8 Days Yoga Surf Retreat in Morocco

  • Surf Maroc, Agadir, Morocco

8 Days Yoga Surf Retreat in Morocco

  • Surf Maroc, Agadir, Morocco

Surf and Yoga Retreat with Surf Maroc

Experience rejuvenation and restoration through our balanced week of yoga and surfing, all in the exotic Morocco. We offer three and a half hours of surfing per day, the seven-day progressive retreat delves deep into all aspects of yoga, for both beginners and experts alike. Between yoga sessions our qualified surf instructors will take you along the stunning Moroccan coastline to waves best suited to your ability and provide you with hands on coaching to improve your surfing or help teach you the basics.

All our yoga teachers offer time for 1-2-1 tuition, fulfilling every student's expectations & requirements. Leave the retreat feeling replenished and invigorated in both body and mind.

Highlights

  • Beach and cultural excursions
  • Daily Sunrise Vinyasa yoga classes
  • Daily sunset restorative &/or yin yoga classes
  • Daily Surf lessons w/ quality surf gear rental
  • 7 nights Oceanfront accommodation in the soulful Villa Mandala
  • Unlimited filtered water, fruit, tea and coffee
  • 3 daily wholesome vegetarian meals
  • Return Agadir Airport Transfers
  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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Residing on the rugged Moroccan coastline, just outside of Taghazout, Villa Mandala boasts a lush garden, relaxing living areas, plunge pool, and yoga shala. Above all, the space has a caring and family-like environment created by our in-house yoga teachers, hosts and team. Villa Mandala, the perfect yoga and surf escape, is located on Banana beach. Mandala is the best accommodation we offer and is our dedicated Yoga Centre where we run Yoga Surf Retreats year round. With large terraces and a pool looking over Banana Point, Villa Mandala incorporates privacy and soulful individuality. The area immediately surrounding Villa Mandala is not a tropical paradise but the sea views are beautiful and great beaches are in walking distance. It is a distinctly North African beachside location that is susceptible to the constant natural and man-made changes that rapidly occur in the developing world. It's part of the experience and it's what makes Villa Mandala a true gem hidden off the beaten track and Banana Village's best kept secret!

The Yoga shala

Our rooftop wooden yoga shala boasts ocean views stretching more than 180 degrees in front and the foothills of the Atlas mountains behind. It measures 6m by 11m, with wooden flooring and surround glass sliding doors its a naturally light and airy space. Blessed with the first magical light each sunrise and the last rays at each colourful African sunset it is a perfect haven for a deep and unforgettable yoga and meditation practice.

The Rooms

There are several accommodation types in Villa Mandala. The package given on the prices are for certain room types only. Please contact Surf Maroc for the prices of the other accommodation options.

Turtle room (en-suite double or twin room)

The Turtle room is on the ground floor of Villa Mandala. It is spacious, well appointed and has its own bathroom.

Bougainvillea room (twin or double room, shared bathroom)

The Bougainvillea room is named after the flowers that grow abundantly in the garden below. It is a peaceful room and shares a bathroom with the Indian room.

Indian room (twin or double with a shared bathroom).

A Mandala style Indian themed room with hanging lights and decorated with trinkets. The bathroom is shared with the Bougainvillea room.

Butterfly room (en-suite double or twin room).

This Butterfly themed room is quiet and calm. It is well proportioned and has its own bathroom.

Light room (sea view en suite double or twin room).

The light room is cool, characterful and stylish with its white finish and dashes of colour. The big windows give epic ocean views and you can watch the perfect sunset from your pillow.

Emerald room (sea view en-suite double or twin room).

The Emerald room is in the middle of the villa with views over the pool and the Atlantic Ocean. The en-suite Emerald Room has a wholesome feel to help you recharge on your holiday.

Scarlet Room (sea view en suite double or twin room).

Rich in colour, the Scarlet Room has a sumptuous sea view. One wall is made entirely of glass, the wild Atlantic ocean goes as far as the eye can see and with an en-suite bathroom the Scarlet Room is a unique treat.

Red room (spacious en-suite sea view double, twin or triple room).

This master en-suite bedroom is the largest of Mandala's rooms yet the red interiors create an authentically Moroccan and homely feel. It looks out onto Banana beach, Banana point and the lefts of Onze and Douze.

Garden room (spacious sea view en-suite double, twin or triple room).

The stunning Garden room is the ideal place for a calm, inspiring and restorative holiday at Mandala. It's big open windows make it light and airy. The organically decorated bathroom has an open, walk-in shower with pebble flooring from the beach and with the bougainvillea blossoming up to the window from the garden below, it's one of our favourite rooms.

