Magic in Morocco

Magic in Morocco 2017-11-12T09:00:42+00:00

Morocco is one of the most diverse countries in Africa, with high mountains, sweeping desert, rugged coastline, and the winding alleyways of ancient medina cities and souqs. Aromatic tajines, palm-spotted, red-earthed landscapes and limitless generosity define the home of the Maghreb. This magical retreat will give you a glimpse of the friendliness, vibrancy and flavour of this Berber-Arab-Spanish-Portuguese-French melting pot.

The terrain of Morocco has informed my dreams since I was a child, as a magical and wondrous place. I would like to invite you to join me on an enchanted journey to re-awaken the magic in your life, through listening to the heartbeat of Morocco. By staying in the medina and engaging with this ancient cities rhythms and customs. Being mystically transported (or just woken up) by the call to prayer, drinking mint in the souks, finding exquisite restaurants, walking through beautiful gardens and staying in the Sahara desert under a million stars and much more ……

This inspirational journey is for you if:

  • You want to explore an ancient and magical place.

  • You want to travel to an exotic location, but perhaps wouldn’t do it on your own.

  • You adore learning about different cultures and peoples.

  • You really enjoy eating delicious food and trying new things.

  • You’ve watched “Sex in the City 2” the can imagine yourself in the movie!

  • You are excited to explore the markets and medinas with all their colour and vibrancy.

  • A night is an historic Kasbah has you imagining Arabian Nights.

  • Two nights in the desert in luxury camping under the stars sounds like heaven to you.

The Accommodation

As the sun set on another magical day in this red city, you watch the merchants in their Djellaba close up shop for the day and you wander past small coffee houses and colourful lantern displays back to your welcoming Riad. 

Entering this hidden exotic space, you make your way to your room which can only be described as romantic, complete with lush soft furnishings and a Moroccan tiled bathroom. 

Resting onto the day bed in your room, you can’t help smiling about the delightful day you just had walking through the Yves St Laurent gardens, shopping for perfumes and handmade gifts, visiting a museum, eating in charming restaurants, and exploring with your amazing new friends!

Ah…the delights of Marrakesh!

Our Marrakech Riad

Arriving in the mystical Medina of Marrakech, you will be transported to an ancient past, staying in the old walled city within walking distance to the souks, hammam and cafes. This is an exotic boutique hotel where peace and tranquility sit within the hustle and bustle of Medina life.

Our Riad has 9 rooms over 3 floors floor, all decorated to create individual experiences. A number of special French and Moroccan antiques furnish the bedrooms together with hand woven Berber Carpets and Moroccan artifacts sourced locally. Some rooms have a double and single bed for twin-share options. NB* Please note the single beds are quite narrow.

The salon is ideal for sipping a cocktail before leaving for dinner, or dining inside on the roof terrace with wonderful views. After shopping you can rest in the courtyard. Or retreat to one of a number of common areas, including the courtyard shaded by palms, these areas are wonderful for breakfast, writing, reading or relaxing.

Other riad facilities, include a pool, (which was too cool to use in summer at 40 degrees so perhaps too cool for winter) heating in rooms, spa room for massages and free Wi-Fi. 

Our aim is to make you feel as if you are staying with good friends. Our excellent English-speaking staff are here to serve and cook for you with minimal disturbance.

 

Set in majestic Sahara Desert is our magical Desert Camp and Moroccan Berber team, waiting to welcome you with mint tea and Moroccan food.

Camp Adounia is an ecological Sahara desert camp. It’s glamping in the most remote &  beautiful location of Morocco; deep in the Sahara Desert. Our tented camp furnishing are artisan and natural.

Believing in philanthropic & authentic adventures; learning about yourself by experiencing the world.  Camp Adounia is an ecological camp that while gives back where we can, uplifting local communities in the process. 

Adounia meaning ‘Life’ was created with the fragility of the Sahara desert environment in mind, sustainable tourism, the local Moroccan culture and desert nomad artisans. We are a luxury tented camp who uses solar energy, and sustainable practices to ensure travelers on Moroccan holiday find peace and relaxation while in harmony with the Earth.

