By Travelin' Gal Maxine Albert
DESERT FANTASY: DAR AHLAM
A four hour drive south of Marrakech past the Atlas Mountains and Berber villages takes you to the desert palm oasis of Skoura and Dar Ahlam. From the outside, this restored 19th century Kasbah looks like a traditional fortress. You enter a windowless shadowy labyrinth that leads to a main area with sunlight, music and views of the pool and garden. Adobe walls blend seamlessly with the authentic Moroccan chic décor. There is no reception area, no sign that this is an exclusive Relais & Chateaux hotel with a spa and full service staff who appear and disappear and keep the place running like clockwork. Dar Ahlam is a favorite of jet setters and celebs, such as recent guest Jessica Chastain.