4 Days Zen yoga retreat
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4 Days Zen yoga retreat

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Embark on a magnificent journey combining modern Moroccan style with a French welcome. Explore this magical and mysterious city under the watchful eye of the snow-capped Atlas mountains and lush gardens.

Highlights:

  • Enjoy the beauty of luxurious Sofitel Marrakesh
  • Daily yoga & meditation classes
  • 2 healthy meals per day
  • 1 relaxing massage
  • Access to So Spa's heated pool and sauna
  • Free time to discover the city


Program

During this yoga retreat 3 daily yoga classes will be offered in a way to relax, stimulate, and help guests grow in their own personal practice. Classes are open to all levels, beginners to advanced yogis. They can range from gentle and restorative, to more vigorous vinyasa flow and ashtanga styles. Style and class levels will be determined and moulded to fit students' needs, and with a small intimate retreat class size. Classes will be held in a dedicated outdoor yoga space.

Every afternoon, enjoy your free time to discover Marrakech city or relax at So Spa's heated pool and sauna.


Location

With the pleasing fragrances of jasmine, orange blossom and mint tea, bursting with life and lilting sounds, the Red City shouldn’t be underestimated by its nickname: its streets are multicoloured, with Majorelle blue, bright greens – like in its fabulous palm grove with 100,000 trees – canary yellows and shimmering coppers. An impressionist palette in the shade of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains, Marrakech is truly bewitching.

Constantly jostled by shades of ochre and yellow, but also by the spicy fragrances of Ras el hanout and harissa, the oriental aromas of musk and amber, bustling souks and the charming litanies of muezzins, the city is incredibly seductive. It has to be at Jemaa El Fna that it reveals all of its power. Storytellers, dancers, orange squeezers, snake charmers and public writers give real soul to this “meeting place” (the literal meaning of its name). A crossroads in space and time, overlooked by the 12th-century minaret of Koutoubia, Jemaa El Fna is all of these things and more: the site of modern-day miracles, a place to socialise, a location for taste sensations and entertainment that reach their climax in the evening. The indisputable bridge between Morocco’s past and its future, this legendary marketplace epitomises the hustle and bustle of Marrakech.

It is also the gateway to the Medina (the Old Town) where secular savoir-faire and traditions really come to life: silverware, goldsmithery, beautifully tanned leather… Crafts in all their splendour jump out at you around every corner of the souk, leading to the enchanting Maison de la Photographie, the Marrakech Museum and the Ben Youssef Madrasa, the deconsecrated Islamic college boasting stunning architecture. These three sumptuous buildings, witnesses to Marrakech’s rich heritage, are only a stone’s throw away from each other, right in the heart of the Medina. Close by, the Majorelle Garden, restored by Yves Saint-Laurent and Pierre Bergé, hits you like an oasis of fresh air. The fashionable couple fell in love with the site, following in the footsteps of many artists who have succumbed to the charms of the city.

Bustling with creativity, Marrakech appeals to the international crème-de-la-crème, as well as encouraging local designers to follow their dreams without abandoning their traditions. Norya Ayron, Hassan Hajjaj and Hanout, pursuing fashion, art and design respectively, bring to life their own interpretation of Morocco, whether at the Souk Cherifia, in the trendy boutique at 33 rue Majorelle or in the modern streets of Gueliz. Marrakech celebrates creativity as well, all through the year, with flagship events that bring in stars from around the world: comedians traditionally flock to the “Marrakech du rire”, a festival founded by Jamel Debbouze in the former El Badi Palace, while music lovers throng to the Marrakech Jazz Festival. Knowledgeable art lovers flock to the Marrakech Biennale, celebrating artistic expression, while sports fans look forward to the Marrakech Grand Prix or the Marrakech Marathon. But the most highly anticipated event is the prestigious Marrakech International Film Festival, which has attracted an impressive array of stars since 2001, from Monica Bellucci to Marion Cotillard. Boasting its fair share of celebrities, pleasure-seeking visitors and fashion designers, as well as Michelin-starred chefs from around the world, the fascinating city of Marrakech is truly flourishing.


Best time to travel

Located on the northern side of the Atlas mountains and being a desert environment, Marrakesh has a semi-arid climate with hot summers and winters that are mild and wet. The average temperatures fluctuate from 12-13°C during the winter and can easily reach 35°C during the summer, with extremes of 40-43°C.

