Near Marrakesh, Morocco
Standing before the soaring Atlas Mountains, surrounded by 16 acres of gardens and fragrant olive groves, discover the Enliven at Sophisticated Moroccan Retreat. An exclusive and secluded estate situated South of Marrakesh, the thick, monastic walls ought to seem intimidating but after catching a few glimpses of the mind-easing panorama, a raise of reassurance is delivered.
Designed by international architect, Imaad Rahmouni, Azaren is rooted in Moroccan culture, delivering subtlety that is brilliantly blended into the interior of the estate. While the interior creatively elaborates the use of space as an empty canvas for art, the grounds and gardens were conceived by French landscape designers Eric Ossart and Arnaud Maurières, uniting exotic plantations with sculptural cacti and local crops. With pleasant warmth bouncing off the walls to the resplendent blooms flourishing around the gardens, Azaren will introduce a space of modernity, infected by Moroccan energy to guests. Let worries and stress fade into puffs of forgotten at the doorway. Exchange fast-pace with go-slow and let this be an opportunity to take a well-deserved screen-break, to focus on connecting with nature and inner-self, uncovering goals and dreams.
The dramatic backdrop will boast a modest and meditative aura, ideal for spending a moment of stillness alone, focusing on breathing or simply embracing the outdoors. Mornings will begin with Vinyasa Energetic Yoga with our yoga expert Ilaria, carried outside by the pool carved from cool stone, greeting the rising sun. As the ethereal lights sweep across the water, moods will improve and spirits uplifted.
In the evening, time will be dedicated to reflection and introspection through Yin Yoga and Yoga Nidra, before retreating to the sophisticated suites for a smooth night’s sleep.
A creative writing workshop will help guests align with purpose, goals and dreams through understanding the importance of “making it right in the mind.” In the digital age, where the traditional pen and paper concept seems void, we will demonstrate the validity of writing down goals, desires and dreams to gather a clearer path towards achieving these objectives.
Opportunities to unwind with a book outside, bathing in the warm afternoon glow or exploring the expansive fields encircling the estate are aplenty and encouraged. This exclusive programme designed by Balance Holidays also includes a traditional massage or Hammam to allow guests to experience an extra touch of beauty and mystery of Morocco. Satisfy the curious taste buds with healthy meals prepared daily on-site using organic ingredients, sourced from local producers. A one of a kind healthy cooking Moroccan workshop held at a local farm is also part of this experience.
A stroll and exclusive dinner in Marrakesh will joyfully conclude this magical retreat.
The Enliven at Sophisticated Moroccan Retreat will prove to be an under-the-radar escape, complete with ravishing views of unspoilt, natural beauty and sumptuous comfort. Most importantly, classes, activities and workshops will transform perspectives, helping guests to feel centred and connected.
*To learn more about how a typical day on a retreat looks like, please see sample here and for more information about food and cuisine, please see here.
Happy Healthy Ila is a passionate yoga and dance teacher who began yoga in her early 20s to improve her ballet dancing. She holds grace, elegance and gratitude as the key pillars of her philosophy. Living abroad and travelling across countries such as Brazil, New York, Singapore and now Paris has enabled her to adopt core elements of different yoga and meditation traditions into her personal methods of practise. It has also allowed her to access ports of different healing techniques ranging from forest therapy Shinrin Yuku to ayurvedic treatments all with a key purpose to help members heighten achievements of health and happiness independently every day.
The purple wonder is an echoing theme in the Purple Suite at Azaren. Sleek design with contemporary features and amenities provide a comfortable situation for guests throughout their stay. The highlight in this suite is the bathroom with an elegant, solo-standing soaking tub facing out towards the stunning views of pristine greenery. The rule here is to not offer any limitations on luxury or personal reconnection. Basic toiletries and a set of pool towels that coordinate the colour of the suite are included to help easy recognition.
Carrying all essential components of a master suite bedroom, the Master Suite at Azaren will ease guests into a trance of tranquillity. In a carefully chosen soft turquoise hue, this suite is a gentle reminder of the endless possibilities waiting outside. With direct access to the exotic gardens through a set of tall doors, feel enticed to kick off the duvet sheets and begin each day rejuvenated and restored as one with the outdoors. Toiletries included.
