How to spend the last 24 hours in Morocco? Scarabeo-Camp Is The Must To Visit
Most people go to Morocco and visit the cities Casablanca, Marrakech, Agadir or even the Sahara Desert, but if you don’t have the time to spend more then 10 hours driving to the Sahara or you would like to visit a different desert, the next best opportunity is to stay at the Scarabeo Camp in the Agafay Desert. The Scarabeo Camp is a luxury camp located 45 minutes from Marrakech. As we constantly looking for unique travel experiences, there was no hesitation when it came to booking the Scarabeo Camp. After a chaotic 48 hours in Marrakech, our less than conventional camping experience was the perfect end to our crazy Moroccan adventure.
Me and my husband visited Morroco only for 4 days. So we had only a few days to explore as much as possible the most beautiful places. We spend 3 hectic but wonderful days in Marrakech, but when we found this desert camp only 45 minutes away from Marrakech we knew we had to experience it for ourselves! Unfortunately we booked just one night. Well, I can say now, that one night is diffidently not enough at the Scarabeo-Camp.
We arrived at three a’clock in the afternoon and we were greeted by the staff with fresh Moroccan treats and mint tea while we waited for our rooms to become available. The decoration around the desert makes you feel like you’ve gone back into time. They had old cameras, bags, antique travel cases and furniture, globes, Moroccan lanterns and Berber rugs throughout the main tent.
The property has plenty of space to relax, they also offer special activities, like lawn bowling (included), board games (included), dune buggy tours, quad or motor bike tours, camel or horse rides and different massages. We didn’t book any of that activities because we prefer to do nothing, after the eventful last days in Marrakech. But I couldn’t stop myself to visit the super cute camels.
The oriental-inspired tents are spacious, comfortable and you will definitely feel super comfy! They are carefully placed to maximize privacy and a jaw dropping views of the Atlas mountains, which we unfortunately didn’t have (clouds were covering the mountains).
When our room were ready, the staff brought us to our tent. We booked a Double Suite, which was very ample, the bathroom (included shower with warm water) is super clean and the bed is surprisingly very comfortable!
We also had an outdoor lounge area, where we could enjoy the silence, peace and calmness.
In the tents, there is no electricity. Every night the staff will turn on lanterns throughout the room and property.
We are always keen to get the best view of the sunset, so we hiked a little hill to watch the last of the light fade behind the dark clouds and the Atlas mountains.
Back to camp for sun down we enjoyed a few beers around the fire wrapped in Moroccan blankets, because one hour before the dinner they turn on the fire at certain bonfire areas and a guitar player sat at the bonfire place and sang some beautiful songs. Meanwhile all the guests came out the tents and took a drink at the fireplace. All the guests startet to know each other and begun to talk about the experiences they all made in Morroco.
After a lot of laughter and good vibes the dinner was served in the main tent, where we had a candle light feast amongst the stars. We had a starter with fresh backed bread a glorious chicken tagine accompanied by fresh vegetables, Moroccan wine and a dessert. We enjoyed the dinner so much, it was the most delicious food during our whole stay in Morocco. Everything was so fresh and well considered, That’s why we didn’t took photos of it. We wouldn’t interrupt that wonderful time.
After the dinner we decided not to go immediately into the tent, so we stayed outside to enjoy the stunning north African starry sky. The night sky here, is completely undisturbed by light pollution and it gives you the most spectacular view of the milky way and all the planets. It was such an amazing night, as you can see on the pics. A moment I will never forget!
We slept very well in this silence and comfortable big king size bed. Next morning when I unzipped the tent, I breathed deeply the pure air and could watch the desert’s sun rise. After a while the Moroccan breakfast will be served outside at your leisure with pancakes, different spreads, eggs, fresh orange juice, coffee, mint tea and the breathtaking view over the desert and the Atlas mountains.
The service here was discreet yet attentive. Although you feel isolated from the modern world, small luxuries such as regular cups of sweet mint tea, thick duvets and blankets on the beds and warming tent heaters like a chimney make your stay more than comfortable. This is also the ultimate digital detox with no wifi or charging points.
We had such an awesome time at the Scarabeo Camp and it’s highly recommend for anyone who wanna visit Morocco to spend a night or two! It is somewhere we would absolutely return, but next time maybe we’ll stay a little longer and enjoy more of that timeout which the camp offers.
If you’re looking for things to do in Morocco, here you will find how we spend our three days in Marrakech and everything you should do and know!
Finally, I hope you guys are spending a wonderful Friday and that I get you to dream with these pics (even for a short moment).
Photos by Daniell Bohnhof Photography
Text by Look2ocean