Marrakech might not make the city the most likely of candidates for a therapeutic retreat, but this historic city hides a number of soothing and relaxing gems that provide the ideal spot to recharge mind, body and soul. Amongst the scenic backdrop of beautiful riads and the breath-taking landscape of the Atlas Mountains, you can discover serenity and contentment, with some of the most well-designed retreat programmes that artfully blend modern wellbeing with ancient wisdom. The hectic pace of life in Marrakech might not make the city the most likely of candidates for a therapeutic retreat, but this historic city hides a number of soothing and relaxing gems that provide the ideal spot to recharge mind, body and soul. Amongst the scenic backdrop of beautiful riads and the breath-taking landscape of the Atlas Mountains, you can discover serenity and contentment, with some of the most well-designed retreat programmes that artfully blend modern wellbeing with ancient wisdom. Dar Justo The traditional hammam has been at the heart of Moroccan culture for centuries more than just a place of physical cleansing, it combines socialising with friends with a deeply relaxing and soothing experience. Dar Justo captures this incredible encounter in their contemporary hammam spa. Set in a beautiful restored riad, your stay will be a complete fairytale experience from start to finish. Rest in wonderfully decorated rooms, furnished in traditional Moroccan style, with rich, lustrous colours and the delicate fragrance of incense. Revive your body and your mind under the expert hands of their in-house masseur, who combines the traditional hammam style with contemporary massage therapy, using a soothing blend of oils and steam to cleanse and restore every inch of you. In:spa Retreats One of the most widely reputed retreat organisers in the world, in:spa are renowned for crafting wellbeing programmes that nourish and relax every individual. Its hard to believe that this oasis of calm and serenity is just 30 minutes from the chaotic throng of the Medina, but set in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, their Marrakech retreat is an experience to savour. Amongst the serene natural scenery, you can enjoy lush green gardens, an expansive swimming pool, traditional hammam and contemporary spa. Youll have the expert guidance of their in-house chef, at hand to produce healthy and delicious meals through the day, designed to detoxify and energise. The wisdom of local yoga instructors to work you through challenging yet reviving activities and meditations upon the rooftop, as you look upon the majestic mountains, providing the ideal backdrop for natural contemplation. Peacock Pavilions For those who prefer a friendly and more intimate retreat experience, the family-run Peacock Pavilions may be the ideal spot. Run by a husband and wife team, Peacock Pavilions is the natural result of a lifetime of interest in humanitarian causes, design and wellbeing combining all three passions into one. The retreat offers a charming and relaxing space to unwind, set amongst some truly beautiful architecture that combines traditional Moroccan styles with a contemporary aesthetic. Attracting poets, writers, film makers and other artists regularly, the atmosphere is one that fosters a spirit of creativity and freedom. Along with an outdoor pool, gym and yoga pavilion, you can relax under the open air with a classic book from the well-stocked library, or even enjoy a wonderful movie in their outdoor cinema. Riad Magellan Stay in wonderfully decorated traditional riad, that provides a cool and calm refuge from the noise and activity of the city. Riad Magellan tailors your experience to suit your desires you can choose from traditional Moroccan entertainments and meals, or enjoy something a little more contemporary. Following delicious hand-made meals, relax in their classical hammam, with a soothing massage and steam bath, to ease away any worries. And if you find yourself craving for even more relaxation, you can arrange to have a yoga course in the Riad patio or arrange a Yoga retreat there. Tigmi Celebrated as one of the worlds most ethical hideaways, Tigmi is located just outside Marrakech in an authentic Berber village, and weaves together traditional wisdom with contemporary flair. Air conditioned, specially built rooms provide comfortable accommodation during your stay, and the retreat is designed to encourage maximum relaxation, to help you restore your body and spirit. With some of the UKs best teachers to hand, youll be guided through daily yoga and pilates sessions, as you ease into your bodys new-found flexibility. Resident chefs provide delicious Moroccan cuisine to nourish, while the inspiring natural scenery around the village offers eye-candy to delight your senses. Stéphane Abtan is Director at Dar Ayniwen. If you would like to be a guest blogger on A Luxury Travel Blog in order to raise your profile, please contact us.The hectic pace of life in
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