Marrakech, Essaouira and the Sahara Desert February 2024
Marrakech, Essaouira, Sahara Desert Yoga Adventure, Morocco 24th February - 2nd March 2024
Enjoy a week of adventure, visiting 3 contrasting areas of Morocco. Explore the Medina of Marrakech, drive over the High Atlas Mountains to get to the Sahara Desert and then explore the colours and historical architecture by the sea in Essaouira. Relax in classic Moroccan Berber-style accommodation with yoga twice a day.
This winter, escape the northern hemisphere’s cold and shorter days and explore Morocco on this week’s adventure, from Marrakech to the desert in Ouarzazate to Essouria on the Atlantic coast, with some days off in between to relax at the hammam or by the pool.
That’s right! Base yourself at our beautiful venue on the outskirts of Marrakech and whilst still enjoying daily yoga classes, enjoy exploring farther afield in this beautiful and diverse country. With temperatures reaching 20 degrees Celsius and clear sunny days feel the warm sunshine on your skin.
First stop and only a 20-minute drive into the heart of the old city of Marrakech and the souks, included in the price is a tour of this area to get your bearings and then spend a day exploring and shopping here and drinking mint tea or relaxing at our authentically designed and furnished Berber retreat hotel.
Next stop, enjoy a day tour to Ouarzazate, the last town before the vast expanse of the Sahara Desert. The journey is part of the experience, driving over the Tiz-n Tichka pass ( 6660 feet) with spectacular scenic views of mountains and semi-desert terrain topped by Kasbahs and Berber houses. From the green of Marrekach ascend into the mountains and descend into the desert. A sight to see.
The last day out is to the beautiful Atlantic coastal town of Essaouira, with all of its colours and ocean breeze. Explore the souks here and have less hassle than in Marrakech. Enjoy a leisurely lunch and take a walk along the long beach. With fine examples of both Moorish and Portuguese architecture, it is a picturesque place to explore.
When you aren’t off adventuring, there is time to relax in your spacious private Berber-designed hotel with two yoga spaces, two pools, and plenty of outdoor lounging space with Moroccan courtyards and bougainvillaea romantically spilling over from private balconies.
For a really relaxing day spend it at the Hamam and spa. Feel invigorated with the Moroccan-style Hammam experience followed by a soothing massage. Float back to your room or relax by the pool or in one of the many courtyards.
Whatever it is you decide to do, there are 3 hours of yoga a day in the outdoor yoga Shala to re-energise and revitalise throughout the week.
Enjoy three meals a day whilst at the hotel and enjoy each day as it comes. It is your holiday so be as active or relaxed as you like.
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You can arrive at your leisure. The transfer is only 25 minutes from Marrakech airport. After you’ve checked in relax by the pool and we will have a yoga class for those who have arrived at 5-6 pm and then dinner will be from 7 pm.
Transfers will be organised for you by the venue and added to your bill at the end of your stay.
Departure day is again flexible. Check-out is 2 pm but if your flight is later, relax at the pool and shower in the guest departure room prior to your flight.
8am - 10am
Morning yoga to energise and awaken
10.30am - 5pm
Day 1: Half day tour in Marrakech - enjoy exploring the Medina
10.30am - 6pm
Day 2: A day trip to the Sahara Desert
10.30am - 5pm
Day 3: Relax at the venue, enjoy a hammam and spa experience
10.30am - 5pm
Day 4: Day trip to Essaouira!
10.30am - 5pm
Day 5: Day to relax, explore Marrakech some more, visit the Yves Saint Laurent gardens
10.30am - 5pm
Day 5: Day to relax, explore Marrakech some more, enjoy the spa
If you are at the hotel enjoy a buffet style lunch
5pm - 6.30pm
Evening yoga to unwind
Your delicious evening 3 course meal
Morocco is a beautiful country located in North Africa that offers a unique blend of cultural and natural experiences. The country is home to several yoga retreats that provide a serene and tranquil environment for visitors to practice yoga and meditation. These retreats are nestled in the heart of the countryside, surrounded by the snow capped summits of the Atlas Mountains, and offer a range of yoga classes, workshops, and wellness programs. Visitors can also indulge in traditional Moroccan spa treatments, such as hammams and massages, to relax and rejuvenate.
