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.
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.
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
'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
Relaxed, warm, friendly, laid back and very funny, Ken creates an atmosphere in his classes where it is a delight to explore, learn and benefit from his many years of experience in bodywork and yoga. In a seemingly very casual style, he intuitively weaves together absorbing sequences of yoga postures with Feldenkrais techniques. I enjoyed it so much I returned this year!James
The most amazing yoga teacher I have ever found - a genuine treasure. Ken has a unique gift for teaching that allows each individual to find and take pleasure in their personal yoga journey. His courses are always a lot of fun too!
Ken’s hypnotic voice reminds me to breathe, breathe, breathe.Yoga Magazine
It was another truly wonderful Yoga on a Shoestring experience. Tigmi is a lovely destination. The staff were so helpful, graceful, and caring.Janet
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Luxury yoga holiday, Tigmi near Marrakesh, Morocco, 24 November - 1 December 2018
Single Berber Room £995
Sharing Berber Room £735
If you are looking for 'mega' luxury - 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 (about £10) each way or 250 (about £20) Moroccan dirhams each way if transferring alone.