Morocco Part IV: Traditional Relaxation
The next morning, we wake up early and eat a big breakfast of dates, olives, flat breads and cheese. We’ve just about finished when a sandstorm begins to whip up around us. The Berber gentlemen who look after the camp wrap their headscarves tight around themselves and carry on about their day. We say goodbye and then hop back into the 4×4 before the storm gets too bad.
We have to be back at the airport later that day, but decide we could do with a bit of a freshen up first. The decision is made and our last expedition in Morocco is visiting The Berber Palace Hotel’s hammam, a traditional kind of spa treatment that most Moroccans indulge in at least once a month – many once a week.
We’re rubbed down with a salty oil scrub, rinsed off with big buckets of water, directed to a rose-infused bath, left to boil in the steam room for a bit and then finally treated to a fantastic massage. It’s the perfect way to recover from time spent in the desert, and a wonderfully authentic way to end my first trip to Morocco.