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Riad Kasbah Oliver

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BP No.47 Nr Ouarzazate Morocco, Tighza 35123 Morocco
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#1 of 3 Speciality lodging in Tighza
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Family owned and run mountain guest house in the remote Tighza valley just over 1900m above sea level. Berber hospitality in simple and beautiful surroundings. The kasbah mixes 3 traditional Moroccan building styles: Kasbah, Berber house and Riad. There are benches outside the front door and a roof terrace for enjoying the view or to star gaze at night. A courtyard garden with sofas and coffee table. Mosaic tables and chairs on the front terrace as well as 4 sun loungers on the roof terrace. Parking and locked garage available on site. Terraces and solar hot water. Special diets catered for. All meals provided. Guided walks and mules can be arranged and visits to local homes. Please pay in local currency which is Moroccan dirhams (Euros and Sterling are also accepted). For those interested in hands on holidays, volunteering projects take place throughout the year or you could visit the village hamam (one of our sustainable tourism projects).
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BP No.47 Nr Ouarzazate Morocco, Tighza 35123 Morocco
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InésCG wrote a review Jul 2021
Madrid, Spain1 contribution
I stayed 2 nights but without a doubt I would have stayed longer ... the place is beautiful, quiet, much to discover, the people there with their culture and customs are beautiful. I will always be grateful to Mohamed and Ahmed and Aziz for their good treatment and affection at all times to have a perfect and unforgettable stay! I miss the food ... the best I have had in all of Morocco! 🙏 Inés
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Carolyn Logan, Other at Riad Kasbah Oliver
Responded 27 Jul 2021
Thankyou for your wonderful review. So glad you enjoyed your stay. From all the team at Riad Kasbah Oliver
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FoweyJohn wrote a review Dec 2019
Keswick, United Kingdom146 contributions74 helpful votes
Hour and a half uphill walk from road although could be acessed by 4wd, it is in a remote village and has a fantastic balcony with stunning views. The good news ends there! Food the worst I've been presented with. A dish with a chicken bone and a scrap of meat, a few overcooked root veg (plus a bit of overcooked courgette, surrounding a mass of cold couscous. A tasteless brown soup that needed plenty of salt, and a half black banana to finish with. Breakfast pathetic even by Moroccan standards. Very basic room with thin mattresses. Balcony had about 4 chairs and four loungers when the place must take abut 40 guests. Surely they could improve on this.
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Response from Carolyn L, Admin & guest liaison at Riad Kasbah Oliver
Responded 1 Jan 2020
I am sorry you did not enjoy your stay at the Kasbah. Ahmed has been a cook for many years and this is the first complaint regarding his food. Cous cous is often cool by the time you get to it even in restaurants as it cools when the vegetables and meat are being put on top of the pile of cous cous prior to serving. It is also normal to have the meat in both tagine and cous cous with bones in it . (Berbers believe it improves the flavour). Tagine and cous cous the vegetables are soft because they cook for such a long time. I am checking which room you stayed in as I am very surprised to hear the mattress was thin (we do explain the rooms are basic but Mohamed has our clothes hooks and shelving in all 2nd floor rooms and clothes hooks in all but the most basic group non en-suite rooms on level 1. All rooms have proper bed mattresses no thin ones with some thicker than normal single bed mattresses. If the soup was not made from scratch it may explain the soup being not to your liking, I am checking this. The terrace loungers are few because they take up so much space and most guests do not use them. They tend to take out thin camping mattresses or ask for a carpet to sit outside on the low wall. Bananas bought at the local soul usually have yellow and black skin but the fruit inside is almost always like a green banana when I’ve had them. It is a shame you did not speak with Ahmed while you were there when you were first unhappy with the food. He would have been more than happy to sort this out for you. Usually the kasbah guests say the breakfast is one of the best they’ve had during their trip so again I need to see what Ahmed gave you as usually there are pan cooked pancakes like pikelets, bread, jam, yoghurt (and for groups or those who request it porridge with tea, coffee or hot chocolate choices). Once again I am sorry you were unhappy with your stay and please be assured I am investigating what happened in Mohamed’s absence.
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TravelWithMarilyn wrote a review May 2019
Henderson, Texas90 contributions28 helpful votes
Riad Kasbah Oliver is a beautiful property with friendly employees and excellent food. It is the perfect base for exploring the mountains, learning about the village or volunteering to help villagers.
