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Postponed until September 2021, exact dates TBA
Discover a country steeped in history and traditions; of shifting sand dunes, snowcapped mountains, the deep blue sea, of ancient cities with labyrinthine alleyways, the tantalizing mix of spices and the sugary taste of mint tea. Morocco is a country of sensory delights from the muezzin’s call to prayer to the pungent odor of leather hides drying in the centuries-old tanneries to the colorful array of slippers piled high in the souks.
Immerse yourself in two of the country’s most exciting cities: experience the laid-back vibe of Essaouira, a white-washed former Portuguese stronghold on the Atlantic—once home to the likes of Jimi Hendrix and vibrant Marrakech, much more African in feel, whose world-renowned, J’ma el Fna square has long been the crossroads for caravans coming from the deep Sahara.
Two luxury hotels are ‘home’ during this week-long retreat; an intimate, lavish former-riad (or small palace) in Essaouira and a more sprawling hotel conveniently located off J’ma el Fna square in Marrakech.
Morocco’s cuisine is considered one of the world’s best, and you can expect farm to table dining at every meal. Start off each day with a delicious breakfast complete with homemade jams, fresh fruits, eggs, artisanal yogurts and cheeses, dates (Morocco has more than 100 kinds!) and the typical pancakes and crepes (behgrir and m’smemmen). Traditional dishes like (tagine, pastilla, and couscous) as well as international fare are featured for lunch and dinner and are a highlight of the week.
Meditation, yoga nidra, and beach yoga are complemented by an oceanside camel trek, a fun and casual hands-on cooking lesson at the famous kitchen of “Madada” in a converted almond warehouse, a full-day guided walking tour of Marrakech, complete with entry to the lush (and impossibly blue) Majorelle Gardens, Bahia Palace, Contemporary Photography Museum, and a stop (and shop) at a women-owned argan oil cooperative.
There’s plenty of time to relax on your own and indulge in the unique experience of a hammam (or other spa) treatment at either hotel. Try kite surfing, SUP, or surfing in the ‘windy city’ of Essaouira, horseback ride, peruse galleries and souks, visit a nearby winery, or just soak up the Moroccan sun.
Day 1 – Wednesday, September 16th: Arrival to Marrakech, Morocco (*a small-group transfer from Marrakech’s Menara Airport to Heure Bleue Palais, Essaouira – approximately 3 ½ hour transfer is included in the price) Check-in, welcome dinner
(included meals: dinner with local wine)
Day 2 – Thursday, September 17th: Morning meditation, Breakfast, Beach yoga, Lunch at rooftop restaurant Heure Bleue, afternoon camel ride, free evening
(included meals: breakfast, lunch)
Day 3 – Friday, September 18th: Morning meditation, Breakfast, cooking lesson and lunch, early evening meditation, free evening
(included meals: breakfast, lunch)
Day 4 – Saturday, September 19th: Morning meditation, breakfast, beach yoga, free afternoon, early evening meditation, dinner at Salon Oriental at Heure Bleue
(included meals: breakfast, dinner with local wine)
Day 5 – Sunday, September 20th: Morning meditation, breakfast, 3 ½-hour transfer to Marrakech – check-in at Les Jardins de la Koutoubia and free evening
(included meals: breakfast)
Day 6: - Monday, September 21st: Breakfast, full-day guided tour of Marrakech inclusive of entry fees to select museums and monuments, lunch, late afternoon and evening on your own
(included meals: breakfast and lunch)
Day 7: Tuesday, September 22nd: Breakfast, departure from Les Jardins de la Koutoubia hotel at your leisure (and by the hotel’s check out time) The hotel can arrange transfers to the Menara Airport (at your expense and according to your flight departure time)
Price: From $2,895* per person, based upon double occupancy (*a limited number of single supplements are available on request for an additional cost of $800) – *retreat pricing is based upon a minimum of 6 participants)
NON-REFUNDABLE Deposit: $1000 per person + $40 booking fee
Interested? Book your spot and pay deposit
The Fine Print:
Price: From $2,895* per person, based upon double occupancy (classic room at Heure Bleue and patio view room at Jardins de la Koutoubia)
single supplement surcharge: $800
**upgrades available at Heure Bleue (September 16-20)
$495 (Per Room Total ( not per person) for 4 nights in a deluxe room)
$625 ( Per Room Total (not per person) for 4 nights in a suite)
$795 (Per Room Total (not per person) for 4 nights in a suite “premium”)
YOU MUST ARRIVE FOR GROUP TAXI TRANSFER BEFORE 1PM ON SEPT 16TH!
UNLESS YOU ARE TRAVELING ON YOUR OWN TO ESSAOUIRA!
This small group taxi transfer is included in your payment.
***Please let us know if you will be arriving a different way, on your own time, as there is 1 scheduled transfer as this is very important to our planning of this trip!!!
**Cost of a private transfer
(for any guests arriving early or AFTER the 1pm small group scheduled transfer)
1 person: $200 flat fee
2-4 people: $225 flat fee
5-12 people: $275 flat fee
4 nights of accommodations in Essaouira at 4-star hotel/Heure Bleue Palais on double/twin occupancy with private bathroom
2 nights of accommodations in Marrakech at 4-star hotel/Les Jardins de la Koutoubia on double/twin occupancy with private bathroom
12 Yoga Classes with Malaika, AM mediation and Beach yoga, PM Pranayama, Meditation, Yoga Nidra
6 copious buffet breakfasts
2 dinners (local wine included)
Camel ride to the Atlantic
1 Hands-on cooking class
Full-day guided tour of Marrakech (inclusive of monument and museum entry fees)
1 Scheduled Group Transfer from Marrakech Menara Airport on arrival day to Essaouira (time TBD)
1 Scheduled Group Transfer from Essaouira to Marrakech on September 20th
Beverages (including alcohol) except for what is outlined under inclusions)
Gratuities – for hotels and meals on your own
Miscellaneous/incidental expenses (laundry, spa services, etc)
Departure transfer from Les Jardins de la Koutoubia to Marrakech Menara Airport (taxi costs approximately 25 USD/250 Moroccan dirhams)
Travel Insurance – visit https://www.insuremytrip.com for more details
LINGER LONGER IN MARRAKECH?
We are happy to assist with hotel reservations for anyone seeking pre or post retreat time in Marrakech. Additional nights at Les Jardins de la Koutoubia (in patio view room): $325 double/twin room, per night and $295 single room, per night
Inquire at: firstname.lastname@example.org