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As desert-lovers ourselves, we've been scouring our Big Short Break destinations to come up with the ultimate short break desert experience. Now, dear reader, we think we've cracked it with our Sahara helicopter safari.
Best Time To Visit
Aug - Jul
Flight from London
Introducing our Sahara helicopter safari, combined with a stay in possibly the finest luxury hotel Morocco has to offer. A word of warning, this trip is not for the faint of budget, but for anyone time-pressed and wanting an incredible 'trip-of-a-lifetime' desert experience, this is as good as it gets.
While everything is - as always - completely tailor-made, we recommend the following. On arrival into Marrakech Airport, you are met and taken across to the onsite helipad from where a private helicopter whisks you over the beautiful Atlas Mountains to the hugely romantic Dar Ahlam Desert Camp. Don't let the word 'camp' put you off, though - this is the dictionary definition of glamping, and as far removed from sleeping in a Millet's tent as it's possible to get without being in an actual building.
The camp is deep into the nearest dune sea (rather than scrub desert) to the UK, the vast Sahara that stretches out southwards from the town of Ouarzazate, and is so remote that to drive there from Marrakech would take the small matter of eight hours - hence the heli-recommendation.
There are just ten beautifully designed and decorated tents, kitted out in the same style as the luxurious rooms at Dar Ahlam, the desert camp's sister property near Ouarzazate. We probably only recommend one night at the camp, but that should be magical enough thanks to the location and onsite staff, who can arrange for a romantic candle-lit private dinner in the dunes (ideal for anyone planning a proposal), massages in your tent, or a dawn walking tour to understand more about desert life.
After a day and night to remember, we recommend driving (or helicoptering again if you're really pushing the boat out) back to Dar Ahlam proper to experience a night or two of serious kasbah luxury, before heading back (again, by 4x4 or heli) to Marrakech where you can extend your stay with another night or more in one of the many slick riads in the medina before flying home. Few trips will score higher on the 'what did you do at the weekend?' boastability scale.