Morocco is one of the most diverse countries in Africa, with high mountains, sweeping desert, rugged coastline, and the winding alleyways of ancient medina cities and souqs. Aromatic tajines, palm-spotted, red-earthed landscapes and limitless generosity define the home of the Maghreb. This magical retreat will give you a glimpse of the friendliness, vibrancy and flavour of this Berber-Arab-Spanish-Portuguese-French melting pot.
The terrain of Morocco has informed my dreams since I was a child, as a magical and wondrous place. I would like to invite you to join me on and enchanted journey to re-awaken the magic in your life, through listening to the heartbeat of Morocco. By staying in the medina and engaging with this ancient cities rhythms and customs. Being mystically transported (or just woken up) by the call to prayer, drinking mint in the souks, finding exquisite restaurants, walking through beautiful gardens and staying in the Sahara desert under a million stars and much more ……
This inspirational journey is for you if:
You want to explore an ancient and magical place.
You want to travel to an exotic location, but perhaps wouldn’t do it on your own.
You adore learning about different cultures and peoples.
You really enjoy eating delicious food and trying new things.
You’ve watched “Sex in the City 2” the can imagine yourself in the movie!
You are excited to explore the markets and medinas with all their colour and vibrancy.
A night is an historic Kasbah has you imagining Arabian Nights.
Two nights in the desert in luxury camping under the stars sounds like heaven to you.
As the sun set on another magical day in this red city, you watch the merchants in their Djellaba close up shop for the day and you wander past small coffee houses and colourful lantern displays back to your welcoming Riad.
Entering this hidden exotic space, you make your way to your room which can only be described as romantic, complete with lush soft furnishings and a Moroccan tiled bathroom.
Resting onto the day bed in your room, you can’t help smiling about the delightful day you just had walking through the Yves St Laurent gardens, shopping for perfumes and handmade gifts, visiting a museum, eating in charming restaurants, and exploring with your amazing new friends!
Ah…the delights of Marrakesh!
Our Marrakech Riad
Arriving in the mystical Medina of Marrakech, you will be transported to an ancient past, staying in the old walled city within walking distance to the souks, hammam and cafes. This is an exotic boutique hotel where peace and tranquility sit within the hustle and bustle of Medina life.
Our Riad has 9 rooms over 3 floors floor, all decorated to create individual experiences. A number of special French and Moroccan antiques furnish the bedrooms together with hand woven Berber Carpets and Moroccan artifacts sourced locally. Some rooms have a double and single bed for twin-share options. NB* Please note the single beds are quite narrow.
The salon is ideal for sipping a cocktail before leaving for dinner, or dining inside on the roof terrace with wonderful views. After shopping you can rest in the courtyard. Or retreat to one of a number of common areas, including the courtyard shaded by palms, these areas are wonderful for breakfast, writing, reading or relaxing.
Other riad facilities, include a pool, (which was too cool to use in summer at 40 degrees so perhaps too cool for winter) heating in rooms, spa room for massages and free Wi-Fi.
Our aim is to make you feel as if you are staying with good friends. Our excellent English-speaking staff are here to serve and cook for you with minimal disturbance.
Set in majestic Sahara Desert is our magical Desert Camp and Moroccan Berber team, waiting to welcome you with mint tea and Moroccan food.
Camp Adounia is an ecological Sahara desert camp. It’s glamping in the most remote & beautiful location of Morocco; deep in the Sahara Desert. Our tented camp furnishing are artisan and natural.
Believing in philanthropic & authentic adventures; learning about yourself by experiencing the world. Camp Adounia is an ecological camp that while gives back where we can, uplifting local communities in the process.
Adounia meaning ‘Life’ was created with the fragility of the Sahara desert environment in mind, sustainable tourism, the local Moroccan culture and desert nomad artisans. We are a luxury tented camp who uses solar energy, and sustainable practices to ensure travelers on Moroccan holiday find peace and relaxation while in harmony with the Earth.
We are a member of ‘Leave no Trace’ and follow their policy on camping in natural locations. In the Sahara desert we have joined the work of ‘Cultural Caravan of Peace’ working with the desert environment and community. And ‘Atlas Now’ in the Atlas Mountains. We have our own Fair Trade project with the Berber Moroccans which includes education of this fragile life style.
The Camp Adounia Team are trained to understand our ecological actions and their impact on the environment and that of the planet. They are here to explain to Moroccan tourists how the camp operates and the ecological rules of running Adounia.
Adounia actions to date:
Natural skincare products in en-suite bathrooms
Hot and cold water bucket wash, use of recycled water
Eco friendly products for laundry and kitchen
Recycling plastic bottles
Organic waste for animals
Complete Solar Solution solar panels for camp electricity
Hammam bathroom and beach towel (quick to dry and low water consumption)
Beach clean up with local community support
Fair Trade project with the desert Nomads
Creating Sustainable tourism in Morocco by being mindful of our partners, where we bring our clients and who we work with.
If you are arriving a day before the start of the trip or wish to stay a night longer, extra nights accommodation can be purchased for $110AUD single and $140AUD twinshare.
An early bird optional tour will commence on the morning of the first day for $50AUD, some walking is involved. Tour includes the following sites:
Visit Bahia Palace
See Koutoubia Mosque, the largest mosque in Marrakech
Stop at the Saadian Tombs
If not arriving early please ensure your flight arrives by 1pm so you have time to get to the the Riad and ready yourself for introductions at 4pm (includes afternoon tea).
