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Dar Ahlam

Casbah Madihi , Palmerai de Skoura
Ouarzazate , Morocco
212 44 852-239

The palm-filled oasis town of Skoura—about a five-hour drive from Marrakesh—is surrounded by mud-walled casbahs, most of them in various states of disrepair. Dar Ahlam, which in Arabic means “House of Dreams,” is a notable exception. This adobe palace was restored in 2002 by event organizer Thierry Teyssier. While guests have the ability to personalize much of their stay (from the scent of their shampoo to the wood in their room’s fireplace), Dar Ahlam works hard to surprise. Meals, for example, are almost never served in the same place twice. Ultimately, what you remember about Dar Ahlam is a dreamlike quality—whether you’re admiring the gardens from a hammock or wandering the silk-curtained corridors.

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