The best time to visit Marrakesh is from April to June and during the Autumn, October and December, when the temperatures are warm, but not unbearable. Keep in mind that from December to February the nights can be cold in Marrakesh with minimum temperatures of 6-7°C. It coincides with the rainiest period of the year.


Accommodation

In the city's chic Hivernage district, an oasis of calm and elegance awaits you in a world of light and comfort.

This contemporary riad promotes a sense of well-being and the magic begins the moment you enter the Sofitel Marrakech Lounge & Spa hotel. The art of luxury :The hotel's sophisticated decor with its works of art and elegant colors provides a chic, artistic and stylish setting with lighting skillfully worked to reflect the image of the city. The concept of the hotel is a stunning "Art Lounge" galleryFrom your elegant room with its color palette of gold, white and beige tones, enjoy breathtaking views of our indoor pool and garden: palm trees, bougainvilleas, not forgetting the magnificent snow-capped Atlas mountains.

In your room above the patio, where contemporary art mixes with the murmur of the fountains to create a Zen and relaxing atmosphere, your demands for comfort and serenity will be fully satisfied at all times.Enjoy the magic of your designer suite. Generous proportions and luxurious furniture will ensure that you enjoy the best of Marrakesh in a relaxed atmosphere. And you'll love the stunning panoramic views from our beautiful shaded terrace.


Food

Healthful food is part of the yoga retreat experience, including breakfast and lunch, and dinner daily. Delicious and Moroccan or international healthy meals, using fresh ingredients.


Things to do

The Saadien Tombs

Dive into the history of the kingdom of Morocco by visiting the Saadien Tombs, the shrines of the Saadian dynasty which date back to the sixteenth century. It is reached by a lovely garden situated in the district of the Kasbah.


A Moroccan Cooking Lesson

Moroccan cuisine seduces every traveler. You can learn more about the art of this ancient cuisine by enjoying a cooking lesson as an unforgettable souvenir of your trip. La Maison Arabe offers introductory workshops on how to prepare local delicacies such as tagines and pastillas.


Enjoy a Hot Air Balloon Ride

Fly gently above the city aboard an authentic hot air balloon, offering a one-of-a-kind experience in Marrakech. At your feet lies the Medina, the Palmeraie, and in the distance the foothills of the Atlas. Enjoy a dazzling new perspective of Marrakech.


Jardin Majorelle

Haven of green and blue in the heart of the Red City, the Jardin Majorelle palm grove was bought in 1922 by Jacques Majorelle, to whom it owes its name. The French painter had an Art Deco villa built here, inspired by Le Corbusier, then created an intense sea of cobalt blue to magnify this oasis. Abandoned after his death, the botanic garden and house and workshop were bought by Yves Saint-Laurent and Pierre Bergé in 1980. Come and admire the bamboo forest, rare plants and the Berber museum, where you can browse the private collection of Yves Saint-Laurent's haute couture fashion.


Golf in the Palmeraie

The Marrakech Palmeraie is a verdant district in Marrakech which is home to numerous golf courses only minutes from the city center. Golf courses such as the Palm Golf or the Palmeraie Golf Palace offer challenging courses to test your golfing skills.


Marrakech Museum

Built around an amazing open-air patio, in the style of peristyle houses, a 19th-century palace was converted into the Marrakech Museum on the instigation of a patron and collector from Fes, Omar Benjelloun. Explore the impressive collections of ceramics from Safi, Fes and Tafilalet, traditional jewellery, sabres, engravings, Moroccan furniture, calligraphy and contemporary art. The douiria, once a guesthouse for passing visitors, now exhibits works by R’Bati, Cherkaoui, Gharbaoui and Binebine. Concerts, screenings and workshops are regularly hosted in this cultural hub, particularly in its Café. Take the time to enjoy a mint tea served with makroudh.


Bahia Palace

Colorful terracotta tiles, exquisite Mashrabiyas, Carrara marble, sculptures… nothing was too beautiful for the home of Si Moussa, the chamberlain of Sultan Hassan I. In around 1866, the best craftsmen from Fez worked together to build this architectural masterpiece. The powerful son, Ahmed ben Moussa, then extended Bahia Palace (“palace of the beautiful one”, the harem’s favourite mistress) with a tangle of bedrooms and salons, before it became the main residence of Marshal Lyautey. Once inside the inner courtyard, remember the film, Greed in the Sun with Belmondo and Lino Ventura: it was here that the final scene was filmed.


