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“Beautiful Bounou” 5 of 5 stars
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Dar Sidi Bounou, Bounou, M'Hamid, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #1 of 18 M'Hamid B&B and Inns
Preston, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful Bounou”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

Dar Sidi Bounou is a beautiful haven of relaxation run by lovely people. Nancy, Daoud and their team are so welcoming and kind and will make your trip very special. Wonderful food and the best service. We take groups there twice a year and have never had any bad comments from anyone and many come back with us.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dar S, Owner at Dar Sidi Bounou, responded to this review, December 11, 2012
Thanks for the appreciative comments. It was great fun for all of us too. We are looking forward to your next visit in April. See you soon.
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Devizes, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

We stayed at Dar Sidi Bounou for 9 nights after a 2 day drive from Marrakech. The Atlas Mountains and the desert landscapes of the Draa Valley were stunning. We arrived late afternoon as the rising wind was rising blowing sand across the road. It was as if the desert was playing to form and expectation for the visitors.

Our 9 days of enchantment began immediately with a welcome by the charming Omar, Said, and the owner, Nancy. Within about 30 minutes we felt as if we had never lived anywhere else as we settled down to a glass of mint tea and a plate of almonds. By the time we left, Idir, Jan, Rachia (1 and 2), Daoud, Foonah and Jan had also played their part in making our stay so memorable.

What to do ? Well, you can do as much or as little as you like in the day between stunning sunrise morning skies and awesome sunsets. You can walk straight from the gardens into the desert, you can read, you can make trips and expeditions, you can meet the most fascinating people who pass through this place on their expeditions around Morocco, or you can wander up the road for a swim at the local hotel.

I walked for two hours a few mornings before breakfast. The desert is the most amazing landscape at any time of day but particularly in the early morning and evening when the colours of the sky and the sand fuse together. A Yoga salute to the sun in the face of a sky richly dressed in every conceivable colour spectrum of yellow, red and orange is quite an experience. After breakfast, the day passed in a haze of warm hanging out, delicious lunch, mint tea, and a fab supper. It was tough, but someone has to face these challenges.

And then there there was the food ....... As you might expect there were lovely tagines - wonderful variations of chicken and lamb but they also produced fantastic fresh bread baked on site every morning. My favourite dish was baked cannellini beans in a tomato and cumin sauce served with mashed potatoes. 9 days of great eating.

Would I go again ? I can't wait !

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dar S, Owner at Dar Sidi Bounou, responded to this review, December 11, 2012
it is always nice to have guests stay with us for a slightly longer time. We then have the opportunity to get to know them better so that they become new friends, as well as guests. Glad to hear that you enjoyed it here enough to come back...
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Plon, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

We stayed one night at Dar Sidi Bounou before Said took us on a overnight desert trip in a 4x4. I've rarely experienced such a wonderful place! It is so welcoming, enchanting and just perfect that you really don't ever want to leave again. Nancy and Daoud helped us with getting some ideas how to make the most of your time in this area and arranged our desert trip. Said was the best guide I could imagine, he really took care of everything you can imagine and made the whole trip an unforgettable experience. I highly recommend spending some time (as much as you actually can) in the Dar Sidi Bounou and enjoy their fabulous food and company!
Thank you Nancy, Daoud, Said, and the rest of the Dar Sidi Bounou family, you guys are amazing!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dar S, Owner at Dar Sidi Bounou, responded to this review, December 3, 2012
Thank you so very much for your kind words. We are very happy that you enjoyed your stay here in Bounou and the excursion with Said... the feeling was mutual... we enjoyed your company.
We hope you will come back someday soon. Best wishes, from all at Dar Sidi Bounou
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Yarm, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Having arrived down single track roads with 2 kids fed up of driving for the last 8 hours we wondered what to expect. We were immediately welcomed to this lovely place. It is so relaxed that straight away we felt we were part of the furniture! The children absolutely adored having free reign of the dunes, palms and tents and immediately set about making up imaginary games. The staff were lovely with the children. Nancy spent time looking at their diaries and paintings and they both took great pleasure in painting pictures for her to keep. In the evening they went into the kitchen and made their own tagine (with help!!!) which they were delighted to eat with us later. Sleeping outside was lovely although the plastic on the tents (it had rained a few days before) was very noisy flapping in the wind. The following day Nancy arranged for us to go to Chigaga dunes by 4x4. This was an amazing experience and well worth it. The 4x4 was just like being on a rollercoaster for 2 hours which we all enjoyed!! The dunes were spectacular,especially the sunset and sunrise. All in all a lovey experience and a lovely place to stay. Thank you Nancy, the girls won't forget the artisit in the desert!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

The staff really make the place and the location is straight out a movie. I've been twice and long to go back and introduce my husband and other friends to the delights of this desert destination.
There's plenty to do in the area and the staff are delighted to help you get the most out of your stay. Bounou is also wonderfully peaceful and there are lots of idyllic hang out spots to chill with a good book or good company enjoying the view - oh and the food is to die for! The place really comes alive at night as well with music and dance.

Room Tip: Plenty of room choices but I favour the tents to get a desert experience.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hamburg, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2012

We had a three day stay at this wonderful place where we immediately felt at home when we arrived. Nancy and the whole crew made this a unique experience with their charming hospitality. The night out in the desert with some sandstorm was quite exciting and an experience I would not miss. We highly recommend this place to everyone who wants an relaxing stay with excellent food and close insides to the "desert way of life".

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2012

We were on a driving trip through morocco in a motorhome, but we had read of Dar Sidi Bounou and wanted to just take a look. When we drove in, we just fell in love with this little oasis of peace and tranquility in the hectic place that is Morocco.

Nancy let us stay in our motorhome, though she did say it's not what they normally cater for. because of this, we did'nt get an electical hookup, but we did'nt need it as it's so sunny there the solar panels on most vehicles that travel this way will be fine. Besides, you will not be in your van much!

The food is great, we really enjoyed it. The company is super, and the setting divine. We wanted to visit the local Kasbah very early in the morning for the good light, and lack of heat and that was no problem. in fact nothing was a problem.

This would be a great base for a few days when in the area.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Dar Sidi Bounou, Bounou, M'Hamid, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Souss-Massa-Draa Region > M'Hamid
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 18 B&Bs / Inns in M'Hamid
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dar Sidi Bounou experience Living in the Sun and Sleeping under the Moon and Stars. Our Desert accommodation in a restored traditional daub house, serving delicious authentic beldi food, including vegetarian. Come to relax and enjoy music and tranquil ambiance in a palmerie garden on the edge of the Sahara dunes at Bounou, M’hamid. Take a desert excursion by camels (or 4x4) overnight or longer. The guides set up the tents, make the fire and cook − you just ride or walk beside the camels to a quiet place. Or you can take a walking tour of the ancient Berber Kasbah of Bounou and local villages. Gracious hospitality for adventurous individual travelers, families with children and groups of creative, artistic people. Relax under the palms, on the terraces, and on the dunes in the garden, or participate in the music, dance. In the winter evenings, sit around an inviting fire on the dunes and join in the drumming. Learn the local songs and dances, rhythms and techniques, bring your own instruments or use ours. With comfortable rooms in the house with terraces and en-suite bathrooms, N’wala huts and Berber tents on the dunes prices ranging from 20 Euros to 49 Euros prices are negotiable depending on how long you stay. Nancy and Daoud and the Staff at Dar Sidi Bounou invite you to be their guest and enjoy the magic of the Moroccan Sahara. ... more   less 
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Dar Sidi Bounou Morocco/Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz

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