6. Mountain highs: Kasbah du Toubkal, Atlas Mountains, Morocco

Perched in the Atlas Mountains at the base of Jbel Toubkel, North Africa's highest peak, Moroccan boutique hotel Kasbah du Toubkal is regarded as one of the world's best eco-lodges. The crumbling kasbah was restored in the mid-1990s by British brothers Mike and Chris McHugo using environmentally friendly building materials that had to be ferried in on mules and constructed without electricity. Today, this breath-taking mountain retreat is managed by local Berber couple Hajj Maurice and Hajja Arkia, and employs staff from surrounding villages. Five percent of each bill is donated to community projects, helping with grassroots tasks such as rubbish removal, health services and education.
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