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Date of stay: February 2019
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Jackiemenn wrote a review Apr 2019
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We spent two nights as part of a tour. The location - set up high on the hillside is amazing as are the views across the mountains. Accommodation is in a traditional Kasbah, basic but comfortable. As others have described this Kasbah is located about 40min walk along a track. We walked but others rode a mule and there is a community bus which manages to drive the track. Food prepared by Omar is basic but wholesome and the owners Mohammed and Caroline are very welcoming and friendly. We had a guided hike up into the High Atlas and relaxed on the roof terrace. We were also lucky to experience a traditionsl hammam by the locals. A great experience likevwalking back in time.
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Date of stay: April 2019
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Response from Carolyn L, Guest Relations Manager at Riad Kasbah Oliver
Responded 23 Apr 2019
Thankyou for your kind review. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay in Riad Kasbah Oliver. Berber cuisine is quite simple as ingredients are bought locally from the souk in Telouet which is held weekly. Traditional dishes such as cous cous, tagine and harira are the staple diet along with bread. For groups the guides often request things like spaghetti and request not too much garlic etc. as some group members would not like it. So Omar does simple but tasty meals as opposed to highly flavoured ones for groups as this is what the agencies want. Thank you again for your kind review and yes it is definitely like walking back in time! ( I wonder if your guide told you about the Dinosaur footprints which can be seen just with the naked eye from the Kasbah terrace).
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I4803FKkarenf wrote a review Dec 2018
United States3 contributions
I vacationed for 2.5 weeks in France, Spain and Morocco. The 5 days in Tigzha Valley were the absolute highlight my trip. Most of all, I enjoyed the hosts at the Kasbah. I adored Omar’s cooking (and Omar as well). And Mohamed made our experience come alive. We met both of their families, including many cousins, and other village residents. Mohamed was wholly dependable, always coordinating to make sure everything was timed perfectly so that our experience was enjoyable, full and authentic. All of our encounters with others, such as drivers, tour guides, our visit to the Hamam, etc. were lovely too. Mohamed was there to see us off, and to meet us as we returned. On our hike, we stopped in a beautiful meadow by the stream to rest before turning back and were totally surprised that Mohamed was carrying a tasty picnic lunch which he laid out for us. He even made a fire so we could enjoy tea! The bus ride to the Thursday souk in Telouet was one of my top experiences ever! 23 people, all except our group of 3 were from the village, crammed into and on top of the bus for the ride. At one point in a particularly steep area, several of the men got out to push. I still recall the shadows on the hillside of those who playfully rode on top as we drove up the bumpy narrow mountain trail, and the echo of all of our laughing. We found the village residents to be warm and friendly, and were fortunate enough to share the experience of greeting a new baby who arrived to a village family during our stay. In our walks we admired the gardens and crops, rock formations and historic buildings. Mohamed showed us the irrigation system and explained how villages worked cooperatively in so many ways. He took us to see the community bread oven, explained the educational system, shared what announcements were made during the call to prayer when something was going on. The list goes on, but you get the idea. We had many questions, and with great patience, he helped us to understand how things worked. In the mornings I enjoyed the garden on the main floor and watched after the turtles. On warmer days we enjoyed the front porch, with the view overlooking the village. At dark from the rooftop we were in total awe of the Milky Way…the river of stars that appeared. The first night I witnessed 6 shooting stars! In the beginning I longed for wifi, but after a few days I realized what I had been missing since wifi came about. I had forgotten how to live in the moment, and was re-introduced to the joy of relaxation. We didn’t come to Riad Kasbah Oliver looking for 4-star accommodations and nightly turndown service. We came looking for an introduction to the people of Tigzha Valley and a cultural experience to better understand their lives and history. THAT is what we left with, and will never forget. I would highly recommend this experience, especially to those who can appreciate such treasures.
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Date of stay: October 2018
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Response from Carolyn L, Guest Relations Manager at Riad Kasbah Oliver
Responded 12 Dec 2018
Wow such a lovely review. Thankyou. Mohamed, Omar Ahmed and the families were very happy to host you. They love to share their lives with interested visitors and yes not having wifi does seem odd for westerners but as you said it does mean that you pick up on things that you had forgotten the things that are far better and more interesting like living in the moment. We hope to see you again one day.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Riad Kasbah Oliver
What are some of the property amenities at Riad Kasbah Oliver?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, free parking, and kids activities.
What food & drink options are available at Riad Kasbah Oliver?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Riad Kasbah Oliver?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there any historical sites close to Riad Kasbah Oliver?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Kasbah du Pacha el Glaoui (6.9 miles).