The yoga

Surf Maroc offer an excellent detailed introduction to all aspects of yoga for beginners and the chance to dive deep into an enriched intermediate or advanced practice. The week is progressive, studying specific sections of the body anatomically and in relation to each chakra. Each class is carefully crafted by our expert teachers, to strengthen, stretch, inspire and relax each student on all levels of their being.

The morning classes are 90 to120 minutes of creative invigorating Vinyasa flow. When the morning classes are 90 minutes, there is an optional 30 minute workshop, posture clinic or further practice at 9.00 a.m. each morning. Each session includes time for meditation, pranayam, reflection, visualisation, and relaxation. Evening classes are deep yin style or restorative practice to rebalance the body and mind after a day in the surf. Although nothing is obligatory and every guest may do as much or as little as they wish, we offer the chance to practice at least 4 hours of inspiring yoga every day.

Surfing

Because of Morocco’s multi aspect coastline we have waves for all surfing abilities. Our Yoga Surf Retreats are perfect for all levels of surfer from the complete beginner to the advanced. To ensure you get to surf waves suited to your ability we implement a 6 level surf system, meaning you get paired with a surf group of similar ability and seeking the same type of waves.

Between yoga sessions our qualified surf instructors will take you to waves to suit your ability and provide you with hands on coaching. All of our surf instructors have invaluable knowledge of the Moroccan coastline and are proper locals – they know exactly which breaks are working and when. To get you around we have a fleet of vans and 4×4′ s equipped with FCS auto accessories, safes for valuables, and medical kits.

We have many years of experience teaching yoga to surfers and you will be amazed how much the yoga practice helps you in the surf. For beginners and experienced surfers yoga is an essential practice in developing the mental and physical strength required to surf and keep surfing. It’s a sublime combination.

Our surf coaches provide safe, fun, rewarding surf lessons every day of the retreat. Morocco's year round good climate and consistent small to medium sized clean, easy waves mean that it's the perfect place to learn and progress. Our coaches' friendly, dedicated approach will ensure that your progression over the course of the week is beyond what you ever thought possible.

A typical day:

  • 07.30 - Sunrise yoga
  • 09.30 - Hearty and healthy breakfast banquet
  • 10.30 - Road trip to the best waves
  • 11.00 - Surf lessons
  • 13.00 - Picnic at the beach
  • 14.00 - Guided free surfing
  • 16.00 - Afternoon tea and relax
  • 17.00 - Sunset yoga
  • 19.30 - Nibbles and star lit, ocean front dinner (for 6 nights)
  • Lisa

    Lisa began her yoga practice in 2008, having found it complimentary and healing after years of being a dancer.She completed her 200-hr training through YogaWorks in 2015 & has been teaching ever since.She mixes the styles of Ashtanga & Baptiste Power Yoga for a core-based vinyasa flow that offers deep opening of the body while making you sweat.Her classes focus on alignment & self-awareness & encourage students to find a balance between effort and ease.She also teaches yin yoga as a compliment to the more powerful styles.Lisa is passionate about travel & has taught yoga around the world.

  • Adam

    Grounded in sports science and personal training,Adam’s approach to yoga is one that honours development of inner awareness & explores the range of the human body through guided alignment & energizing flows to suit all levels of ability. Born & raised in beautiful Cornwall in the United Kingdom, he has studied extensively in Northern India completing trainings with The Vinyasa Yoga School, the soulfully led Yoga Vini, Laughter Yoga (with United Minds) & Thai-Yoga Massage (Himilayan Zen School).He has thought vinyasa, hatha and restorative yoga he has taught in different continents.

Surf Maroc is located in the Agadir region of southern Morocco. Taghazout is a unique gem on Moroccos Atlantic coast. Conveniently located 40 min from Agadir international airport its a short hop ( 2-4 hrs) from most central European cities. Its the closest place for any European surfer to get year round warm water, perfect waves and a unique cultural experience.

There are an abundance of restaurants and cafes in Taghazout, including our own ocean front Auberge restaurant and Mouja Cafe. There are plenty of grocery shops selling fruit, vegetable and other essentials. There is a well-stocked pharmacy and four surf shops. There are also lots of internet cafes with ADSL connection.

There are a few surf shops in Taghazout. They now stock a fair bit of hardware: leashes, wax, deckgrip etc. The surf board and clothing selection is also growing. Most of the shops offer board repairs, they are often great value and of good quality.

