Morocco Part Two: Scarabeo Camp
I really didn't know what to expect going into Scarabeo.
I'd seen pictures on other blog accounts of what looked like a beautiful yet vast desert dunes, with the occasional white tent propped up. Although I didn't know much about what experience was to come, I had been reassured by my friend that it was the go to place to 'Glamp' aka glamorous camping but as someone who has never been camping before this didn't do much to shape my expectations.
But when we were picked up by the cutest little yellow jeep, I just knew that this was going to an absolute adventure!
The car ride from our riad in the busy streets on of Marrakech to the camp took about one hour. It wasn't long before we left the smoke, noise and smells of the busy city behind to be engulfed in complete serenity.
After leaving the hustle and bustle of the city behind, we arrived in Scarabeo a little over an hour later. Upon hopping out of our little jeep, we were greeted by rolling desert hills and of course some mint tea before being shown to our tent. Being that we were in the desert all you could see for miles around were the rolling hills and occasional camel grazing in the distance, but we'll get to them later.
Our tent was perfectly located in the middle of the camp which was made up of dining tents, a library esque tent filled with books about all Moroccan history and of course social areas finished with traditional style moroccan floor cushions and heavy set silver tables.
The inside of each tent is magical, I remember when I stepped in I was full of wows! The floor is covered in thick persian style rugs, with old school suitcases stacked up in corners toggle the rooms some extra character and the perfect little fireplace, perfect for copying up to on the chilly desert nights. Being in Scarabeo definitely gave an out of this world vibe with suitcases, rugs and cushions littered all over the room to provide your perfect Lawrence of Arabia style night.
After settling in and taking some instal-worthy snaps, we decide to explore the camp a little bit before finally lounging on the mats outside and basking in the sun. After being in Morocco for a few days at this point it is safe to say that we had developed a very string addiction to peppermint tea, so we were over the moon when e found out that the camp offered an endless supply of peppermint tea and sweet treats to go with it!
Leaving the business of city, Scarabeo offered a welcome break and with no wifi, it was actually really nice to switch off and enjoy the surroundings. We spent most of the day lazing in the sun, chatting and doing some reading until the evening before heading over for dinner.
Dinner was definitely something to drool over - being in Marrakech we had been binging on traditional moroccan tanginess and tonight's dinner was no exception. Our table was perfectly set with candlelight before our dinner of both lamb and vegetable tangine was laid before us, accompanied with some fluffy cous cous. If this wasn't enough to stuff us to the brim, it was finished off with an apple and almond pastry. We could just about wobble back to our tents after dinner where a fire was fiercely burning away.
By the time the Sun set, lamps and in the distance you could see campfires burning in the distance providing the perfect setting for some post dinner relaxation, because after all what beats a desert campfire and staring up at the brightly lit sky as a way to end your day.