A week of yoga and surfing (optional) on the Atlantic coast, Morocco

28 October - 4 November 2017

Cost from £575

Teacher Jaya Jaks

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About Villa Mandala

An energising week of yoga with the option of surfing the waves in the warm Moroccan ocean. Stay in the tranquil environment of Villa Mandala and explore the endless sandy beaches of this Atlantic coastline.

Villa Mandala is set on the coast, close to Banana Village in the Agadir region of Southern Morocco. Hidden beneath a blanket of bougainvillea, the villa has fabulous Atlantic ocean views. The beautiful yoga shala is perched on the rooftop so you can Surya Namaskar (salute to the sun) across the surf and endless horizon.

Take a short walk to Banana Point and stop off at the Beach Cafe for a dip, lounge and a drink. Continue along the coast or spectacular clifftop for 15 minutes and you will come to the first of many beautiful swimming and surf beaches. Pick up and drop offs in the surf minibus are an option too.

Make this stunning private villa your very own home for the week. You will find plenty of chill out areas with comfy sofas, cosy lighting and Moroccan trinkets. It’s the perfect place to share time with others or enjoy your own space.

The ocean-front swimming pool at the villa is ideal for a dip to cool off from the midday sun.

 

The daily programme

There will be two yoga classes a day. The morning class (pranayama and asana) will gently open the body and attune the breath and mind, leading into flowing and dynamic sequences. Always cultivating awareness, physical alignment and breath. The classes will be suitable for all levels and yoga experience.

There will be time set aside in the day to go to the beach or explore the area. Surfing lessons with experienced teachers are also an option and are available from £42 per day, £120 for 3 days or £195 for the week and include professional and fun tuition, transportation to and from the beach and wetsuit and board hire.

You will meet again in the late afternoon for a more relaxing and restorative yoga class. There will be one yoga free day.

Things to do

Surf lessons can be easily arranged with the very experienced team. Or you can explore the miles of empty golden sandy beaches just to sunbathe with a good book or relax by the pool in the privacy of the villa

Other activities are available such as massage treatments, a visit to the local hammam (a traditional Moroccan steam bath), day trips to Essaouira, Agadir and the local souks, horse or camel riding and quad biking. You can also take a trip through the mountains to the breathtaking Paradise Valley.

Throughout each day you will be offered delicious bespoke vegetarian meals, using only the finest and freshest local produce.

Accommodation at Villa Mandala

There is a selection of uniquely designed rooms. Each has a real feeling of quality; sprinkled with trinkets and designed to a theme. There are ocean facing rooms (all en suite) and others with mountain or garden views (some en suite). There are plenty of shared bathroom facilities for the remaining bedrooms.

Comments

This was my first yoga week and it surely will not be my last. The week in Morocco was amazing. Outstanding was our yoga teacher Alicia, her classes were very well structured and she managed to keep it interesting and challenging for all the different level of yogis. Her knowledge and also her teaching were excellent. Fantastic was Villa Mandala, decorated in typical Moroccan decor it oozed relaxation all over. Would advise to book a sea view room as it is so calming to get up and have this fantastic view and the sound of the waves make you go to sleep easily and happily. All the staff at the villa were so friendly, helpful and kind, nothing was too much for them. Any problem or question was quickly dealt with. Najis, the manager is absolutely delightful and her organisational skills are amazing. A special mention deserves also the chef. He surprised us with so many delicious vegetarian meals that I am running out of word to praise them all. Last but not least the whole yoga group. We really gelled as a group, everybody got on so well and I am sure some friendship will have been formed during that week
Beatrice
It really was such an amazing holiday. Met great people, ate delicious food, Belle is a fantastic yoga teacher and I learnt to surf!! Still taking it all in now and know I will keep in touch with people too. Thank you for all your help with organising the holiday, and for being so accommodating at all times, it is much appreciated.
Melissa
'I would like to say a big thank-you for all the team to looking after us so well. The cooks were amazing at Villa Mandala and the food was second to none! The villa was beautiful and well-kept and quirky. The teacher Belle was really great and I enjoyed so much the yoga and her singing and playing the guitar after dinner.
Mireille
I had a brilliant time. Maurizio is a brilliant teacher. We did sequences with him that I've never done before and he made the classes fun and interesting. Morocco and its people are great and the weather was kind to us. The food was out of this world as was the ambience, surroundings, cleanliness etc. and Vanessa and Tara and the team looked after us to a fault. There couldn't have been a better mix of other participants if they were 'hand-picked'.
Sonia
It was a great yoga holiday- really tasty food, lovely people, fantastic yoga and surf classes. Villa Mandala was a lovely venue with some lovely beaches/bays within walking distance. Would certainly recommend it to others.
Jane
We just returned from Agadir and I wanted to let you know I had a brilliant time. The yoga sessions were undoubtedly the highlight and I enjoyed Maurizio's free flowing style which worked very well for me. He is also a caring and fun person to be around too. The villa proves to be a charming place, where everyone can relax and savour the absolutely delicious food prepared by the staff. All the activities were very well organised, from surfing, trip to paradise valley and evening outings. Needless to say the local staff were very helpful, great conversationalists and I am very impressed. Highly recommended and many grateful thanks for organising.
Jacqui

A week of yoga and surfing (optional) on the Atlantic coast, Morocco, 28 October - 4 November 2017

Costs

Mountain or garden view room
Price per person for a shared room is £575
Price per person for a single room is £725

Sea view room (all en-suite)
Price per person for a shared room is £620
Price per person for a single room is £770

Includes:
Accommodation
Three vegetarian meals each day (apart from one evening)
Unlimited water, tea, coffee and fresh fruit
Daily meditation and yoga classes (apart from one yoga free day)
Airport transfers from Agadir

Not included:
Surf lessons (An optional extra and cost £42 for a day, £120 for 3 days or £195 for 7 days)
Other trips and activities

Travel Arrangements

The closest airport is Agadir and this is well served by direct flights from the UK and other European cities.

The Villa is just 45 minutes drive from Agadir airport and free transfers are provided. Arrival at the villa is from 4.30 pm. If you arrive earlier in the day a transfer can be arranged from Agadir airport to a local cafe for a lazy lunch or walk on the beach. At around 4pm you will be picked up from the cafe to go to Villa Mandala, for the start of your retreat.

Airlines that fly to Agadir include:
Easyjet
British Airways
Skyscanner (a useful flight comparison website)