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SBAI PALACE WHAT KIND OF COMMUNITY CAN WE CREATE TOGETHER?

WE HAVE CREATED AN AMAZING AFRICAN EXPERIENCE

ARTISTS

NEED SOME SPACE TO GIVE YOUR CREATIVITY ROOM TO BREATHE?

REMOTE WORKER

WANT TO TRANSPORT YOUR "ZOOM ROOM" TO A NEW LOCATION?

RETREAT LEADERS

NEED A RESET?

CREATIVES

GOT AN IDEA YOU WANT TO BE INSPIRED TO GET DONE?

OUR CREATIVE COMMUNITY WELCOMES YOU

EXPERIENCE THE TRANQUILITY OF THE SAHARA DESERT

Sbai Palace is not your ordinary desert Kabash, we are a luxury retreat center that houses beautiful traditional guest rooms for short stays.

We have an 11-cottage artist commune space for long stays and a 11-room private wing to host retreats of all types.

It is an unsuspecting mecca of art and culture, nestled inside walls of luxury.
It has the services and exquisite environment of a luxury hotel mixed with the charm and warmth of the Sahara people and their gracious hospitality.

MOHAMMED SBAI

Owner of Sbai Palace

Mohammed Sbai was born and raised between the desert and the oasis of M'hamid El Ghizlane "the door to the Sahara" in a family with a nomadic background. The beautiful family name Sbai means "son of the lion". His father, Mohamed Cheikh Sbai was well respected in the region and instrumental in the social and political movement, defending the rights of the nomadic tribes and the local community in M'hamid El Ghizlane. During his dedicated life to the Sahara, he met with two generations of Moroccan kings.

As a young boy, Mohammed was already inspired to be an entrepreneur and started to work guiding travelers through the desert. After a few years, he also became interested in trading jewelry and rugs inspired by the old trans-saharan caravans from Mhamid to Tawdanni ( salt mine ) in Mali and the shared history of the family.

When Mohammed was only 20 years old he crossed roads with an American who worked with meteorites, learned the business, and traveled to the US. Once he understood the dynamics of the magic stones he began traveling in Sub-Sahara Africa, Europe, Asia and America.

As he expanded, he organized Nomads all over the world, teaching them to identify the special stones and created a supply chain. That supply chain expanded to deserts in all corners of the world and brought him to many international tradeshows. His stones are bought by celebrities, museums, and other places of interest. He was able to share his specific knowledge in international publications such as National Geographic & France 2.

With the wealth he made from the stones he started to buy hotel properties in and around the oasis where he grew up. Employing the local youth of M'hamid El Ghizlane and developing the oasis with agriculture. Sbai Palace is the largest and most grand of the 5 properties. It is supplied by two farms and connected to a luxury camp in the dunes.

T. BARNES

Global Lifestyle Entreprenuer

Owner of T. Barnes Beauty and T. Barnes Global Travel met Mohammed by chance on a flight from New York to Casablanca.

They became instant friends. He flew from Casablanca to Marakesh to meet with her travel group for dinner and invited them to Ouarzazate to his riad property.

T. Barnes created a dinner party with a beautiful decadent decor and customized menus. He appreciated her taste which led Mohammed to invite her back to reimagine Sbai Palace in M'Hamid. They made plans for her to return in a few weeks and then the world slowly came to a halt.

At the onset of the coronavirus pandemic T. Barnes left America with her daughter in tow believing the Sahara Desert would be safer than the US. Her instincts were right and in the midst of global chaos she began to re envision Sbai Palace, changing the decor and business model to offer an opportunity for others to experience the solace she had found in this small desert town.

This chance meeting turned into a budding business partnership and a move to the Sahara to create a creative community with long and short term stays, what she believes is the future of travel.

EXPERIENCE SBAI PALACE AS A GUEST OR A RESIDENT

As a guest and/or resident at Sbai Palace, you’ll be transported by the charm of farm to table traditional Morrocan food mixed with global fusions, fresh fruit infused cocktails, Saharan architecture and decor while engaging with creatives and tourists from all over the world.

SBAI PALACE GIVES YOU THE SPACE TO CREATE

A space to be alone, be together, or be in conversation

ARTISTS COMMUNE

At Sbai Palace we have an 11-room artist commune. Located in the small town of M'Hamid, within the majestic grounds of Sbai Palace surrounded by the dunes of Sahara desert, we offer suites for creatives to have peace and quiet to focus and simply be or to create. Our artist residence have suites with a private bathroom, bedroom and studio/living room area.

Artist must apply for this opportunity as the space each year is limited. Suites are available for 1 to 12 months and includes 3 meals per day. Dinners are served buffet style within the commune area, allowing artist to network and exchange. Space and time can be arranged for artist shares, talks and exhibits.

RETREAT CENTER

Whether you want a yoga retreat, a writers' sanctuary, or host an employee appreciation experience, we can host you and your guests.

The retreats are hosted in a private part of the palace with 10 rooms with 2 twin beds, private space for retreat leaders, it's own lounge area and space to hold private sessions, meetings and yoga classes. Retreat groups are also free to use other parts of the grounds for their various activities. Your retreat will be custom designed to suit your needs.

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WHAT DOES YOUR EXPERIENCE COST?

For US$2000 per month you can live, enjoy three curated meals a day, have daily turn down service and housekeeping, breathe, relax, recover and be inspired.

Residence at Sbai Palace Creative Community is offered nightly, weekly, monthly and yearly. All stays include; room or suite with a private bathroom, daily turn down service, 3 meals per day, daily tea time, studio space and community programming.

(All cottages are reserved for artists that need onsuite studio space to create)

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Created By
TaNesha Barnes
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