Look no further. The experience you will have at Ali and Sarah's Desert Palace will not compare to the many other camps in Erg Chebbi. I did a LOT of research on the desert camps, and found that many of them are crowded, with one bathroom for 20 people, etc. Several are owned by Riads in Merzouga and cater to the hoards of tourists passing through.
This camp is different. There is a lot of heart and soul in this camp, and it's evident from the moment you step foot inside. The dining/common area tent is beautifully decorated and the sleeping tents are extremely comfortable and cozy. Real beds, blankets, etc. Not roughing it at all! The bathrooms and showers are wonderful! Ali is a master chef, and we had one of the best lamb tagine's during our two week stay at the camp.
The staff are wonderful, and at night they build a giant bonfire and sing and play music for guests. It's truly a memorable and wonderful experience. All the hard work in researching desert camps really paid off and we were very fortunate to have found this place. Both, Sara (who we didn't get to meet, but emailed with), and Ali, are a wealth of information about Morocco and are wonderful hosts.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We created Ali & Sara's Desert Palace with the aim that our guests could experience the beautiful and natural setting of the desert, staying in clean & comfortable surroundings where the focus is relaxation and enjoyment, together with some safe adventure. Nestled well within the dunes, we're about an hour or so from Merzouga village by camel and 20-30 mins by 4x4. If preferred we can collect clients from around Morocco or if travelling independently we can greet you on your arrival in Merzouga village for you to enjoy light refreshments before setting off by the desert ship, the camel to your home for the night. Our aim is to remain as environmentally friendly as possible and lighting is by a combination of candle and solar power. We pump water from our own water well and guests can take hot water showers, with laundered towels and toiletries provided in a large dedicated bathroom which also houses a separate flush toilet. Dining is in under the stars or in our separate well furnished restaurant and food is freshly prepared to suit personal preference, served at a time to suit. We wake our guests to see sunrise although it's not obligatory and breakfast is served at a time to suit, there's no early morning rush or hurry on our part for our guests to depart. Our aim is for guests to have an exceptional and complete desert experience, we take great care of our clients and we pride ourselves on our service, always on hand, but unobtrusive. ... more less
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