Morocco’s landscape is diverse and breathtaking, featuring vast deserts, rugged mountains, and stunning coastline. You can explore the country’s natural beauty through hiking tours, which are offered in various regions, including the Atlas Mountains. These tours provide a unique opportunity to discover Morocco’s hidden gems, such as remote Berber villages, cascading waterfalls, and ancient ruins. The country’s mild climate makes it a perfect destination for hiking year-round.
Morocco’s culture is rich and diverse, influenced by its unique history and geographical location. Immerse yourself in the country’s vibrant culture through local food, music, and art. The country’s cuisine is a fusion of Berber, Arabic, and Mediterranean flavors and is renowned for its tagines, couscous, and mint tea. Marrakech, the country’s cultural capital, is a vibrant city that showcases the best of Moroccan culture, featuring bustling markets, vibrant street art, mosques and historical landmarks. Spiritual retreats are also popular in Morocco, with several centers offering programs that incorporate yoga, meditation, and Sufi practices, providing visitors with a holistic experience that nurtures the mind, body, and soul.
Overall, Morocco is a beautiful location that offers visitors a unique blend of cultural and natural experiences. Whether one is looking for a yoga retreat or a hiking tour, the country has something to offer everyone. The stunning landscape, rich culture, and mild climate make it a perfect destination for wellness retreats and spiritual growth, while the local food, music, and art provide visitors with a taste of Moroccan culture that is both vibrant and unique.
About the yoga
Morning yoga on your yoga holiday in Marrakech: wake up early to see the sunrise over the Atlas Mountains in the distance in our outdoor yoga shala. The practice will begin as a gentle awakening, building up to more dynamic poses – slowly building so that over the 6 days of yoga asana you find your body opening up to new depths in poses. Settle in meditation quicker than before and feel energised and refreshed and ready for your day in the sun.
Evening yoga on your yoga holiday Marrakech: Arrive at our fully equipped yoga shala for sunset yoga. Settle into a more restorative practise of yin yoga and yoga nidra and long savasana to really relax and restore after a long winter.
We have an indoor yoga space if we need it also with heating or air conditioning depending on the weather.
Feel totally relaxed and pampered in your stunning authentically designed yoga hotel
Daily yoga to energise and revitalise body and mind
In-house spa with the best massage therapists and Hammam for ultimate relaxation
Experience the Sahara desert
Explore Marrakech, the souks, the Ives-Saint Laurent Garden
Explore the Atlantic coastal city Essaouira
Be as active or relaxed as you like
About the food
There are three meals included in the price of this holiday and it is catered for by their own local Moroccan chefs.
For breakfast enjoy fresh Moroccan coffee or tea or herbal teas and a delicious buffet spread of fruit, pancakes, Moroccan almond nut and honey butter, eggs, toast, different pastries and cakes and yoghurts.
For lunch, it is again a fabulous buffet o the terrace with stunning views of vegetarian and vegan dishes from baked aubergine, omelette, green salads, beetroot salads, soup of the day, different breads, fresh pizza.
For dinner, you can choose prior to joining us if you would like to have the meat or vegetarian option for the week. You will enjoy a 3-course evening meal.
It is possible to cater for dairy, gluten and other intolerance free diets – please inform us prior to departure.
Lunches are not provided whilst out on day trips.
This springtime yoga holiday in Marrakech, Morocco is suitable for anyone who'd like a week away with wellness, cultural and active excursions, healthy food and Yoga. Beginners are welcome as well as all ages.
Men & Women
Incredible experience. For anyone who is not a 'yogi' - go for it, you will change your mind on how you work out!
Kim Rowles – Montenegro
we've never done a retreat before and my husband & I hit the jackpot with the venue, location, yoga tuition, catering, and guided hiking, the weather was in our favour too. Would love to book again.
Leith McRoberts – Peak District
Montenegro is incredibly beautiful and we were able to explore the natural beauty of the surroundings without feeling like a tourist
Heena Pawaskar – Montenegro
What a great experience, very relaxing, met lovely people and the yoga and walking were brilliant. All-inclusive, non-competitive and not a boot camp. Excellent team at Adventure Yogi.
Jane Stephens – Peak District