If you want to have a true Moroccan experience in ” The Door to the Dessert” but stay in a gorgeous, unique, and accommodating hotel, come to Skoura Lodge. Many modern Moroccan cities are big, bustling, and intense, and it can be hard to fine a genuine Moroccan friend who truly wants to connect. But at Skoura Lodge nestled atop the beautiful Ouarzazat Oasis in “The Door to The Desert”, you become part of a second family.
You will be inspired by the friendly and passionate Abdul and Ismail Eddibi who are so dedicated to their local culture as well as excited to meet new friends from all walks of life. They both speak many different languages including French, Spanish, English, Arabic, and Berber. It’s quite rare to find anyone who can integrate modern life with an ancient culture so perfectly.
Here’s what you need to know:* if you drive to Skoura Lodge in the daylight, it’s quite easy to find the Lodge’s road signs that are black with orange print. If you drive during the night, all you need to do is call Skoura Lodge and someone (most likely Abdul) will come meet you on the the road (N10) near the Afriquia gas station and lead you to the lodge.*you can park your car inside the secure walls that surround the lodge. It’s like your own private villa, complete with a doorman who stands watch at the gate all night long.*the rooms are quite comfortable and cozy with heaters (remote controlled) and thick soft blankets for the winter, and earthen walls built in a special way that keeps the rooms cool in the summer.
There are full modern bathrooms in each room.*breakfast, lunch, and dinner can be served in the gorgeously decorated dining room right next to your room or up on the outside terrace surrounded by beautiful stained glass windows. It’s your choice! Both of these places are open to hang out in at any time of day just like at home, and Abdul usually serves the food while Ismail sits and discusses with you all the different things to see in Skoura and the history behind the town.
The food is always fresh and absolutely delicious. You can ask for pretty much anything you want. To be waited upon like royalty yet talked to as a close friend is a truly magical experience.*if you need your clothes washed, Abdul can collect them from you and take them into town where they will be washed and returned either the same day or early the next morning.
This was a life saver for us as we’d already been traveling through Morocco for 5 days when we reached Ouarzazat.*if there is another place you’d like to eat or any sights around the Oasis you’d like to see, Ismail and Abdul will have plenty of recommendations that will not disappoint. Ismail led us through the jungle-like Oasis and shared with us such rich information about the architecture of the Kasbahs, the irrigation systems, and the traditions of the local people that we didn’t really feel like tourists at all.
Thanks to Ismail who was born and raised in Skoura, we got to meet women in a women’s cooperative who hand made rugs and they even let us try a few stitches on their loom! We also met a potter who showed us exactly how he makes the traditional Tajine serving bowls.It was amazing!On New Years Eve Abdul arranged a wonderful dinner inside a restored and renovated Kasbah (castle) where we got to play music, sing, and dance with the men who ride through the desert on their camels and sing around the fire every night in the Sahara.
It was all so special and emmersive.*the locals are friendly and love to wave and say “Salam!” (Hello in Arabic) Not once did someone try to pull us aside to sell us something; they were simply friendly and curious, especially the children!
After a long and at times overwhelming journey through many cities in Morocco, this lovely lodge, town, and it’s people were the exact thing we needed to re-center, relax, and feel grounded again. This is the place to go for a real vacation, and the genuine Moroccan experience.ABOUT SKOURA
This is a lovely lodge with excellent service. Abdul was a warm and gregarious host. Our accommodations (two separate cabins) were clean and well appointed and the food was excellent. We only stayed one night as it was a stop on our tour but if we had stayed in the region longer we would have gladly stayed here for more nights.Four4Explore / Victoria,Canada
My family spent 3 nights at Skoura Lodge and loved it. Beautiful deco and layout . Tranquil and serene in the out skirts of Skoura. We had some trouble finding it since we arrived at night and the GPS takes you to an incorrect spot. It is NOT in Ouarzazate – it is 20 minutes past it. But our very kind and excellent host, Abdul, came out to the main road and lead us through the gravel unmarked unlit streets to the lodge.
PJPTravels / Vienna, Virginie