At 5.00pm we will walk to the famous El Fna square to witness the night spectacle of snake charmers, storytellers, merchants and stalls. Yes initiation by fire, lets jump straight in!
7pm have dinner at Le Salama in the main square with a picturesque roof top terrace. See the sunset over the ancient city.
8am Morning Meditation (optional)
10am Explore the medina – Moroccan shopping doesn’t have to be a mystery — all you really need to master the medina a map and a little direction! On this tour with Tammie, you’ll visit souks and shop for real-deal souvenirs like leather, lamps, shoes, carpets, spices, and argan oil, and learn to haggle like a true Marrakech insider.
2 pm we have a 1 hour (optional but included) bellydancing class planned with Kenza from just dance! I have the equipment and am ready to use it!
4pm You have the option of visiting the Hammam de La Rose for an anti stress package 60 minutes 500dhs (approx $65AUD). 30 minute massage and 30 minute hammam.
Enjoy the timeless experience of being suffused with the gentle heat of the hammam as you are scrubbed, (fairly gently not like a Turkish or Korean bathhouse) with their special exfoliating black soap, you will also have a 30 minute relaxation massage. All the therapists are female, if you are uncomfortable being mostly naked in the hammam, (except for small ridiculous underpants provided, I did make a joke about a koala to the therapist but I’m not sure she got it) which is a warmly heated wet room where some of the other women from our group will also be, you may like to have a 1 hour massage instead or choose something else from the menu below. If you would like further treatments also we may be able to fit in one more treatment for you up to an hour in duration, this requires booking in advance.
Immerse yourself in a sensuous Moroccan experience at Hammam de La Rose, a sanctuary of peace and tranquility in the heart of Marrakech, with all the modern comforts and state-of-the-art design.
Visit the webpage here to view the treatments on offer. You can also book in advance what you would like, just let us know.
7pm Dinner at the Riad, lets have a good nights rest before our trip tomorrow.
8am Optional morning movement class on the rooftop terrace
10am Leave for magical Ait Ben Haddou – Leaving Marrakech in a comfortable land cruiser with our experienced drivers, winding your way through the Atlas Mountains, this is real Berber country. The scenery changes dramatically as do the people, you drive south across the magnificent High Atlas Mountains and the Tiz-n-Tichka pass arriving in the afternoon at the impressive and well-preserved kasbahs and UNESCO world heritage site, the ksar of Ait Ben Haddou. We will stop here for the night and get the chance to visit this picturesque fortified village, which has been used as a film location in numerous famous films such as ‘Gladiator’, ‘Alexander’ and ‘The Mummy’.
Your descent then takes you along the Draa Valley with its ocean of green palms and majestic purple mountains. The Draa Valley once served as a link between the Sahara desert and the North of Morocco for the trading caravan route that passed by the river for centuries. The last main town is Zagora a cool place to stop and buy your turban.
Crossing the Atlas Mountains from Marrakech to Ait Ben Haddou takes just 4 hours, then the next day another 4 hours will see you arriving at your dessert camp.
Optional afternoon yoga class before dinner – connect with this ancient place and enjoy the space.
10am – Head into the desert for our Sahara experience of glamping in the sand dunes!
Afternoon for reading, walking the dunes, relaxing and henna tattoos.
5pm – Optional Nia Dance class
Music by the fire – Camping in the Moroccan desert, beneath the millions of African stars, while listening to ancient drumming of the nomadic people of Morocco will touch your soul.
Sleep In! Its cool in the desert this time of year so snuggle under your doona until breakfast is served
Free day to just be in these amazing silent, pure natural surroundings, try sand boarding, go for walk, just relax.
Afternoon *optional camel ride – Camel rides in the Sahara desert is an experience of a lifetime.
5pm Tai Chi and Walking Meditation
Saharan nights are special, starting with an amazing desert sunset over the sand dunes, followed by delicious Moroccan food and finishing with a spectacular view of the milky way galaxy.
9am Pack and leave camp and head back to Marrakesh – 9 hours
Arrive back in Marrakesh around 6pm time for a shower and to relax before heading out for late supper at 9pm and dancing at the Comptoir Darna
10am Horse and carriage tour with Majorelle Gardens – pick up from Riad
The Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech is one of the most visited sites in Morocco. It took French painter Jacques Majorelle (1886-1962) forty years of passion and dedication to create this enchanting garden in the heart of the “Ochre City”.
We amble along shady lanes, in the midst of trees and exotic plants of dreamy origin; we walk past refreshing, burbling streams and pools filled with water lilies and lotus flowers; we hear wafting through the air, laden with sugared fragrance, the rustling of leaves and the chirping of numerous birds who come here to take refuge; we stop, and the path turns unexpectedly, revealing a building with Moorish charm, with a hint of Art Deco, painted in astonishingly vibrant primary colours, glowing with an intense blue the artist perceived in the Atlas Mountains. We are soothed and enchanted by the harmony of this luxuriant and vivid imagery, which issues a delicate summons to the senses, offering us a calming retreat near, and yet so far from the bustling city, sheltered from time by high earthen walls.
Free afternoon for exploring, more shopping or Hamman
8pm Farewell dinner – Dar Yacout £50 a head fixed menu and two drinks included.
We will arrange your airport transfer or transfer to your next destination.
Its always sad when a good thing comes to an end, but this creates space for our next great adventure. Tammie xx
We also have a bridging trip for the dates 28 – 31 January 2018 to join the Morocco and the Egypt trip, or you can just extend your trip by 3 nights. This trip visits Oualidia, Casablanca and Fez. You can view all the details here