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