Here at L’Ane Vert we are still under construction so we are continually developing. Here are some frequently asked questions and answers that are appropriate to our current stage.
We are progressing all the time and you can even witness our volunteers and staff building while you are here.
Can we pay by credit card ?
Currently we do have credit card facilities. We do accept Moroccan Dirhams, Euros, British Pounds and the US Dollar aswell. Otherwise you are able to pay by bank transfer while you are at L’Ane Vert. We have a Moroccan and French account.
Where is the nearest cashpoint?
The closest Cashpoint north is Essaouira.
Cancellation Fees ?
Free of charge if changes are made more than 7 days before your booking
* 20% charged if cancelled less than 7 days but more than 48h before the initial booking
* 50% charged if cancelled less than 48h before the initial booking
The closest Cashpoint south is Temanar.
Can we change foreign currency at L’Ane Vert?
Yes we can exchange Euros, British Pounds and the US Dollar.
Can you organise transport from the airport or hotel?
We work closely with our trusted taxi driver, Said. He can pick you up from the airport, bus station or hotel (outside of a medina).
Essaouira/Essaouira airport: 300/330MAD (day/night)
Smimou: 165/220MAD (day/night)
Marrakech/Marrakech airport: 900/950 MAD (day/night)
Agadir: 660/770MAD (day/night)
Agadir airport: 770/880 (day/night)
We strive to give you the prices for transport. Please remember we are on a gravel road that not all taxi drivers will travel on, so if another taxi offers you a cheaper price they may drop you off at the village – a 30min walk from L’Ane Vert.
Can we reach you by hire car?
We are off the main road about 5km on a gravel road. If you drive slowly you can easily get to us even in a small hire car – just take it slowly! During the rain season (winter) the river may flood and we are only reached from the south. If there are storms or a bad forecast before you arrive it is best to give us a call to be sure the river isn’t flooded. Check the forecast before you arrive – METEO AT L’ANE VERT
We can also arrange a hire car for you- just send us an email and we’d be happy to help!
OUR GPS COORDINATES – 31.082959, -9.809547
What is it like inside the tents during winter?
During winter the temperature can drop at night but during the day the temperature is pleasant and can even get quite hot. We provide extra blankets to keep you cosy at night. It is still a tent and subject to extreme weather conditions but our goal is to keep you guys as comfortable as possible.
What is it like inside the tents during summer?
During the summer the weather can get hot, but we are close to the beach so it never gets as hot as the desert! The tents can get warm during the day but at night it always cools down and they are comfortable for sleeping.
Is there hot water?
All of our showers have hot water however being in middle of nowhere things can be take a little longer to fix. If there is a problem with hot water, electricity or maintenance we have an lovely on-site handyman that loves running around fixing things!
What happens if it rains?
Here it generally rains 20 days of the year. For the tents we have plastic protection that shelters them from the rain but it does get less comfortable. If you are unlucky enough to be here during the rain we will try and put you in one of our upstairs bedrooms free of charge. If they are not available and you are shy to nature and it’s elements and choose to leave we are happy to refund 50% of your accommodation.
What are the waves like for surfing?
In the bay there are many different breaks that offer different styles of surfing. In the local village there is a right-hand point break and you can also hit up the beach break right in the front of L’Ane Vert. The waves get higher in winter – up to 6m and calm down during summer. Check out our surfing section for more information and follow the link to see what the weather is doing at the moment.
What is there to do in the area?
There is plenty to see and discover in this amazing region. There are some beautiful walks in the area including trekking up through the dunes, checking out the caves during low-tide at the end of the beach and taking a picnic and hiking up to the cape. There is also a near-by canyon that fills up with freshwater after the rain season- perfect for swimming!
There is a fisherman village within walking distance where you can buy fresh fish and have it grilled straight away for a delicious lunch.
Depending on the waves you can pass your days surfing on the deserted beach soaking up the Moroccan sun.
You can also take day-trips into Essaouira, Sidi Kouki and Immsaoune.
Do you offer volunteering?
Yes! We are always looking for eager volunteers to join our team at L’Ane Vert. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please send us an email and check out our HELPX page.
We are looking for people that can stay longer than two weeks.
Can we participate in an artist residency?
If you have an idea for an artist residency please send us a detailed email with your project, references, past work and general information about yourself.
Check out the L’Echange (L’Ane Vert’s non profit organisation) site to see our previous residencies and environmental initiatives!
Is there WIFI?
We unfortunatly don’t have free wifi at L’Ane Vert, We encourage you to take a break from technology and Facebook and GO TO THE BEACH! But we also sale here SIM card “Orange” for 5€ ( all size ) with some internet and voice data included (3G). You can also then turn your phone in hotspot.
Is there a shop near the Ecolodge?
There is a small shop 5 mins walk from the Ecolodge where you can find bread, fruits, cheese and other basics. You can also go into the village along the beach, about 30mins walk, where you can find a wider selection of groceries.
Can you cater for dietary needs and intolerances?
We are more than happy to cater for any dietary needs or intolerances. Please just let us know when you arrive or when making your booking.
Can we bring our own alcohol to the bar?
We have a bar at L’Ane Vert with wines, beers and fun cocktails. If you bring your own alcohol we ask that you also consume at our bar.
Do you have an open kitchen?
At L’Ane Vert there is not an open kitchen but we have a restaurant and tapas bar that offers affordable meals with fish, meat and vegetarian options. If you bring your own food we ask that you consume it down in the camp near the hammock.
Is it appropriate for children at the Ecolodge?
We are still under construction so it can be hazardous for young children at L’Ane Vert, but if they are closely supervised then they can have a wonderful time out here in nature.
Do you have wheelchair access?