Best hotels and hostels in Ziz Valley & the Tafilalt

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Merzouga

    Ali & Sara's Desert Palace

    Make friends with Romeo, George and Casanova – no they aren’t cheeky local lads, but your trusty dromedaries – as you head out from Merzouga nomad-style. Husband-and-wife team, Ali and Sara, have crafted a personalised experience that stays true to Amazigh (Berber) culture and traditions, with authentic tents and stunning sunset views over the high dunes before a feast around the campfire. Coming from a nomadic family of 11 brothers, Ali’s knowledge of the desert is second to none, while Sara’s know-how makes for a luxurious and organised camp, first-class cooking and beautifully decorated tents. To keep things small, intimate and hassle-free the camp, 8km east of Merzouga, accommodates only 18 people. Reserve in advance.

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    Chez Youssef

    Affable Youssef's simple pisé (rammed-earth) home offers four rooms arranged around a courtyard shaded by a single palm. The oasis-inspired decor is spare, but its spotlessly clean and the food is home-cooked. Also on offer are good-value camel treks and overnight stays in a peaceful camp far from the crowds (Dh600 per person), with a maximum of four people. You can also arrange a six-hour 4WD tour, with stops at an Amazigh (Berber) village, a mine, a nomad camp, fossil sites and an oasis (Dh900 for up to six people) and Jeep tours with a BBQ lunch in the desert (for two/three/four people, Dh1250/1350/1500).

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Merzouga

    Merzouga Luxury Desert Camp

    Surrounded by towering dunes a mere 10km from Merzouga, this luxury desert camp offers spacious safari tents, complete with carved-wood furniture, top-quality mattresses and an en suite. Sunset camel rides, Amazigh (Berber) whisky round the campfire and a bountiful meal is followed by music and stargazing using the high-tech telescope. Arrive and depart by dromedary; a 4WD transfer is Dh600. The camp is operated by Sahara Experience (www.sahara-experience.com) who can also arrange tours and transfers from Marrakesh and Morocco-wide.

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    Maison Merzouga

    Guests receive a heartfelt welcome at this lovely family-run guesthouse that focuses on Amazigh (Berber) hospitality and not just desert-themed decor. Hand-woven carpets, tadelakt (waterproof plaster) walls, stone fireplaces and peaceful terraces with desert views add to the appeal. This is a fine spot to lounge poolside, arrange village trips or set off to explore the desert with an in-the-know local.

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    Kasbah Kanz Erremal

    Eschewing the rustic vibe of many other Merzouga hotels, Kanz Erremal favours understated style. Cushioned banquets line the airy, central courtyard while rooms with desert views are swathed in cool, white linens and gauzy curtains. Best of all is the wide terrace that almost touches the desert and a sleek infinity pool with dreamy dune views.

  • Lodging in Merzouga

    Hotel Riad Ali

    A mod kasbah provides instant relief from the white-hot desert with 11 guest rooms in Majorelle blue and lemon arranged around a shimmering courtyard pool. Overnight dromedary trips are led by an experienced, local official tour leader and includes standard, high-end or luxury bivouac accommodation (Dh450 to Dh1100 per person), the latter two boasting en suite showers and toilets. It's conveniently located 600m from the centre of Merzouga where the bus terminates.

  • Lodging in Erfoud

    La Rose du Desert

    Set in a mini-oasis, the garden is filled with palms – in season you can reach up and pluck dates off the trees. Bungalows are rustic and traditional, decorated in neutral tones with smooth tadelakt (waterproof plaster) walls and terracotta-tiled floors. There's a curvy pool to take a dip in – perfect after a trip to the desert – and dinners (Dh150) are generous.

  • Lodging in Merzouga

    Kasbah Mohayut

    Find your corner in 18 tadelakt (waterproof plaster) guest rooms, in the shade by a small pool or on the roof overlooking the dunes. Canopied beds, Berber rugs and tataoui (woven reed) ceilings add charm, though the suites are the real draw – each with a rooftop terrace complete with a cafe, well placed for taking in the desert views.

  • Lodging in Merzouga

    Chez Julia

    Pure charm in the heart of Merzouga village: seven simply furnished rooms (and three shared bathrooms) are decorated in sun-washed colours (rose, lemon, blue) with straw-textured pisé (rammed-earth walls), antique mantelpieces and white-tiled shared bathrooms, plus a furnished family apartment (Dh400 to Dh800). Ask about birdwatching tours, Saharan music concerts, fossil-hunting and overnights in the desert.

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    Auberge Camping Sahara

    Twenty basic, spotless rooms with en suites in a friendly family-run place complete with a pool, that backs right onto the dunes at the southernmost end of the village. Four rooms feature dune views and three have air-con. They also offer a range of excursions, including sand bathing, an ancient Amazigh (Berber) cure for all manner of ailments. Also offers terrace camping (Dh50).

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    Dar El Janoub

    If you want to gaze over camel-strewn dunes without roughing it in a tent this could be for you. The architect stuck to elemental building shapes, because when you're facing the desert, why compete? Brightly coloured rooms – some with lounges – come with air conditioning, polished-plaster bathrooms and five-star views. There's also a bar and a pool to cool off in.

  • Lodging in Erfoud

    Kasbah Hotel Xaluca Arfoud

    This 144-room resort-style hotel is all kasbah bling – outsized fossils, carved wooden doors – and rooms decorated in rich, colourful textiles. Adult desert travellers appreciate the bar and spa, while kids head straight for the pool and mini-golf course. It’s 5km north of Erfoud on the N13.

  • Lodging in Erfoud

    Hotel Cannes

    Cheap, clean, central, sometimes noisy, rooms sporting what appear to be swirling, finger-painted walls done in faded pastel colours. Breakfast is an additional Dh25, and the cafe does decent meals. It's within walking distance of the market, CTM and Supratours ticket offices on Ave Mohammed V and the bus stop at Place des FAR.