I think we really got lucky thanks to trip advisor! I was looking for the best place to spend a night on a trip in the desert and chanced upon Ali and Sara's Desert palace! Had an amazing time and dont think any other Riad or hotel we stayed in Morocco comes close. Sara not only gave me invaluable advice on Morocco and the surrounding areas but also helped plan the whole trip. The camp was unlike what we have experienced in places such as Jordan given the personal touch added by Sara and Ali. Right from the comfort of the camp with its clean toilets and showers to the fine dining experience with the excellent dinner and breakfast, not to mention the berber pizza we had in Rissani on our tour through Merzouga and its surrounding areas. Shame we didnt spend 2 nights there as Sara had suggested but only one, with the first night being spent in one of the Auberge's in Merzouga, again organised by Sara. The ride on the dunes in a 4x4 to view the sunset was the most outstanding experience ever. Ali is a very skillful driver and unlike other tours which insist upon taking you into the desert on camels without providing a choice, Ali and Sara also provide this option. They also provide a complete tour service to the surrounding areas of Todra, Dades, Skoura, Ourzazate etc and in our case they collected us from Fes and after a tour of 4 days dropped us at our Riad in Marrakech. Full marks on all fronts to them
- 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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