Tranquil retreat in Essaouira, Morocco

18 - 25 May 2024

Cost from £875

Teacher Raquel Alves

Holiday Expired

About Douar Noujoum

Douar Noujoum is an oasis of peace set in Essaouira, a bohemian haven on the coast of Morocco. Located just 7km from the sweeping sandy beaches and 15km from the historical walled Medina with views of the ocean.

At the heart of the property a cascade of pure water feeds the natural swimming pool surrounded by peaceful gardens filled with colourful dragonflies, butterflies and peacocks that roam freely. Douar Noujoum has been created as a place dedicated to wellbeing and you can feel the calm energy from the moment you arrive.

Retreat programme

There will be a yoga class each morning and evening in the light and airy practice room with wooden floors and a terrace with views of the countryside.

Each morning will begin with a 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. There will be one yoga free day and dinner out that evening. There will be no yoga on travel days.

Things to do

Whilst staying at Douar Noujoum you can simply relax in peaceful nature by the pool or you can explore the cultural delights of Essaouira. The historical walled Medina with views of the ocean, the colourful souks, the buskers in the main square, the traditional fishing port with the famous blue boats.

Nature lovers can explore the long sweeping sandy beaches on foot, horse back or ride a camel. There's also a spa with a traditional hammam and local therapists offering treatments.

Accommodation & food

A range of bedrooms and suites are available at Douar Noujoum. Most have en-suite bathrooms curtained off from the main bedroom. Some are more affordable with shared bathroom facilities between two rooms. All have comfortable beds and colourful furnishings.

The meals at Douar Noujoum are all included apart from dinner one evening. There will be a delicious buffet breakfast and lunch and a traditional Moroccan dinner, with vegetarian options catered for on request.

Client Reviews

As my first yoga retreat and first time in Morocco, I wasn't entirely sure what to expect - but I can definitively say that my expectations were surpassed on every front. The location was wonderful and calming, the yoga varied and we were in incredibly skilled hands with Raquel, and the other participants were an inspiring group that enabled the right balance of friendship and connection with alone time.
The retreat was great in all respects: the location, the teacher, the practice and the people. Raquel is an amazing teacher and personality with such a wealth of experience - concentrating not only on physical aspects of practice, but on spiritual as well. The practice was very varied, and I was able to do things I could not do before.
It was brilliant, totally transformed my relationship to yoga. I no longer see yoga as asanas, they are a small part of a much greater whole, philosophy, breath, mudras, mantras, chanting, a way of life not confined to the mat. A true holistic spiritual practice. I feel privileged to have been taught by Raquel and intend to return to work with her again.

Tranquil retreat in Essaouira, Morocco, 18 - 25 May 2024


Accommodation at Douar Noujoum
Single occupancy room with shared bathroom £875pp
Single occupancy en-suite room £945pp
Shared twin/double en-suite room £875pp
Shared twin/double suite with en-suite bathroom £1050pp
All prices are per person

Cost includes:
Accommodation, breakfast, lunch, and dinner apart from one evening when dinner is out.
Two yoga classes per day with one yoga free day.

Free group airport transfer for arrival on 18 May and departure on 25 May are included for specified times to and from Marrakech airport.

A 50% non-refundable deposit is required on booking and the balance is due 6 weeks before you travel.

Travel Arrangements

Free group transfers to and from Marrakech airport are included if you arrive and depart to work with the specified times below:

There will be two group transfer options for arrival on 18 May. The first will depart Marrakech airport at around 12 midday and the second at around 18.30.

The return group transfer on 25 May will depart Douar Noujoum at 10am.

The journey will take about 3 hours and will include a comfort break along the way where you can purchase refreshments.

If you arrive at a different time individual transfers can be arranged at a cost. A taxi from Marrakech airport to Essaouira costs 900 MAD. There will be no yoga on travel days.