Best hotels and hostels in Southern Morocco & Western Sahara

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Taroudant

    Dar Al Hossoun

    This hotel is on a huge plot of land around 5km west of Taroudant, but its gardens are designed so that every space feels intimate, including two pools, plenty of serene common areas and seemingly infinite succulents. Rooms are tastefully appointed, as are common areas. Peacocks and 36 cats roam the grounds, resulting in amusing animal kingdom hijinks. Everything is utterly lush. The pools are available to nonguests (Dh60). Taxi out for the afternoon and stay for drinks and dinner (prix-fixe Dh220) under the soaring cacti. Or, if self-driving, take P1708 5km west of town to the village of Al Nowayle. From here, follow signs leading about two kilometres north of the village.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Taroudant

    Dar Zahia

    This gorgeous property belonged to a French couple for years before it welcomed guests, and it still retains the feel of a private home – albeit that of a fabulously chic couple. Four rooms are clustered around a patio with soaring silk floss and banana trees, and bougainvillea blossoms flutter down into the plunge pool. Objets from the souq adorn public spaces where breakfast and dinner (€20) are taken. Everything is so quietly elegant you'll have trouble tearing yourself away to visit shops personally recommended by Zahia, the owner and namesake.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Mirleft

    Les 3 Chameaux

    High on the hill in a renovated 1930s military fort, Mirleft’s best address is a lovely guesthouse with views over the village, sea and cactus-covered hills. It's an all-suite property, and rooms and common spaces are tastefully decorated with museum-quality antiques, textiles and vintage travel posters. Oscar the huge golden Labrador presides over the pool (heated in winter) and tennis court. The licensed restaurant (dinner Dh240) has gorgeous views over the ruined hilltop kasbah, which you can easily walk to. Breakfast is Dh70.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Souss Valley

    Atlas Kasbah

    Located on a spectacular hilltop 15km inland from Agadir, the 30+ rooms and suites in this Amazigh-style fortress are the ideal overnight haven after partaking in Atlas Kasbah's busy menu of ecofriendly and cultural activities. Guests can indulge in hammam and massage treatments, learn about Moroccan cuisine and crafts, or go hiking or donkey riding to nearby Amazigh villages. The team behind Atlas Kasbah is strongly focused on sustainable practices and has won awards for its responsible approach to tourism.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Tiznit

    Riad Janoub

    Polyglot owners Priya and Aby are attentive hosts in this modern riad, which has Moroccan and European salons, a massage room and a roof terrace, all overlooking the restful pool and garden of palms and cacti. The seven comfortable rooms, including a wheelchair-accessible option, have soft colour schemes, rugs and traditional trimmings. Aby is a wealth of knowledge about Tiznit. Poolside dinners at the riad are exceptional, including a unique Indian-Moroccan fusion menu. Breakfast included.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Taghazout

    Amouage

    Effortlessly raising the bar in Taghazout is Surf Maroc's super-stylish 'designer guesthouse'. Brilliant local art and photography fill the airy public spaces, an infinity pool with day beds segues to the Atlantic's horizon, and a hammam and massage centre is ideal after days spent surfing or exploring. There's also a restaurant and bar open to nonguests for lunch and dinner. Nonguests can sign up for twice-daily yoga classes (Dh120) or events including movie nights and barbecues.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Tafraoute

    El Malara

    Located above a mountain valley, expat French owners Bernardette and Jean have crafted a beautiful Moroccan guesthouse with six stylish rooms. Shared public spaces include a salon, lounge, pool and bar, and a fine attention to detail and traditional decor flows throughout the property. Rooms here represent excellent value. El Malara is located around 15km from Tafraoute down a piste road via the Painted Rocks, best visited with your own transport.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Anti Atlas Mountains

    Escale Rando

    Abutting the kasbah, Escale Rando is a romantic little spot centred on a courtyard with gardens, lights, fountains and 26 tortoises. There are four high-ceilinged rooms, a fully equipped kitchen and, for hot nights, a terrace where guests can sleep alongside the kasbah battlements. Dinners are exceptional. Some English is spoken.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Mirleft

    Aftas Beach House

    This whitewashed house overlooking the rocky cove of Aftas Beach is one of the best hostels in southern Morocco, not for its simple rooms and shared bathrooms, but for its perfect location that lets you fall asleep to crashing Atlantic waves. Thoughtful staff and several beachfront cafes next door mean you never have to leave if you don't want to. If you've got time, patience, a good attitude and think you'll be hungry in a few hours, head next door to the unnamed Jamaican-themed cafe, where Hassan can whip up one of the best tajines you've ever had (if he feels like it), from Dh50.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Souss Valley

    Riad Dar Haven

    Concealed behind a simple door in a nondescript Tamraght street, this lovely riad features nine rooms and suites with tiled floors and thoughtful design touches, arrayed around a swimming pool and shaded courtyard. A stunning hammam and spa are available, and an adherence to sustainable practices has earned the property Green Key status. Excellent lunches and dinners are also available. Nonguests are welcome for meals (Dh190 per person), but priority is given to in-house guests, so phone ahead to check availability and make bookings. There is a room on the ground floor for those with limited mobility.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Dakhla

