In my selection of the 5 Best Surf & Yoga Retreats in Morocco, I have picked the top hotels and resorts which will teach you to surf and yogi without breaking the bank and whilst maintaining a certain level of luxury. If you are looking for true luxury, Paradis Plage must be your first and only choice, but all these retreats give you the chance to surf as the sun rises on a warm sea and stroll along a beach on a warm evening. However wealthy you are, it is these special moments that make life so magical. Feel the warm sand between your toes and head to Morocco.
1. Paradis Plage Surf Yoga & Spa Resort
Located 45 minutes from Agadir airport and 5 minutes from Taghazout, this luxury resort (pictured above) combines yoga with surfing. Staying here is all about achieving the perfect balance of body and mind. Built over two floors Paradis Plage enjoys both ocean and mountain views and it’s geographical location in a bay protected by surrounding mountains, means that it has the perfect micro-climate year-round. Rooms are luxurious and most first floor rooms have spectacular sea views.
With for restaurants, Paradis Plage offers organic Moroccan produce and traditional dishes. Try The Lounge four relaxed, outdoor dining and drinks next to the sea. The 27 offers à la carte Mediterranean and Moroccan meals and Chiringuito is a surf house bar where you can grab a burger or a drink by the ocean.
In addition to the large hotel pool, Paradis Plage enjoys a superb position on a stunning 5 km long beach. Perfect for surfing, the waves boast a constant swell between April and September. Paradis Plage also provides a wide range of Yoga classes, including easy yoga for beginners, aerial yoga, yin yoga (to create flexibility in the connective tissue) and power flow – a more dynamic practice. Don’t miss the evening yoga sessions – the backdrop of sunsets over the beach will add a touch of magic to your practise. For keen surfers, yogis, or anyone who wants to relax in beautiful surroundings, Paradis Plage is perfect.
2. Surf Coast Morocco
Surf Coast Morocco design your trip so that you have such a good time that it will be difficult to forget. Being primarily a yoga and/or surf holiday, waves are essential and they promise to find amazing waves for your level, warm water and sun all year-long. What sets them apart is the special places they share with you, like the aptly named paradise valley, the friendly people who you will share these experiences with you, the tasty food, easy-going lifestyle and of course, the stunning sunsets.
Accommodation is based in Tamrakht and Taghazout. Healthy and hearty food is important with a delicious Moroccan and continental breakfast on the terrace including Sweet Moroccan mint tea, fresh coffee and milk, Moroccan harira soup, freshly baked bread, omelette, pancakes, honey, jam, fresh fruit,cereals, cheese, olives and eggs. After a long day of yoga or surfing, a delicious dinner of international and Moroccan cuisine with hot tagines, fish or meat, veggies, fresh bread and salads will wait for you on the beautiful terraces.
Qualified and encouraging instructors will help you to improve no matter your level. And if you need a day off – don’t worry! They will show you the real Morocco: vibrant souks, paradise valley, lively Marrakech or just watch the waves on a camel’s back.
3. Revealing Vajra At Quaryati Ecolodge
Less of a resort and more of a sporadic retreat offered by Rachel Bonkink, your personal yoga and meditation teacher, this spectacular offers a yoga retreat where everything will be taken care of for you. Morocco is a North African country with a soul, a sensory experience and a world away from Europe despite its geographical proximity. This yoga retreat takes place at the fabulous Quaryati Ecolodge, a traditional Moroccan guest house situated in a large garden, 30 minutes from Marrakech. It features a spa centre with hammam, and has an outdoor swimming pool with breathtaking views of the Atlas Mountains. There is no surf at Quaryati but for Yoga, yoga and more yoga, this retreat is perfect.
4. Surf Star Morocco
Possibly the least luxury of our Yoga retreats but ideal for the budget conscious traveller. Practice yoga at sunrise and sunset, learn to surf in clear waters and stay in relaxing rustic accommodation. Eat delicious, healthy and nutritious Moroccan cuisine and from the moment you arrive, you will be welcomed into the relaxing vibe. These Yoga retreats are designed for all yogis with coaching for all levels of yoga and surfer. Yoga classes take place on the rooftop terrace which has a spectacular ocean view and is best enjoyed as the sun sets, when colours of the sky are reflected across the ocean waves.
5. Surf Berbere
Surf Berbere Morocco surf camp offers a range of amazing surf & yoga holidays in the heart of Taghazout, a small fishing village made famous by its amazing surf spots and glorious year round sunshine. Stay in one of their luxury apartments and enjoy surf & yoga packages which teach you to surf and then help you unwind at the end of the day with sunset yoga. Yoga is the perfect way to de-stress and stretch out those aching muscles ready for another day of surfing. The perfect combination.
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