The Bedouin Experience

Bedouin "Under the Stars" Experience. Discover Morocco’s Secret Paradise! Once-in-a-lifetime outdoor adventure – an authentic Bedouin camp experience.

 

Bedouin "Under the Stars" Experience

POA – tailored to individual client requirements

Discover Morocco’s Secret Paradise! We are thrilled to offer clients a once-in-a-lifetime outdoor adventure during their stay – an authentic Bedouin camp experience. An incredible and rare opportunity to experience* one of the most beautiful, local only known parts of Essaouira's stunning coast.

 
Starlit Camping in Morocco

We have partnered up with a very dear friend, Mohamed, who has kindly agreed to allow clients access to his rural estate where you can enjoy a delicious authentic Moroccan lunch or dinner al frescoprivate guided trek of the sand dunes to explore the waterfalls and time to chill on one of Morocco’s most secluded and secret beaches. The more adventurous may wish to camp** under the stars in a Bedouin tent, enjoy a BBQ or traditional Moroccan meal and open camp fire.

For bookings, please speak to Emma who will be happy to make arrangements based on your requirements.
 

*Private excursion. Available exclusively to Castles in the Sand clients. Day trips with lunch or dinner available. 

**Camping is optional. Breakfast included for overnight stays - all you need is your toothbrush and sleeping bag!

 

MEET MOHAMED

 

Mohamed is one of Emma's oldest friends in Essaouira, having met shortly after her arrival in Morocco, they've been firm friends ever since. His friendly, warm nature and unmistakable cheeky charm has made Mohamed a firm favourite with Castles in the Sand clients.

Morocco's answer to Bear Grylls, his playful character paired with an in-depth knowledge of all things 'boy scout' as well as the local area make him an essential extension to the Castles in the Sand family. 

Prior to establishing his "Bedouin Experience" for Emma's clients, Mohamed worked with Essaouira's finest hotels and restaurants to supply high quality, fresh seafood. He's also an incredible chef (just wait until you try his banana salad, no joke!) and what he doesn't know about fresh fish/local ingredients just isn't worth knowing. 

Mohamed's family often feature in the Bedouin Experience, with his mother helping to cook an authentic Moroccan meal or his auntie serving up sweet Moroccan tea to clients at her home.

You simply don't get a more genuine or authentic Moroccan experience than this. 

 
 

BEDOUIN CAMP SET-UP

Timelapse video: Behind the scenes set up of the Bedouin experience with Mohamed.

 

BEDOUIN GALLERY

 

CLIENT REVIEWS

The BBQ was the highlight of our trip. Mohamed is such a generous host, an amazing cook and knows all the best spots! Riding camels along the beach before dining at sunset with a panoramic view was an experience we’ll never forget. A must if you visit Essaouria.
— Sarah Jagger (July 2017)
Exclusive Bedouin Camp Essaouira
One of the best meals we’ve had in our lives... Thank you Emma. We loved our whole stay and especially loved Mohammed and Amina and are so grateful.
— Jeremy & Emma (June 2017)
Beyond amazing. We were blown away the whole time!
— Rebecca Purtell (May 2017)
Ben and I went to Essaouria for a few days at the beginning of February. Both of us had been there before but years ago. We were greeted by Mohamed and Emma, who made our trip the most seamless magical experience ever. We had things that we had planned to do but the highlight was being taken by Mohamed to the most wonderful deserted, enormous wild beach, where we had the pleasure of meeting his divine family.

We spent the day exploring, going from beach to grassy waterfalls, rock climbing for fossils and walking for miles along deserted sands... We then returned to the most incredible feast – BBQ’d fish, served with the most insanely delicious ‘mumas’ version of baba ganoush... incredible food, such warm hospitality and an honour to be looked after by such a lovely family!

Highly recommended
— Paula Bostock (February 2017)
It was a beautiful and peaceful day. We visited one of the most spectacularly vast, and seemingly never ending, beaches and saw only two other souls on it the entire time – both local fisherman going about their duties. After our walk, Mohamed’s lovely family cooked us a feast of fresh meat and fish served with plenty of olives and wine. We sat round inside a beautifully constructed Bedouin tent and took shelter from the December sea winds. After food, we all sat around playing cards and taught Mohamed our favourite game which, by the second round, he had mastered and subsequently put us all to shame.

All in, it was a wonderful day out. By the time we got home we were knackered but fully revitalised! Full recommendation to anyone thinking about doing it!
— Bella Warley (December 2016)
A big thank you, we had a great time in Essaouira – and with Mohamed. He took us to the argan oil place and his auntie’s house who kindly made us tea. We then headed to his land and had a long walk on the beach and to the waterfall. Mohamed was a great host and he’s a really nice guy. The place is truly special and I would recommend doing that to anyone! We also went riding with Jawed, which was also super nice. First time on a horse for me, Jawed was great.

Thanks a lot for all your help, it made my first time in Morocco special and we’d love to go back to Essaouira!
— Sylvie Champenois-Bevan (October 2016)
40th Birthday Celebrations
The most beautiful land... What an experience! Very rural, right by the sea. Mohamed cooked us an incredible meal of fresh fish and chicken, gorgeous tomatoes salad and the lushes aubergine dish! Local red wine was supplied, which was so tasty!
— Sabrina Kidd (May 2017)
We had the best day at the beach! Mohamed and Fatmizara were absolutely incredible – so hospitable and helpful. The beach was amazing. A most unique landscape unlike anything we had ever seen before. The BBQ lunch was delicious. The walk was so interesting and we were lucky enough to see a herd of goats come hurtling down the sand dunes for a drink! A very relaxing day.
— Sarah Griffin (April 2017)
Our family day out with Mohamed was truly astounding, a perfect introduction to the beautiful and unspoilt Essaouira and its surroundings. We spent our day on a private beach, played in the sand dunes, rode camels to a waterfall, ate a delicious BBQ of the morning’s catch of sardines, homemade keftas and delicious salads. We enjoyed chatting to Mohamed and learning more about his fascinating and welcoming country and culture. As the sun set, we were given traditional sweet Moroccan tea and local cakes.

The day was well organised from beginning to end and we felt very well looked after. We would all highly recommend it – it was just the perfect day!
— Ella Oates (January 2017)
When did you last spend a day on a deserted sandy beach with no sign of other people for as far as you can see? A complete get away from everything; yet only a short drive from the hustle and bustle of Essouaira. Mohamed shared a special place with us and we felt very privileged.
— Philippa Swayne (December 2016)
A wonderful contrast to drive south for about an hour to a stretch of beach where Mohamed and his family own a plot of land overlooking the endless wild sandy beaches that fringe the coast of Morocco.

It is amazing to me that you can still come across such beautiful beaches completely free of development so close to Europe. We were the only people there – apart from some fishermen, running along the shore, trying to guess where the shoals of sea bass would be, then casting their nets.

After an hour or so wandering along the beach in the warm winter sun, we clambered up the dunes and retraced our steps inland, past a waterfall. We returned to the little hut overlooking the beach where Mohamed’s mother and niece were barbecuing a delicious feast. To sharpen our appetites we went for a swim in the surf – in December (much warmer than Cornwall)! Then lunch – served to us sitting on cushions under an awning overlooking the shore – fresh fish, salads, dips and something delicious to drink. Still not a soul to be seen in either direction as far as the eye could see.

Mohamed was a terrific host – very friendly and hospitable and adept at picking up card games. It was a wonderful, memorable day.
— Rothes Miller (December 2016)
Just as you described it... MAGICAL (and more!)
— Jamie Hogg (November 2016)