Tigmi, situated 24km south of Marrakesh, is set within a magical desert landscape. On the brow of the Berber hamlet of Tagadert, its labyrinth of narrow alleyways and flat-roofed village houses has a timeless, biblical feel.
'Tigmi', meaning 'my house' in the local Berber dialect, was built in 1840 for the local judge. As with many North African dwellings, the interior is all: a step inside, and the peaceful beauty of Tigmi is revealed. The first impression is of a lovely garden laid to lawns and paths, with banana palms, citrus and olive trees and a swimming pool with soft, jade-coloured water. The scents and colours of orange blossom and roses assail the senses. Fifteen tortoises live in this garden, adding to the unhurried feel of this tranquil oasis.
There are two swimming pools, one of which is heated to 26 degrees throughout the year. There are sun-loungers around the pool and shaded areas in the gardens, furnished with comfortable divans for those of you who prefer to laze around out of the sun.
There will be two yoga classes daily with one yoga-free day. Each morning will begin with meditation, pranayama and a flowing asana class. The morning practice will gently open the body and attune the mind to the breath, slowly moving and building into a flowing and dynamic sequence. The evening class will be more gentle and restorative. All classes will be suitable for all levels. The yoga space is a covered roof terrace with stunning views of Marrakesh across the plains.
A breakfast of delicious home-made juices, honey, yoghurts, pancakes, cheeses, locally made breads, fresh fruit and cereals will be served after class. There will be a salad buffet lunch. All evening meals are traditionally North African dishes, with vegetarian meals also wonderfully prepared on request.
Things to do
The rest of the day can be spent lazing Moroccan style: lounging, reading or swimming in one of the two pools, playing backgammon or chess in one of the many gardens and courtyards or popping into Marrakesh on the hotel's free mini-bus service.
Tigmi also has its own ha-mam, spa treatments and massage therapists on hand. There are a few bicycles available for the more energetic to explore the local area.
Outside of Tigmi there are local sporting activities such as horse riding and golf. Cultural treats are plentiful with mosques, museums, a visit to the famous square Jemaa el Fna with its acrobats, dancers and magicians, the Majorelle Gardens and the grove of 150,000 palm trees at La Palmeraie. A visit to one of the souks in Marrakesh's old city is an art form in itself, with busy market stalls and colourful displays of the traders' wares - local crafts, satins, silks, glittery shoes, leather wares, paintings, spices and food.
There are various day excursions further afield, arranged by the hotel such as a visit to the Atlas Mountains or coastal Essaouira. Music lovers may have heard of the Festival d'Essaouira which hosts four days and nights of African gnawa music, world music and jazz. For the more energetic, subject to snowfall, skiing can be enjoyed in the small resort of Oukaimeden in the Atlas range.
The bedrooms are authentically Moroccan with generous, comfortable beds, cool sheets, hand-woven covers and cushions, large bathrooms and a traditional seated area, which can double as extra sleeping-space.
Many of the bedrooms have fireplaces and private terraces.
My holiday with Yoga on a Shoestring was absolutely brilliant and just what I needed. I can’t imagine it being any better - comfortable rooms in a beautiful location (Tigmi, Morocco) and wonderful food. Karen was a fantastic yoga teacher, and the yoga was the right mix of yin/yang, nurturing/challenging, relaxing/strengthening, fun/meditative. Karen really held the retreat even when not teaching - she was fun and warm and responsive to people’s needs. I feel totally set up for the Winter ahead now!Charlotte
I just wanted to let you know that we had a wonderful time in Tigmi. Everything went like clockwork and the whole experience was relaxing and hassle-free. The staff at Tigmi were so helpful, the food was great and Karen the yoga teacher was brilliant. The whole coordination was fantastic and I will be recommending Yoga on a Shoestring to all my friends.Sue
I started yoga this year and fell in love with it so much so I have done two yoga retreats. Yoga on a Shoestring surpassed all my expectations not only with the beautiful Tigmi hotel but for the excellent yoga. I would definitely recommend Yoga on a Shoestring.Liz
'I just need to say that I had the time of my life on my break to Morocco and I'd like to thank you and all at YOAS for everything! I can't wait to book something again I was seriously impressed with the yoga and the venue it really was very special. :-) Back to the real world...Roxanne
I thought the holiday was truly wonderful. The luxurious part certainly lived up to expectations...great food, glorious location, fantastic staff at Tigmi, such comfy beds and the open air yoga terrace was lovely.Claire
I have returned home fantastically rested and rejuvenated after a wonderful week at beautiful Tigmi. Tigmi is a very special place, beautiful environment and such friendly and kind staff. The yoga was wonderful, with inspirational and varied classes. Particularly loved the classes held on the yoga terrace. We have been delighted with our experience of Yoga on a Shoestring and would certainly chose to holiday with you again.Lucy
It was amazing. I met a fabulous group of fun, inspiring women; we balanced out horse-riding with hamamming; and Marrakech is somewhere to rediscover again and again... At the beginning of the week we had to share one word with the group that summed up our intention for the week. Mine was "nourish". And I have come back feeling not just nourished, but also more inspired, positive, humbled by nature and very grateful. So pleased I discovered Yoga on a Shoestring and thank you for all the organisation.Alefiya
I would just like to say how much we all enjoyed the yoga retreat in Tigmi. It was the perfect location - the yoga roof was fantastic and Karen was brilliant - we all really liked her and her yoga style. The hotel was perfect - it was so relaxing and uncommercialised. The food was great too, I especially loved the lunchtime salads.Catherine
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Luxury yoga holiday, Tigmi near Marrakesh, Morocco, 6 - 13 October 2018
Single Berber Room £995
Sharing Berber Room £735
If you are looking for 'mega' luxury, then suites are available. Prices on request.
Cost includes: accommodation, breakfast, salad buffet lunch, evening meal and two yoga classes per day, with one yoga free day.
Airport transfers to and from the hotel will be an added cost of 125 Moroccan dirhams each way or 250 Moroccan dirhams each way if transferring alone.