ABOUT: A rustic ‘earth hotel’ situated on the very edges of Merzouga’s spectacular sand dunes, the auberge-style Kasbah Mohayut makes up in charm, friendliness and quality for what it lacks in luxury.  Simple and peaceful, it has pretty a pool, unexpectedly good food and two desert camps – allowing guests to spend a night under the Saharan stars.


ROOMS: Comfortable if not luxurious, rooms are lent character by canopied beds, Berber rugs, locally-made furniture and tadelakt (lime plaster) bathrooms.  They surround the main patio and pool; all have air-conditioning, but only some have a fireplace.  There are two main categories: Bungalows and Berber Suites, plus a Family Suite.


FACILITIES: Heavenly amid the desert heat, the main pool is centred in the focal courtyard.  A small restaurant serves quality Berber specialities, either in its dining room or on the roof terrace.   Make sure you catch at least one sunrise and sunset from this spot; better yet, see them from one of the Kasbah’s two desert bivouacs, at which guests can stay overnight, including a simple dinner.  One camp is reached by camel, the other via 4x4.


EXTRA INFO:  This area’s a treasure trove for fossil hunters, and the hotel can arrange tours of beds near Erfoud.  Gnaoua music concerts, flamingo-spotting trips and visits to the local apothecary are also possible, and guests may reserve a telescope in advance. There’s wi-fi throughout.


For your Sahara Desert holiday at the Kasbah Mohayut, call 01672 500555 to discuss your plans.