Indulge in delicious, nutritious vegetarian food, so you can enjoy maximum energy and vitality throughout your stay. Using only the finest and freshest local produce, our talented chefs, make each day of the retreat a 'taste sensation'. Our kitchen serves up delicious vegetarian food made from local seasonal ingredients. For breakfast and dinner, guests are invited to feast together on the terrace beside the pool overlooking the surf. We are able to cater for most dietary requirements, so please just let us know.

BREAKFAST

A hearty and healthy array of: seasonal fresh fruits, freshly squeezed orange juice, super smoothies, homemade vegan pancakes, homebaked Moroccan patisseries, eggs every way, yoghurts, granola, dried fruits and nuts, fresh coffee, tea and much more…

LUNCH

Each day our chefs prepare a nutritious packed lunch for you to eat at the beach or in and around the Villa. It’s loaded with health foods, including various wholesome salads, homemade falafels, fresh fruit and treats.

DINNER

Our epic evening feasts punctuate the day and form an important part of our Villa Mandala Retreat experience. A spread of delectable poolside tapas is followed by a gourmet main meal including: Moroccan classics reinvented Mandala stye: Aubergine & lentil kefta tagine, and a variety exquisite international dishes: Cauliflower, sweet potato & coconut curry with beetroot patties & almond, raisin & star anise wild rice. Homemade desserts are equally varied and exciting – our avocado, chocolate & hazelnut tart a guilt free revelation!

Exclusion

A meal out on Thursday night (chef’s night off) is not included in the price. We do a great BBQ at our new Flagship hotel – Amouage that’s 130dh / approximately 9 GBP to eat as much as you like. Enjoy a starlit feast, live music, and fun while we provide transport to and from the villa!

Horse riding

Quad biking

Camel riding

Massage and hammam spa treatements

Day trips to the local souqs (markets), Essaouira and Agadir

All activities are easily arranged during your stay upon request

  • 7 nights oceanfront accommodation
  • Unlimited fruit, tea and coffee
  • Daily board and wet suit hire
  • Daily cleaner service
  • Return Agadir group airport transfers
  • Transport to and from the surf everyday
  • The friendly host service of the team at the retreat throughout your stay
  • A homemade booklet to take away, full of yoga tips & inspirational ideas
  • Beach front accommodation at Villa Mandala (in a twin or double bedroom share)
  • Wholesome & gourmet vegetarian breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea & dinner (6 nights per week)
  • Daily surf guiding and 2hr surf lessons from our highly qualified instructors (for all levels & abilities)
  • Daily surf guiding and 2hr surf lessons from our highly qualified instructors (for all levels & abilities)
  • Exclusive and unlimited use of all facilities: swimming pool, yoga shala and its yoga mats, bricks, bolsters & blankets
  • Two yoga classes each day (up to 3.5 hours in total) with highly qualified and experienced teachers (for all levels & abilities)

Arrival by airplane

Morocco is served by direct flights from the UK and other major European airports, with flight times to Agadir or Marrakech between 2-4 hours. Guests travelling from the US can connect either in Casablanca or at a European airport as there are no direct flights to Agadir. From Agadir airport it’s a 40 minute drive south east along the coast road. Road transfers from Marrakech can be easily arranged and the new motorway has dramatically cut the journey times down to 2-3 hours and cost approx 80 GBP for 4 people. Please contact us if you would like us to arrange a transfer or would like a quote. You can also check out Skyscanner or Air Ninja. These are great sites to find cheap flights and to see who fly where internationally.

Free Transfers Saturdays only to/from both Marrakech (RAK) and Essaouira (ESS). Required minimum stay of at least 7 days. Please note that due to logistics limitations, guests arriving from these destinations may have to wait for other same day flights to arrive before departing for Surf Maroc (3 hours maximum waiting time).

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Testimonials

  • Review by Tarryn Lazarus from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Just back from an unbelievable trip with surf maroc. The staff are incredible...starting with the warm welcome and assistance throughout from Craig and Rihanna to our fantastic yoga teachers and our absolutely awesome surf instructor Molly! The villa accommodation is right on the beach and offers the most delicious meals - starting with my favourite Nutella pancakes for breakfast - a great lunch pack on the beach after a surf and ending with tasty tagines for dinner. Highly recommend this holiday! Great vibes, good friends and grand memories. Thanks to all at surf maroc!"

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  • Review by Lucy Arnold from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Just returned from a week in Surf Maroc's Taghazout Villa on the coaching special package. Great value for money, great location, extremely helpful and friendly staff, energetic and enthusiastic surf guides, regardless of variable surf conditions. A great destination for first time surfers looking for a reasonably priced, flexible and authentic Moroccan break. I will be back for sure. Thanks team TV!"

