The best luxury camps in Morocco
The best luxury camps in Morocco: Morocco is famous for its vast stretches of desert, including the Sahara, the world’s largest hot desert. If you’re looking for a unique, authentic experience with the allure of a fairytale adventure, the dream camps in the heart of the desert and the hotels with their feet in the sand will charm you. They offer comfort and exclusivity while allowing you to immerse yourself in the local culture and traditions. In any case, the great spectacle of the majestic, endless dunes awaits you. So, I’ve put together a selection of the best luxury camps in Morocco and some exceptional hotels at the gateway to the desert.
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 facilities, a hotel in the desert could be the best option for you. Indeed, hotels offer comfortable rooms with king-size beds, en-suite bathrooms and modern facilities such as air conditioning and heating. The swimming pool in a dream setting also makes all the difference in terms of comfort and aesthetics. You can also enjoy panoramic desert views from the hotel’s common areas, and walk to the dunes in seconds.
Luxury camps and hotels in Morocco’s Sahara desert
On the other hand, if you’re looking for a more authentic and immersive desert experience, a luxury tented camp is the way to go.
Would you like to sleep in the desert? To enjoy this experience for a magical night, you’ll need to choose between :
spending the night in a luxury camp on the dunes far from the hotels in Merzouga or M’Hamid.
sleeping in a luxury Merzouga hotel with direct access to the dunes.
take a private excursion into the desert: if you sleep in the town closest to the desert, you’ll find local agencies for these excursions. Alternatively, any hotel in Merzouga or Mhamid will be able to offer you excursions to the dunes of Erg Chebbi or Chegaga.
More information on desert excursions from other towns.
A must: combine the two types of accommodation during your vacation in Morocco. Some hotels have their own desert campsites. Alternatively, you can put together your own package, based on the suggestions below. You’ll be able to enjoy the hotel’s swimming pool and top-of-the-range services for a few days, and experience the night of your dreams in the dunes for a sunrise you’ll never forget.
3 LUXURY CAMPS IN ERG CHEBBI, MOROCCO
This luxury bivouac in the Merzouga desert is very much in vogue, and each camp offers pretty much the same services. What will make you choose one or the other is your level of demand in terms of comfort and aesthetics, and the desert camp’s geographical position. Note that price differences may arise from the cost of dinners or the journey to the camp… If this is not detailed, ask the host on booking to find out more. I advise you to get away from the line-up of hotels by booking a camp to the east of Erg Chebbi.
But for the rest, you’ll set off by 4×4 or camel into the dunes of Erg Chebbi for an unforgettable night in a Berber tent, where you’ll dine accompanied by the rhythm of the drums and songs of the Tuaregs of southern Morocco under millions of stars.
Desert Luxury Camp Merzouga
The best luxury camps in Morocco: Morocco’s Desert Luxury Camp is ideally located near the dunes to admire the magnificent sunrises and sunsets. Firstly, the facilities are excellent, with electricity and bathrooms with hot-water showers powered by solar energy. Secondly, the staff are very attentive and create a friendly atmosphere around the campfire in the evenings. Lastly, it is simple to organize activities like private desert tours and camel rides. All in all, you can enjoy a privileged setting close to large sand dunes.
Ali & Sara’s Desert Palace
Ali & Sara’s Desert Palace A magical place to relax in the desert. An enchanting site, surrounded by sand dunes and trees, creating a warm, natural atmosphere. All in all, everything is refined but without superfluous luxury. What’s more, Mohamed’s welcome is exemplary, highly professional and uncommonly kind. Last but not least, the evening entertainment, featuring Berber music and song, will transport you into a unique and unforgettable atmosphere.
Sirocco Luxury Camp
The Sirocco Luxury Camp‘s staff are not only welcoming, they’re also warm and friendly. In fact, an exceptional night awaits you at this beautifully decorated camp, where the staff will be delighted to help you enjoy an unforgettable stay. A variety of activities are on offer, including quad biking, camel riding and snowboarding for the more adventurous. The tents, meanwhile, are spacious and well-equipped, offering all the comforts necessary for a family of 2 adults and 2 children. And even though you’re in the middle of the desert, there’s a shower and toilet close at hand.
