- From a Moroccan kasbah to a converted Italian convent, LYDIA BELL seeks out the ultimate hideaways for a luxury, offbeat escape
There is an undefinable magic to this reconfigured 19th-century kasbah on the precipice of the Sahara in Ouarzazate. Its fountain and bloom-filled walled gardens and low-lit suites have a dreamlike beauty to them, while there is a different cubbyhole, lattice-screened lounge, flame-lit rooftop or olive-grove nook for each romantic repast, making Dar Ahlam endlessly alluring.
Insider tip: Spend a night under a canopy of stars at the hotel’s desert camp. From MAD5,519; maisondesreves.com
ROCK THE KASBAH
The imposing exterior of Dar Ahlam
The sprawling walled grounds of Dar Ahlam
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