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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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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!
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!
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
Al Massira Airport
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).