Luxury Christmas yoga retreat, near Marrakech, Morocco
21 - 26 December 2023
Cost from £845
Teacher Raquel AlvesBOOK NOW
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 the 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 who prefer to relax out of the sun.
There will be two yoga classes daily with Raquel. Each day will begin with a morning class of meditation and movement focused on asanas, attuning the mind to the breath. The evening class will be more gentle and restorative.
Tigmi has two yoga spaces. A covered roof terrace with stunning views of Marrakech across the plains and a charming indoor room that is light and airy with a log burner for cooler days.
Classes will be progressive and inclusive for all levels. No yoga on travel days.
Things to do
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 also has its own hammam and spa offering treatments with wonderful local therapists.
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 souks 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.
There are various day trips further afield that can be arranged for you such as a hike in the Atlas Mountains.
Accommodation & food
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.
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.
The Relaxing Yoga Break
Psychologies Magazine, February 2018
Yoga on a Shoestring 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, near Marrakech, Morocco, 21 - 26 December 2023
Sharing a twin or double Berber room - £845
Single occupancy Berber room - £1175
All room prices are 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. There are no yoga classes on travel days.
Easyjet, BA and Ryanair all fly direct to Marrakech from London.
Airport transfers to and from the hotel will be an added cost of 125 Moroccan dirhams each way or 250 Moroccan dirhams each way if transferring alone.