Erg Chigaga, Morocco
Azalai Desert Camp is a highlight of our Morocco adventure. Arrive by 4x4 and walk over the dunes into the exclusive private encampment where we are greeted on arrival with fresh dates and mint tea. Evocative of a first-class African safari camp, our own private Sahara retreat offers surprisingly luxury in the midst of such extreme and austere environs. Each spacious canvas tent is furnished with a queen-size poster bed dressed in fine cotton linens, bedside tables, rattan flooring and a lantern for nighttime illumination. Tents have en suite facilities that include a porcelain basin with running water, an ecological composting toilet and a hot-water bucket shower. A shaded awning covers a private veranda with a table and two director's chairs from which to survey the endless ocean of sand dunes. Even more comfortable common lounging space is provided with leather sofas and chairs for relaxing. Dining at camp is an exquisite experience: despite our remote setting, the camp chef is able to prepare some of the finest meals we'll enjoy on our entire trip, including classic Moroccan tagines.