Star gazing observatory hotel in the Sahara desert!
ABOUT: Nebulae, galaxies, cornets and constellations are the chief reasons for a stay at the SaharaSky: a unique property dedicated to stargazing, with high-quality telescopes and expert astronomers on hand to capitalise on the total absence of light pollution. Built by German owner Fritz in classic southern-Kasbah-style and chocolate colour, the hotel is fairly simple, staffed by friendly local Berbers and located on the ancient desert caravan route linking Marrakech to Timbuktu.
ROOMS: The 20 rooms range from ground-floor Standard Rooms, which have small terraces, through Comfort Standard Rooms, with larger patios and flat-screen TVs, and up to Comfort Rooms, mini-suites with bigger beds and small salons. All have air-conditioning, private bathrooms and views over the Tinfou Dunes.
FACILITIES: North Africa’s first private observatory, SaharaSky boasts state-of-the-art GPS amateur equipment including Schmidt-Cassegrain and Ritchey-Chretien telescopes with up to 16 inches of aperture. Experience isn’t required: staff can assist all star treks, and point out galaxies, meteors, black holes and solar systems. Elsewhere, the Sky Lounge has free internet and a comprehensive astronomy library, the Star Terrace offers al-fresco comfort and sunbathing, a restaurant serves authentic Berber cuisine, and a convivial bar pairs Moroccan wines, spirits and beers with billiards and darts.
EXTRA INFO:Guided observations of the starry skies are offered each evening, conditions permitting, for 100 dirhams (around £7). The hotel can also arrange camel rides and bivouac overnights out in the desert.
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When travelling around Morocco it is not (contrary to common belief) necessary for women to ‘cover up’ out of respect for local modesty traditions. Morocco is a very mixed society with Moroccans who dress as westerners and more traditional families dressing in a more traditional way.
The only areas of the country where it is advisable for women to cover up their legs and shoulders would be in some parts of the High Atlas Mountains (very remote areas) where the locals are rarely visited by foreigners. It is highly unlikely that you will be visiting these areas on any holiday arranged by Lawrence of Morocco.