Finding balance surf & yoga retreats at Azul Guesthouse
Our surf and yoga retreats have been created for like-minded retreat hosts looking to host their retreat in our beach house at the heart of Morocco’s surfing playground, Taghazout Bay.
Whatever level of surf you are, days spent playing in the waves, connecting with the ocean and bonding with co-surfers over take offs and pop ups is a wonderful way to bring out that much-loved surfer sparkle in your eyes. We believe surfing is a great way to connect with yourself, others and Mother Nature, reminding us to slow down, have fun and let life flow naturally. The ocean serves to teach us many lessons, which will be translated to you by our experienced coaches. Listen to their tips, simple words of wisdom that can be transferred from surfing into everyday life. It is our belief that when you find balance on your board, you will notice a more balanced feeling in other areas of your life too.
LIFE ON RETREAT AT AZUL
Azul Guesthouse was built by our owner, Bohcine Zammor, a fisherman/ carpenter, his hand-carved furnishings showcase traditional Berber woodwork throughout. Growing up in a family of seven brothers, the guesthouse is run like a large family home. Here you will experience the joy that comes from community living, a focus on family values and generous Berber hospitality. The ocean-facing roof terrace is where we come together for afternoon tea, sunrise and sunset yoga, ping-pong, drumming, music, and movie nights under the star-filled African sky. To see an example of how the days play out whilst on a surf & yoga retreat at Azul, please click here: SAMPLE DAILY SCHEDULES, and here for a SAMPLE WEEK RETREAT SCHEDULE.
There are a total of 11 bedrooms in the house, separated into 5 spacious 2-bedroom apartments, and a 1 bedroom apartment which can be configured as a Twin/ Double or Bunk Bed room. Each apartment shares a bathroom and salon/seating area. Our largest 2-bed apartment is the Royal Suite, which has a private south facing roof terrace. To see a layout of the rooms, please click here: FLOOR PLAN.
We have a number of roof terraces for to choose from depending on time of day, group size and weather conditions. Our rooftop yoga terrace (7m x 11m) can accommodate 20 people for yoga classes. We can provide mats, blocks and blankets, as well as cushions for meditation and restorative poses. Bluetooth speakers available. Our in-house yoga teacher, Sally Kirby, is originally from the UK. Having worked in the travel industry for 10 years, organising and trialling holidays all over the world, we’re delighted that Sally chose Azul as her spiritual home in 2018. A qualified Yogaworks teacher, her classes range from energising morning flows to gentle restorative sunset sessions.
Our head surf coach, Hucine Zammor, is the youngest of the family’s seven brothers, he seemingly fell into the ocean before he could walk. Growing up in Tamraght, at the heart of Morocco’s surfing coast, his ‘savoir-vivre’ and enthusiasm for a simple life is contagious. Hucine and his experienced coaching surfing team, will take you and your guests from beginner to intermediate, or for those with prior surfing experience, improver and advanced surf guiding options are also available. Our retreat surf packages include surf tuition and equipment hire. We have a newly stocked surf shop with an extensive selection of wetsuits, soft and hard boards, as well as surf and yoga related products for sale including ponchos, hoodies, sun cream and yoga clothing.
We believe in a healthy, balanced diet, that includes colourful salads, delicious tagines, and…if your retreat permits, Berber pancakes and desserts with your 3 course evening meal! Home-made, nourishing, locally produced, seasonal dishes are inspired by well-loved Moroccan specialities, with an occasional international twist, imparted by visiting chefs. Prepared daily by our chefs, let us know if you would like to see a sample menus. Given the families’ fishing history and our location in a fishing village, there’s a focus on freshly caught fish, alongside colourful salads, and delicious tagines. Dietary requirements can be accommodated and we welcome your suggestions and specific retreat menu requests. For a Sample Pescatarian Menu, please click here: SAMPLE MENU.
Aside from board games and beach play, we also like to make space for the joy that comes from creativity and the therapeutic benefits of art. As part of a retreat with us you will have access to a cupboard of art materials for self-play, or we can create tailored workshops to help you and your guests tap into their creative flow.
Your host family are born and bred in the village, they love to introduce people to their native Berber land and it’s traditions. From village walks, grotto BBQs, souk shopping, hiking in Paradise Valley, wild swimming in the oasis’, dune boarding in the desert and other day trips in the area. We can also assist with pre and post retreat trips if you and your guests would like to combine your retreat with a visit to Marrakech, Essaouira, the Sahara Desert, the Atlas Mountains, and other places
Many people come to this area and comment on its transformative energy and the sparkle in the locals’ eyes. As part of your retreat we suggest you include a visit to our local spa for a relaxing massage and a traditional hammam, we can prebook a slot for your group. The hammam experience combines invigorating scrubbing, cleansing clay masks and nourishing oils, all whilst relaxing in a beautiful mosaic tiled chamber. Back at the house we also offer reiki, Thai Massage and other energy work.
For those that require private and communal workspace, for one-on-one, photograph editing, corporate events, there are flat screen TVs in every apartment, plentiful, long tables, plug sockets and WiFi throughout.