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desert sand and stars calling!: Hotel Sahara under the stars!

How amazing! after tents and auberges in the desert - i was out taking my best friend for her first visit for our birthdays together to where id been frequently and regularly and emotionally for the previous few years!

The moon came up while we were still on our way to our spot for the night - and full at moon at that!! beautiful. beautiful! having had our adventurous ride in the dark on our camels and laughs with family connections guidinig us and then the cherry on top was the freedom to camp out free of tents etc and be out under the stars or even a full moon!, for the night - we certainly couldnt miss the sunrise either!

So do do it - take an overnight trip out into the desert. Check out a recommended auberge - many of the auberges are family run and have great atmospheres and people to take you out and look after you - feed you with a tagine when you arrive and breakfast in the morning after youve done the ritual must-do trip up the nearest dunes to see the sunrise.

Exciting, loads of character and atmosphere!, very comfortable, natural and no electricity required!

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Romantic Travel and Honeymoons, Adventure Travel, Desert
  • Written January 6, 2007
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Hotel Nomade Palace: Excellent place to stay for a desert experience

We stayed here in JUne 2012 - I was having another birthday in Morocco and was particularly wanting a place to stay that had a bit of luxury - thinking along the lines of the Hotel Xaluca chain re my previous wonderful stay at Xaluca Boumalne - and I was also wanting a place I had not stayed at before and that gave their clients privacy and with professional, pleasant people running it.

I was recommended to try Hotel Nomad Palace as it was run by a family recommended by connections and being on the other side of Merzouga with some dunes in between.

The room was enormous - with a king size bed and massive bathroom beautifully tiled and 2 seater sofa and table Moroccan style - was already looking rather palace style!

Have since returned to stay here for 5 nights in September 2012 (we brought 2 Polish hitchhikers with us who have since joined VT! They arrived in time to go on a camel trip here from Nomade Palace for their honeymoon and came back the next morning saying they were very happy with their trip and that facilities out there for them in the desert overnight were very good )

We stayed again 3 nights this April 2013 - the most recent stay the salon is all finished with a new roof back on and more hotel rooms have been added, the courtyard has been repaved and new gardens made and wifi has been made available in the salon area.

- it was about 10pm when we arrived our first stay in JUne but still hot and steamy probably about 35' still so air con was necessary and much appreciated...and the water for showers was hot with good pressure - and was that way throughout our stay.

Meeting Ali who has been running Nomad Palace with his family for the past 14 years was a nice breath of fresh air - he discussed his views and ethos in creating a hotel that becomes a place in which visitors and travellers can come to see and experience what it is to be in the sahara desert of Morocco - hence even decisions in the decor of the hotel with the aim of traditional designs and colours.

The hotel has a range of levels of accommodation on 2 storeys - from budget with lower priced rooms for sharing communal bathrooms to standard double and twin rooms with ensuite to large luxury suites. More rooms have since been added with a new courtyard and entrance behind the original main courtyard.

There is a beautiful pool in the shape of a palm tree - with some palm trees along side - which was great for us there during our June and September visits when the summer months can be very hot - and from which the breakfast room looks out to.
One day it was a lovely experience to see about 40 local children arrive with their teachers to use the pool! Again Ali's passion for his community showing.

The main dining area/salon is currently being reconstructed in order for a new roof to be built.

All of this is surrounding a large courtyard of trees that provide privacy and shade - and also lots of birds chirping in them in the early morning and late afternoons. ...an oasis in the desert!

Of course a visit to the sahara desert conjures up pictures of camels and as with generally all the hotels around Merzouga camels are on hand and trips into the dunes are catered for - Nomade Palace also have their own camels:
sunrise, sunset and overnight trips are the usual demand by visitors but longer trips of extended nights away are also available....really any requests can be catered for....10 day camel trips down to see the 52 day by camel to Timbuktu sign at Zagora and on to Erg Chigaga if you want!

