Morocco is the ideal destination for a wellness retreat; the promise of year-round sunshine, stunning beaches and a whole culture built around soothing mind, body, and soul in a traditional hammam. Add to this a very short flight time from the UK and Europe and you can start to feel yourself relaxing at the very thought! Your only concern then is where to stay, read on for our guide to the Top 5 Best Wellness Retreats In Morocco…
A stay at Paradis Plage means that you can surf as the sun rises over a warm sea and yoga in the evening in the warm breeze. This year-round sunny oasis lies on a 5km stunning white beach in 3 hectares of beautifully designed tropical gardens between the Atlantic Ocean and the breath-taking Atlas Mountains. It is the first eco-resort in Morocco to combine surf, yoga, fitness and a traditional organic spa; your experience is based on a unique wellness formula designed to balance and relax body and mind. Wellness heaven basically.
Paradis Plage is a true surfer’s paradise and has access to some of the best waves for surfing in Africa, they offer instruction at all levels. They also provide a wide range of yoga classes in their yoga pavilions which overlook the beach. The evening yoga sessions with the backdrop of sunsets over the beach are divine and add a touch of magic to your stay. There is also a well-equipped fitness centre which overlooks the beach and a range of daily fitness classes. The Paradise Spa has an extensive menu of treatments for those wanting some indulgent pampering to aid your restoration.
The resort is super easy to get to, just 45 minutes from Agadir airport and 5 minutes from Taghazout. Stay in one of 103 spacious suites, beach bungalows and prestige villas; the stylish rooms almost all have terraces and ocean views. Other facilities include a beautiful outdoor heated swimming pool, a Zen garden, an outdoor cinema and a kid’s club and playground. The food here is a delicious mix of Mediterranean dining, modern Moroccan dishes and traditional cuisine with six bars and restaurants to choose from.
This resort is a little piece of paradise for all those seeking relaxation and rejuvenation in year-round sunshine.
in:spa’s Le Palais Paysan
With a tranquil location and the grandeur of the Atlas Mountains, you’ll be surprised to find that in:spa’s Le Palais Paysan lies just 30 minutes from the craziness at the heart of Marrakech. As well as your stunning surroundings, you have a huge swimming pool and terrace, contemporary spa, hammam, delightful lush gardens and luxury accommodation to aid your route to wellness. If you want to get active, you can horse ride, trek or mountain bike. Your fully inclusive retreat includes 3 delicious, healthy meals prepared by the in-house chef as well as yoga classes, fitness classes and deep tissue massages. It would be a challenge not to leave refreshed and re-energised.
Banyan Tree Tamouda Bay
When Banyan Tree Tamouda Bay opened it meant you no longer needed a long-haul flight to soak up a Banyan Tree spa. Located an hour Tangiers airport on Morocco’s Mediterranean Coast, the resort is a sophisticated tribute to Moroccan heritage. Relax in the shaded courtyards, landscaped gardens, reflective pools and traditional villas. Head to the ornate spa for a multitude of wellness options with a vast selection of spa treatments where traditional techniques combine perfectly with all-natural ingredients. Your wellness journey is completed with yoga, fitness, healthy food, horse riding, diving and sea kayaking. Other facilities include chic Mediterranean, Thai and grill restaurants, a bar, an indoor and outdoor pool, a kids’ pool and a private beach area with a beach club.
For an intimate and totally Moroccan experience, take your wellness retreat at Riad Farnatchi; a traditional riad with 10 spacious suites in the heart of Marrakech with a swanky spa next door. The spa features two stunning and very luxurious marble hammams and four gorgeous treatment rooms complete with showers. There’s also a seven-metre pool in the main riad. You can take breakfast on the roof terrace and the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner where traditional tagines sit alongside gourmet burgers on the menu. The menu at the spa offers a healthy light lunch perfect for detoxing.
Surf Coast Morocco
A fabulous route to wellness, Surf Coast Morocco design your trip around surfing and yoga; you’ll have such a good time that your day to day cares melt away. What sets them apart is the special places they share with you, like the aptly named Paradise Valley, the tasty and nourishing food, the easy-going lifestyle and sparkling sunsets. Accommodation is available at both Tamrakht and Taghazout. Healthy and hearty food is important here and a delicious Moroccan and continental breakfast is served on the terrace. After a long day of yoga or surfing, a delectable dinner of international and Moroccan cuisine with hot tagines, fish or meat, veggies, fresh bread and salads awaits you on the beautiful terraces. Qualified and encouraging instructors will help you to improve at both surfing and yoga no matter your level. And when you need a day off, they will show you the real Morocco: vibrant souks, Paradise Valley, lively Marrakech or just watch the waves from a camel’s back.
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