Scarabeo ‘Stone’ CampAgafay Desert, Morocco
In the desert sprawling below the snow-capped Atlas Mountains sits Scarabeo Camp, a luxurious offering created by a graphic designer and photographer duo. The surrounds may be striking, but the camp itself is the true visual feast. Crisp, white cotton tents stand in the desert plain, each furnished with a queen-size bed, local artwork and Berber rugs.
Located about an hour from Marrakech, the camp takes you on a journey back in time to when pioneers settled the secluded area. Not to be outdone by the explorers of yesteryear, the camp comes equipped with ensuite showers and a separate tent for dining. Bread is baked daily in a traditional earth oven and regional produce is turned into authentic Moroccan cuisine.
During the day the camp offers board games, boules and a projector, and there are plenty of more adventurous activities to partake in, including hot-air balloon rides, paragliding, trekking and horse rides. Relax by booking a massage, enjoying picnic or joining an astronomy class, or check out a nearby hammam.
- The gorgeous feasts – you’ll wish you had a few extra stomachs
- The luxurious design with full attention to detail
- An astronomy lesson under the open stars
- Your private Berber-style showers consist of one bucket of hot water and one bucket of cold… thankfully there are two shared western showers available
- The cost compared with other options in Morocco. Ouch.
Camp staff can collect you from Marrakech and drive you to the camp for a fee.
- Twin or double beds
- Moroccan lounge strewn with cushions
- Writing desk (in a suite)
- Ensuite shower tent, Berber style
- Dining tent
- Heating from November through February
- Traditional black soap
- Activities including kites, lawn bowls and board games
- Private western toilets
Double tents from about US$225 per night.