Ecolodges in Morocco really have a lot to offer. But before we go any further, we should discuss what exactly an ecolodge is and why ecolodges are becoming so popular. The idea of ecolodges, as places that were more natural and environmentally friendly than other mainstream accommodation options, gained prominence in the 90s. Unfortunately, the damage caused to our planet over the past 30 years has made the idea of the ecolodge more essential than ever.
More and more establishments are being designed and promoted according to the ecolodge philosophy. This philosophy suggests that the ecolodge should be based in a natural environment, provide some benefit to the local population and increase environmental awareness and education programs. So, here are The 10 best Moroccan ecolodges that are waiting to host you this summer.
The palmeraie ecolodge, Ouarzazate
The Palmeraie was previously called Boudar, an ancient Amazigh word which means “meeting”. Being located in a palm grove garden, it used to be a popular place frequented by travelers and hosted occasional gatherings around its prosperous freshwater well. Since its establishment in 2008, the eco-retreat The Palmeraie in Ouarzazate has since been promoting eco-travel and sustainable tourism through its organic farming, responsible tourism, solidarity, and sustainability initiatives. The Palmeraie ecolodge is a place of sharing and caring. Moreover, The Palmeraie ecolodge provides a tranquil escape from the noise of big cities. When it comes to accommodation and relaxation, The Palmeraie ecolodge provides different options from African bungalows and Berber houses to traditional clay rooms.
l’Île ecolodge, Ouarzazate
The ecolodge L’ile is another peaceful retreat in Ouarzazate. If you are looking for a place with untouched nature and real authenticity where you can give yourself a real break, L‘ile ecolodge might be the right choice. This ecohotel is located in a vast land surrounded by hills. The stylish clay-built houses boast Berber architecture. Ecolodge L’ile experience offers not only a peaceful retreat and stunning views but also a sustainable travel experience. The lodge’s organic restaurant serves traditional Moroccan dishes with hand picked-ingredients from their garden. Meanwhile, wastewater is used to irrigate fruits and vegetables used for the restaurant.
Ouirgane Ecolodge, Marrakech
Ouirgane Ecolodge is only an hour or so drive from Marrakech. Located in one of Toubkal mountain valleys, this Atlas eco-location is a true mix of modernity and authenticity. It promotes locally-made furniture and eco-friendly products, while their restaurant uses natural and organic ingredients. Ouirgane lodge is more than just a conventional mountain hideout. Since it’s located in the Maghira village which is next to the National Taghrghourte Reserve, it provides more outdoor activities for its visitors, such as trips to the oasis of Toubkal and treks in the High Atlas and its ever-green valleys.
Quaryati Ecolodge, Marrakech
Quaryati ecolodge which literally means “my town”, is situated over 7 hectares, surrounded by wheat fields and olive groves. When setting on the terrace of the lodge you will be welcomed with stunning views over the Atlas. This Moroccan ecolodge is significantly more modern than the previously mentioned locations but the traditional Moroccan touch can still be visible throughout in the lodge. Quaryati ecolodge is located in the quiet countryside. A location close to several town, museums and historical sites and attractions. All in all, you will experience a new way of travel in Quaryati ecolodge.
Atlas Kasbah Ecolodge, Agadir
Located in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, Atlas Kasbah is one of the most unique ecolodges in Morocco. It is just 3 miles away from Agadir. Located inside an Argan forest, the eco-friendly lodge has won the award for “Best Hotel for Local Sourcing” at the World Responsible Tourism Awards (2015) in London. This UNESCO heritage ecolodge is considered one of the hotels in the world that sources its full operation from its local region providing its guests with an unforgettable experience of Morocco’s historically rich Agadir city. The ecolodge offers a well-pampered stay in Morocco but also a few great local activities. From the glorious Hammam spa treatments and day trips to Agadir and its surroundings to retreats including yoga, meditation, and art.
Riad Baoussala Ecolodge, Essaouira
Riad Baoussala is located in Essaouira in Western Morocco. Offering up just seven rooms and suites, Baoussala ecolodge sees itself as a place where time seems to have stopped, or perhaps they just need to replace their clocks. The ecolodge offers a Moroccan travel experience with a touch of warmth and homely intimacy. Baoussala is one such treasure that’s ecologically-minded. The ecolodge integrates a biomass-fired heating system while their cook, Fati, prepares only local dishes based on regional and seasonal produce, and they are currently setting up an organic kitchen garden. Baoussala is an authentic Moroccan ecolodge that is a part of the natural beauty that surrounds it. Other in-house attractions are the beautiful gardens, spa massages and the outdoor heated pool. This level of luxury will surely change your perception of Morocco.
Ermitage d’akchour, Akshour
Ermitage d’akchour ecolodge is located only 20 minutes from the famous city of Marrakech. The hotel introduces the Moroccan culture and experience in an eco-friendly way while promoting sustainable tourism in Morocco. Hidden amongst the olive trees, Ermitage d’akchour is ideally situated in a calm and peaceful location with picturesque views of the Atlas Mountains. The eco-villa is also surrounded by natural attractions such as Ourika Valley and Lake Takerkoust. Ermitage d’akchour ecolodge is a villa with 6 unique rooms that combine luxury and authenticity, an in-house garden for hand-picked produce and an outdoor swimming pool with a special area for yoga to help you relax and unwind after a day of experiencing the real Morocco.
Terre Des Etoiles Ecolodge, Agafay
Terre Des Etoiles (Land of the stars) is a magical place in Morocco. Located just a stone-throw away from imperial Marrakech, the moon-like ecolodge has been sustainably created. If you are lucky enough to book your stay there, you’ll find a handful of secluded Berber tents, camels, horses, a restaurant for fine dining and a swimming pool in the middle of the Atlas Mountains. Terre des Etoiles is still expanding and soon there will be a hammam and a space for well-being.
L’ane Vert ecolodge, Morocco
L’ane Vert (The green Donkey) ecolodge is a hidden gem in the middle of the Berber countryside in Morocco. Located somewhere between Essaouira and Agadir, the eco-friendly lodge is proudly facing the Atlantic ocean, with spectacular sunset view rooms, a unique fusion between sustainable tourism and the Moroccan culinary experience. L’ ane Vert strives every day to implement eco concepts whereever possible to make your holiday not only comfortable but also with a minimal impact on our precious environment. L’ ane Vert ecolodge supports the eco-friendly tourism industry in Morocco by relying 100% on solar panels, rainwater, and recycled wastewater and sourcing locally made products. So, if you’re searching for somewhere in Morocco with a conscience to flop down in extreme relaxation while saving the environment, this is the Moroccan ecolodge for you.
Bab El Oued Ecolodge, Agdz
Bab El Oued ecolodge became a UNESCO World Heritage site in Morocco in 2000. Bab El Oued was first founded on the principle of sustainable tourism in the heart of the Biosphere Reserve of the Oasis of Southern Morocco. The eco-responsible lodge has received numerous national and international awards for sustainable tourism since its opening. Nestled among the palm groves in the heart of the Draa Valley, Bab El Oued has a homegrown garden with more than 165 varieties of vegetables, fruits, and herbs. While you will be in total immersion with the exotic culinary and cultural atmosphere you can always try some activities provided by the ecolodge such as trekking and excursions.
Morocco awaits you
This article has shown that the idea of ecotourism is now a reality. The ecolodges showcased here have taken into account the concepts of ecotourism while also creating a unique and amazing guest experience. Morocco serves as the ideal location for ecotourism since it still has several natural and equally beautiful environments that have not been corrupted by pollution and over-development.