We are a member of ‘Leave no Trace’  and follow their policy on camping in natural locations. In the Sahara desert we have joined the work of ‘Cultural Caravan of Peace’ working with the desert environment and community. And ‘Atlas Now’ in the Atlas Mountains.  We have our own Fair Trade project with the Berber Moroccans which includes education of this fragile life style.

The Camp Adounia Team are trained to understand our ecological actions and their impact on the environment and that of the planet. They are here to explain to Moroccan tourists how the camp operates and the ecological rules of running Adounia.

Adounia actions to date:

  • Natural skincare products in en-suite bathrooms

  • Hot and cold water bucket wash, use of recycled water

  • Eco friendly products for laundry and kitchen

  • Recycling plastic bottles

  • Organic waste for animals

  • Compost toilets

  • Complete Solar Solution solar panels for camp electricity

  • Hammam bathroom and beach towel (quick to dry and low water consumption)

  • Beach clean up with local community support

  • Fair Trade project with the desert Nomads

  • Creating Sustainable tourism in Morocco by being mindful of our partners, where we bring our clients and who we work with.

Itinerary

Day 1

If you are arriving a day before the start of the trip or wish to stay a night longer, extra nights accommodation can be purchased for $110AUD single and $140AUD twinshare.

An early bird optional tour will commence on the morning of the first day for $50AUD, some walking is involved. Tour includes the following sites:

  • Visit Bahia Palace

  • See Koutoubia Mosque, the largest mosque in Marrakech

  • Stop at the Saadian Tombs

If not arriving early please ensure your flight arrives by 1pm so you have time to get to the the Riad and ready yourself for introductions at 4pm (includes afternoon tea).

At 5.00pm we will walk to the famous El Fna square to witness the night spectacle of snake charmers, storytellers, merchants and stalls. Yes initiation by fire, lets jump straight in!

7pm have dinner at Le Salama in the main square with a picturesque roof top terrace. See the sunset over the ancient city. 

 Day 2

8am Morning Meditation (optional)

9am Breakfast

10am Explore the medina – Moroccan shopping doesn’t have to be a mystery — all you really need to master the medina a map and a little direction! On this tour with Tammie, you’ll visit souks and shop for real-deal souvenirs like leather, lamps, shoes, carpets, spices, and argan oil, and learn to haggle like a true Marrakech insider. 

2 pm we have a 1 hour (optional but included) bellydancing class planned with Kenza from just dance! I have the equipment and am ready to use it!

4pm  You have the option of visiting the Hammam de La Rose for an anti stress package 60 minutes 500dhs (approx $65AUD). 30 minute massage and 30 minute hammam.

Enjoy the timeless experience of being suffused with the gentle heat of the hammam as you are scrubbed, (fairly gently not like a Turkish or Korean bathhouse) with their special exfoliating black soap, you will also have a 30 minute relaxation massage. All the therapists are female, if you are uncomfortable being mostly naked in the hammam, (except for small ridiculous underpants provided, I did make a joke about a koala to the therapist but I’m not sure she got it) which is a warmly heated wet room where some of the other women from our group will also be, you may like to have a 1 hour massage instead or choose something else from the menu below. If you would like further treatments also we may be able to fit in one more treatment for you up to an hour in duration, this requires booking in advance.

Immerse yourself in a sensuous Moroccan experience at Hammam de La Rose, a sanctuary of peace and tranquility in the heart of Marrakech, with all the modern comforts and state-of-the-art design.

Visit the webpage here to view the treatments on offer. You can also book in advance what you would like, just let us know. 

7pm Dinner at the Riad, lets have a good nights rest before our trip tomorrow. 

Day 3

8am Optional morning movement class on the rooftop terrace

9am Breakfast

10am Leave for magical Ait Ben Haddou – Leaving Marrakech in a comfortable land cruiser with our experienced drivers, winding your way through the Atlas Mountains, this is real Berber country. The scenery changes dramatically as do the people, you drive south across the magnificent High Atlas Mountains and the Tiz-n-Tichka pass arriving in the afternoon at the impressive and well-preserved kasbahs and UNESCO world heritage site, the ksar of Ait Ben Haddou. We will stop here for the night and get the chance to visit this picturesque fortified village, which has been used as a film location in numerous famous films such as ‘Gladiator’, ‘Alexander’ and ‘The Mummy’.

