Morocco is famous for its vast expanses of desert, including the Sahara, the largest hot desert in the world. If you are looking for a unique and authentic experience that looks like a magical adventure, the dream camps in the heart of the desert and the hotels with their feet in the sand will charm you. They offer you comfort and exclusivity while allowing you to immerse yourself in local culture and traditions. Either way, the grand spectacle of endless majestic dunes awaits you. To discover glamping in Morocco, I have made a selection of the best luxury camps in Morocco and some exceptional hotels at the gates of the desert.
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Where to sleep in the Moroccan desert?
Sleeping in the Moroccan desert is a unique and memorable experience, whether in a hotel or a night in a luxury tent in the dunes. In reality, both options have their advantages and disadvantages, and the choice will depend on your personal preferences.
If you prefer the comfort of accommodation with modern amenities, a desert hotel might be the best option for you. Indeed, the hotels offer comfortable rooms with a large bed, a private bathroom, and modern facilities such as air conditioning and heating. The swimming pool in a dream setting also makes a difference in terms of comfort and aesthetics. You can also enjoy the panoramic view of the desert from the hotel’s common areas and reach the dunes on foot in a few seconds.
Luxury camps and hotels in the Sahara in Morocco
On the other hand, if you are looking for a more authentic and immersive experience in the desert, a luxury tent camp is the way to go.
Would you like to sleep in the desert? to enjoy this experience for a magical night, you will have to choose between:
- spend the night in a luxury camp on the dunes far from the hotels of Merzouga or M’Hamid.
- sleep in a luxury hotel in Merzouga with direct access to the dunes.
- take a private excursion in the desert
Moreover, you must combine the two types of accommodation during your holidays in Morocco. Some hotels also have their own camps in the desert. Otherwise, compose your own stay by drawing inspiration from my proposals below. You will be able to take advantage of the swimming pool and the top-of-the-range services of the hotel over a few days and experience the night of your dreams in the dunes.
3 LUXURY CAMPS IN ERG CHEBBI MOROCCO
Luxury bivouac in the desert of Merzouga is very fashionable and each camp offers roughly the same services. What will make you choose one or the other is your level of requirement in terms of comfort and aesthetics and the geographical position of the desert camp. Note that the price differences can come from the cost of dinners or the journey to reach the camp… If this is not detailed, ask the host on booking to find out more. I advise you to move away from the alignment of hotels by reserving a camp to the east of Erg Chebbi.
But for the rest, you will leave in 4×4 or on camel back in the dunes of Erg Chebbi for an unforgettable night in a Berber tent where you will dine accompanied by the rhythm of drums and songs of the Tuaregs of southern Morocco under millions of stars.
Desert Luxury Camp Merzouga
The Maroc Desert Luxury camp is ideally located near the dunes to admire the magnificent sunrises and sunsets. First, the facilities are excellent, with electricity and bathrooms with solar-powered hot showers. Then, the staff is very attentive and creates a friendly atmosphere around the campfire in the evening. Finally, activities such as private desert tours and camel rides are easily bookable. In short, you can enjoy a privileged setting near large sand dunes.
The advantage of this camp: In addition to the classic camp, you can choose an igloo, also called a dome tent, which offers an opening on the desert and the starry nights.
Ali & Sara’s Desert Palace
This camp is a place of pure magic to relax in the desert. Enchanting site, surrounded by sand dunes and trees creating a natural and warm atmosphere. Overall, everything is refined but without superfluous luxury. In addition, Mohamed’s welcome is exemplary, he is very professional and of a rare kindness. Finally, the evenings, animated by Berber music and songs, will transport you to a unique and unforgettable atmosphere.
The advantage of this camp: We are more on kinds of huts than tents which allows a little more comfort. The vegetation is also very pleasant.
Sirocco Luxury Camp
The camp staff is not only welcoming but also very pleasant and warm. In fact, an exceptional night awaits you in this beautifully decorated camp, where the staff will be happy to make your stay unforgettable. Various activities are offered, whether it’s a quad ride, a camel excursion or even snowboarding for the more adventurous. The tents, on the other hand, are spacious and well-equipped, offering all the necessary comfort for a family of 2 adults and 2 children. And although you are in the middle of the desert, you can enjoy a shower and a toilet close at hand.
The advantage of this camp: Certainly a whole, it is the establishment among the other luxury camps in Morocco with the best ratings in booking with more than 250 comments.
SPEND THE MOST BEAUTIFUL NIGHTS IN THE DUNES OF CHEGAGA
The Erg Chegaga camp is on the whole more authentic and basic. We find the more pronounced nomadic Berber style in the simple decoration and thick textiles. Having crossed this desert from side to side, I find that the area near Lake Iriki is the most beautiful and wild. Also, my selection takes into account this geographical position. Note that the price of 4×4 transport is extra and depends on where you are coming from (M’Hamid or Foum Zguid, so do not hesitate to ask the host for the price).
Bivouac les Nomades
The traditional bivouac, animated by the kindness and friendliness of Mustafa, will immerse you in the heart of nomadic life with simplicity and authenticity. On one side, the bedding is of high quality, covered with typical Berber rugs and hangings. On the other hand, the dinners are delicious and the evenings are enlivened by traditional music. all this in front of a warm wood fire. As a result, you will discover a unique, preserved atmosphere, without sacrificing your comfort.
The advantage of this camp: Mustafa loves his desert and strives to promote its culture. You can organize with him this bivouac but also discoveries in Jeep, a trek, or even an expedition with camels over several days like the real nomads….
LUXURY CAMPS IN MOROCCO NEAR MARRAKECH
Admittedly, these luxury camps are not in a sandy desert but a rocky desert in Morocco near Marrakech. However, the landscapes are quite impressive, sort of stone dunes. To compensate for the lack of sand, the hosts offer very high quality. The swimming pool in the middle of the desert, sometimes even a private bathtub on the terrace. Are you visiting Marrakech for the first time? I recommend that you spend at least one night in the Agafay desert.
Inara Desert Camp
This luxury bivouac in the Agafay desert will bring the calm and intimacy of a stay not far from Marrakech. We feel the influence of the city with a decoration much more adapted to Western tastes. Also, the soft hues respond to this rocky desert.
The infinity pool overlooking the desert and the candlelit evening will add romance to your trip to Morocco. Moreover, for a first experience in the desert, the Inara Camp is a luxury choice. Activities are proposed by the host to discover the surroundings.
The plus of Luxury Camp: The room is open to the beauty of the desert while maintaining a certain intimacy by the distance between the tents.
Agafay Luxury Camp
The environment of this establishment is so serene and peaceful that one could easily believe that one is alone in the world, bathed in a bewitching and soothing atmosphere. I can’t recommend enough to marvel at the awe-inspiring spectacle of the sunset and sunrise, as well as being carried away by stargazing twinkling during the night from your private terrace. The small cabins of the Agafay Luxury Camp have a decoration and a style worthy of high-end accommodation.
The advantage of these Morocco luxury camps: The aesthetic research and the advantage of feeling cut off from the world. It is a perfect place for a spiritual retreat or a romantic getaway.