The Azalay

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Sleeps: 22 Bedrooms: 8 Bathrooms: 8


Pool Ideal for Kids Walk to Village

In a desert oasis of green outside the Saharan town of Zagora, you’ll find The Azalay, conceptualised as a meeting of East and West where histories and stories intertwine, where dreams are realised and new inspiration is found

Each room is devoted to the authors and characters that first conjured for us imaginings of the mystical desert sands, and the African continent that lay beyond. From Théodore Monod to Matisse, to Lawrence of Arabia, the period furnishings and decorations have been carefully picked out with their worlds in mind.

This is a unique retreat offering the chance to make excursions three hours into the desert, to an encampment where you can experience the height of luxury miles from civilisation, giving you time to really escape and find some peace. We’ve really never seen anything quite like the desert accommodation on offer, from the arm chairs to the four poster beds the pictures speak for themselves.

Oliver Approved

What you should know…

  • The heat can get pretty extreme in the summer months, so regular dips in the pool are a must!
  • Staying at the camp is arranged separately, and there is extra cost for both the accommodation and transport.

Property Features

Private Pool Air-Con BBQ Ground Floor Bed & Bath Wheelchair Access Bicycles Provided Spa/Massage Sauna/Steam Games Room Working Fireplace Heating Ceiling Fans Caretaker/Owner on Site

The accommodation is arranged as follows:

- 2 Discovery room : maximum 2 people  = 4 people

- 4 Travellers room : maximum 3 people in each room  = 12 people

- 2 Suite : maximum 4 ( eg ; family of 2 adultes + 2 children) = 8 people

ROOMS: Travellers Rooms are bigger than Discovery Rooms thanks to their lounges; they also offer the option of twin beds. Both room types feature an Italian shower or vintage cast-iron bathtub, hair-dryers and air-conditioning or fans. The two Suites are larger still, and also include a living room. Glass doors in every chamber lead directly into the lovely gardens.

FACILITIES: Those gardens are home to the pool, lined by chaise longues and straw parasols. There is a small spa, offering massages and hammams, as well as a croquet course. Dinner – classic Moroccan fare using local ingredients - may be served on the pool terrace or inside, where two lounges with fireplaces and Art Deco tables await, as does a library and games. Alcohol isn’t currently sold, but you’re welcome to bring your own.

EXTRA INFO: The Azalay also runs a Desert Camp. Excursions there – partly by camel if desired – can be arranged, and so too Draa River picnics.


About the surrounding area of The Azalay
Walk to Village <1hr to Airport Rural Location Outstanding Landscapes Tourist Towns & Villages
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The Azalay is located in the palmeraie.  It is 5 km before Zagora , when you're coming from Ouarzazat. The best activity to do when you're in the lodge is bike ride in the palmtrees and discover the traditional KSAR of tissergat.
The Azalay 'zagora' is 2h30 drive from Ouarzazate and 6 hours drive from Marrakech Our Camp is 3 hours drive from The Azalay and a 4x4 is necessary to get there, where working with a transport agency, that can handle your transfer to & from the camp by 4x4 with a driver for the price of 1800 dhs.

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Zagora

(16-20 km)

Nearest Village Tissergat

(3 km)

Nearest Town/City Zagora

(5 km)

Nearest Train Station Marrakech

(Over 100 km)

Nearest Restaurant

(5 km )

Nearest Supermarket

(5 km)

Nearest Beach

(Over 100 km )


Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Babies & Toddlers Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

Morocco with kids is an exciting adventure. Just a 3 hour flight from the most of Europe and on the same time zone as the UK. Added to that it gives kids a taste of somewhere totally different.

Join a caravan of camels trekking across the Sahara Desert, explore the Marrakesh Souks, absorbing the colours, smells and different sights.

The Moroccans are family orientated. Expect to have people coming up and admiring your children, inviting you for tea or in to their shops.

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Walk to Village
  • <1hr to Airport
  • Tourist Towns & Villages

Onsite Facilities

  • Bicycles Provided
  • Games Room
  • Fenced Grounds

Services Available

  • Breakfast Included


Oliver's Extras

  • On-Site Concierge
  • Breakfast Included
  • Security guard
  • - Extra meal coasts: 200 dhs / person excluding soft drinks - all our soft drinks coast : 25 dhs - Please note that alcohol is not currently sold but you are welcome to bring your own and have it served by our staff

At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. If there is anything you would like to arrange for your stay, please contact the Oliver’s VIP Concierge Team (by clicking on the link in the blue Oliver’s Extras box above) who will be happy to help. We can usually put you in touch with the right people arrange any of the following:

- Cook/catering
- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting service
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge

This is by no means an exhaustive list, so please just contact Oliver’s VIP Concierge Team to help you arrange any of those little extras that can really make the difference.

Terms & Conditions

Visitors to Morocco are reminded to carry passports at all times to comply with local regulations.

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Arrival time Guests are invited to check in after 3:00 PM
Departure time Guests are requested to check out by midday on their day of departure.
Energy costs included? Energy costs are included in the villa rental.
Heating costs included? Yes
End of stay cleaning included? The cost of end of stay cleaning is included in the rental cost.
Linen & towels included? Linen and towels are provided
Security deposit 30% of total accommodation cost
Insurance It is recommended that all guests take out insurance to cover against potential cancellation, personal accidents and any accidental damage caused during your stay at the property.
Internet access? The property has complimentary Wifi connection. It is good to note that the speed is dependent on local provider and technical issues may cause reduced speed or cut of service.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 22 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Sep 17th 2019 - Mar 20th 2021 £1,349 £2,040 £2,731 £4,719

Prices based on an occupancy of 22 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Sep 17th 2019 - Mar 20th 2021 €1,456 €2,147 €2,838 €5,094

Prices based on an occupancy of 22 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Sep 17th 2019 - Mar 20th 2021 $1,603 $2,294 $2,985 $5,608

Please note that prices may not be 100% accurate for dates outside of the current calendar year. For an accurate quote, please enquire.


  • Simply Outstanding

    Posted by ST on 31/03/2019

    This is a truly wonderful experience. I could not recommend Azalay We had an exceptional stay and the hospitality is incredibly attentive and personalised. Nothing was too much trouble, we were treated with kindness and helpfulness, the food was delicious, the rooms were comfortable and we really had a memorable time. Our trip out to the Desert Camp was simply unbelievable with how fantastic everything was, from the tent to the service. We had tea brought to us on top of a dune at sunset, wonderful meals brought to us either at our tent or the restaurant, the tables were always laid so beautifully, we really couldn't have asked for anything more. The staff at the Camp were amazing, in particular Hisham, who looked after us as our main contant and was brilliant. We are truly grateful to all the team for ensuring we had a flawless visit. Thank you so much

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