Your descent then takes you along the Draa Valley with its ocean of green palms and majestic purple mountains. The Draa Valley once served as a link between the Sahara desert and the North of Morocco for the trading caravan route that passed by the river for centuries.  The last main town is Zagora a cool place to stop and buy your turban.

Crossing the Atlas Mountains from Marrakech to Ait Ben Haddou takes just 4 hours, then the next day another 4 hours will see you arriving at your dessert camp. 

Optional afternoon yoga class before dinner – connect with this ancient place and enjoy the space.

Day 4

9am Breakfast

10am – Head into the desert for our Sahara experience of glamping in the sand dunes!

Afternoon for reading, walking the dunes, relaxing and henna tattoos.

5pm – Optional Nia Dance class

7pm Dinner

Music by the fire – Camping in the Moroccan desert, beneath the millions of African stars, while listening to ancient drumming of the nomadic people of Morocco will touch your soul.

Day 5

Sleep In! Its cool in the desert this time of year so snuggle under your doona until breakfast is served

9am Breakfast

Free day to just be in these amazing silent, pure natural surroundings, try sand boarding, go for  walk, just relax.

Afternoon *optional camel ride – Camel rides in the Sahara desert is an experience of a lifetime. 

5pm Tai Chi and Walking Meditation

7pm Dinner 

Saharan nights are special, starting with an amazing desert sunset over the sand dunes, followed by delicious Moroccan food and finishing with a spectacular view of the milky way galaxy.

Day 6

8am Breakfast

9am Pack and leave camp and head back to Marrakesh – 9 hours

Arrive back in Marrakesh around 6pm time for a shower and to relax before heading out for late supper at 9pm and dancing at the Comptoir Darna

Day 7

9am Breakfast

10am Horse and carriage tour with Majorelle Gardens – pick up from Riad  

The Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech is one of the most visited sites in Morocco. It took French painter Jacques Majorelle (1886-1962) forty years of passion and dedication to create this enchanting garden in the heart of the “Ochre City”.

We amble along shady lanes, in the midst of trees and exotic plants of dreamy origin; we walk past refreshing, burbling streams and pools filled with water lilies and lotus flowers; we hear wafting through the air, laden with sugared fragrance, the rustling of leaves and the chirping of numerous birds who come here to take refuge; we stop, and the path turns unexpectedly, revealing a building with Moorish charm, with a hint of Art Deco, painted in astonishingly vibrant primary colours, glowing with an intense blue the artist perceived in the Atlas Mountains. We are soothed and enchanted by the harmony of this luxuriant and vivid imagery, which issues a delicate summons to the senses, offering us a calming retreat near, and yet so far from the bustling city, sheltered from time by high earthen walls.

Free afternoon for exploring, more shopping or Hamman

8pm Farewell dinner – Dar Yacout £50 a head fixed menu and two drinks included.

 

Day 8

Sleep in

9am Breakfast

11am Departures

We will arrange your airport transfer or transfer to your next destination. 

*Self-Pay

Its always sad when a good thing comes to an end, but this creates space for our next great adventure. Tammie xx

We also have a bridging trip for the dates 28 – 31 January 2018 to join the Morocco and the Egypt trip, or you can just extend your trip by 3 nights. This trip visits Oualidia, Casablanca and Fez. You can view all the details here 

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7 N/8 D

10 – 17 January 2018

(2 Rooms Left)

21 – 28 January 2018

(Fully Booked) 

18 – 25 October 2018

(places available)

Inclusions

⇒ 4 nights Marrakesh Riad (Breakfast included)

