Tigmi, situated 24km south of Marrakesh, is set within a magical desert landscape. On the brow of the Berber hamlet of Tagadert, its labyrinth of narrow alleyways and flat-roofed village houses has a timeless, biblical feel to it.
'Tigmi', meaning 'my house' in the local Berber dialect, was built in 1840 for the local judge. As with many North African dwellings, the interior is all: a step inside, and the peaceful beauty of Tigmi is revealed. The first impression is of a lovely garden laid to lawns and paths, with banana palms, citrus and olive trees and a swimming pool with soft, jade-coloured water. The scents and colours of orange blossom and roses assail the senses. Fifteen tortoises live in this garden, adding to the unhurried feel of this tranquil oasis.
There are two swimming pools, one of which is heated throughout the year. There are sun-loungers around the pool and shaded areas in the gardens, furnished with comfortable divans for those of you who prefer to laze around out of the sun.
There will be two yoga classes daily. Each day will begin with a morning yoga class which will include meditation and movement focused on asanas, attuning the mind to the breath. The evening class will be more gentle and restorative. Classes will be progressive and inclusive for all levels.
A breakfast of delicious home-made juices, honey, yoghurts, pancakes, cheeses, locally made breads, fresh fruit and cereals will be served after class. There will be a salad buffet lunch. All evening meals are traditionally North African dishes, with vegetarian meals also wonderfully prepared on request.
For Christmas eve there will be a special dinner with live entertainment and for Christmas day a wonderful gathering and delicious lunch. Non-yoga partners are welcome to join the retreat and celebrations. Please get in touch for rates.
Things to do
Days can be spent lazing Moroccan style: lounging, reading or swimming in one of the two pools, playing backgammon or chess in one of the many gardens and courtyards or popping into Marrakesh on the hotel's free mini-bus service.
Tigmi also has its own hamam, spa treatments and massage therapists on hand. There are a few bicycles available for the more energetic to explore the local area.
Outside of Tigmi there are local sporting activities such as horse-riding and golf. Cultural treats are plentiful with mosques, museums, a visit to the famous Jemaa el Fna square with its acrobats, dancers and magicians, the Majorelle Gardens and the grove of 150,000 palm trees at La Palmeraie. A visit to one of the souks in Marrakesh's old city is an art form in itself, with busy market stalls and colourful displays of the traders' wares - local crafts, satins, silks, glittery shoes, leather wares, paintings, spices and food.
There are various day excursions further afield, arranged by the hotel such as a visit to the Atlas Mountains or coastal Essaouira.
The bedrooms are authentically Moroccan with generous, comfortable beds, cool sheets, hand-woven covers and cushions, large en-suite bathrooms and a traditional seated area. Many of the bedrooms have fireplaces and private terraces.
Just to say we had a fantastic Christmas break at Tigmi. Raquel is a great teacher and struck the right balance for a wide range of abilities. Great combination of meditation, nidra and dynamic moves. Really diverse and interesting and I feel human again. Tigmi - Jean Paul and his team cannot do enough and we are missing it, the location and the horse riding already - one day back.Amanda
I had the most wonderful time at Tigmi. I think its safe to say that we all enjoyed our stay very much. Wonderful people who will remain good friends. Tigmi was an oasis of calm and the most beautiful setting in that little Berber village, with the Atlas mountains in view. It was such a special tranquil place, I definitely will visit again! Raquel was charming and such a brilliant teacher, full of poetry and insightful teaching, philosophical and I learnt so much about the spirit of yoga.Minnie
I really enjoyed my Xmas break at Tigmi. Everything went smoothly from pickup to departure.The hotel and its facilities was excellent. The food and service was of a very high standard. I especially enjoyed the Moroccan delicacies at breakfast and the celebratory meal on Christmas eve.
Raquel was a wonderful warm teacher, willing to share all her knowledge. She ensured that the classes were adapted to all levels and were all different and challenging. The group was very friendly and overall the experience of a first Christmas away and of Yoga on a Shoestring was extremely positive. I will not hesitate to recommend this holiday.Kay
I had a great time at Tigmi, a lovely group of fellow yogins, fabulous place to stay with such attentive staff and of course the yoga was superlative. I have never met a yoga teacher so dedicated to her yoga students, Raquel went over and above what was necessary with additional classes on the day we arrived and the day we left plus all the other add-ons that made the retreat so instructive and powerful.Anne
I had a wonderful time at Tigmi. The hotel was just so perfect for a yoga holiday, the accommodation great, with glorious views of the Atlas Mountains. The yoga with Raquel was of a very high standard and we were lucky to have such good teaching. I would really recommend it, and thanks to Yoga On A Shoestring for organising such a pleasant holiday in Marrekech.Maureen
The trip was amazing. Raquel is a fantastic and very dedicated teacher. Her classes were extremely well thought out and I know they have deepened my practice. I was very impressed with how committed she was to helping us set our intentions for the new year. She was thorough and thoughtful. She was also careful to ensure we understood the poses and took time to work with us where we needed particular guidance. I learnt a lot from her and will lookout for other sessions she does with YOAS. The hotel was also amazing. The food was fantastic and the staff extremely helpful. All in all a wonderful way to start the new year.Sara
The Relaxing Yoga Break
Psychologies Magazine, February 2018
YOAS at Tigmi, Morocco
‘Dive into the grooves, cracks and crevices, and explore the unfolding of the “waves” and breath from within,’ says Lara Stapleton during her immersion week of Scaravelli yoga at this laid-back hotel near Marrakech. Space, breath and gravity are key, as the body is expanded. Classes focus on holding postures to release the fascia and loosen the spine so it becomes something more like Lara’s ‘waves’. Morning and evening sessions fly by, interspersed with chanting, pranayama and meditation. Days are free for the delights of the hotel, which has sweeping desert views and enchanting spots to sit beneath swathes of bougainvillea. There are two pools to cool off in after a walk into the lunar landscape of the Atlas mountains, or the sensory overload of a trip to the souk half an hour away, and a little hammam where you can have a scrub and massage.
Be swift to the buffet lunch of vital, colourful ingredients. Supper is a la carte, with whole fish or spiced lamb or chicken tagines – specify in advance any dietary requirements. Expect to leave feeling ‘taller’, with open hips and shoulders and a renewed enthusiasm for life.
Luxury Christmas yoga retreat at Tigmi, near Marrakesh, Morocco, 21 - 26 December 2020
Sharing a twin or double Berber room - £725 per person
Single occupancy Berber room - £975 per person
Luxury suites are also available. Prices on request.
Cost includes: accommodation, breakfast, salad buffet lunch, evening meal, a special Christmas eve dinner, Christmas day lunch and two yoga classes per day.
Non-yoga partners and family are welcome. Please get in touch for rates.
A 50% non-refundable deposit is required on booking and the balance is due 6 weeks before you travel.
Arrival is anytime on 21 December and departure is anytime on 26 December. No yoga on travel days.
Easyjet, BA and Ryanair all fly direct to Marrakesh from London.
Airport transfers to and from the hotel will be an added cost of 125 Moroccan dirhams (about £10) each way or 250 (about £20) Moroccan dirhams each way if transferring alone.