marrakech. We are also offering a visit to a beautiful organic farm in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains where you will have a guided tour of the gardens and learn how to cook an authentic Moroccan tagine.
For prices and more information, please click HERE to download the brochure
*with 10% loyalty discount (if booked before 30th June 2018)
|Prices per person||♣||♦||♥||♠||NT|
|Full price, twin occupancy||£1630
|Twin occ with 10% discount||£1467
|Full price, single occupancy||£1890||£1950||£2200||£2300||£2450|
|Single occ with 10% discount||£1701||£1755||£1980||£2070||£2205|
Locally sourced organic produce, much from the Kasbah’s own gardens, is a cornerstone of all dishes with high quality ingredients producing wonderful food that is a combination of traditional Berber recipes with a European touch. Breakfasts are also a treat, with fruits from the Ourika valley, freshly-squeezed orange juice, homemade yoghurts, jams, honey, cheese and muesli as well as freshly baked bread and pancakes piping hot from the Kasbah’s oven.