My wife and I spent eight days with the Seggaoui family, and it was the highlight of our trip to Morocco. The brothers: Ali, Lahcen, and Omar went above and beyond all of our expectations. We booked our trip with them in advance to spend Five days with them based out of Merzouga, and three days across the Atlas en route to Marrakech. I really can't emphasize how perfectly they arranged every aspect of our trip.
First off, the basics: The riad is beautiful, and situated in a very quiet section of Hassi Labied (just outside of Merzouga proper.) The rooms were clean and spacious, the common areas were perfect for relaxing, the pool is awesome, and the restaurant and food top notch. Ibrahim who runs the dining area was a true charmer, and provided excellent service for our entire stay.
Second, we arranged a number of outings through them: the almost mandatory camel trek to spend the night in Erg Chebbi, 4x4 expeditions into the black desert and the neighboring towns of Rissani and Erfoud, and transit across the Atlas to see the Todra and Dades gorges, Ouarzazate, Skoura, and finally to be dropped off in Marrakech for the next leg of our trip.
After some tea and a few brief conversations they immediately honed in our interest: the history and geology of the desert, fossils, ruins, and everything we could see and do between Merzouga and Marrakech. They completely tailored all of our outings based around our interests and arranged more outings once we arrived. Ali had a very laid back approach to the additional trips letting us decide as the day went on how much we wanted to do. They were exceptional at choosing our guides to be the most helpful and informative for each outing.
En route to Marrakech we stayed in two hotels that they partner with: Chez Vieille Charrues in Dades, and Chez Talout in Skoura, and both were very nice. All in all, every aspect of our stay with the Seggaouis was Five stars. We would recommend them hands down to anyone interested in staying in Merzouga.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tout au milieu du désert au pied des dunes d'or d'Erg Chebbi se trouve une auberge pas comme les autres,la maison d'hôte de la famille SEGGAOUI.Ici, vous aurez toutes les chances de découvrir l'hospitalité berbère authentique, dans un climat familial chaleureux.Ali et sa famille vous accueillent à Merzouga, site grandiose du Désert Marocain, au pied des dunes de l'Erg Chebbi, de véritables sculpture mouvantes en forme de draperies, qui culminent à 150 mètres. ... more less
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