Sahara desert Luxury Camp in Morocco | Umnya Dune Camp, a unique place I recently discovered
Where to stay in the Sahara desert when looking for a luxury camp in Morocco? Everything you need to know about my experience
My first question when booking a flight to Zagora was: Where to stay in the Sahara desert when looking for a luxury camp in Morocco? But first of all, let’s go back to one important question, what exactly travelling means to me nowadays?
How travelling the world became such a huge aspect in my life
Travelling has not always been part of my life. In fact, once,I did not take a plane for a good 10 years. But when I turned 16 years old, things started to change and I was getting into a plane quite often. Soon enough, I would realise how travelling the world had become a crucial thing for me. Seeing different landscapes, meeting new people but more importantly, coming to the conclusion that you know nothing and seen nothing. How little did I actually know? Well, not much.
To this day, I try to save my money and discover new places around the world. But also, I try to go out of my comfort zone as much as possible. I cannot repeat it enough but the best memories are created when you feel lost without any landmark.
I have dreamed about the Sahara desert for quite awhile. Of course, I knew that one day I would finally see an endless landscape of dunes during a magical golden hour. Little did I know, this day would be happening sooner than I thought.
A magical camp for a magical destination: Umnya Dune Camp
Umnya Dune Camp and I got in contact a few weeks ago and discuss about a potential collaboration. Our main goal was to make people travel through a series of images. I was a bit scared about snakes, scorpions and other weird things you find in the desert. Lucky for me, I did not see anything scary during my trip!
Umnya Dune Camp was built in just 3 months by Salah and Anas, and has been open since January 2019. Personally, this camp is one of the most beautiful thing I’ve seen with such good taste. The camp’s interior design is brilliant and on point. You will find many unique accessories like a vintage binoculars and many other “instagrammable” objects.
How to get to Umnya Dune Camp from Casablanca?
We had a few options but we decided to take a flight with Royal Air Maroc from Casablanca to Zagora. The owner’s made sure someone was waiting at the airport for us to bring us to the camp. I honestly thought the airport was a very short car ride from the camp. Definitely not since the ride took us 3 hours to get to Umnya Dune Camp. I would be lying if I said that I enjoyed this ride, in fact, I hated it because it made me sick! Driving in the desert can be very hard since the road doesn’t even exist yet!
We arrived around 9 pm on our first night and believe me, I was exhausted and wanted to go to bed straight away. However, the chief nomads on the camp was kind enough to prepare a lovely meal for us. I honestly couldn’t believe my eyes when he brought us a huge couscous full of vegetables with a delicious salad as a starter. You need to understand that these people do not have a fancy kitchen nor the right equipment to cook. In fact, the camp has no electricity which for me is probably the end of the world. The couscous was so beautiful to look at but also DIVINE. We decided to eat outside to witness the most beautiful sky.
Being in the desert makes you understand how lucky you are to travel the world. I’ve seen many things in my life but nothing can compare to the Sahara desert.
Sleeping in the Sahara desert
One thing I couldn’t wait to experience was to actually sleep in the Sahara desert. We had a total of 2 nights there and were lucky enough to experience 2 different kinds of rooms. The first one was the Superior Suite which was located next to the main area. The size of this room was big enough and so beautiful inside. However, the main reason why I LOVED this suite was its perfect location. Waking up in during sunrise in this suite was a unique feeling I can’t seem to put words on. As I mentioned before, the Sahara desert is the most amazing feeling but it is so hard to explain!
The next morning, Salah, the chief nomads, decided to make us try the Royal Suite: Noor. This suite is beautiful ON EVERY ANGLE POSSIBLE.
An eco-friendly luxury camp
Indeed, the camp tries to be sustainable and eco-friendly as much as possible. Umnya Dune Camp doesn’t have electricity or water. Instead, you simply have to pump the water when needed to reduce your consumption and waste. I absolutely loved this idea and it was great to finally see a place in Morocco making such an effort. Waste in Morocco is a big problem at the moment and seeing a camp doing A LOT to be as sustainable as possible was amazing!
Delicious, authentic and healthy food
I got a bit nervous before going there since I don’t eat meat. Fish is an option for me but this is not something you will find there! I felt really lucky because they made such an effort for me during my stay. In fact, they were always making me my own tajine or plate with lots of vegetables. Therefore, if you are vegetarian or even vegan, this would be a great place for you.
A tea ceremony during a breathtaking sunset
Moroccan tea has been part of my life since a really young age. I’ve experienced many ways of taking it in different places around the world. Having a tea ceremony during sunset in the Sahara desert is and will be the most unique and breathtaking moment of my life. Believe me when I say that sunsets in the desert are like nothing you’ve seen before. I was able to capture this moment but I do think this is something you need to experience yourself to really understand it.
What type of clothing you should bring with you
I think linen will be your best friend there. I had a few collaborations so of course my wardrobe was a bit different than what I would usually wear. However, I did bring some of my personal stuff like my beige cotton trousers from Massimo Dutti paired with a 12th Tribe white top. The fabric is very light which was perfect for the heat. I also brought a beautiful silk dress from MLM label and wore it with Maslo Jewelry and Hermine Hold hair accessories. My wardrobe for the desert was so fun and I absolutely loved every single pieces! This time, I did not have Rowie the Label with me but a linen dress from them would have been absolutely perfect too! Let’s not forget about my perfect jumpsuit from Shona Joy an Australian brand I recently discovered paired with a Fortunate One knit. Have fun with your outfit and don’t forget to bring a little knit or something to keep you warm at night!
If you want to experience something unique in a magnificent place, Umnya Dune Camp is for you. You will learn about the nomads and how they live in the desert without any problems. Most importantly, you will experience a new feeling, a feeling of freedom and peacefulness one will experience rarely in his lifetime.
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