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7 Days Cookery and Detox Yoga Holidays Morocco

  • Essaouira Lodge, R207, Essaouira, Morocco

Overview

Morocco Food Tour and Yoga Vacations

Feel warmly invited to this detox yoga holiday, which offers healthy eating through nourishing cooking classes, swimming and cleansing juices, as well as luxury accommodation and wonderful nature. Submerge yourself in a peaceful detoxifying environment, deepen your yoga practice, and learn about healthy cooking with locally sourced ingredients, infused with Moroccan flavor and spices. Cleanse and relax in stunning Morocco by making emphasis on detoxifying from the stresses and strains of daily life. After being at this magical oasis, you will feel renewed, refreshed and rejuvenated.

Highlights

  • 2 daily yoga and meditation sessions
  • Ingredients locally sourced in Morocco
  • 2 cooking classes in Moroccan healthy cuisine
  • Recipes from the hotels personal French head chef
  • Daily breakfast, 6 dinners, and 2 lunches
  • Water, tea and fruit juices all day
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • 5 days with instruction
  • English
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You will be staying in Residence Essaouira Lodge. The main villa features a large indoor dining area, communal seating lounge and many spaces to sit, read, relax, and enjoy the Moroccan sun. The main villas house four large, beautifully decorated bedroom suites with a lounge and kitchen. Each villa has its own private gardens and swimming pool. The outdoor vista includes a refreshing swimming pool with lounging spaces for sun bathing. During the warm evenings you will share dinner under the stars. A peaceful heaven welcomes you in the wonderland of the Moroccan countryside. The view of surrounding gardens, pine forests, and olive trees, is a perfect setting to start off your day of yoga and well-being.

The hotel's gardens and terraces are traditionally built and furnished in the local style but to a high specification. With a mix of traditional features and contemporary design, rooms are tastefully furnished throughout with all that you could need to be comfortable, unpack, and make yourself at home. The rooms come complete with 100% cotton sheets and mosquito netting as well as 100% cotton towels, and pool towels. The accommodation is based on single occupancy; solo travelers will be accommodated in a double room with their own bathroom.

If group sizes reach four persons, then the group will have their own swimming pool. The location for your Moroccan culinary and yoga holidays is in the hillside of Essaouira, 15 minutes from the medina (market area). There are several shuttle buses running each day in to Essaouiras medina if you want a little more hustle and bustle. The outdoor Berber-style yoga tent is the perfect place for sunrise meditation and yoga.

Day 1, Saturday

  • Arrival at Essaouira-Mogador Airport (ESU) or Marrakesh Menara Airport (RAK) between 15:30 and 19:00
  • Dinner at the hotel

Day 2, Sunday

  • 08:00 Morning yoga
  • 09:30 Breakfast
  • 12:00 Cooking class and lunch
  • 17:30 Afternoon yoga
  • 18:30 Dinner at the hotel

Day 3, Monday

  • 08:00 Morning yoga
  • 09:30 Breakfast
  • 13:30 Medina tour and shopping
  • 17:30 Afternoon yoga
  • 18:30 Dinner at the hotel

Day 4, Tuesday

  • 08:00 Morning yoga
  • 09:30 Breakfast
  • 12:00 Free time
  • 17:30 Afternoon yoga
  • 19:00 Medina dining

Day 5, Wednesday

  • 08:00 Morning yoga
  • 09:30 Breakfast
  • 12:00 Cooking class and lunch
  • 17:30 Afternoon yoga
  • 18:30 Dinner at the hotel

Day 6, Thursday

  • 08:00 Morning yoga
  • 09:30 Breakfast
  • 12:00 Free time
  • 17:30 Afternoon yoga
  • 19:00 Medina dining

Day 7, Friday

  • Breakfast (depending on departure time)
  • Depart for your flight between 15:30 and 19:00

Cleanse and detoxify

Submerge yourself in a peaceful detoxifying environment and indulge in Hammams, healthy eating, and daily yoga sessions. Each day you can enjoy inspirational, delicious, and extremely healthy food, from the abundance of locally produced fruit and vegetables of which Morocco is famous for. Gommage body scrub facilities are available. Exfoliation is only now being discovered to have great benefits for the body.

Cooking classes

During your yoga and detox retreat, you will get the chance to learn how to make your own healthy Moroccan dishes, by taking part in cooking workshops. Naima, your cook instructor, will personally introduce you to methods on how to create delicious versions of dishes that may sound familiar but have never tasted so good, such as prawn and parsley soup, couscous salad, and lentil dal. You will receive your own recipes to take home.

