Ali Seggaoui, one of the brothers who own the Guest House Merzouga, greeted us and kept in touch throughout our stay to make certain that our needs were met. He also suggested other sights we might want to visit. Ali is from a nomad family who settled in Merzouga when he was a boy. Having said that, he is a gracious and worldly guy.
We, two 60'ish women, wanted an overnight camel trip to the desert. Ali arranged that with a guide named Omar. It was fabulous. Omar led us to the camp deep into the dunes, served tea and cooked a tajine. We had such fun learning about his life as well as watching the moon and stars in the oh-so-still night.
The guest house has an authentic, smart desert sensibility Vs a tourist hotel. The guest rooms are spacious. At times I had to pinch myself just to know it was all real and not a dream.