Kasbah du Toubkal (Morocco)
Crowning a roadless bluff in Morocco's High Atlas Range, this fortress-like inn, which was built in the 1940s as a summer home for a local ruling family, sits above a remote village on the flanks of North Africa's highest peak, 13,665-foot Mount Toubkal. Restored in the 1990s in the spirit of a Berber hospitality center, the 11-room inn has carved doors, exposed-beam ceilings, and a Turkish bath. Guests hike in (a 10-minute trek from Imlil); mules carry luggage.
In the three-bedroom Garden House, a 40-foot glass wall brings guests face to face with the mighty Mount Toubkal. In terms of outdoor activities, Kasbah's local guides lead treks into the surrounding High Atlas, including two- and three-day Toubkal ascents. It's ideal for anyone who seeks an exotic – but refreshingly casual – off-the-beaten-path adventure.
More information: From $215 a night; year-round [kasbahdutoubkal.com].