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  • Review by Steph
    10 out of 10

    "Fabulous experience. We were looked after extremely well. Friendly, approachable, and supportive of us all the time and the whole group. Everything taken care of and no worries at all. My heart is leaving very full and I hope that our paths meet again with me back here."

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  • Review by Oli
    10 out of 10

    "I thought it would be good but I was surprised at how good everything was. The villa, yoga, surfing, and friendly teachers were amazing."

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  • Review by Sabine
    10 out of 10

    "Just absolutely fantastic. I love the fresh, tasty, healthy food. Spectacular time."

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  • Review by Justine
    10 out of 10

    "I loved the retreat. I will recommend to everyone."

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  • Review by Mops
    10 out of 10

    "The most idyllic few days away. Ill love the memories forever. Only positive comments."

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  • Review by Philippa
    10 out of 10

    "It was all absolutely fantastic and the hosts were just lovely."

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  • Review by Karin
    10 out of 10

    "Love the relaxed, warm welcome. All very well organised and awesome fun!"

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  • Review by Julia and Mattias
    10 out of 10

    "Thanks so much to the entire team and crew of Surf Maroc and Villa Mandala for making our stay so special and beautiful."

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  • Review by Hugo from London
    10 out of 10

    "Love this place, love the retreat and everyone involved in making it such a special and enjoyable experience. I will be back very soon and will continue to recommend to everyone I know. Thank you."

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  • Review by Kathryn from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Absolutely loved the week! All the staff were super helpful and friendly and fun! Thank you."

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  • Review by Amy from Isle of Mann
    10 out of 10

    "I loved it! I am definitely coming back next year."

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  • Review by Annie from San Diego
    10 out of 10

    "What a week! Was such a special experience - my mind and body feel absolutely amazing. I could not recommend this trip enough. "

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  • Review by Louise from Glasgow
    10 out of 10

    "Wonderful retreat. Much more than I thought, it would be. Would love love to come back. Great work and good vibes from everyone involved!"

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  • Review by Richard from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Had a really great time at Villa Mandala. The staff are so friendly and helpful. The atmosphere was excellent and the yoga and surfing was brilliant ."

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  • Review by Margareth from Norway
    10 out of 10

    "This was a GREAT yoga and surf retreat!!! Everything from transport to training to food was perfectly organized. The yoga teachers were very skilled and were good at giving everyone a challenge. The surf instructors were good as well and we learned a lot and had great fun. The food was fantastic. I would recommend everyone to go to villa Mandala!"

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  • Review by Roxana from Romania
    10 out of 10

    "It was a perfect week, with great food, yoga and surf, in a very cool place. The staff was very accommodating and really professional, starting with the lovely yoga and surf teachers, and finishing with the chefs. Will probably return. Definitely recommend."

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  • Review by Gemma from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "I've just spent a week on a Yoga Surf Retreat at Villa Mandala, and had a wonderful time. The yoga classes and instructors were excellent, and I really enjoyed trying some new things. The surf instructors were also excellent, I am basically a beginner, but having witnessed surf lessons in the UK before, there is really no comparison - the Surf Maroc instructors teach you properly and teach you well.The week was perfect to relax and restore, no need to think apart from to make sure we were ready for the surf bus at 11am, or ready for a yoga class at the right time. Everything else seemed to just happen for you (although we all helped out clearing away after breakfast/dinner), Surf Maroc (in particular the villa hosts, Jenn and Tara) really looked after us well.Happy Memories of Villa Mandala!"

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  • Review by Anna from United Kingdom
    9 out of 10

    "My partner and I stayed for three nights at Villa Mandala and absolutely loved it here. The Villa is everything you could hope for - peaceful, relaxed, comfortable, stylish, a great place to hang out and read, or chat, play games etc after a long day in the sea."

