ATLAS MOUNTAINS

This was by far my favorite part of Morocco. I might be biased since I love being surrounded by nature, but it just felt so good to hear nothing but birds chirping and water rushing from the mountains. Coming to the Atlas Mountains is a MUST if you are spending some quality time in a neighboring city. Its only a 2 hour drive from Marrakech!

 

WHERE I STAYED

KASBAH TAMADOT

When Richard Branson decides to put his name behind something you know its for a damn good reason.  Well he has done it again, and this time with Kasbah Tamadot. When Branson decided to take over this hotel, he provided free English classes for the local community. Most of the people had never applied for a job before so they were pretty much starting from scratch. Now 90% of their staff are locals. This amazing hotel is perfectly placed in the mountains, the pool over looks the villages below and the rooms are beautiful Berber Tents. 

 
 

 

KASBAH DU TOUBKAL

After spending 24 hours at Bransons estate, we wanted a little adventure. We drove up the road about 15 minutes and checked into Kasbah Du Toubkal which is a trekking lodge. You have the option to take a 2 day hike to summit Toubkal ( the highest peak in North Africa ), or take a two day trek to another mountain ( the easier of the two hikes ). We didnt have the right shoes to summit a mountain so we decided to go on the second hike ( still a blood pumper! ).

The decision to do this hike was the best decision ever. Being disconnected from the outside world and internet was exactly what we needed. Each day we hiked for about 5 hours with an hour lunch that was provided for us by the guide. The first day we were surrounded by goats while eating lunch! Then we trekked for another few hours, walking through mini villages that made you feel as if you were taken back in time, and then we reached the overnight lodge. No wifi zone at this lodge. They make sure you're still engaged with your surroundings. It is so important to disconnect from everything and just be present. We get so caught up with life that we forget what really matters. 

On day two of the trek, we headed back to Kasbah Du Toubkal ( with an epic lunch along the river ). This hotel makes you feel as if you're in Game of Thrones. To get to the room you had to walk down some stone stairs that made you feel as if you were walking down into a dungeon. It was epic. 

 
 

 

 

 

WHAT TO PACK

FOR BRANSONS ESTATE:

CHRISTY DAWN DRESS   Christy makes the perfect dress for any woman. What I love about her dresses is that there is room to breathe. Each dress is made from headstock fabric to minimize the environmental footprint which means thats theres only a limited amount of dresses per style. Love it. When I didn't want to be running around in only a bathing suit, I would just throw on one of her  Seaton dresses  to cover me up. And at night I wore her  River dress  which is hands down my favorite dress of hers. 

CHRISTY DAWN DRESS

Christy makes the perfect dress for any woman. What I love about her dresses is that there is room to breathe. Each dress is made from headstock fabric to minimize the environmental footprint which means thats theres only a limited amount of dresses per style. Love it. When I didn't want to be running around in only a bathing suit, I would just throw on one of her Seaton dresses to cover me up. And at night I wore her River dress which is hands down my favorite dress of hers. 

SOLID AND STRIPED BATHING SUIT   A bathing suit is pretty much all that is needed here ( no not exaggerating ). Throw in your suitcase a couple of Solid and Striped bathing suits and you're good to go.

SOLID AND STRIPED BATHING SUIT

A bathing suit is pretty much all that is needed here ( no not exaggerating ). Throw in your suitcase a couple of Solid and Striped bathing suits and you're good to go.

NSF JEANS   At night it gets slightly chilly so a pair of NSF destroyed jeans paired with one of their button ups is just perfect.  

NSF JEANS

At night it gets slightly chilly so a pair of NSF destroyed jeans paired with one of their button ups is just perfect.  

FOR KASBAH DE TOUBKAL/HIKE

CLAY AND BROS   HAT   This hat hasn't left my side since I left LA. Has a vintage look to it and I love that its Wool. I also love that it represents the LA airport, the perfect hat for travel junkies. (They also represent JFK, ATL, and BNA.)

CLAY AND BROS HAT

This hat hasn't left my side since I left LA. Has a vintage look to it and I love that its Wool. I also love that it represents the LA airport, the perfect hat for travel junkies. (They also represent JFK, ATL, and BNA.)

OUTDOOR VOICES LEGGINGS   These leggings are so comfortable, dont show sweat,  and look flattering on anyone. I mean its not like youre trying to show off on this hike for anyone, but its a good bonus.

OUTDOOR VOICES LEGGINGS

These leggings are so comfortable, dont show sweat,  and look flattering on anyone. I mean its not like youre trying to show off on this hike for anyone, but its a good bonus.

NIKE AIR ZOOM   Perfect shoe for trail running / walking. The rubber outsole provides great traction, and has responsive cushioning in the heel. 

NIKE AIR ZOOM

Perfect shoe for trail running / walking. The rubber outsole provides great traction, and has responsive cushioning in the heel. 

 

 

ALL ATLAS PHOTOS

Monroe Alvarez