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Casa de tierra situada en el pueblo de Ksar Bounou, parcialmente cubierto por la arena, en el borde del oasis y frente a las dunas...para sentir la abrumadora fuerza del desierto, y vivir con las gentes del lugar experiencias inolvidables.

The space

Es una casa reconstruida en un pueblo casi abandonado que se encuentra justo al borde del desierto. El silencio, la dureza del entorno, la claridad de las noches,la hospitalidad de sus habitantes...hacen de la estancia un momento inolvidable.

Guest access

Hay electricidad, y agua corriente, aunque a veces esta sea con poca presión. La cocina dispone de frigorífico y de todo tipo de útiles.
Este año 2016 hemos construido un hammam en una casa colindante con dar Nuyum. Es un hammam del que usan aquí los habitantes del oasis, para dos personas.

Interaction with guests

Los anfitriones , la familia Sarhani, vive junto a Dar Nuyum. Se recomienda compartir con ellos las comidas, y la vida. Acompañar a Aisha en la cocina, visitar los huertos del oasis de la mano de Hassan, y descubrir lugares increíbles en medio de las dunas guiados por Azis, el hijo mayor.

Other things to note

Dormir sobre la terraza es una experiencia inolvidable.


The space
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 3
Beds: 8
Room type: Entire home/apt

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Prices
Extra people: 17 / night after the first guest
Weekly Discount: 14%
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 single bed
Bedroom 2
4 single beds
Bedroom 3
4 single beds

House Rules
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for infants (Under 2 years)

Respeto a los lugareños. Los últimos habitantes del pueblo son sobretodo personas mayores , agricultores, y muy apegados a sus costumbres.


Cancellations

Flexible

Cancel up to 24 hours before your trip and get a full refund. Cancel within 24 hours of your trip and the first night is non-refundable.


Safety features
First aid kit

Availability
1 night minimum stay

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Gerard User Profile
February 2017
Ksar Bounou Traveling to the M'Hamid region was quite an experience. We h We came upon the ancient village of Bounou. The directions given to us were very precise. Our host Hassan greeted us at the gates of the village of Bounou, a village he is restoring. We were greeted by him and his daughter, a delightful teenager. We were escorted to a restored home shown to our rooms on the second level then sat down for some tea and conversation. Hassan is a master tea maker. The process of preparing tea a la mente is not as simple as it appears. He brewed the teas several times adding more sugar from the cone each time. At the third reheating of the tea it was ready. The tea was done to perfection. We chatted for some time about the renovation of the village. A task that he has taken on himself with the help of students from other countries eager to learn his skills. After our tea, we went for a tour of the village. We were told that there are 14 families in the village, that dates back to the 5th century. Hassan's work is very impressive and he is quite proud of what he has accomplished thus far. Hassan then took us to witness the sunset in the Sahara. It was amazing! The sun sets quickly and darkness sweeps across the desert. The sky slowly lights up with stars. Later in the evening we were treated to a glimpse of the night sky from our terrace, roof, it was nothing we had ever seen before. The night sky was illuminated with what looked like millions of stars. The heavens were a glow. This is a sight that we do not see in the cities of Paris or New York. We stood under the dome and were in awe. Upon returning to the first level we had more tea, then were given the treat of being invited to watch Aïcha, Hassan's wife, prepare the vegetables and couscous for our dinner. She cooked in an ancient kitchen on a stove made from earth. It was a very beautiful sight. She cooked on the ground with ease and expertise. Her process for preparing the couscous was incredible. Steamed over the vegetable three times in clay pots. Each time she would sift the couscous and add water. No measuring, she knew what to do. We were also very fortunate to see her bake bread. Another memory to add to so many made in Morocco. We then went back to our dwelling and the ate the chicken couscous. After dinner we chatted some more with the entire family. Sleeping that evening was not a problem. The quietness was like a cocoon that help lull one to sleep. The next day our host took us to a souk next to Zagora. Very interesting since we were with him. We shopped for our dinner and other things. One item was a clay pot to cook...
Plácido User Profile
Response from Plácido:
Now you understand the name of the house "Dar Nuyum" the house of the stars. You have done many things in two days, but it is like a ray of sunlight in a cloudy day, among the palms trees there are many historys to be discovered. We wish to see you again. Good trip.
February 2017

