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Le Berbere Palace

DSC_0020Le Berbere Palace is in Ouarzazate which is considered the “door way to the desert.  This hotel is about half way from Marrakesh to Rissani which is on the western edge of the Sahara Desert.

There appears to be this “palace” and a new Palace which I assume is as luxurious and enjoyable as this one. 

The lobby has an area for tea, a cute fountain, friendly and helpful staff, but more important ‘high speed wireless’.  Unfortunately I could not use wi-fi due to a hardware problem with my laptop but my trusty AT&T cell modem carried me through to the internet.  So that was the good news, the bad news was that my emailed synced and so I spent the next 3 hours dealing with that! DSC_0006


After catching up on email I felt like I deserved to enjoy the pool area, some sculptures that have been used in some famous (locally filmed) movie productions and some fine dining (buffet style).


My kind and generous host picked up the bill (it is wonderful to have friends in high places) and so I can’t share those details but I can share that this hotel was previously used exclusively to entertain guests of the king. 

One word of caution, with this hotel, and as with many others around the world, don’t trust their wake up calls. I carry two phones use those alarms to make me and it was just as well I did!  Apart from that minor hitch this is a great, luxurious hotel and the area is historic, interesting.

Le Berbere Palace
Quartier Mansour Eddahbi,, Ourzazate, Morocco
Tel: +212 24 88 31 05/88 21 39/88 29 67
Fax: +212 24 88 30 71


May 11, 2009 at 8:13 am Leave a comment

Kasbah Hotel Aaluca

IMG_0169A true oasis in a desert.  This fabulous hotel has all the amenities (except a gym) but in the middle of the desert.

This hotel was on the journey from Marrakesh to the Sahara and so it was after a long drive that we arrived. 



I have never had a camel come to dinner and animals in US/European restaurants would be unheard of but here is was charming, thoughtful and somehow appropriate.

We all enjoyed the trick (drinking water from a plastic water bottle), the photo op, and having dinner with my soon to be “ship of the desert”.

The pool, as you can see has a different aura by day and by night, both refreshing in the heat of the day and with the romance of the night: IMG_0162 IMG_0159   IMG_0165 IMG_0166   

Kasbah Hotel Aaluca
Address: Route d’Errachidia, Km 5 – Arfound, Morocco
Tel: + 212 2 35 57 84 50/51/52
Fax: + 212 2 35 57 84 49
GPS: N31 29’ 208” W 004 12’ 784  – it needs a longitude and latitude trust me!

May 10, 2009 at 7:18 pm Leave a comment

Marrakesh, Morroco

The Guest House, Riad Basin, was located within the 11th century city wall of Marrakesh.  As we walked from the street to our riad I felt concerned in the same way I felt when I was introduced to the Favelas of Rio de Janiero.  Narrow streets with potential danger lurking at the next corner and then I realized I was in a neighborhood, everyone knew everyone’s business, the people were engaged in conversation, I was a stranger amongst friends.

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After checking in we dropped our luggage and quickly returned the the street to take our car for a tour of the city.



Marrakesh is full of energy where you drink culture through a fire hose. A place where you can learn about yourself, history, relationships, and how generous our world is to us.


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And here are all of my new friends by night:



If we are the questions that we ask ourselves I ask how I missed this place for so many years. Marrakesh wasn’t on my Bucket List but it should be on yours.

Tomorrow we’re off to Ouarzazate, driving south through the Atlas mountains.

May 7, 2009 at 6:57 pm Leave a comment

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