Luxury New Year 2014/5 yoga holiday, Marrakech, Morocco

December 29, 2014 - January 3, 2015 - Fully Booked

It is usually possible to book extra nights at the Riad. For cheapest London-Marrakech flight options, we recommend going out with Easyjet or Ryanair.
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Do you have time off over New Year and would like to do something rather special?

We'd love you to join us this New Year for a retreat at our gorgeous, eco-friendly, luxury Riad in the heart of the Marrakech medina, a 15-minute walk from the famous Jeema el Fna square.

Our luxury Riad

With just six beautiful rooms, our host Riad - old Moroccan townhouse - has been recently restored to an unusually high standard, with exquisite attention to detail, and with high respect for the environment (more details about the Riad's eco-friendly policy to the right, below).

Neutral, calming colours make the most of Morocco's wonderful natural light (even at this time of year, when Winter day-time temperatures average around 20 degrees) and pay homage to modernism and Europe.

At the same time, splashes of colour and character from cushions, Berber rugs and lamps, together with furniture supplied by local craftsmen, add an unmistakably north African flavour. The end result is effortlessly stunning.

The beautiful courtyard of the New Year Yoga Holiday Riad
Equally important, once the door signalling the entrance to the Riad closes, the bustle and rush of the medina feel miles away, and you know you've found a true city centre retreat.

The Riad's communal areas include a library, with roaring fire, beautiful courtyard (pictured, left, where we'll practice yoga) with plunge pool, and a spacious roof terrace, complete with chairs and white sun loungers for soaking up Winter rays.

We will eat at the long table in the dining room, just off the courtyard - or, weather permitting, in the sunshine on the roof terrace.

Our venue also has a massage room and hammam - Moroccan bath/spa - and we include an hour's hammam experience in this New Year package.

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The six bedrooms (three of which are superior) are on the upper floors and are beautifully appointed.

They boast fireplaces, some with wood-burning stoves. have heating for cool evenings. Outside three of the rooms there are pretty tables and chairs for you to enjoy a leisurely tea or read a book.

Solo travellers may opt to share a room with another guest booking alone (rooms are allocated at Satvada Retreats' discretion).

The three superior rooms will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Please also note that the rooms - while luxuriously appointed - are not large. To guarantee privacy, we recommend taking a single occupancy room.

The retreat format and schedule

On this escape, we aim to strike a balance between down-time and relaxation; and the stimulation of staying in the heart of one of the world's most evocative, fascinating cities. All yoga classes and activities on this retreat outlined below are optional.

Enjoy breakfast in the sun on the terrace on this new year's yoga retreat
Daily morning yoga will be at about 9-10.30am, after which we will enjoy a buffet brunch.

Then, the whole day is your own (to explore the souks, or sunbathe on the restful roof terrace), until tea and cakes at 4pm, and the evening yoga and meditation class at 5.30pm.

Dinner in the cosy dining room area, off the main courtyard, will be served at around 7.30pm each evening, and we have left one evening free for you to find your own restaurant in Marrakech, or to join the group, if you'd prefer.

We have arranged for each guest to have a complimentary hour's on-site hammam, and have also organised a half-day (four-hour) tour of Marrakech, which will include access to mosques and museums not usually granted to tourists.  The cost of the holiday includes:

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- Five nights' luxury accommodation
- Two daily 90-minute yoga classes
- Generous daily brunch
- Four evening vegetarian meals, including special four-course New Year dinner
- A hammam: traditional Moroccan bathing experience!
- Half-day guided tour of the famous Marrakech medina
- Afternoon tea and cake
- Fruit, tea and coffee before morning yoga

If you choose, you can book additional treatments (a massage, for example) at your own expense, and may also decide to book extra excursions, such as a half-day trip into the beautiful nearby Atlas mountains.

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On the other hand, the chance to rest, read and soak in the atmosphere may provide the greater lure (and need). The choice is entirely yours!

Alcohol will be available to purchase with meals, and is at your own additional expense. We recommend keeping any alcohol intake to a glass or two with evening meals, to maximise enjoyment of the morning yoga and to keep a quiet atmosphere!

Daily yoga

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The daily morning yoga class will be dynamic hatha flow, suitable for all levels - from complete beginners, to experienced students.

Teacher (and Satvada retreats' co-founder) Lucia Cockcroft aims to take a mindful, thorough approach to her teaching. She teaches a flowing hatha yoga, and is influenced by various different schools and approaches, including iyengar, ashtanga, viniyoga and mindfulness meditation.

The gentle evening class will take a slower, more meditative approach, drawing on influences from mindfulness meditation, Scaravelli, restorative yoga and yin yoga.

Lucia originally trained with the Sivananda School of yoga, in an anshram in northern California. Lucia is a certified Relax and Renew teacher, trained by highly regarded American teacher, Judith Lasater. She has also been lucky enough to count Sarah Powers, Bo Forbes, Jason Crandell, Tara Fraser and Donna Farhi as her teachers.





Why Marrakech?

Where do we start? The sublime gardens (as shown in this Guardian piece); the surrounding snow-topped Atlas mountains; the colour and life of the ancient medina; the city's seductive mix of old and new; the dazzling Winter light and sun.

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Arrivals

After 1pm on Monday December 29. 2014. The first meal will be on Monday evening; the first yoga class, on Monday morning.

Departures

After 11am on Saturday January 3, 2015.

Option to stay extra nights at The Riad, or at another exceptional Riad in Marrakech (which we can recommend and help arrange).

Included in price:

 - Five nights' luxury accommodation
- Two daily 90-minute yoga classes
-  Generous daily brunch
- Four evening vegetarian meals, including special four-course New Year dinner
- A hammam: traditional Moroccan bathing experience!
- Half-day guided tour of the famous Marrakech medina
- Afternoon tea and cake
- Fruit, tea and coffee before morning yoga

Excluded in the cost:

One evening meal. Return flights and transfers from Marrakech airport.

Cost:

£999 per person double/twin occupancy, en-suite. Solo travellers  may opt to share a room with another guest booking alone (rooms are allocated at Satvada Retreats' discretion). Please note, however, that the rooms - while luxuriously appointed - are not large. To guarantee privacy, we recommend taking a single occupancy room.

£1,499 per person single occupancy, en-suite
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Extra nights?

You may choose to stay extra nights at the Riad, (or at another recommended Riad) before or after the holiday. Extra nights are booked direct with the venue.

Flights

We recommend flying London-Marrakech flights with Easyjet or BA. Ryanair is also an option. We anticipate the cost of New Year flights to rise  as the time approaches. The cost of flights is not included in this yoga holiday.

Suitable for?

Anyone seeking an exciting, relaxing and rejuvenating way to spend New Year 2014/5. Beginners to yoga are very welcome, and the yoga classes will suitable for all levels.

Please bring with you:

A yoga mat and a blanket.

The environment

The Riad works within some of the highest attainable environmentally-friendly parameters.

Solar heating has been installed for hot water, and wood-burning stoves for more efficient heating. Showers and taps minimise water usage without compromising standards for customers!

The Riad also offers free filtered tap water for those keen to cut down on plastic water bottle wastagle.

All plastic bottles, glass, paper and cardboard are recycled as standard.


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