Sun, sand and seriously cool camping await in Morocco where traditional tents are replaced with the ultimate in desert-chic dens.

Dar Azawad is a luxury hotel in South Morocco. Created in 2009, Dar Azawad is located in the midst of a 7.5 acre garden – a proper ecosystem retaining more than 1500 plants such as acacias, basil from the desert, verbena, fresh mint, coriander, cotton and 6 various species of date palms. In the middle of the palm trees of an Saharan Oasis and only 400 meters away from the first sand dunes, Dar Azawad has been crated in keeping with the tradition of the Draâ Valley architecture. Built in the village of M’Hamid el ghrizlane, this authentic hotel is perfectly integrated in the natural habitat.

As you would expect, the traditional hotel accommodation has everything to cater for guests’ needs including a swimming pool and spa that offers traditional Hammam steam baths & massages. However away from the hotel’s main grounds, lies the possibility to escape into the wildness and really embrace your inner desert-dwelling-based dreams.

The hotel has created three upmarket camps in the desert that offer an authentic adventure with home comforts mere steps away. Arrive in style via camel or 4×4 and enter a whole new world surrounded by a sea of dunes under a tranquil sky.

Each of the camps house a small number of tents making them the perfect destination for intimate gatherings. Complete with beds and bathrooms, a stay at the bivouacs combines the best of the nature of the Sahara with the luxury of a resort. With staff on hand to take care of guests and gourmet food always on the menu, the scene is well and truly set for an escape to remember.

From sipping mint tea on the natural terrace at the Sand Inn Camp to enjoying couscous and tagines around a camp fire under the stars. Guests can embrace the best of local culture while also taking part in activities such as learning to drive a 4X4 on sand, quad biking or a sunset camel trek.

Couscous, camels and camping – count us in.

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