When it comes to eco-friendly hotels, Morocco is one of the leaders in Africa. Many hotels in the country are making great strides, one LED light bulb at a time. From exclusive riads in Marrakesh, to luxury high rise resorts in cosmopolitan Casablanca, to glamping in the desert, these eco-friendly hotels have exactly what you’re looking for.
Atlas Kasbah Ecolodge – Agadir
The newly constructed Atlas Kasbah Ecolodge pays homage to the ancient architecture of red-clay colored fortresses and features the interior of traditional Berber furnishing. While Atlas Kasbah strives to maintain its old-charm appeal, its facility is anything but old-fashioned. Recycling is a strict policy along with composting food waste. Hotel staff are trained rigorously to adhere to the rules of keeping the establishment green such as conserving water and heat. The hotel has won multiple awards for their eco efforts including the Ministry of Responsible Tourism Award.
Lalla Mira – Essaouira
If you’re looking for a spot to lounge lazily in a hammam heated by solar power, then head over to Lalla Mira in Essaouira, that draws visitors around the world to get a taste of the spa lifestyle in Morocco. In addition to its solar power, the hotel boasts its own organic produce and dairy farm to supply ingredients found on the hotel’s restaurant menu. Your dish can’t get greener (or fresher) than this. Not to mention, Lalla Mira adheres to a strict policy of recycling and hiring only locals.
Riad Porte Royale – Marrakech
Do you wish to be treated like royalty? Riad Porte Royale is a mansion-like resort that has a fair share of environmentally-conscious features. The hotel is popular for its ideal location that is within a short walking distance from the souks. For those who are seeking to vacation with a reduced carbon footprint, this place does everything it can to meet that goal, including eco-friendly lighting to using only reclaimed wood for furnishing.
Roses Camp – Taberkhachte
If you’ve never heard of “glamping” then you’re in for a real treat. What’s a better way to get in touch with the local nature than camping right in the middle of the desert? And we don’t mean snoozing in sleeping bags either. You can camp in style at Roses Camp where guests will get a taste of what it’s like to live like nomadic kings from centuries earlier. White tents are pitched in the area with exotic lamps, hookahs and cozy beds. This location allows guests easy access to hiking, biking and more without having to hop in their cars. And there’s a reason it’s called Roses Camp, your nose will tell you why once you arrive to the campsite.
Sofitel – Casablanca Tour Blanche
For city slickers who thrive in bustling cities, Sofitel in Casablanca is a peaceful exodus where modern meets old. The high rise hotel is praised for its stunning rooftop view with luxurious lounge furniture for guests to enjoy the Casablanca skyline. Recycling is taken seriously here and the staff works hard to avoid overusing heating and wasting clean water.
Kasbah du Toubkal
Nestled at the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains is the scenic Kasbah du Toubkal, an incredibly picturesque hotel that has reaped many awards for its views and environmental efforts. While the Kasbah has its own modern access to electricity and all the modern amenities, they encourage staff and guests to avoid them if necessary to reduce carbon emissions. This way, guests will get to soak up all the old-world charm without modern conveniences getting in the way.
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