Hotel Xaluca Maadid

South & Sahara desert hotels, Erfoud & Merzouga

134-room/8-bungalow kasbah-style hotel  with spa, set amongst the dunes and palmeraie

ABOUT: Situated in Erfoud (also spelt Arfoud), the Xaluca Maadid lives up to the city's nickname of "the door to the desert" by its situation on the edge of the dunes. The kasbah hotel is built using the traditional adobe building bricks.

ROOMS: There are 134 rooms, and suites (junior, senior and royal), and also 8 bungalows. All rooms are decorated using regional materials, with bathrooms built from fossils recovered from local mines.
Standard rooms are suitable for 2-4 people and have Wi-Fi, satellite TV and mini-bar.
Junior/Senior suites offer greater space, used to provide a separate living room and to fit a king-sized bed. 
Royal suites are luxury suites having terraces overlooking the dunes, jacuzzi in the bathroom, a more spacious living room, and a hi-fi system.
The bungalows offer greater privacy, having their own entrance; the 120m2 include 3 suites each with bathroom and jacuzzi, a kitchen (with fridge), living room with plasma television; private outdoor areas comprise a terrace and courtyard. Wi-Fi connection is available. 

FACILITIES: Two large restaurants cater for both Moroccan and international tastes, and there is also a buffet served beside the swimming pool. The pool is outdoors, and there is also an indoor pool. Sports areas include a fitness room, tennis court, ping-pong and mini-golf.

The large spa includes a hammam, 10 massage rooms, Vichy showers, sauna, hairdressing salon and lounge.

The hotel has a large number of quad bikes/all-terrain vehicles for exploring the dunes and local area.  Guided 4-wheel-drive excursions are also available as are camel treks.

OTHER INFO: A shop sells regional handmade products of Morocco. The hotel's heliport offers the convenience of a quicker transfer from the airport, allowing you greater flexibility in your choice of tailor-made itinerary.

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