As recommended in Marie Claire Magazine, this special new year walking and yoga holiday offers mountain walks from the door, full and generous board, two daily yoga classes, and large en-suite bedrooms with terraces in an eco-friendly Kasbah / castle. Walking and yoga are natural partners, and where better to hike than Morocco's spectacular Atlas mountains, with some of the most breathtaking scenery to be found. This part of Morocco sees average day-time highs of around 20 degrees Celsius at this time of year; warm enough to soak up some sunshine, but not too hot for a good walk!
The Kasbah and swimming pool are surrounded by five hectares of spectacular mature gardens and ringed by the mountains. Trees include olives, almonds, figs and pomegranates. Satvada has reserved rooms near the yoga studio with terraces looking straight out into this spectacular mountain landscape. All rooms are large, comfortable and en-suite, with a private balcony overlooking the valleys and mountains or the beautifully kept gardens.
Accommodation is comfortable and spacious, with a rustic feel, befitting the setting. The rooms are lovingly designed with traditional Moroccan materials: cedar and eucalyptus wood, red sandstone, hand-made clay tiles, locally-made furniture with Berber motifs. The rooms can be configured as either twin (two single beds) or double.
The owners designed and constructed the Kasbah with the environment forefront in mind. The stone used to build the walls were sourced from the local riverbed, as it was washed down by storms. Solar panels were installed to soak up the year-round Moroccan sun and now provide hot water and under-floor heating.
The Kasbah has its own well with water descending from the surrounding mountains. The formal sections of the gardens - which have rose and other flower beds - are watered by efficient, drip-feed irrigation.
Each morning, an active Hatha yoga class will stretch and enliven the body in preparation for our walk. The evening's yoga and meditation class will be a far softer, reflective combination of gentle yoga and meditation: the perfect wind-down after the day's activities! Despite two daily 75-minute yoga classes and a guided walk each day, rest assured all-important down-time is scheduled in! All classes will be taught by Jodie, one of Satvadas most experienced teachers.
All walks will start and end at the Kasbah. Over the course of the five days, our guide will take us through surrounding villages, olive groves and through the foothills of the atlas mountains. The hiking is suitable for most levels of fitness and can be adapted to the requirements of the group.
This active trip includes five guided mountain walks, straight from the door. Walks are led by a local guide who is very familiar with the landscape and terrain. The walks will be different each day and are classified as easy/moderate; suitable for anyone who is reasonably active. At the half way point, we will stop for lunch, whilst enjoying magnificent views stretching out to the high Atlas and to Marrakech.
On new years eve we will see in the new year in style. A special gala dinner will be served whilst being entertained by local musicians to create an authentic and unique atmosphere.
Our venue is a wonderful, eco-friendly Kasbah / castle, 35 minutes' drive from Marrakech, nestling in the foothills of the stunning Atlas Mountains. This recently-built Kasbah - modelled in the style of an ancient Berber castle - sits on a hill-top, with panoramic mountain views stretching far and wide. From the outset, it was designed and built with the environment at the forefront.
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Breakfast and lunch is served vegetarian by default. Guest will be able to choose between vegetarian and non-vegetarian for the evening meals. The food served at the Kasbah is grown organically in the gardens, where possible.
Afternoons are free to do as you wish - read, sunbathe, rest or simply lounge by the huge outdoor swimming pool, with its amazing mountain views. If you are still wanting a little adventure, the hotel is able to organise a range of activities and trips. Many guest have previously enjoyed the following additional activities, which can be booked at additional cost with the venue directly:
Horse riding into the atlas mountains
Trips to local Berber villages
Visits and guides to Marrakech
Satvada Retreats recommend Easyjet or British Airways. Ryanair is also an option. Direct flying time from London-Marrakech is 3 hours and 20 minutes.