Enjoy a Horse & Carriage Ride

The pleasant rhythm of a horse and carriage ride through Marrakech’s city center will allow you to enjoy the various charms of the city at a more relaxed pace. Create your desired itinerary with the driver then sit back and enjoy the ride.


Bo & Zin

Located outside of the Marrakech’s city center, Bo & Zin will captivate you with its enchanting alfresco restaurant set beneath the stars, surrounded by a lush, leafy garden. Savour the delicious menu which offers both Thai and Moroccan delicacies.


Jemaa El Fna

Stroll through the heart of the famous Jemaa El Fna and capture the essence of the Marrakchi soul. The vital historic center of the city and an iconic local square, located in the south-west part of the Medina, is filled with market vendors, snake charmers and fresh orange juice merchants.


The Menara Gardens

A green and tranquil oasis, the Jardins de la Menara were first established in the twelfth century. Imitate the local crowd by sitting near the pools and olive trees to enjoy a refreshing break from the searing Marrakech heat.


Souks Cherifia

For a truly authentic new generation Moroccan experience, the Souk Cherifia designer gallery is a great place to visit. Traditional household linen is given a new twist by La Maison Bahira, sirwals are designed with a difference at Zaaz, ethnic jewellery is revisited by Virginie W., kaftans are given a modern look at Hanout, customised baskets by Original Marrakech and pieces by the designer Hassan Hajjaj (nicknamed the Andy Warhol of Marrakech) can all be found here. Above the Souk Cherifia, the open-air restaurant La Terrasse des Epices with its lovely lights and comfortable cushions is perfect for a break away from the hustle and bustle.


Medersa Ben Youssef

It was in honor of a sultan from the Almoravid dynasty, Ali Ben Youssef, that this Islamic College was built in 1570. It neighbors the Mosque of the same name, and was one of the most famous Madrasa in North Africa, offering different courses, including theology. Restored several times during the second half of the 20th century, it has lost none of its former glory, although it has now been deconsecrated and is open to everyone. Discover the impressive floral patterns, cedar decorations, Mashrabiyas, columns and exquisite ceilings; all sorts of representations of some enchanting Arabic-Andalusian architecture spread over more than 1,600m2.


Maison de la Photographie

The Maison de la Photographie was opened in April 2009 in a former fondouk, a sort of caravanserai, in a lively part of the Medina. The museum, with archives including more than 10,000 images and glass plates, focuses on the early days of photography in Morocco and the work of the Souissi Studio. Through this original prism, you can explore all the riches of the country, whose stunning landscape and culture have been captured through the lenses of famous talents including Marcelin Flandrin, Henri de La Martinière and Adolf de Meyer. Every six months, a new themed exhibition is hosted here.


Additional information

Meeting point

Marrakesh Menara Airport


Airport transfers

Transfers between Marrakech airport and Sofitel will be provided for this yoga retreat.


Course info

No previous yoga background required.


Group size

This yoga retreat allows a maximum of 12 guests


What to bring

  • Bathing suit (on-site pool and spa)
  • Layers of clothing for weather changes
  • Journal
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Plug adaptors / converters 
 
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Instructors

Teachers from Om Yoga Casablanca center will accompany you on this yoga retreat. More information will be available upon request or booking. 

Inclusions & Exclusions

What's included in this yoga retreat:

  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Half board
  • Round trip airport transfers 
  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • Access to So Spa’s heated pool and sauna
  • 1 massage
  • Unlimited juice and tea


What's not included:

  • Airfare
  • Travel
  • All services not listed above

No negatives

  Reviewed June 17
I was expecting a good standard of hotel from sofitel and got exactly that. I have have read some not so good reviews but, whilst i'm sure the reviews are honest, I can only say that I had a good 2...

Stunning but shame very poor service

  Reviewed June 17
We decided to have a pool day as we were staying in a Riad in the centre. It cost 400 Dirhams per person around £32 each which I was happy to pay. The pool area was beautiful loads of sunbeds...

Amazing!!!

  Reviewed June 17
Spent a week at this hotel with some family and friends for an extended birthday celebration and had a wonderful time. The hotel has amazing facilities and all the rooms I saw were excellent...

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