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Morocco Yoga & Hiking Retreat at Azaren

19 September 25 September

Azaren

Azaren is a private 20 acre (8 hectare) estate nestled in the shadows of the High Atlas Mountains just 30km from Marrakech. It is an oasis of calm, beauty and luxurious surroundings; everything you would imagine your own private Moroccan paradise could be. Snowcapped Mount Toubkal (the highest peak in the Atlas) just to the south of Azaren, has provided year- round irrigation for the lush gardens of the Ourika Valley that have fed the region for centuries. The hospitality of the Berber people is world-renowned and at Azaren, that welcoming of visitors is on full display. Whether you would like to experience a traditional hamam, find yourself at a tea ceremony in a mountain village or sample the famous Moroccan Tajin, Azaren is truly an immersion into an exotic culture nurtured in luxurious comfort. You will fall in love with the people, the traditions, the food and most of all the facilities of this desert hideaway. But don’t forget, this is a Yoga retreat after all. The purpose built Yoga Shala on the property is one of the most beautifully designed and situated of any of Zephyr’s retreat locations. With the backdrop of the mountains and the stunning garden laid out in front of you, you’re sure to find a bit of bliss and serenity both on and off the mat.

Garden & Grounds

The grounds and gardens were conceived by renowned French landscape designers Eric Ossart and Arnaud Maurières. The blend of subtle plantations of fragrant flowers and sculptural cacti with local crops is stunning. On the property, Azaren has the Jardin de l’Ourika, Yves Saint Laurent Beauté, supporting local Berber women employed to cultivate and nurture the botanical ingredients to Yves Saint Laurent cosmetics. Yves Saint Laurent was a lover of Morocco and his former residence in Marrakech can be visited which is a great tour to understand his connection to the country and that continuing legacy of Moroccan botanical cultivation for the company. Visits to the garden on the property at Azaren can also be arranged.


Architecture & Interiors

Azaren was designed by internationally acclaimed architect Imaad Rahmouni in a style which combines exceptional volumes with the simplicity of Berber architecture. The buildings include the main house extending over 1,200 sqm, six garden villas (about 100 sqm each), a pool house, a tennis club house, a fitness centre and a Yoga shala, all surrounded by formal gardens and a labyrinth of pathways to explore it all.

The main house is arranged on either side of an impressive corridor which leads to the living rooms, dining room, spa, billiard room, television room and four suites. Furnished and decorated by Themes & Variations, London, the interiors are a striking combination of vintage and contemporary with a Moroccan flavour.


Amenities

Pool, Spa and Tennis Courts – all exclusively for our use.

Azaren staff includes a house-manager who speaks English, German and French, a butler, a cook, three chambermaids, a head grounds-keeper, a team of gardeners and a night watchmen.

Specialist staff can be arranged for Massages & Hammam 35 Euros per treatment. Bookings will be closer to the time of departure.


Food

The cuisine is delicious Moroccan-French fusion and extensively uses Azaren’s home-grown vegetables, fruit and olive oil. Traditional bread is baked daily in an outdoor wood-fired oven and the home-made olive tapenade is usually smuggled home in Zephyr’s luggage by the kilo. It’s delicious.

Vegetarian diets and other dietary requirements can be catered for.

Meals can be served in a variety of outdoor locations and picnics can be prepared on request.


Yoga & Hiking (Guided Cycling add-on available)

Yoga Shala is fully stocked with mats, bolsters, bricks, blocks and belts. Truly one of the most beautiful purpose built Yoga shalas Zephyr has ever come across.

Hikes are the highlight. The surrounding countryside of the Ourika valley is absolutely stunning and a walk up into the foothills of the Atlas is an experience of a lifetime. Along the way we will visit villages not accessible by car, have tea with the villagers who have been farming and grazing their livestock in these hills for generations and break bread with the locals who call these mountains their home. The warmth and hospitality of Berber culture is a delightful reminder of why we “retreat” to experience the human condition with other people and share moments of authenticity with one another.