Deepened yoga practice

You will be led through two daily yoga classes by one resident yoga teacher, including meditation sessions and breathing techniques. The morning yoga asana and pranayama (yogic breathing) classes, will be catered to your specific body needs and will range from Hatha to Ashtanga; that will surely awaken and energize you. Whether you are new to yoga, experienced yoga practitioner, or deepening your existing practice, you will learn to move with a stronger awareness of your mind, body and spirit connection, as well as strength and balance.

  • Guided shopping tour in Essaouira's relaxing souks (markets)
  • Walk orientation of the Medina (walled town)

Jo Walden

Jo has been teaching yoga for over 15 years and practicing it for over 30. She trained with the British Wheel of Yoga and teaches pregnancy yoga and meditation as well. She spent 3 months in India studying at the Krishnamacharya Healing Yoga Foundation. Her main specialisms are asana and pranayama.

Maria Fonseca

Maria has been based in Essaouira for 5 years, teaching yoga. In a structured day by day program, she will show you how to energize and balance your body and mind, combining a mixture of Hatha and Ashtanga yoga. Her holistic concept of a healthy lifestyle is based on yoga in all its aspects; including yoga postures, breathing exercises, and meditation. (Qualification: Yoga Teacher for Hatha Yoga - Ashtanga Yoga).

Naima

Naima will be your cooking tutor. She grew up in Essaouira and has an extensive knowledge of local Moroccan cuisine, as well as of traditional methods of cooking delicious authentic dishes using local spices and ingredients. She is extremely friendly and kind, and will go out of her way to ensure you have a great time exploring the local markets with her, before cooking up a storm in the kitchen.

One of the most enchanting and relaxed towns in Morocco is Essaouira: a vibrant coastal town, with a UNESCO world heritage site, rich in history and culture. The mix of whitewashed fishing ports, bright North African technicolor, and picture-postcard ramparts, have been the inspiration for artists all over the world. The surrounding area of Essaouira is an unspoiled community that will delight your senses. Its famous port area is an attraction to both tourists and local shoppers. The medina (market area) will have you feeling as if you have been transported to another time. Everything is waiting for you: hand crafted rugs, Moroccan lighting, jewelry, leather goods, furniture, food, or local artisan goods.

Activities
  • Camel riding / rental
  • Cooking classes
  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Massage
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Shopping nearby
  • Spa nearby
  • Surfing nearby
  • Stargazing
  • Yoga
General
  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Beach nearby
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant nearby
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Yoga shala
Services
  • Local market

These cooking and yoga holidays are focused around healthy eating, so no bread or diary will be offered, instead, you will enjoy plenty of fruit and vegetables. You will be pampered with a delicious and cleansing cuisine, offering you home-made meals a day, including a mixture of different juices made from secret recipes. All the ingredients are hand-picked with the intention to optimally support your health, ensuring a full spectrum of nutrition, which will include all your necessary vitamins, minerals, protein, good carbs and fats.

Go home with plenty of inspiration to continue eating clean and making choices in your diet that serve your well-being. All food is freshly prepared, vegetarian and seasonally grown in Morocco. For your cooking classes, you will have the chance to produce some Moroccan based healthy dishes alongside traditional Moroccan cooking, to entertain yourself back home. You will absolutely love it.

  • Relax at the hotels facilities
  • Experience horse riding, camel trekking, hiking, and surfing
  • Explore the surroundings of Essaouira in your free time
  • Relax with a massage treatment
  • Take a Hammam body scrub

Feel free to release yourself with a variety of spa treatments, available daily at the retreat, such as body scrub or oil massage.

  • 2 cooking classes
  • 2 evening meals at restaurants in Essaouira
  • 2 yoga classes per day in the garden or inside.
  • 6 nights in luxury accommodation
  • Airport transportation
  • All day services of water, tea, and fruit juices
  • Daily breakfast, 4 dinners at the hotel , and 2 lunches
  • One guided shopping tour in Essaouira and its markets
  • Airfare
  • Four lunches
  • Optional activities
  • Personal expenses
  • Spa treatments

Arrival by airplane

Please arrive at Essaouira-Mogador Airport (ESU) or Marrakesh Menara Airport (RAK). Morocco Luxury Yoga, Cooking & Detox Retreat will pick you up. The pick-up is included in the price.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Morocco Luxury Yoga, Cooking, & Detox Retreat an inquiry.
  • Review by Jane W. from Chichester, United Kingdom

    "This is the second photography holiday I have done in Morocco with Darren. This time it was a 10-day trip going over the High Atlas into the desert. There were wonderful photographic opportunities to capture both images of the amazing landscapes and also of the local people who Darren knew. Darren was always there to offer essential photographic advice. Hafid was a brilliant driver, companion and was great at helping us to converse with local people by acting as a very willing interpreter. Altogether, a great trip."

