About Kasbah du Toubkal
Kasbah du Toubkal is perched on a great rock outcrop above the village of Imlil in the High Atlas mountains. Just 90 minutes from Marrakech, the Kasbah is set within the Toubkal National Park below the towering flanks of Jbel Toubkal, the highest mountain in North Africa. It is a place of outstanding natural beauty, peace and seclusion.
The Kasbah has panoramic views of the mountains, valleys and waterfalls and is reached by a short walk (15 minute) or mule ride from the village of Imlil. There are daily guided walks and the Kasbah has its own traditional hammam. The hammam is free to be enjoyed after yoga or a walk and is DIY in contrast to the hammam at Tigmi where you are bathed and scrubbed by a therapist.
Tigmi, situated 24km south of Marrakech, 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.
'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. Many 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, and one natural unheated and no chlorine. There are sun-loungers around the pool and shaded areas in the gardens, furnished with comfortable divans for those of you who prefer to relax out of the sun.
The first three nights will be spent at the Kasbah, where there will be two yoga classes each day and a guided walk. In the morning there will be a flowing and dynamic yoga practice which will be followed by breakfast. A guided walk will be on offer each day and in the evenings a more gentle and restorative yoga session before dinner. The outside yoga space at the Kasbah takes in the mountain views while enjoying the fresh and pure mountain air.
The last four nights will be at Tigmi where there will also be two yoga classes daily with one yoga free day. Again each morning there will be a flowing and more dynamic yoga class. Each evening a gentle more restorative class. The classes will be suitable for all levels and experience. The yoga space at Tigmi is a covered roof terrace with stunning views of Marrakech across the plains.
Things to do
Whilst staying at the Kasbah you can enjoy walking in the Atlas mountains, visiting the village of Imlil or relaxing on a roof terrace with a book in hand enjoying the views. During your stay at Tigmi outside of yoga the rest of the day 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 Marrakech on the free shuttle service.
Tigmi and the Kasbah have their own hammam, spa treatments and massage therapists on hand. A daily guided walk is included each day while at the Kasbah and for the more adventurous longer treks can be arranged.
Outside of Tigmi, cultural treats are plentiful with mosques, museums, a visit to the famous square Jemaa el Fna, the Majorelle Gardens and the grove at La Palmeraie. A visit to the souk in the Medina of Marrakech is an art form in itself, with busy market stalls and colourful displays of the traders' wares - local crafts, satins, silks, baskets, leather goods and spices.
Accommodation & food
The bedrooms at the Kasbah and Tigmi are authentically Moroccan with generous, comfortable beds, cool sheets, hand-woven covers and cushions and large, en-suite bathrooms. Many of the bedrooms have fireplaces and private terraces.
A range of standard, superior and deluxe rooms are available at the Kasbah. For Tigmi the standard Berber rooms are offered but suites are available on request and the supplement is payable locally.
The meals at the Kasbah and Tigmi are all included. There will be a delicious breakfast, lunch and evening meal. Traditional North African dishes, with wonderful vegetarian meals catered for on request.
Just back from the retreat at Kasbah du Toubkal and Tigmi last week and I am raving about this yoga week to my friends. The combination of three nights at Toubkal followed by four nights at Tigmi is perfect. I cannot say which location I preferred, both were perfect in their own way.Anna
The retreat was fabulous. The 2 locations are just perfect, with lovely rooms and general facilities. The yoga spaces at both venues were lovely and it was a real privilege to be able to do yoga with those stunning views.Jenny
After a wait of two years, we are just back from our week in Morocco… it was absolutely worth the wait, the whole experience was just wonderful. The scenery and views at Kasbah du Toubkal are simply breath-taking. The guided hikes into the Atlas Mountains are an opportunity not to be missed and following our luggage up the hillside as it was transported the short climb to the Kasbah was so memorable. The second centre at Tigmi provided the time to continue our yoga practice as well relax, swim and enjoy the wonderful hammam and spa. The food at both Kasbah du Toubkal and Tigmi was fantastic… salads, tagines and cherries and the staff at both centres exceptionally helpful, polite and friendly. We really can’t fault our YOAS retreat and your help in getting us there… thank you.Alex, Angela, Bev, Sally and Sian
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.
Two destination Marrakech & Atlas Mountain retreat, Morocco, 9 - 16 September 2023
Accommodation at Kasbah Toubkal & Tigmi
Standard twin or double room at Toubkal & Berber room at Tigmi £945pp
Standard single occupancy room at Toubkal & Berber room at Tigmi £1245pp
Superior twin or double room at Toubkal & Berber room at Tigmi £1015pp
Superior single occupancy room at Toubkal & Berber room at Tigmi £1315pp
Deluxe twin or double room at Toubkal & Berber room at Tigmi £1175pp
All prices are per person
Accommodation, breakfast, lunch, and evening meals at both the Kasbah and Tigmi, two yoga classes per day with two yoga free half days.
A free airport transfer is offered on a recommended flight to Marrakesh. Please see 'Travel arrangements' for details.
A 50% non-refundable deposit is required on booking and the balance is due 6 weeks before you travel.
Easyjet, BA and Ryanair fly direct to Marrakech from London.
A free airport transfer is offered from Marrakech airport to Kasbah du Toubkal on Saturday 9 September 2023 if you take the recommended flight as detailed below or arrive at a similar time to join the transfer:
Easyjet 8705 departs London Gatwick 9 September at 13.50, arrives Marrakech 17.30
If you take a different flight or transfer independently the cost is £85 to the Kasbah from Marrakech. The transfer from the Kasbah to Tigmi on Tuesday 12 September is included.
Transfers from Tigmi to the airport at the end of the retreat can be at anytime and will be an additional cost of 125 Moroccan dirhams (approx £10) or 250 Moroccan dirhams (approx £20) if transferring alone