 2 Nights Camp in the Sahara Dessert (all meals included) 

1 Night staying at a Kasbah – Enroute to Sahara 

 Airport transfers – to and from Marrakesh airport

 Transfer to the Dessert and back

 Cooking demonstration

 1 hour bellydancing class

Explore the Medina with Tammie

Horse and carriage ride to Marjorelle Gardens

Optional yoga, dance, tai chi and meditation classes

Optional extra’s (additional cost)

 Spa treatments and visit to the hammam

Camel Ride

 Optional Early Bird Sightseeing tour $50AUD

What is not included

Airfares to and from Marrakesh

 Some Lunches and Dinners (prices for these can vary from very cheap to western prices depending on where you are eating)

 Personal purchases (The shopping is fabulous in Marrakesh, leave space in your bags girls!)

Drinks and alcohol purchases (we can bring beer and wine to the desert also!) 

Travel Insurance (which is compulsory)

Deposits & Payment Plans for Morocco 2018

You have two payment options for this trip. To pay a $500 deposit and the remainder two months prior to the start of the retreat or to organise a payment plan. 

Deposits can be paid via Direct Bank Transfer or via PayPal.

If you pay via PayPal you can use your credit card.

This trip is priced in $AUD

Single Room $2990 (£1750GBP)

Twinshare Room $2490 (£1475GBP)

To visit our payments page click here.

Weather in Morocco

It’s winter in Morocco so will be a bit chilly between 9 and 22 degrees in Marrakesh and 2 – 16 degrees the Sahara, bring your woolies. Still lots of daylight and sunshine, and nice and cool for all that shopping! Perfect weather for visiting the Hammam. 

The average daily temperature in the month of October lingers around 21 degrees Celsius. This average includes a potential low of 15 degrees Celsius, which often occurs during the night, and a high of 27 degrees Celsius.

Moroccan People

The people of Morocco are kind, warm, and well known around the world for their hospitality. A Moroccan, after having just met you, will invite you to his home for a feast of all they have to give, even if they are of meager means. They value building personal relationships, and want to help others for the sake of it, not always for their own personal gain. Family is important to Moroccans and you will often find extended family gathering for meals, tea, and visits. Moroccans will often ask you about the health and well-being of your own family, even if they have never met them. They have a genuine interest in concern for other people. Personal honor and respect is most important to Moroccans so crossing these lines can quickly turn a valuable relationship sour almost immediately.

You will find many men and woman wearing the traditional djellaba, a long hooded robe worn over their clothes. Women add the hijab, or head covering in a sign of submission to God. For special occasions, a caftan replaces the djellaba. The main difference between the two is that a caftan is made of more expensive fabrics and does not include the traditional hood. It is also adorned with lace, embroidery beading of bright colors. You will find just as many men and women among the younger generation wearing Western style clothing such as T-shirts and jeans and modern suits.

Everything on this trip fitted in well. I thought the content was interesting but what I enjoyed the most was the people, the laughter and the love. The facilitators are skilled girls, gentle, caring, honest and open, compassionate and loving, thank you. I have gained peace, courage, self acceptance, a further love of nature and safety and security within myself. The meals were lovely. It was such a spiritual experience.” Gab – 2014

“On this inspirational journey I learnt that it is ok to be me. I enjoyed the differences all the women added to the experience. The release of emotions both tears and laughter was wonderful” – D – 2014

“The sights on this trip were though provoking and flowed on from each other in a lovely sequence. Tammie is a skilled and tour guide. I love Tammie’s sense of humour. Thank you so much for the wonderful experience. Loved the massage and tarot reading too” R – 2014

“I was not sure what to expect on this trip but I had an amazing time and made some amazing connections. Tammie has an amazing calm and delivered the information in interesting and informative ways.” S – 2014

“The cost was fantastic with a good break up of activities. The location, size of group and facilitators were all good. I felt very comfortable with the guides they were so knowledgeable and passionate about what they do, just fantastic!! I would and will recommend Tammie’s retreats and inspirational journeys.” Amber – 2014

“The activities were directed well and free time was a great idea. I enjoyed meeting the beautiful women. Tammie is very good with people, her sense of humour and vibrancy is infectious. I would attend and recommend Vibrant Women holiday” – L – 2014