    "The hosts (we had Karim and Jen) are charming and just lovely people. (and both are fantastic, unique yoga teachers too, with very different yoga styles that they teach in the stunning Villa Mandala yoga studio).All the other guests were really cool people and it was really fun getting to know them a little bit in the brief time we stayed at Mandala.One of the real highlights at Villa Mandala are the meals - breakfast and dinner are fantastic! What a feast! Breakfast and dinner are both served at a huge banquet dining table in the downstairs communal area. The food is delicious and plentiful and the meals are very fun and sociable.One night we were lucky enough to go to a BBQ at the Auberge that was organised by Surf Maroc - all the guests from the three Surf Maroc locations came together to eat on the terrace at the Auberge. This was really fun, the food was incredible and it was a great atmosphere.One thing you should know before coming to Villa Mandala is that the environment surrounding the Villa is not that nice. You have to drive through a weird kind of wasteland to get there, with lots of trash everywhere, and random little fires sometimes. (The locals burning off trash from the market I think).This just happens to be the location, and once you're at the Villa itself it doesn't matter at all - but I'm writing it here in case you are expecting a tropical paradise. Be warned! The Taghazout area is a little rough around the edges, so if you're looking for somewhere pristine and perfect, maybe go elsewhere.Another thing to expect is that all of the prices at the Villa are more or less what you'd pay in Europe. (prices for the meals, classes, board rental, drinks, snacks etc). It's not overpriced or expensive, but it is not cheap either. I wouldn't recommend Villa Mandala if you are on a tight budget.One more thing - I have no idea if this is the fault of the Villa, or if it was a weird bug in the local sea water or what - but almost everyone that was staying at the Villa on our trip got sick with a real nasty stomach bug. I got it, my boyfriend got it, and pretty much everyone else too.I feel bad saying this because it may have been an outside factor, but be aware that this could happen and it ain't pretty!"

    "I ended up having to take pretty strong antibiotics and Immodium etc, and it cut a good couple of days out of my trip. It wasn't fun being sick!Apart from these points, honestly I can say that I LOVE Villa Mandala and I would love to go back. It's a special place - check it out you won't regret it ! (just remember to pack that Immodium!)"

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  • Review by Josh from United Kingdom
    9 out of 10

    "Great yoga teachers, amazing food, brilliant organisation and the surfing was fantastic. You really don't have to think about anything except yoga, surfing and eating. Becky and Jen were great hosts and have an excellent yoga programme in place - vinyasa flow in the mornings and restorative in the evenings. Red and Youness were extremely thorough in their surf lessons and I was surfing out the back after four days."

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  • Review by a traveler from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "This was my first surf trip abroad. From the moment you arrive they make you feel totally at home. The accommodation is clean and comfortable and the communal eating and socialising adds to the whole experience. The food is amazing. There are several little chill out zones around the so you can be sociable or have a bit of quiet time in the sun or shade.The surfing experience was just what I had hoped for. They take you to the best spots (even if it means a long drive). Dawnies were no problem. The surf guides really new their stuff and were incredibly friendly. The tips and pointers I got also took my surfing to a new level.The country is amazing.I would recommend it to a complete beginner or an advanced surfer. What ever your level you will be looked after."

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  • Review by Liz from United Kingdom
    9 out of 10

    "My friend and I have just returned from a week long surf camp at Taghazout Villa and would recommend it to anyone. The atmosphere was super relaxed, the hosts were welcoming, and the guides really went out of their way to make sure we got the most out if our surf trip. The surf camp option gave us the perfect balance between being looked after but also gave us heaps of flexibility, for example the guides were keen to accommodate our need for early starts so that we beat the wind. Thanks again we miss you already!"

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  • Review by Lorna from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "This place is truly special, its all in my title, to have my feet in African soil is a piece of home for the heart and Surf Maroc has so much spirit, bags of it. Its incredible to see how much ones spirit can shine when doing what you love. A good reminder to myself :)We did the Roxy Girl surf week, all inclusive package, was great fun and learnt so much, incredibly helpful and something I will always remember when surfing again. Coaching was brilliant, for anyone who wants to learn how to surf or improve their skills this is definitely one to go for, girls only of course ;) The coach Lisa is wicked, she has such a fiery spirit and is one heck of a little dynamite, very special energy indeed. Her knowledge and experience helps one feel safe and reassured. Lovely Rosies assistance and gentle guidance was very warming.The whole package of the trip was just awesome, food is amazing, (thank you chefs) and the locals are great fun, and everyone at Surf Maroc is awesome.The Taghazout Villa we stayed at was perfect, simple, refreshing and overlooking the beach, what more could you want.Yoga at sunset was lovely, thank you so much Vicky for your warm love, energy and help. For someone who has never done yoga before, it is hard but I cant wait to get into it fully.This also wasnt just a sunny getaway for me, I took something special away from this experience, you are faced with your fears and faced with yourself, the hardest things to overcome.I will definitely be going back there and will be making a longer trip of it, Surf Maroc and Morocco, such a special gem of the world. Thank you guys so much, to all of you, thanks to Tom for a very warm welcome and throughout our trip, you guys rock!!!! "

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