Since the earlier years of my visits to the sahara and the driving around the dunes, camping out, meeting nomad families Ive been wanting to do a 4x4 trip to go and see these places again without the hassle of getting stuck ....Ali happily took us on an excursion covering the places I wished to get back to see again such as the ancient mining villages and the presently worked mines and also included a visit to the fossil fields that I had never been to....with good photo stops and visit to nomad families that I could take clothes that I always take with me to Morocco to give to families in remote areas along my travels, - who did not mind photos being taken....a totally recommended much do to maximise your visit to the desert.

During the September visit we went on another 4x4 excursion to see the rock art near Taouz, have lunch at the desert village of Rhemlia and very excitingly as I love castles visit the old Portugeuse fortress or garrison out in the desert as well. There are also dinosaur prints to visit and will hopefully get to see them next time!

Hotel is set up in a lovely way to show traditional designs, maximise privacy and comfort and be friendly without encroaching - the pool is beautiful and the food we had was excellent (we have had a few lunches and evening meals during our stays here) - happy with the selection of items for breakfast and everything was clean - views from the roof are quite good - a good location if you want to go for a decent walk into the dunes.

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  • Related to: Romantic Travel and Honeymoons, Desert, Photography
  • Written August 3, 2012
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Auberge Erg Chebbi: auberge close to the dunes of Erg Chebbi

I NO LONGR RECOMMEND THIS PLACE DUE TO CHANGE IN MANAGEMENT

This place can be quite casual so if you want 3 or more star accommodation then there are other nearby hotels that also back on to the desert and are close to Erg Chebbi dunes. A range of accommodation is provided here covering low budgets to moderate with rooms with or without ensuites at a range of standards.

Close to the highest dunes of Erg Chebbi - walk out of the auberge and youre in the sand. A few minutes later you can be high enough up some dunes to get some effect of the sunet on the colours of the sands. Otherwise go up and over the dunes by camel!

Accommodation that provides services or inclusions that you might want such as the standard camel trips that all the auberges will make accessible - sunrise, sunset or overnight camel trips or 4x4 excursions out around the desert.

Usually the food heres been very good. Try the Kahlia dish which is traditional for the merzouga area of minced or chopped meat cooked with tomatoes and spices and egg set on top.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Desert, Adventure Travel, Budget Travel
  • Written August 13, 2007
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about 13 auberges damaged or destroyed: damaged auberges from floods last year

Hi, notice theres little or no mention of the auberges that were damaged or destroyed last may in major flooding - as demand had grownover the last 10 years or so many more auberges have been built but unfortunately these places have been built on ancient plains or plateaus that are in the water path - just that as theres been no significant water or floodings for 50 years or more it seems people either have forgotten or didnt know or didnt believe that this sort of thing could happen.

13 auberges were damaged or destroyed, along with many buildings in the township of Merzouga itself.
Auberges such as Ksar Sania (sorry if the info i was given is not correct though!) apparently will not be rebuilt as it became apparent itd been built on a lake bed! Auberge Berbere, Riad Maria still totally wrecked. Places such as Auberge du Sud and Baraka partially damaged but still functioning.
It pays to make contact with auberges that you think youd like to stay at to check your visit - there are still many to choose from of good quality and with the services you might be after such as sunrise, sunset or overnight camel trips or even 4x4 out further into the desert.

Such as Dunes D'or, Auberge du Sud, Erg Chebbi, Yasmina

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  • Written March 28, 2007
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Hotel Merzouga: Camping in the Sahara?

We wanted to experience sleeping in a bivouac (nomad tent) in the middle of the desert and we got what we wanted. Though when we got to the hotel/campground, the manager showed us the hotel rooms in case we want to stay in the hotel instead. The rooms were really small...no windows and no air condition. The tents sounded much better. The staff were really nice...actually extra nice, service was great and food was great.

The hotel/campground is located right on the dunes.

Price was unbelievable. $15/night includes dinner and breakfast.

