What would a French septuagenarian lady be doing living in a town on the outskirts of the Sahara desert for the last twenty years, one would ask himself. Well, Michele had a dream when she was a child. She wanted to have a villa in the Sahara. And she made that dream a reality. This is not a refurbished kasbah but a charming 6 bedroom bed and breakfast built from the ground up using local materials. The villa is located on the outskirts of Zagora, which is hardly more than a charmless province town built by the French in the 1920's to better control the south of Morocco. The charm lies in the Draa river and the surrounding palm grove, one of the vastest in the world. Here, in the morning or at dawn, you can venture out and have a leisurely walk to see how the locals plow and sow water mellons, figues, onions, parsley or pomegranates under the protecting shade of the date palms. Villa Zagora makes the perfect stop half way between Marrakech and the dramatic dunes of Erg Chigaga, although the splendid gardens and inviting pool may allure you to spend more than just one night. You'd be a fool to miss dinner in the gardens on a warm evening. Local beer and wine are available on site. Best visited from September to June.