Haris User Profile
January 2017
This was definitely one of the highlights of my month long trip in Morocco. Having the chance to interact and spend time with a saharawi family was an eye opening experience. You get 3 meals daily (some of the best meals I've had in Morocco), Aziz takes you on trips around the village and nearby, and the bedroom is comfy enough. No running water or wifi, but that's the desert experience. One major thing I'd like to point out. The airbnb money is only for the room. When I was checking out, the family told me that they don't get any share of the money and asked to contribute for everything they've done (all meals, tours on bike/walking, hammam, etc). I asked how much was suffecient and 300 MAD for 3 nights made them quite happy, but it was quite an awkward ending to a wonderful experience. I highly encourage the host to pre-arrange a certain price with guests (for eg. 50-100MAD per night to the Saharawi family) so that guests are aware of this (I didn't know only room is included in the price) and that the Saharawi family doesn't need to awkwardly ask for money at checkout (they obviously deserve money for everything they do for the guests). So please have an arrangement for an all inclusive price, thank you!
Plácido User Profile
Response from Plácido:
Hello Harris, thank you for your words. It is importan that you know that all the money i reveive from this web I give to Hassan Sarhani, because they look after the guests, they watch over the houses....and overall they open the door of their house, they show you the heart of the desert ( their hearts). The most importan thing in this proyect is the connection between differents cultures, like a "meeting point". I think you feel from the first moment that you are in "another" place, and you are like a family friends. Sorry if i was not enough clear, but i was travelling in Mauritanie without wi-fi. About the current water: the govermente built a new pipes sistem a year ago to take water to the one hundred families which live in the oasis ( including the four in the old medina) and they say that it is necessary all of them sign a new contract, but as of today most of them don.t have money to pay that current water. Even you can see that the palms trees are dying because the river never has water because there is a very big damm in Ouarzazate, the wells are drought and the people emigrate. The tourism is the last chance. good trip good luck and the stars lead your steps.
January 2017

Jutka User Profile
March 2016
The village of Bounou is a unique experience. It is not part of the usual tourist route so you can discover things for yourself. You will be staying in a 300 year old ksour, or fortified village, some of which have been restored. Conditions are simple and interesting. Placido the host went out of his way to accommodate us taking us back and forth to the nomadfestival in M'hamid and making sure we felt welcome. The local family you will be staying with are very nice and they cook delicious food. We had a great time and I highly recommend the experience.

Anita User Profile
March 2016
The room is in a wonderful house right next to Sahara desert. The room is very minimal and simple, but the matresses are quiet comfy, making you feel like a real Berber. The surrounding nature is just stunning and the host was super friendly and welcoming and gave us a walk through the desert, explaining us many things about the nature and life there. The village is unique and very interesting to see how people live there. The hosts are very friendly and welcoming, if you dont know any french or spanish they will talk to you anyway =) Also you should be getting up early by yourself if not Hassan will come and wake you up for breakfast with knocking the door and clapping outside the window. I would defenitely recommend this place for a stay in rural marocco to get the real vibe of the life there, but not if you want to have some chill time on your own.

Cristina User Profile
July 2015
This was one of those trips that change your way of looking at the world. I couldn't say that I was the same person since this week in Darnuyum. You are going to be taken to another realm, another way of living. Although the town was a bit isolated, we had no problem to arrive there with Placido's explanations. We were in such a comfortable, but simple, house! We slept like the locals do, in some kind of foam mattress, that were the best bed we had in our whole trip. Really really comfortable!! The Sarhani family were very respectful and kind with us. They helped us a lot, and they cooked for us all meals. The food was just wonderful! Aisha, the hostess, was an excellent cooker, and even if she couldn't speak any French or English, she wanted always to show us her culture, like how she prepared the food, etc. The host, Hassan, could speak French, and he showed us all the towns in the area, and explained us how the life in the desert is. It couldn't be more authentic to hear, at first hand, everything from them: how hard the life there is, and how their customs are a very important part of their survival in such a place. The area was spectacular, it wasn't just a simple desert, but a beautiful oasis, with a lot to see. The Sarhani family and Placido were really helpful in this case. They had recommended us a lot of places to see in the area. Everything was so beautiful and truly amazing! In spite of all this misunderstanding and misconception about the safety in Morocco, I must say that I found myself really safe all the moment. We never had a bad experience. The people try to sell you things, but nothing worse than this. They just want to make to live with honorable intentions. You will see that the first day. The people is really nice and kind with all the tourists and foreigners. It couldn't be more wonderful. It was a genuine experience, more than just a trip!