If you choose to sleep in the tents, shower and restrooms are available. As for the bivouacs, they are set up with 2 single beds/clean sheets, lamps and they are carpeted. Was a little bit worried of scorpions but didn't see one.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Written September 1, 2004
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Take your pick

On the western edge of Erg Chebbi, literally within spitting distance of the start of the dunes, are about two dozen 'auberge' hotels. They all seem pretty similar and offer the same tours and facilities, same food and same 'authentic' Berber experience, so which one you choose is entirely up to you.

I chose the Auberge Yasmina , north of the village of Hassi Labied, and right at the far northern end of the dunes. I worked on the principle that this end of the dunes, being farthest away from most people's point of entry, would be emptiest. Of course sometimes other people have the same idea and the master plan backfires! Fortunately this time it worked out - it's not that I'm anti-social but somehow the magic of the desert is reduced if there are dozens of others there with you.

Anyway, the rooms were fine as was the food and the staff, although it's a bit more expensive than some of the others nearer the main drag. It's also right by the lake (if you're there in March) and good for seeing rare birds.

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  • Written February 12, 2004
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Riad Aicha: Contemporary style with comfort in the desert

5 rooms here in total make this a nice quiet place to relax - nice comfortable rooms with interesting designs along with air conditioning, great beds and excellent breakfasts make this a worthwhile place to choose to stay at during your visit to the Sahara desert.

As with pretty much all the hotels out here camel trips - whether sunset or sunrise trips for a couple of hours or overnight, or even several days - or 4x4 excursions or a guide to accompany you if you are in you are in your own and just want to see a few sights in the area.

Overnight camel trips are 300 dirham with all included just as youd pay for the night with dinner and breakfast in the hotel - so you still get dinner and breakfast but out in the desert - and its not a shared bivouac area, its their own private space. Sunrise and sunset trips are 100 dirham if theres more than two in the group.

Relax up on the roof in the evenings and see how close the stars are above you in the Sahara. Or get up early for sunrise from the roof and a view over the local homes and streets surrounding you below as the locals get up and going in the early mornings.

A few minutes walk to the palmeraie where you can have a roam around under the date palms - see the veges such as cabbages growing in the desert sand!

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Desert, Road Trip, Luxury Travel
  • Written October 1, 2010
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desert sand and stars calling!: Hotel Sahara under the stars!

How amazing! after tents and auberges in the desert - i was out taking my best friend for her first visit to where id been frequently and regularly and emotionally for the previous few years for our shared birthdays together!

The moon came up while we were still on our way to our spot for the night - and full at moon at that!! beautiful. beautiful! having had our adventurous ride in the dark on our camels and laughs with family connections guidinig us and then the cherry on top was the freedom to camp out free of tents etc and be out under the stars for the night - we certainly couldnt miss the sunrise either!

So do do it - take an overnight trip out into the desert. Check out a recommended auberge - many of the auberges are family run and have great atmospheres and people to take you out and look after you - feed you with a tagine when you arrive and breakfast in the morning after youve done the ritual must-do trip up the nearest dunes to see the sunrise.

Exciting, loads of character and atmosphere!, very comfortable, natural and no electricity required!

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Adventure Travel, Desert, Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
  • Written January 6, 2007
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Les Nomades Tents & Exclusives Bivouacs Merzouga: Les Nomades Tents & Exclusives Bivouacs Merzouga

This is an alternative to your normal hotel stay while in the dunes of Erg Chebbi. You can just arrive (they provide also 4x4 pickup) to the desert and make your self leave on a real nomad camel caravan into sahara.

Les Nomades organize excursion in dromedaries into sahara to sleep in a true nomad tent. All is unique and personalized not like many places.

Tent Standard
camel ride into sahara+camel man+dinner+breakfast
30 euros per person per day

Tent Lux
camel ride into sahara+camel man+dinner+breakfast
60 euros per person per day

Les Nomades
Tentes & Bivouacs Exclusives
Merzouga - Sahara - Maroc

This is a service provided by a group of nomad people from Sahara and directed by 2 people (nomad & brazillian) which believe Sahara has to go different. They provide unique and personalized attention to each client. You will not be with dozens of people aside while you experience sahara. You will have a main tent for sleeping SUITE TENT,king size bed room & living room; dinning & music area; shadow relaxing area. This is all providided with great quality and live time project.

