Inara Camp

Agafay, High Atlas, Morocco
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Luxury desert glamping, an hour from Marrakech, with 18 tented suites, two picturesque pools and a top-rated restaurant

Get set for some serious escapism at this striking, secluded retreat in the Agafay Desert. Less than an hour from Marrakech, 18 tented suites of varying sizes dot the vast, stony terrain. In the distance, the Atlas Mountains stand tall while the sun rises and sets in a spectacular fashion. At night, a gazillion stars fill the sky.

Inara Camp is the sixth glamping creation from owner Vincent, so he knows a thing or two about high-end desert camping. And it shows. The tents are hotel-level comfy. Think huge, soft kingsize beds, woven rugs and ensuite bathrooms. A log burner adds a cosy charm during the winter months. Outside, the deck is where to quaff a sundowner as you listen to the sound of precisely nothing. Bliss. Spend the day exploring the dunes by foot or by camel. Then return to camp to scoff delicious Moroccan fare in front of a fire. Float in a dreamy oasis-style desert lagoon (which comes with a small beach) with stunning views of the canyon and mountains. Swap your stories with fellow campers. Stay for a while, or include it as part of a bigger Moroccan adventure. Either way, we think this will be one for the memory bank.

Highs

  • Soft kingsize beds, ensuite shower rooms, attention to detail, wide desert views – these tented suites are pure comfort
  • The epic sunsets and sunrises
  • The vast array of bucket-list-worthy activities on offer nearby (camel safaris, desert picnics, quad biking and more)
  • The staff, who are super friendly and helpful
  • The food served in the restaurant is divine

Lows

  • It’s less ‘golden sand dunes’, more ‘stony landscape’, but everything else makes this a superb desert experience
  • You'll have to pay to use the infinity pool (unless staying in the Explorer Tents), but the lagoon pool is free for all
  • Prices look a bit punchy for Morocco - but they do include dinner (and, in some cases, activities)
  • WiFi is pretty weak, so be prepared to disconnect and live in the moment

Best time to go

Inara Camp is open all year. Temperatures are balmy and pleasant in the mid 20Cs during spring (March-May) and autumn (October-November). During the winter, (December-February) temperatures average at just under 20C, but nights get chilly, so keep the cosy in-tent wood burner topped up. In the summer (June-September) temperatures can hit 40C.

Our top tips

This is a remote location; it won't be a quick process to get a specific snack or pack of cigarettes, so it is best to come prepared with all your little luxuries

Great for...

Family
Foodie
Great Outdoors
Romantic
  • Desert Camp
  • 18 tents
  • Restaurant + bar (open daily)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Heated Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Massages available
Room:

Rooms

18 luxury tented suites of varying sizes make up the main part of the camp. Each one offers a super comfy kingsize (or twin) bed, a cosy living area with a wood-burning stove and an ensuite shower bathroom (with hot running water). Bathrooms feature orange blossom ‘Les Sens de Marrakech’ products and argan oil soap. Wooden decks with far-reaching landscape views also come as standard.

There are three types of tent here: Discovery (sleeps 2), Emotion (sleeps 3) and, our favourite, the Inara Suite (for up to 4). Design-wise, think eco-chic. We love the thoughtful features - locally crafted homewares, cool woven rugs, comforting wood flooring, rattan pouffes - carefully hand-picked by the owner, Vincent. If you're being picky, the chipboard headboards in the smaller tents might feel a little cheap - another reason we prefer the Suite.

We stayed in an Emotion tent and loved every detail. From the cloud-like kingsize bed, to the surprisingly powerful shower and finishing touches from a local artist (whose repurposed creations are available to buy from the on-site shop), it's clear that no corners have been cut to make this a comfortable stay. The staff even light the wood-burner whilst you eat, so you can return to a toasty tent as you settle in for the night.

There are also some Explorer Tents in a separate section, exclusively for big groups. These simpler square canvas tents are spacious enough, but lined up much closer together, without any decking or private areas. Although less luxurious than those in the main camp, staying here gives you free access to a gorgeous infinity pool and private dining area. This camp is booked out for one group, so you won't have to share with anyone else. Ideal for big celebrations and special occasions.

Features include:

  • Hairdryer
  • Safe box
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries

Eating

Eating at Inara Camp is a treat. Fresh produce is selected daily from the local farm before the chef works his magic. In the mornings, expect a full breakfast with freshly baked pastries. A side serving of an epic sunrise, optional.

Dine at The Circle, a big tent, where, at night, candles flicker and a star-filled sky shines overhead. Heavenly. The restaurant is open all day. Dinner is a fixed menu of hearty, traditional Moroccan greats; we feasted on a trio of briouats (filled pastry triangles) and a prawn and mango quinoa salad to start, then onto a tantalising fish tagine and rich rib-eye steak. Dessert was fresh fruit and ktefa, a filo pastry stack oozing with creme anglaise. It's safe to say we slept well afterwards. You can also opt for a private tent if you prefer to eat separately - let them know in advance to check availability; note this incurs an extra cost.

For a change of scenery, Marrakech is under an hour away. The dining scene there is strong – you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Restaurant
  • Vegetarian menu
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Activities

  • There are all kinds of adventures to be had in the Agafay Desert, organised for you by the Inara Camp staff. Speed off on a quad bike, experience a camel trek, or explore the far-flung surroundings by desert bike
  • Treat yourself to an argan oil massage back at camp
  • Join a yoga session, especially therapeutic against a silent desert backdrop
  • Journey to the surrounding Atlas Mountains in a 4x4, stopping for a picnic when you get there
  • At nighttime, marvel at Saturn through a high-grade telescope. Learn how to navigate the stars from a professional astronomer
  • Explore the bustling souks of Marrakech (50 mins). There are museums to discover (fashionistas will love Musée Yves Saint Laurent) and palaces to find (start with Bahia Palace and its swoon-worthy tiling)
  • Water sports enthusiasts are spoilt for choice at Lalla Takerkoust Lake (14km). Stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, hoverboarding... take your pick

    Activities on site or nearby include:

    • Camel rides
    • Cycling
    • Hiking
    • Horse riding
    • Kayaking
    • Mountain biking
    • Quad biking
    • Stand-up paddle boarding
    • Trekking
    • Yoga

Kids

All ages are welcome at the camp. Kids will love the two pools and some of the activities on offer nearby (did someone say camel riding?). That said, there aren’t any facilities specifically aimed at children. And remember, this is a peaceful retreat, so parents of especially-shouty kids might get a few disapproving stares.

Best for:

Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation:

A small family of three can happily fit into The Emotion Tent. Choose from a kingsize bed or twins. An extra bed or cot can be added for the littlest family member.

Larger families of four should opt for the Inara Suite. A kingsize or twin beds come as standard. There’s ample space for two extra beds or cots.

Kids Activities on site:

  • A choice of swimming pools

Families Should Know:

Neither pool is gated. Temperatures can be high in the summer months

Distances:

  • Airport: 50 minutes
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Location

Inara Camp is set in the Agafay Desert in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, an hour south of Marrakech.

By Air:
Fly into Marrakech Menara (34km/50 mins), which is served by a range of international flights.

From the Airport
Take a taxi or arrange a transfer with Inara Camp.

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.

Airports:

  • Marrakech Menara Airport 34.0 km RAK

Other:

  • Beach 220.0 km
  • Shops 0.0 km
  • Restaurant 0.0 km

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