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  • Review by a traveler from Sidmouth, UK

    "A stunning place to tour. The mountains vary so much around each of the areas that you visit. Loved the area of the monkeys fingers. Darren and his wife were excellent guides. The accommodation was excellent and very varied so you experience all different kinds of hotels The rooms in the cave hotel was a stunning experience, I will remember the time of trying out night photography of the stars. You will meet and photograph in many varied situations that will inspire you, landscapes, markets and people in there homes."

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  • Review by a traveler from Maidstone, UK

    "I have been with Darren for two holidays and waiting for another tour to be finalised to go again. I had the most wonderful time on both tours with expert advice. I was looked after extremely well and nothing was too much trouble for both Darren and his wife Naimer. Not to forget Hafid who was always behind us to help with the local people and sort out any problems at the rear. Photography was my aim and this Darren was extremely helpful and experienced at this, I learnt a lot and came home with some great shots."

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  • Review by Lynn from UK

    "A stunning place to tour. The mountains vary so much around each of the areas that you will visit (I loved the area of the monkeys fingers). Darren and his wife were excellent guides. The accommodation was excellent and very varied; you will experience different kinds of hotels. The rooms in the cave hotel were a stunning experience, and I will remember the time of trying out night photography of the stars. You will also meet and photograph in many varied situations that will inspire you: landscapes, markets and people in their homes."

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  • Review by Stuart

    "Great day trip into Marrakech today, Hafid was a great host, picking us up from our hotel and giving us exactly what we asked for goats in trees, Argan Oil Co-op and loads more. Really pleased we booked to go with Darren who was professional and helpful and Hafid made for a wonderful day out."

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  • Review by Ravi

    "We travelled with Hafid our driver from Essaouira on an 8-day tour with our itinerary arranged by Darren. We wanted to see the Cascades, Todra Gorge, and the Dades Valley but we experienced so much more; staying in an oasis village wed never heard of in an old Ksar and visiting a nomad family and a cobbler! The route meant we didn't spend too many hours on the road each day something we were aware of before booking and part of our decision to book with Wheels Across Morocco. Hafid is very patient. Both my wife and I were impressed with his driving skills and each night we arrived he helped with our luggage if the hotel staff were busy. In all the hotels were very good. Bagdad Cafe in Ait Benhaddou was my favorite. Very lovely hosts. Seeing the views of the High Atlas were also breathtaking. I cant recommend the tour enough. Well be back to cover another part of Morocco."

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  • Review by Jacinto

    "Darren and his Moroccan team deliver a very professional, well organized yet exciting tour; taking care of all of us well before we arrived and without them this experience wouldn't have been the same. For each day, different sights and activities were proposed, and depending on the weather conditions or our groups interests alternative plans were available in a very easygoing way.We had the privilege to visit wonderful cities, like Ait Ben Haddou (where few movies were partially recorded in, like Gladiator), amazing landscapes (including the Atlas mountains, the dunes, oasis, etc) and the unique possibility to get to know the generous, genuine and happy Moroccan people; visiting their houses, markets, etc., learning about their culture and enjoying wonderful stories while drinking tea.We even had a chance to share some hours with a Nomad family in a very remote location in the Atlas, as well as to enjoy a camel trip to a Berber camp in the dunes where we spent the night. The hotels were picturesque, clean and with a good service. We always had good local food, and the van trips didn't feel very long."

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  • Review by Joy

    "We enjoyed a hassle-free day trip to Marrakesh with a perfect itinerary. Every effort was made to ensure we were happy and comfortable by Hafid. We would definitely recommend speaking with Darren next time you are in Morocco."

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  • Review by Pam

    "In February, I went on a photographic trip with Darren Lewey to the Atlas mountains. I can recommend this trip for the beautiful mountain scenery, the river valleys with the almond trees in flower and ancient ruins melting back into the earth. The people were very friendly and allowed us to take their pictures. I hope to go on another trip with Darren in the future."

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