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  • Related to: Romantic Travel and Honeymoons, Luxury Travel, Family Travel
  • Written March 12, 2006
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Hotel Auberge du Sud Sahara Desert Merzouga: Hotel Auberge du Sud Sahara Merzouga's Best Hotel

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The Sahara welcomes you to one of the most interesting places to stay while visiting the amazing dunes of Erg Chebbi South East Morocco.

Auberge Restaurant Café du Sud makes your journey into the heart of the Moroccan Sahara a truly memorable experience.

Our friendly staff invites you to spend time with us and enjoy adventure or relaxation in the Sahara, the most mythic desert of the world.

Auberge Restaurant Café du Sud is located right on the bottom of the biggest sand dunes of the whole northwest part of Africa called "The Dunes of Erg Chebbi", having all the magic, wonderful and unique energy of the Sahara.
Our Hotel has a restaurant with great Moroccan food with all the typical dishes of the region.
Our rooms decorated with pure Saharian taste are indeed something to remember after you visit us.

Auberge Restaurant Café du Sud's special crew will give you thrill and adventure through out Sahara Desert and organize trips to other amazing places in Morocco. We organize programs like nights in Berber tents below the stars in the Sahara; Trips on dromedaries throughout the dunes and lost Oasis; Private groups to desert adventures; Journeys in 4WD to the South of Morocco and Desert tracks along the surroundings of Erg Chebbi Dunes and New Year parties.

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Special Rooms
Berber tents in the Sahara
Trips in dromedaries
Private groups and organizations
Journeys in 4x4
New Year's Eve Party in Sahara

Hotel Auberge Cafe du Sud now have new LUXURY rooms that for the ones that wish to spend a bit more on a very nice experience in Sahara you can choose a little bit more expensive then the other rooms they have and get the full experience! hehe, they have 4 new decorated rooms each with different moods from the desert: the cave, with stones from all the region, the camel room with drawing and stones making camels, the tent and the sahara room. they are all double bed + small bed rooms. all with lux private bathroom, amazing rooms. check out all the pictures.

Auberge Restaurant Café du Sud.have new Luxury rooms decorated with pure Saharian style that will make you remember your stay for ever.

Auberge Restaurant Café du Sud has different types of facilities for you and one of the most asked are the Berber tents. Either in the middle of the Sahara or near our main building, you can experience the real life of a nomad inside a real desert tent. This experience is perfect for star lovers and makes the perfect romantic spot for lovers.

Auberge Restaurant Café du Sud excelent tours in dromedaries are one of the most chosen services and probably along with others the most well kept in your memory after your trip to Morocco. Our special crew will take you on unforgettable trips through the Sahara's dunes of Erg Chebbi, where you can reach our private Oasis or where you can enjoy Sun rise or Sun set on the dunes.

Auberge Restaurant Café du Sud can arrange everything you wish to organize your friends vacations. Special events can be arranged in order to make you and your group of friends have an amazing time in their Desert experience. Bikers, Campers, Classic cars, Young people, etc. Just let us know in advance.

Auberge Restaurant Café du Sud can arrange wonderful trips in the Sahara's Desert tracks driven by professional drivers. Also races, expeditions, private tours, renting 4x4 can be arranged.
Journeys in 4WD to Southern Morocco and Desert tracks along the surroundings of Erg Chebbi Dunes will give you thrill and adventure. Contact us for information.

Auberge Restaurant Café du Sud organizes New Years Eve activities and parties.
We prepare music, games and an amazing dinner that you'll never forget while you spend you new years party in the Sahara Desert. Have you ever thought in any other better way of starting the New Year?

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Desert, Romantic Travel and Honeymoons, Women's Travel
  • Written June 7, 2003
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The answer is no ;-): Are Berber tents waterproof ?