Walking/hiking ability can be catered to, don’t worry if you have mobility issues or haven’t been hiking in a while. Many of the walks can be supported by vehicles and lunch and beverages will be provided.

There is the opportunity for guided road cycling add-on for an extra cost. We are arranging this amazing option to experience this area of Ourika and the Atlas Mountains for guests who have a desire to peddle their way through their Yoga Retreat. Let us know and happy to arrange this. Price of add-on to be confirmed.


Included:

  • Accommodation
  • High speed wifi in all buildings, pool and Yoga shala
  • 2x morning & evening Yoga sessions
  • Yoga Mats, Blocks, Bricks, Straps, Bolsters, Eye Pillows
  • Group Transport to and from Marrakech Airport (RAK) to Azaren and return
  • Hike, hiking transport and guide
  • Pool towels
  • Snacks, tea, coffee and soft drinks
  • Brunch and dinner daily
  • Lunch is included on hiking days
  • Lunch on non-hiking days will incur €10 supplement
    • Lunch is rarely requested as you will be well nourished throughout the day.

Not Included:

  • Flights (£160-£300 round trip during September return London/Marrakech)
  • Transport outside the recommended flight time to and from airport and venue
  • Transport outside group activities
  • Covid tests
  • Guided Road Cycling Add-on available
  • Laundry
  • Alcohol – beer, wine and spirit list available
  • Staff Tips at your discretion – all tips go directly to the women and men who work hard to make your retreat clean, enjoyable and offer any help need (£5-10 a day per guest)

Azaren Accommodation (Red & Olive Villa is the only available accommodation)

Azaren’s accommodation comprises 4 suites in the main house and 6 garden villas (about 100sqm each) each with a walled patio, outdoor (and indoor) shower and private terrace. For single occupancy the beds will be made as a double. For two guests sharing the beds will be separated as singles.

Master Suite (Occupied)

2 Single Beds with Ensuite

Single: £ 2850

Sharing: £ 1950 per person


Coral Suite (Occupied)

Double Bed with Ensuite

Single: £ 2850

Sharing: £ 1950 per person


Blue Suite (Occupied)

2 Single Beds with Ensuite

Single: £ 2850

Sharing: £ 1950 per person


Purple Suite (Occupied)

2 Single Beds with Ensuite

Single: £ 2850

Sharing: £ 1950 per person


Red Villa (1 Sharing Space Available with Guest)

2 Single Beds with Ensuite access to roof terrace

Single: £ 2850

Sharing: £ 1950 per person


Saffron Villa (Occupied)

Double Bed with Ensuite

Single: £ 2850

Sharing: £ 1950 per person


Orange Villa (Occupied)

2 Single Beds with Ensuite access to roof terrace

Single: £ 2850

Sharing: £ 1950 per person


Lavender Villa (Occupied)

2 Single Beds with Ensuite

Single: £ 2850

Sharing: £ 1950 per person


Turquoise Villa (Occupied)

2 Single Beds with Ensuite

Single: £ 2850

Sharing: £ 1950 per person


Olive Villa – NEW Villa being built, pictures will be posted ASAP (2 Available Sharing Options)

2 Rooms with Single Beds with Ensuite and sitting Room – Sleeps 3 Guests

Single: £ 2850

Sharing: £ 1950 per person


To Book Retreat

Contact: Zephyr Wildman,  to book

Please send £500 non-refundable and non-transferable deposit or full payment to reserve your place. The balance will then be due by 19th August, 2022 via bank transfer. Cancellation after 19th August 2022 will result in forfeiture of 50% of total payment (minus deposit), cancellation after 1st September 2022 will result in 75% forfeiture of total payment (minus deposit). Email me if you have any questions.

Highly recommend that you invest in travel insurance for your trip to ensure peace of mind.

Look forward to another wonderful Zephyr Yoga Retreat.

Beaming you all blessing, laughter and future Yogic adventures!

Zephyr Wildman