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Morocco, Rock the Casbah

Beyond the Atlas Mountains of Morocco is one of our favourite desert hideaways – the Berber village of Merzouga. From here, the Ait Atta tribe lead expeditions to Erg Chebbi, whose soaring peaks of sand magically change colour from dawn to dusk.

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The best way to experience the majesty of this soul-stirring scenery is to camp out in the dunes. You won’t have to rough it: Bedouin tents are appointed with double beds, kilims and cushions, and ingenious en-suite bathrooms. Follow a trail of lanterns to a crackling campfire for a feast of North African flavours, set under the starriest sky you have ever seen.

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For a gentle transition back to reality, retreat to Dar Ahlam, a crenellated casbah in the remote desert oasis of Skoura. Set in walled gardens dripping with fountains and flower-filled bowers, it’s a luxurious immersion into desert culture, replete with folk dances, tea ceremonies, and fragrant tagines.  

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(images courtesy of C&P Sofikitis and Dar Alham-Maison des Rêves)