Tigmi, situated 24km south of Marrakech, 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. Many tortoises live in the garden, adding to the unhurried feel of this tranquil oasis.
There are two swimming pools, one of which is heated throughout the year. There are sun-loungers around the pool and shaded areas in the gardens, furnished with comfortable divans for those who prefer to relax out of the sun.
There will be two yoga classes each day with Raquel. Each morning will begin with a yoga class which will include meditation and movement focused on asanas, attuning the mind to the breath. The evening class will be more gentle and restorative. Classes will be progressive and inclusive for all levels. No yoga on travel days.
For the New Year Celebration there will be an opportunity to journal a letter of what you would like to let go of to make space for new intentions in the coming year. These will then be thrown into the fire just before the clock strikes midnight, letting go of the old and creating space to welcome new intentions into our lives.
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 Marrakech on the free shuttle service.
Tigmi also has its own hammam and spa offering treatments with wonderful local therapists.
Outside of Tigmi, cultural treats are plentiful with mosques, museums, a visit to the famous square Jemaa el Fna, the Majorelle Gardens and the grove at La Palmeraie. A visit to the souks in the Medina of Marrakech is an art form in itself, with busy market stalls and colourful displays of the traders' wares - local crafts, satins, silks, baskets, leather goods and spices.
There are various day trips further afield that can be arranged for you such as a hike in the Atlas Mountains.
Accommodation & food
The bedrooms are authentically Moroccan with generous, comfortable beds, cool sheets, hand-woven covers and cushions, large en-suite bathrooms and a traditional seated area. Many of the bedrooms have fireplaces and private terraces.
A breakfast of delicious home-made juices, honey, yoghurts, pancakes, cheeses, locally made breads, fresh fruit and cereals will be served after morning class. There will be a healthy and generous salad buffet lunch. All evening meals will be traditional North African dishes, with vegetarian or vegan options available on request.
For New Year's Eve there will be a special banquet and an evening of fun and celebration with live entertainment and traditional music.
Non-yoga partners are welcome to join the retreat and celebrations. Please get in touch for rates.
What a wonderful tonic to Christmas and a joyful start to the new year. Raquel is a kind, wise and generous teacher and we felt very blessed to have her take us through the week. The hotel is a gorgeous sanctuary, whether sunbathing under a clear blue sky during the day or huddling by the fires in our rooms at night. We had hammams, massages and pedicures at the hotel, a walk in the Atlas mountains and a day trip to Marrakesh. We came away fit, healthy, relaxed and ready for the year.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. Raquel is a gifted and inspirational teacher. We have been delighted with our experience of Yoga on a Shoestring and would certainly choose to holiday with you again.Lucy
The trip was amazing. Raquel is a fantastic and very dedicated teacher. Her classes were extremely well thought out and I know they have deepened my practice. I was very impressed with how committed she was to helping us set our intentions for the new year. She was thorough and thoughtful. The hotel was also amazing. The food was fantastic and the staff extremely helpful. All in all a wonderful way to start the new year.Sara
The Relaxing Yoga Break
Psychologies Magazine, February 2018
Yoga on a Shoestring at Tigmi, Morocco
‘Dive into the grooves, cracks and crevices, and explore the unfolding of the “waves” and breath from within,’ says Lara Stapleton during her immersion week of Scaravelli yoga at this laid-back hotel near Marrakech. Space, breath and gravity are key, as the body is expanded. Classes focus on holding postures to release the fascia and loosen the spine so it becomes something more like Lara’s ‘waves’. Morning and evening sessions fly by, interspersed with chanting, pranayama and meditation. Days are free for the delights of the hotel, which has sweeping desert views and enchanting spots to sit beneath swathes of bougainvillea. There are two pools to cool off in after a walk into the lunar landscape of the Atlas mountains, or the sensory overload of a trip to the souk half an hour away, and a little hammam where you can have a scrub and massage.
Be swift to the buffet lunch of vital, colourful ingredients. Supper is a la carte, with whole fish or spiced lamb or chicken tagines – specify in advance any dietary requirements. Expect to leave feeling ‘taller’, with open hips and shoulders and a renewed enthusiasm for life.
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Luxury New Year yoga retreat, near Marrakech, Morocco, 27 December - 2 January 2023
Sharing a twin or double Berber room - £875
Single occupancy Berber room - £1125
All room prices are per person
Luxury suites are also available. Prices on request.
Cost includes: accommodation, breakfast, salad buffet lunch, evening meal, a special New Year's eve banquet and entertainment and two yoga classes per day (with one yoga-free day).
Non-yoga partners and family are welcome. Please get in touch for rates.
A 50% non-refundable deposit is required on booking and the balance is due 6 weeks before you travel.
Arrival is anytime on 27 December 2022 and departure is anytime on 2 January 2023. There are no yoga classes on travel days.
Easyjet, BA and Ryanair all fly direct to Marrakech from London:-
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.