A soft hum of coral paired against whitewashed walls. The Coral Suite is a bold but brave, bathed in a ruddy glow, a warm display in Moroccan style. Lime and khaki adds an air of intimacy and an uncanny similarity to the exterior of Azaren’s exotic gardens. Semi-high ceilings will cause minimal disturbance to a night of restful sleep. Wake determined and refreshed, ready to embrace the new day with direct access to the gardens through a set of tall glass doors or sit outside on the private porch relaxing with a book. Basic toiletries and a set of pool towels that coordinate the colour of the suite are included to help easy recognition.
Moody with a swig of suave, the tall glass doors, a direct gateway to the exotic gardens, will pull in natural light to tune down the mood into a soft mellow whine. In the intimate spaces of the Blue Suite, oak brown upholstered seats add contrast as a kind resemblance to broody nature waiting outside. A private outdoor shower is connected to the bathroom, joined through a set of sliding glass doors. Basic toiletries and a set of pool towels that coordinate the colour of the suite are included to help easy recognition.
Vibrancy with a myriad of flavours are two distinctive characteristics of Morocco and to no surprise, both elements extend into the kitchens too. Tailored to meet even the most discerning tastes of a diverse group, healthy meals following original recipes will be provided and included as part of this programme. All meals will be prepared in the estate kitchen using locally sourced, organic ingredients and extra virgin olive oil. Please notify us of any dietary requirements or intolerances.
Your health and safety have and will continue to take central priority in everything we do. For this retreat, Balance Holidays and Azaren have worked together to introduce and adopt heightened levels of health and safety vigilance and measures guided by local health authorities, WHO (World Health Organisation) and CDC (Centres for Disease Control and Prevention) above their existing stringent standards. The objective is to provide a safe, comfortable and high-quality experience as expected from us. We also have an individual Enliven at Sophisticated Moroccan Retreat determined Health & Safety protocol in place. If you wish to learn more, please contact us and we will be happy to assist you. Otherwise, please refer to our Terms and Conditions or Covid-19 Update.
Standing on a quiet stretch in a secluded corner South of Marrakech, Morocco is the Azaren estate. With sweeping views of the Atlas Mountains, the refined grounds and gardens team arty bohemian with relaxed Zen, granting guests a natural detox from the fast-paced city life. Behind the stark, burly stonewalls, the essence of Azaren and Marrakech take their rightful places to create a cosy and welcoming atmosphere. Contemporary style kitted with the vibrancy inspired by the land itself, stress and worries will ebb away after gathering the first glimpses of the estate and the encircling landscapes. Experience undisturbed tranquillity and let the picturesque scenery work their magic to help soothe and heal the body, mind and spirit.
A city of true fascination, Marrakesh is a colourfully embellished jewel in the heart of Morocco. Stemmed in rich history, culture and deep traditions, get ready to be lost in the ancient souks, indulging on mint teas or admiring artful pieces in the local museums. A dull moment is not a possibility here in Marrakesh with tinkering wares and shiny tile works igniting curiosity at every turn of a corner. The most elegant and entrancing of them all would certainly be heading to a roof top restaurant to admire sundown, setting before the Atlas Mountains. A truly marvellous sight to behold!
30km South of Marrakesh Menera Airport, Azaren is only a short drive away. Taxis are available outside of the airport and will be able to bring you directly to the estate by providing the below driving directions. Alternatively, the estate will be happy to organise a transfer for you through for their preferred local company. This transfer service will entail a separate fee, not included as part of this programme. If local traffic conditions permit, the total journey time will be no more than 25 minutes.
– From Marrakesh Menera Airport, follow directions towards Ourika and Oukaimden
– Follow road for 30km until you reach a roundabout controlled by traffic lights (this should be the very first roundabout you meet since driving out of Marrakesh Menera airport)
– At the roundabout, take the first exit and turn right in the direction towards Tahanaout
– Follow the road for about 1km. The entrance into Azaren is on the right, at the top of the hill. Once close to the destination, please contact the custodian at the entrance on the following number: +212 610595890
An arrival and initiation ceremony will take place at 5pm therefore we suggest booking tickets with an arrival time that allows sufficient time for travel from the airport to the estate. As a general rule, guests will be allowed to check-in from 2pm on the day of arrival. On the day of departure, this programme includes activities scheduled until 4pm however you are welcome to depart earlier to suit your personal agenda. Please contact us if you have any further enquiries regarding check-in and check-out.
Access to the estate’s swimming pool, spa, relaxation room and massage room and tennis court will be open for access to guests throughout the retreat therefore we suggest bringing some comfortable workout clothes, bathing suits and a small backpack to hold your personal belongings during outdoor activities. We also suggest bringing sunscreen and insect repellent.
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