Hisabela User Profile
January 2017
Un hermoso lugar ,una hermosa familia, un pueblo (URL HIDDEN) final de un camino , entre dunas y palmeras , Dar Nuyun se esconde, como los diamantes ,entre laberintos de ensueño .Plácido es el Alma mater de un proyecto que secundan Hassan, Aisha, Azzis y Mariam brindando una hospitalidad maravillosa , que nos resulta difícil de olvidar.El té de Hassan y las comidas de Aisha son preparados casi con ritual, con un cariño generoso y sincero a través del cual se brindan en todo momento. Las salidas a recorrer el desierto con Azzis y Plácido ,la compañía de Mariam y Aisha , los paseos a conocer pueblitos perdidos , todo nos llama a regresar , a programar un nuevo viaje para seguir conociendo las historias que se esconden bajo las estrellas del Ksar Bounou. Gracias Plácido por ayudarme a conocer este lugar y tu labor , gracias Hassan , gracias Aisha , Azzis ,Mariam y hermano ...que se me fue el nombre !!!!!
Plácido User Profile
Response from Plácido:
Gracias a ti por valor de llegar a un lugar tan remoto y tu capacidad de renunciar a ciertas comodidades para integrarte en un modo de vida tan diferente. un placer haberte conocido. (Sofien se llama el hermano , jajaj)
January 2017

Teresa User Profile
March 2016
Una estancia en esta casa es una experiencia única, es trasladarse al pasado y vivir con una familia de allí como uno más. Comiendo con ellos, charlando, aprendiendo de la vida en el oasis. Es un sueño. Si quieres viajar como los viajeros de verdad, no ser un turista, profundizar en un lugar y llegar a sentirte parte de él, no lo dudes y visita esta casa, no lo vivirás como un alojamiento, estar con esta familia es como formar parte de ella. Assis te puede acompañar a maravillosos paseos por el desierto y mostrarte tesoros escondidos en los ksar (pequeños pueblos de tierra fortificados en los que aún se vive como hace cientos de años). La comida que prepara Aisha es deliciosa, hecha en leña, como el pan que amasa y cuece cada mañana en un pequeño horno de tierra. ¡¡Es increíble que aún queden sitios así y que podamos acceder a ellos!! Una joya exquisita.

Seville, SpainJoined in April 2014
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Amante del desierto, inicié hace varios años la rehabilitación de casas en el semiabandonado pueblo de Bounou. Ahora las ofrezco a aquellos viajeros que quieran
conocer el desierto desde dentro.
Escribiendo el nombre de la casa "Dar Nuyum" en un buscador puedes encontrar mucha información sobre este proyecto y sus alrededores.
La familia Sarhani construyeron Dar Nuyum y ahora hacen de anfitriones, viven en el mismo callejón de Dar Nuyum.
Aisha cocina en fuego de leña, es una es una señora muy extrovertida y orgullosa de sus costumbres que muestra a todos los invitados.
Hassan te guiará por los alrededores, desde su huerto
y las ruinas de otras kasbah hasta las cercanas dunas de Ben Yenety o las del morabito.
En cada rincón encontrarás sorpresas que a los turistas se les suele pasar.
...y las noches sobre la azotea, envuelto en una calma casi mística te hará sentirte en el centro del Universo.
Por cierto, a finales de este año 2014 inauguraremos la segunda casa rehabilitada "Dar Alhamama" ( La casa de la Paloma ) , en el mismo callejón, en frente del desierto.

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