This is were we stayed in the golden dunes. We were already used to spending the night in a Berber tent (see Zagora) : very comfortable, very protective against the sun during the day and the cold during the night. But they aren't definitely waterproof ;-) Our friend Maud could tell you. She was sleeping just under a hole when the rain started ! Sarah and I had a more or less good night sleep. We were fully equiped with our cheich, the hoods of our sleeping bags and of our jackets or pullovers. Desert under the rain, an off-the-beaten-path experience not a lot of people have had anyway !

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  • Written January 6, 2004
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Auberge les Dunes d'Or

Auberge les Dunes d’Or wasn’t our first choice hotel in Erg Chebbi but we were very pleased with the hotel and enjoyed our stay here immensely. It’s located at the base of the dunes, about 25 km north of Merzouga. To get here, we drove across a piste road which leads off from the main Rissani-Merzouga road. Driving a Fiat Uno across a piste takes a long time and it took us about 40 minutes to do the final 6km to the hotel.

It was worth it when we got there, however. The hotel is an impressive Kasbah like structure, with a large number of rooms around a nice central courtyard. The best thing is its location. The rear of the hotel faces on to the dines and you can climb some very high and beautiful dunes only a small distance from the hotel.

It cost us 250 Dh per person for half board which was good value given the excellent location and its popularity with tour groups. An excellent dinner was included as well as a buffet breakfast.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written May 16, 2007
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Hotels around Erg Chebbi: Hotels around Erg Chebbi

There are many hotels around the dunes of erg Chebbi. In 2000 there were about 13, now I think it grew up to 30 maybe, specially in the area around the Merzouga village itself.
Its easy to find hotel. Just drive on the asfalt road to Merzouga on the Rissani town, and then you have much to choose from. Expect lots of people trying to stop you to get you as a client.
prices shouldnt go much different from other unless you really look like you have lots of cash... hehehe, prices will go up...

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  • Written February 10, 2005

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Bivouac in the dunes of Erg Chebbi

As many others we spent the night in the Erg Chebbi dunes. Along the dunes are many kasbahs and camps. We arranged our cameltrip in Kasbah Mohajut in Hassi Labied, a village 5km north of Merzouga. Every kasbah has its bivouac somewhere in the dunes. It was low season, so we saw only one camel caravan in the afternoon and one the other morning.

After a camelride of one and half hour in the late afternoon, we arrived at the bivouac in the middle of the dunes. In the nomad tents was place for 8 persons, but we were only with 4. There was also a tent to sit and have dinner. It was rather comfortable. In the tents were beds with lots of blankets, so even in winter (january) the stay in the desert was warm enough. It was the first time in the desert I had not to bring my own sleeping bag, tent and other stuff.

While we watched and enjoyed the amazing sunset, the changing colours of the dunes and the coloured skies, dinner was cooked for us. It was winter, so after dinner the campfire kept us warm, while we drunk our tea and our hosts did some drumming and singing.

It was early bedtime. The next day we waked up again before sunrise. The sunrise was even more spectacular. After a hot tea our camels brougth us back to the kasbah for our breakfast.

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  • Related to: Camping, Desert
  • Written March 24, 2008
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Merzouga Morocco Hotel: Hotels in Merzouga Dunes Sahara

WebSite with annual listings of Hotels, Travel Agencies and all businesses for the Dunes of Erg Chebbi, Merzouga, Sahara.

You can get fresh information on who is offering tourism services in this beautiful part of the Moroccan Desert of Erg Chebbi Merzouga.

Merzouga Hotels, Travel Agencies, Tourism Services, Handicraft Shops, Hotel Merzouga

Apart from its advertisment interest this site has all the information you need to get to the dunes, its traditions, news and general interests on Morocco, and The Sahara.
You have listed on the same page, businesses hotels auberges from Merzouga village, to around the dunes, village of hassilabied, erfoud and rissani. Also a nice feature is that you also have hotels on the way to the dunes, in other cities that might be included in your trip.

The cool thing also about this site is that list big hotels for big wallets to small auberges with cheaper services.

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  • Related to: Archeology, Arts and Culture, Desert
  • Written January 31, 2006
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