Agafay Luxury Camp – A Gem in Agafay Desert, Morocco
When I first saw Agafay Luxury Camp online, I couldn’t believe my eyes! Stunningly decorated bohemian glamping tents, private bathtubs on the patios with epic views that resemble a painting, and a gorgeous property.. it all seemed to good to be true. Especially when I found out that it was only 45 minutes from Marrakech. It’s truly the perfect place to relax in a desert oasis vibe, to get a break from the hustle and bustle of Marrakech.
If you’re short on time for the Sahara during your Morocco trip, definitely check out Agafay Desert! I’ve been to both the Sahara and Agafay, and they’re quite different—it’s totally worth visiting both of them.
Nestled amidst the breathtaking expanse of the Agafay Desert, Agafay Luxury Camp is a tranquil haven just a short 45-minute drive away from the vibrant city of Marrakech.
As you embark on the journey to this desert retreat, the landscape evolves from the bustling cityscape of Marrakech into the expansive dunes of Agafay (although it’s important to note, that Agafay Desert is a rocky desert and not a sandy one). Don’t expect the same rolling sand dunes that you’d see in the Sahara. I thought both deserts were extremely beautiful.
The camp location itself seamlessly blends with the raw beauty of the desert. Tucked away in this paradise, the Agafay Luxury Camp offers a unique vantage point, allowing you to witness the mesmerizing play of light and shadow over the beautiful stone hills during sunrise and sunset (from your outdoor bathtub, might I add… wow).
The Agafay Desert, although not as vast as the Sahara, possesses its own allure. The tranquility here invites you to unwind and immerse yourself in the enchanting stillness of the desert. The camp’s location provides a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle, offering a retreat into nature without compromising on comfort.
When we visited in April of this year, we rented a car and made the drive in just under 45 minutes. If you don’t plan on renting a car, you can get a taxi from Marrakech for approx. 25-30 euros each way.
The tents at Agafay Luxury Camp
Nestled in the desert are 20 tents, strategically spaced to give you that ultimate “I’m the only one in the desert” vibe.
The tents were a huge reason for us choosing this specific camp. Think glamping, but dialed up a notch. These tents are a bohemian dream (my personal favorite). Picture it: minimalist chic, berber carpets underfoot, vintage travel trunks, timber furniture, and the night lit up by the warm glow of rattan lanterns.
Each tent boasts a huge, super comfy king bed, strategically positioned for a wake-up call from Mother Nature herself. The bathrooms are spacious, complete with a hot water multi-jet shower, bathrobes, and all-natural bath toiletries. Is there Air Conditioning? Of course. Some of the tents even have beds on the terrace.
I saved the best part for last – each tent has a private bathtub on the terrace with the most incredible panoramic sunset views I’ve ever seen in my life. I could’ve stayed in that tub forever!
Even if you’re not the camping or glamping type, trust me, Agafay Luxury Camp is about to steal your heart.
There are 2 swimming pools at Agafay Luxury Camp – Asagum and Aqsus. Both are infinity pools and have spectacular views of the dunes and mountains. If you’re interested in having a cocktail by the pool, head to Asagum, where there’s poolside service. Both pools offer sunbeds and towels and are open from 9 am to 7 pm. If the camp is fully booked and you can’t get a tent for the night, you can get a day pass to the swimming pools + lunch for 55 euros.
*There is also a jacuzzi area under construction, but it’s not currently open.
We did the couple’s hammam and massage spa package and it was amazing! If you haven’t yet dipped your toes into the world of hammam experiences, let me be the one to wholeheartedly recommend giving it a shot. It’s an adventure for the senses that you won’t want to miss – leaving your skin silky soft.
My husband was a tad nervous stepping into the unknown waters of the hammam for the first time, but in the end, he ended up loving the experience. The meticulous care taken by the spa professionals left us feeling not only physically refreshed but also mentally invigorated. It was the perfect prelude to the massage that followed. (Important note: Bathing suits are allowed in the hammam. Men keep theirs on, while women may be asked to remove their tops for the dead-skin removal process. If you are uncomfortable with this – you can let them know that you will keep your top on and it’s no issue.)
Our massage was 45 minutes and both therapists seemed to have this innate ability to identify and untangle knots we didn’t even know existed. The peaceful music, mixed with the calm sounds of the desert, let us feeling like we were dreaming.
If you’re considering a pampering session, do yourself a favor and go for it. Treat yourself and your favorite person to the luxury of a spa day.
Dining at Agafay Luxury Camp
There are two main restaurants on the property – Agafay Allas (serves breakfast, dinner, and specializes in Asian cuisine) and Agafay Tfaya (Morrocan cuisine with sustainable, seasonal menus). Both have beautiful views and serve alcohol. Each night there’s a bonfire and a live Gnawa music show.
Our dining experience at the restaurants was fantastic. I have a very serious food allergy, and the chef went above and beyond, offering to whip up something not even on the menu to ensure extra safety for me. The dishes arrived quickly, and they were absolutely delicious!
If you’re interested in private dining – they offer options for private breakfast or lunch or to admire the beautiful sunset at at the top of a big dune, with a panoramic view with sparkling wine and light plates.
There’s also a pool bar that serves light bites and shisha. You can have them serve you at your tent as well.
If the incredible tents with your own private outdoor bathtub, the spa/hammam, 2 pools, and delicious food isn’t enough to keep you busy – don’t worry. There are some super fun activities to do!
Agafay Desert quad bike tour –
We did this right when we arrived, while we were waiting for our room to be ready and it was SO much fun! The guide took us to some gorgeous viewpoints and we got to get off the quads for photos. It’s a 1 hour adventure and you can reserve your time slot in the camp reception area. The price is 39 euros/person.
Agafay camel trekking –
For a more leisurely yet equally exciting experience, you can go camel trekking for 29 euros/person.
Hot air balloon flight –
If you’re seeking a panoramic perspective, you can take a Hot Air Balloon flight that unveils the authentic charm of Morocco’s Douars, situated just 60 km from the camp. Marvel at the Jbilets mountains, the Oued Tensift valley, and, weather permitting, the majestic Atlas mountain range. This package costs 225 euros/person and includes round-trip transport via 4×4, van, or minibus, Moroccan tea and coffee, a 40 to 60-minute flight, and a Berber breakfast.
Paragliding tour –
Take a private sunset Paragliding tour, providing awe-inspiring bird’s eye views over the Agafay Desert and Atlas Mountains. This epic experience costs 120 euros/person.
Other things you need to know about Agafay Luxury Camp
- Prices for Agafay Luxury Camp start from 228 euros/night including breakfast and 278 euros/night including half board (breakfast & dinner).
- You can reserve a tent here.
- There are only 20 tents at the camp and they do get booked up quickly. Make sure to reserve your tent well in advance if possible! We got really lucky and ended up getting a tent just 2 weeks in advance, but don’t count on that happening especially in high season.
- The Agafay Desert is a photographer’s paradise and it would be extra amazing with a drone, but unfortunately drones are very illegal in Morocco.
- My sister and I went to Morocco a few years back with her drone (as we were traveling to numerous countries that allowed drones). They took her drone in the airport and she never got it back. As enticing as drone shots might be, just don’t risk it!
Extra tip: When you get to Marrakech, make sure to check out some of the best rooftop restaurants