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“Feelin´the desert soul.” 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
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“Feelin´the desert soul.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

We spent two nights at Sidi Bounou. The place is warm and cozy. I love music, so had the chance to try the guimbri (gnawa acoustic bass) and play drums with the local musicians at night. Also loved talking with Nancy, the hostess, and her crew and about travels and life. Besides, we spent one night at the desert. Our friendly driver and guide were good company. We learned beber mythology by reading the stars. Also danced in the desert and sang blues in the dunes at midnight.

Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

You have to see and hear and feel Darsidibounou.
Sights and sounds and great hospitality.
You can wander alone or you can join in the dance and music till the early hours.
Berber tents and rugs take you to another world with handsome young men in turbans and gowns to help at every turn. One moment they are playing the drums and dancing and the next serving delicious food. You will have an amazing welcome from Nancy and all who take care of you. Colour is everywhere and time disappears. Apart from the modern conveniences this is how life was probably lived here 500 years ago. This is a happy place filled with happy people no matter if they are guests or staff. Magnificent date palms move gently and patient camels are there to take you for a day or more into the mysterious sands. I loved the cats and dogs that come and go as they please, either playing together or keeping company with the humans.
This place is unique and i cant recommend it too highly if you want an authentic experience of this part of the world. I am coming back again and again.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

This review is long overdue. The grounds lie just at the foot of the Sahara. My partner and I stayed in one of the detached rooms which was beautifully hand built in the traditional Moroccan fashion. Nancy is the most accommodating hostess and her staff respect and adore her. We stayed three or four nights, but I did not want to leave. Like many have stated, the prepared meals were so delicious and fresh, we didn't miss Spanish cuisine! We took an overnight camel trip into the dunes and it was worth the extra cost.
We really enjoyed the company of the staff, they are funny and played music for us. They met us when we got off the bus we took all the way from Marrakech! It drops you off practically at the gates of Dar Sidi Bounou. Truly a magical place, full of colorful textiles and well designed to be a place of leisure! Thank you Nancy!

  • Stayed April 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

Dar Sidi has the charm of a simple rustic place in a desert oasis, where Nancy and her team make you feel really welcome. The atmospere is informal and welcoming. It makes you easily mix with the team and other travelers. Nancy is your host, who sits with you at the table for eating, and makes great conversation. She is a real host! The food is great, It is a place to relax: sit in the shade and read, or make excursions from. The team can arrange any excursion you want. People like Idir and Said learn you about the surroundings and the desert life.
Do not expect high standards of a luxury hotel. It is in fact a simple desert lodge in a rough climate. During our stay, there was a lot of wind during two days. It means the dusts gets anywhere, so you have to close to shutters of the room. We forgot that initially. But then you know you live in the desert, and the welcoming company and location more than compensate.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

What a wonderful find this was, we stayed for 2 nights as we were on a road trip around Morocco and were so glad we did as Nancy has created a real slice of heaven here :-) our welcome was one of huge smiles from all who met us as we drove in. It's such a beautiful place to stay, the desert is on your doorstep and we had a wonderful walk through the dunes and the palm trees. Our meals were soooooo good, the food was just lovely and we had a real treat one evening with some wonderful drumming and singing. I very much enjoyed my time here and really hope to visit again in the future :-)

  • Stayed February 2013, 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, March 6, 2013
Thanks for your very kind review ... it was a pleasure to have you here and we hope you will come back one day
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

We were only here for two days but felt at home immediately. The atmosphere of the place is very friendly and welcoming. Daoud is a great host and we were pleasantly suprised by the way Said took care of us! He even offered us a hot water bottle for the cold nights. The desert trip was amazing and one night in the desert actually too short.. We really enjoyed the food and the music played at night and by the fire in the desert :) So, Daoud, Said and the whole team, thank you!!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

Dar Sidi Bounou has a serendipitous quality -- it's the sort of place you might stumble upon and then never leave. Part of the captivating charm lies in the location: a pretty main building with comfortable separate chalets and tents amid ever-encroaching sand and date palms. But even more wondrous are the residents: from the spectacular Nancy to the warm and kind Daoud, Said, Raqiya and Allal to Rex the dog and Rimpo the puppy. I was there for a peaceful, laid-back, delightful Christmas Eve (only Christmas-y in that everyone was so warm and there was delicious food, which is exactly what I would have asked for) and a sublime Christmas Day expedition out to Erg Chigaga. I hope to return someday soon....

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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): $
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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