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Travel Guide: Surf Maroc a retreat in Tagahzout

29th Sep 2016 12:00am | By Gemma Hampson

Break those desk chains and escape a rainy London with a week of yoga and surfing in always-sunny Morocco. Gemma Hampson reviews her week’s stay at a retreat in Tagahzout.

Waking up as the rising sun fills your bedroom with warmth and light is a beautiful start to any day. Here, in the Scarlett Room in a homely villa by the sea, it prepares me for my first yoga session of the week. I never dreamed of a time when I’d be up at 7.00 on my holidays, but the prospect of joining a group of like-minded travellers and preparing myself, mentally and physically, for the day ahead is actually pretty appealing.

While I do a bit of yoga at home in London, I’m by no means an expert. Yoga ability is not an issue here. There are yoga studios dotted along the coastline offering classes that cater for every ability. It’s a blessing for me as we stick to a pace I’m comfortable with and doesn’t make me feel inadequate. That would be a rubbish holiday vibe.

The qualified teachers – Kali and Elizabeth - watch over the group with their expert eye, making sure you’re doing things that are right for you. If one morning you’re just not feeling it, you can stay in bed – there’s no expectation or pressure to do anything here.

The group –12 men and women from the UK, Italy, Germany and even as far as LA – enter in sleepy silence and take to our mats. The next two hours is a thought-through, energising and often challenging dynamic flow class. This means there is no set routine – the teachers work different parts of our bodies focussing on strength and stretch. By the end, I’m awake, focused…and starving!

credit: Gemma Hampson

I’m at a retreat run by local yoga and surf holiday leaders, Surf Maroc – the first to set up on this bit of coastline. Luckily, all my needs are taken care of, including breakfast. By the time we head downstairs, an incredible feast is waiting for us, prepared by our two in-house chefs. Fresh fruit, cereal, yoghurt, pancakes, eggs, freshly-baked bread, veg-packed smoothies…everything! It’s probably one of the most joyous and social parts of the day. But there are plenty of eating opportunities elsewhere in town, from the market stalls to the handful of cafes and restaurants nearby.