MARRAKECH & SAHARA DESERT, MOROCCO
Magical, mystical Morocco. Sole Yoga Holidays is so excited to return to our Design & Desert Moon Lux Retreat, April 3-11, 2020. It is the most perfect combo of modern city and exotic desert, with invigorating yoga, special shopping & sourcing, incredible eats, sunset cocktails, hammam treatments and more! First, we will spend time in Marrakech in the heart of the medina. Our chic riad, after detailed renovations, resembles a building of the 19th century. Its nicely decorated spaces, with cool patios, clinking fountains and sunsets at the terrace makes it a perfect and stunning location for our special retreat. Then, we head to the famous Sahara Desert for a special 4-day, 3-night experience in this exquisite location under the stars. We will practice yoga on the dunes, enjoy champagne at sunset, camel rides and delicious meals. Then, we head back to Marrakech to 'de-sand' with a hammam treatment and spend a little more time shopping and dining!
ACCOMMODATIONS + MEALS
Our stunning riad in Marrakech is a design dream with spacious rooms filled with tiles, colorful rugs and some with private balconies or a charming tea corner. Each room has a private bath. We can enjoy a variety of common areas from the scenic terrace to the indoor pool. There is a sunny patio and a rooftop terrace with umbrellas and sun beds. The location is just a 10-minute walk from the famous Jamaa El Fna Square. The air-conditioned guest rooms are decorated with antique objects brought back from foreign countries. The baths are large (some with tubs) and have super plush towels. We will practice invigorating yoga twice per day either on the sunny terrace or in the courtyard patio. The place will be JUST us yogis, so we can practice anywhere we wish! We will be here the first 4 nights and last 2 nights.
Then, we head to the Sahara Desert. We take an incredible and scenic drive through UNESCO sites and stunning towns in our own air-conditioned, 4x4 vehicles. Our luxurious and spacious tents include plush bedding, wall-to-wall rugs, solar powered lighting and hot water (and yes, bathrooms!) Although it is sunny and hot in the day, the nights cool off and we will be comfortable in our special deluxe accommodations. Here we will practice yoga at sunset (one for the books, that's for sure!) There is drumming and music at night and heavenly meals. For those more adventurous we can try sand boarding and there is even biking in the dunes. Or, you can just chill in the hammocks and enjoy this majestic location.
*NOTE: I have arranged to keep our luggage safe and locked at our Marrakech riad so we only need to bring essentials for 4 days in the Sahara.
Each morning in we will indulge in a heavenly breakfast that we can enjoy in our private dining room or by the pool in Marrakech. In the Sahara, our breakfasts will be under beautiful, bright skies. Moroccan breakfasts are filled with fresh breads, fruits, eggs, yogurt, delicious pastries and mint tea. Three special dinners will be included in Marrakech. Typical menus contain popular dishes such as tajine or couscous, soft cheese briouats, kefta with cilantro and lemon, and smooth garbanzo bean and eggplant creams. Carefully chosen spices and nuts provide the delicious final touch. On our final evening we will enjoy ourselves in the vibrant city taking in all of the wonderful sights, sounds and flavors at an exciting, trendy and delicious local restaurant. One evening we will head to a chic and stunning hotel terrace for cocktails and views of the famous Marrakech medina and Koutoubia Mosque. All breakfast, lunch and dinners are included in the Sahara and served under the stars! Fresh bread is baked on site and we will enjoy all of the traditional flavors and dishes. Following dinner, we will enjoy music by the fire. Cold drinks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic are always available and included in the Sahara.
YOGA: Enjoy twice daily invigorating vinyasa flow from either the airy patio or on our private sunny terrace in Marrakech. In the Sahara, we will practice in our private camp twice per day. We have a few gorgeous locations to choose from in the dunes and we have a back-up oasis, should we have a sandstorm. You will be inspired by this unbelievable location! Your host and instructor, Shari will guide you through daily strengthening and invigorating vinyasa and core lessons in the morning and late afternoon. All of our yoga holidays are open to all-levels, but some yoga experience is recommended to fully enjoy the practice.
DESIGN + SHOPPING: We are so thrilled to bring Marlène Pauly from Coco Morocco to our retreat for our exclusive shopping tours. Prior to the retreat, we will send you a list to choose the type of shopping needs you have: clothing, rugs, furniture, jewelry, etc. Marlène is an expert in all things Moroccan and will create a plan for the group (each shopping tour is 3 persons max). She will help us find exactly what we need and want for our own personal style. For those wanting their own individual shopping, our Red Carpet Experience, we will offer this as an extra option. This is perfect for those in need of a major style change or design upgrade. With this option, Marlène will contact you prior to the retreat to discover a little more about you and your personal needs. Our shopping will take place in Marrakech as we explore everything from art to rugs, lamps to leather poufs and culinary delights such as local spices.
OTHER EXCURSIONS/ACTIVITIES: In Marrakech, we will explore the famous Majorelle Gardens and newly opened Yves Saint Laurent museum. Cocktails at sunset one evening on the roof of the ultra-chic, El Fenn. Following our Sahara sojourn, we will all have hammam treatments in Marrakech to ‘de-sand’ and relax. In the Sahara, we will take camel rides, enjoy lunch at a secret oasis and for those more adventurous, there is sand boarding or biking.
Here is what our annual Magical Morocco holiday includes:
• 5 nights Accommodations at a Gorgeous Riad in Marrakech
• 3 nights Luxury Desert Camp in the Sahara
• Twice Daily Vinyasa & Core Yoga (all levels welcome)
• Daily Breakfast Buffet in Marrakech
• Exclusive Shopping Experience
• Private Sourcing Tour
• 3 Dinners in Marrakech
• All Meals in Sahara
• Sunset Cocktails at famous El Fenn Terrace
• Majorelle Gardens & Yves St. Laurent Museum Visit
• Transport to/from Marrakech Airport (day of/ departure days only)
• Transport to/from Marrakech to Sahara Desert
• All activities in Sahara Desert (camels, sand boarding, biking)
• Special Gift Bag
(Not included: airfare, travel insurance (highly recommended), 2 dinners Marrakech, lunches in Marrakech, alcoholic beverages (except for one at El Fenn), additional waters, teas/coffees at riad, Gratuities for Sahara drivers & staff, gratuities for riad staff in Marrakech, additional transportation outside of provided times)
SINGLE ROOM/EN SUITE BATH: 3799€
COUPLES/FRIENDS SHARING (ONE BED): 3299€ (must book together)
Retreat Limited to 8 people
Spaces Secured with a 750€ non-refundable deposit
SCHEDULE: Typical Schedule/ Full Schedule Provided at Retreat
8.00: Tea, Coffee, Juice
8.30-9:45: Vinyasa Flow (all levels)
10.00: Gourmet Breakfast
10.30-5.00pm: Free Time (shopping, excursions, relax, massages)
5.30-7.00pm: Vinyasa Flow or Yin/Restorative
8.00pm: Dinner (3 included in Marrakech, All included in Sahara)
We will provide taxi service for pick-up from Marrakech (RAK) airport or center of Marrakech on April 3. Please arrange arrivals on April 3 by 5pm (our first activity is Welcome Dinner and Orientation). Transport via taxi to Marrakech airport on April 11 is included. Our riad will help arrange all transportation needs upon check-out. Please download travel & important info on Morocco here. We can happily accommodate any schedule, just ask. Additional shuttle fees may apply. Options provided for hotels and travel assistance in Marrakech, if you wish to extend your stay. Packing lists will be sent prior. Explicit transportation details will be provided one week before your departure to ensure a smooth pick-up!