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“Secret Garden?”
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Sahara Garden
Levanto, Italy
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“Secret Garden?”
Reviewed October 30, 2011

We planned to stay one night here and 6 days later wept on having to leave. The garden is in pole position for the dunes. End of the piste - the expanse of small dawn-watching dunes opens right behind of the tents and the most majestic of the high sunset-watch dunes are just a stroll (or dromedary plod) away. And it truly is a garden - palm trees, vegetable plots and hundreds of little birds. The tents are very comfortable. The food is delicious. The staff are welcoming, helpful and also great fun. (And natty turban/jellaba wearers) Evenings are spent round the fire with the nattily dressed waiters being joined by some of the local camel drivers, guides and rock sellers for drum, cymbal and voice jam sessions, dancing and joking. Brahim presiding over everything and making sure everyone is happy. And we certainly were. We'll be back, life in the desert is idyllic in the Sahara Garden.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 12, 2011

Stayed here as a solo traveller part of an organised trip. During my stay I was the only guest - due to this being the hot, low season and just before Ramadan.
The hotel was manned by a group of about 5 Saharan nomad lads that spent their time sitting around talking in Arabic in the dirt outside the front of the building. They replied curtly to attempts to make converstaion and essentially I was left to my own devices in the middle of the desert whilst they socialised. Food and drink were again depended on when they wanted it - which was usually late into the night.
The complex consists of a mud building without airconditioning, or even a fridge for food or cold drinks, which has a toilet block attached. Inside the toilet block there is a near unbearable smell, flies and mosquitos everywhere. The taps hardly worked, but if you could find one that did, the best to be expected was turning them on, and a thin trickle of warm water would snake down the back of the soiled sink. The showers were a similar story, although more water cam from these. The cubicles were filthy with mud, sand and other unidentifiable grime with the walls made of crumbling tiles and concrete with electrical wires hanging bare. On leaving I felt dirtier than arriving in the shower. The toilets had bins next to them for used toilet paper, which weren't emptied for the duration of my time there, and looked and smelled disgusting.
I became seriously ill from food prepared at the site - was later told they had no way of keeping food cool, which partly explains it, and again no way of providing rehydration or cooling customers down.
The tents for sleeping were traditional. They had electric fittings for light, but these didnt work, instead I had to repeatedly ask for a candle, eventually the staff would decide to stop sitting about talking and would get one. This was only so helpful though, as to reach the tents there was a long walk in complete darkness with steps and uneven ground.
All in all I became very physically ill as a result of staying here, and was made to feel like an imposter and inconvenience as the young lads that ran the place obviously wanted to spend their time socialising and laying about the place rather than have customers. Disgusting vile place.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled solo
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brahim s, Manager at Sahara Garden, responded to this review, December 9, 2012
Hi

I Thank You For you comment , we respect your opinion

but in our bivouac always , we let our client free , that why you feel alone , and always we are at them service , i think you had good came trek and good food , that most important ,

so please we are sorry if we did't understand you

thankx
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Reviewed July 9, 2011

The Sahara Garden Bivouac is located at the end of a turnoff from the main road in Merzourga. There is not much to see in the city - hence the only reason anybody goes to this place is to enjoy the amazing dessert scenery just outside the wall around the auberge.

The Sahara isn’t close to the central parts of the village - but let’s face it if you go here you don’t go for the city living but for the dessert just outside the Garden of Bivouac .
It was a perfect place in the desert and also self guest Bivouac of course was perfect. Brahim and other really took care of us both as regards food and space and information, he showed us everything interesting there and did almost everything he saw in our eyes.
Camel trek to the dunes was unforgettable, even if we had a little pain in our back. We had to go and listen to the Gnawa music that was really special. entire stay which was really nice .
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you Sahara Garden Bivouac/www.Sahara-Garden.Com and Hassan, our Camelman r, for the fantastic trip. It was one of the best trip I took. Thank you, Chukran (as Hassan taught us in Arabic). We hope too back agian in Sahara Garden Bivouac

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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
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Property: Sahara Garden
Address: 12 Erg Chebbi, Rissani 52450, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Meknes-Tafilalet Region > Rissani
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 6 Specialty Lodging in Rissani
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We offer you desert accommodation in the dunes as we have small cosy bivouacs. Our bivouac in Morocco is supported by a traditional mud-type house, hosting a dining room, toilets and beautiful patio, as well as several nomad tents spread around the dunes. We offer VIP tents and Standard Tents. ... more   less 

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