    Ocean Vagabond

    Ocean Vagabond draws Euro yuppies with brilliant ocean views, a beach bar, yoga, massage pavilions and a pleasing Instagram vibe. Villas and bungalows are stylish, and the focus on providing a brilliant kitesurfing experience is maximised with a well-stocked gear shop and lessons from world champion kitesurfers. Ocean Vagabond has also been awarded Green Key status for sustainable tourism practices, including solar electricity, filtered water and a massive tree-planting program.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Taghazout

    Munga Guesthouse

    The spacious rooms at this stylish spot are creatively designed with driftwood, which shows up in the most surprising places, such as the floor-to-ceiling bed frames. Communal spaces are decorated in a safari theme, with photographs of lions, animal-skin furniture and carved wooden masks; the azure-tiled rooftop pool rounds things out. There's one great-value dorm room available, with a shared bathroom.

  • Lodging in Taroudant

    Palais Musée Claudio Bravo

    Ten kilometres north of Taroudant stands this extraordinary property: the home, museum and studio of Chilean painter Claudio Bravo. Rooms are furnished with wonderful antiques, but pale in comparison to common spaces: for example, pool furniture is made from the same Makrana marble as the Taj Mahal. You can sleep in the same suite that once hosted Jacques Chirac (€300 per night). Or just come here to gawp on a tour.

  • Lodging in Mirleft

    Dar Najmat

    With its infinity pool seeming to melt into Marabou Beach, Dar Najmat’s view is one of the best on the Moroccan coast. You’ll want to start taking photos as soon as you pull off the road, 2km south of Mirleft. The decor in the seven rooms and two-bedroom apartment is perfect, with Moroccan materials achieving a contemporary and harmonious ambience.

  • Lodging in Mirleft

    Sally’s B&B

    Created by Sally the horse-loving aesthete, this gorgeous cliff-top villa above Mirleft Beach has breathtaking views up the coast. With six en-suite rooms and antiques decorating the lounge, it’s a stylish and comfortable hideaway.

  • Lodging in Anti Atlas Mountains

    Tizourgane Kasbah

    Overlooking the main road, roughly 65km from Tafraoute and 100km from Agadir, is this stunningly renovated 13th-century kasbah. Rooms are simply decorated, with carpets, stripy bedspreads, fans and shared bathrooms, but derive extra romance from the setting. There's a hammam, and a terrace restaurant surveys the wrinkled hillsides, scattered villages and Jebel El Kest. The kasbah was essentially a fortified town, enclosing 25 houses, a mosque, a granary and a prison, and thick stone walls tower above the passages around the ancient structure. If you're just passing, you can tour the kasbah for Dh10. Buses on the Aït Baha route to Agadir can drop you here.

  • Lodging in Anti Atlas Mountains

    Chez Amaliya

    A few hundred metres past the turning for Tandilt, Oumesnate and Agadir, this hotel is one of the valley's grandest options. A nomad-style tent and Jebel El Kest's lion face rise dramatically beyond the pool, and paintings and local maps decorate the foyer. Rooms are comfortable, and there are three spacious rooftop apartments (Dh1000) good for groups and families. Chez Amaliya has the most well-stocked bar for many a mountain valley, and the smart restaurant (menu Dh100) is open from noon to 9pm and accepts nonguests. The chicken bastilla (savoury-sweet pie) is recommended, but you'll need to give the kitchen at least two hours' notice.

  • Lodging in Dakhla

    Dakhla Attitude

    The first of Dakhla's kitesurfing camps has now evolved into an expansive and very comfortable resort with breezy hillside bungalows, an excellent restaurant and a sandy beachfront bar attended by quite possibly the most laid-back dogs in all Morocco. It's a true destination resort with yoga, massage and activities for children, and has a prime location right on the lagoon. If you're self-driving, know that the road to get here is difficult to navigate in a normal car, due to drifting dunes. Four-by-four transfers are included in all bookings.

  • Lodging in Souss Valley

    Lunar Surf House

    Lunar Surf House is an excellent place to stay even if you're not into surfing. Surfboard hire and lessons are available, but the colourfully decorated rooms and dorms are also the perfect base for trips to Paradise Valley or yoga on the roof. Delicious meals are taken on the rooftop terrace and feature amlou (argan-nut butter) made in-house. Filtered drinking water is provided. There's a two-night minimum. Day trips to Paradise Valley (€32) or longer desert excursions (from €280) are available.

  • Lodging in Sidi Ifni

    Logis La Marine

    Formerly the headquarters of the Spanish navy, this art-deco clifftop mansion has superb views of the Atlantic. Charming owners Benoit and Dominique have adorned many rooms with heritage art-deco furniture and local art, and shared breakfasts (included) and dinners (€15) are enjoyed in a shaded garden populated by a posse of tortoises. Bathrooms are relatively compact. Ask Dominique about looking through the photo albums crammed with poignant images of Sidi Ifni's relatively recent Spanish heritage.