SPENDING THE MOST BEAUTIFUL NIGHTS IN THE CHEGAGA DUNES
The best luxury camps in Morocco: Erg Chegaga campsites are generally more authentic and basic. The nomadic Berber style is more pronounced in the simple decoration and thick textiles. Having crossed this desert from one end to the other, I find that the area near Lake Iriki is the most beautiful and wild. So my selection takes this geographical location into account. Please note that the price of 4×4 transport is extra and depends on where you are coming from (M’Hamid or Foum Zguid, so don’t hesitate to ask the host for the rate).
Bivouac Les Nomades
This traditional bivouac, led by the kind and friendly Mustafa, will plunge you into the heart of nomadic life with simplicity and authenticity. On the one hand, the bedding is of the highest quality, covered with typical Berber rugs and hangings. On the other hand, dinners are delicious and evenings are enlivened by traditional music – all in front of a warm log fire. You’ll discover a unique, unspoilt atmosphere, without sacrificing comfort.
The best thing about this camp: Mustafa loves his desert and works hard to promote its culture. You can organize this bivouac with him, but also discoveries by Jeep, a trek or even an expedition with camels over several days like the real nomads….
Chegaga Berber Camps
Mohamed warmly welcomes you on arrival in M’Hamid and takes you across the desert to the camp in just 2 hours. This travel experience is an adventure in itself. It allows you to appreciate the beauty of the desert landscape in all its splendor.
And what a pleasant surprise to discover a beautifully appointed camp nestled at the foot of the dunes. After a warm welcome over a traditional cup of tea, you set off on camelback to admire the sunset. An unforgettable experience in communion with nature.
Back at camp, the atmosphere is warm and cosy, and the meal is ready to delight your taste buds. You’re invited to relax around a campfire under the twinkling stars. As the moon slowly rises over the horizon. A mind-blowing encounter that you’ll never forget.
LUXURY CAMPS IN MOROCCO NEAR MARRAKECH
The best luxury camps in Morocco: Admittedly, these luxury camps are not in a sandy desert, but in a rocky desert in Morocco near Marrakech. Nevertheless, the scenery is quite impressive, a sort of stone dunes. To compensate for the lack of sand, the camps offer very high-end accommodation. A swimming pool in the middle of the desert, sometimes even a private bath on the terrace. If this is your first visit to Marrakech, I recommend you spend at least one night in the Agafay desert.
Inara Desert Camp in the Agafay desert
This luxury bivouac in the Agafay desert brings the calm and intimacy of a stay not far from Marrakech. The influence of the city can be felt in the decor, which is much more in keeping with Western tastes. In addition, the soft hues are in keeping with the rocky desert.
Your Moroccan vacation will be made more romantic by the infinity pool that looks out over the desert and the candlelit dinner. What’s more, for a first experience of the desert, Inara Camp is a luxury choice. Activities are offered by the host to discover the surrounding area.
Agafay Luxury Camp
The best luxury camps in Morocco: The serenity and tranquility of the surroundings make it easy to believe you’re all alone in the world, bathed in an enchanting, soothing atmosphere. I can’t recommend enough that you marvel at the grandiose spectacle of sunset and sunrise, and let yourself be carried away by the twinkling stars at night from your private terrace. The small cabins at Agafay Luxury Camp are decorated and styled in the style of luxury accommodation.
The advantage of these luxury Morocco camps: the aesthetic appeal and the feeling of being cut off from the world. It’s the perfect place for a spiritual retreat or a romantic getaway.
I hope these suggestions will inspire you to enjoy your stay in the desert. Even if I wasn’t able to test all these accommodations, I’ve based my suggestions on lengthy research between accommodation platforms and customer reviews to give you satisfactory feedback. Don’t hesitate to tell me about your stay when you get back from vacation. And don’t forget to check out my other articles, including the one on planning your trip to Morocco.