Sand bath in Merzouga

sand bath merzouga sahara desert

The sand bath in Merzouga in the Sahara desert is an ancient Berber treatment for curing ailments affecting the joints, muscles and tendons. It is best performed during the hottest months of July and August. Prior to taking a sand bath as a form of treatment, it’s advisable to seek the advice of a medical doctor. Those suffering with blood pressure or other heart related ailments are advised against taking a sand bath due to the intense heat. For the preparation of the bath, a hole is dug in the sand the size of the person taking the bath and about 20cm deep. The hole is left open for half an hour to allow the desert heat to penetrate into the sand. Once sufficiently hot, the person lies in the hole and is “buried” in sand, obviously leaving the head free. The person spends typically from 10-30 minutes in the bath, during which water is available for quenching thirst!

Our Marrakech Riad still has limited availability in July and August. Dar Zaman offers a deliciously cool plunge pool in a stunning courtyard setting and all our en-suite bedrooms are fitted with powerful air conditioning that can reduce the room temperature to that of a British summer within 5 minutes. Our sun terrace is great for sunbathing; we’ll bring you ice and ice cold drinks to help you through the day 🙂

Contact our riad reservations team today to take advantage of our fabulous Marrakech Riad Summer Specials during July and August.