Christmas and New Year in Taghazout, Morocco
Christmas and New Year in Taghazout, Morocco
Morning yoga practices with 360’ views of the Anti-Atlas Mountains. Fresh and wild vegetarian cuisine prepared using locally sourced ingredients. Country walks through the rolling hills. A daytrip to the local souk to shop for our favourite spices, baskets, harissa and spiced coffee. Lazy afternoons spent reading and soaking up the sun in between dips in the pool.
Well don’t just take it from us that we are but The Guardian names Tamazirt by Amayour as one of 20 best yoga destinations worldwide
That's right. You read the headline correctly. When we opened our doors on 6 October, the Guardian was quick to name Tamazirt by Amayour as one of its top picks for yoga destinations. Rubbing shoulders with yoga retreats in hotspots Goa, Portugal and even Sri Lanka, we are delighted to be the only Moroccan retreat centre that made the list.
Read the full roundup online at: https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2018/oct/07/perfect-positions-20-best-yoga-holiday-destinations
Book a spot on one of our upcoming yoga retreats online, get in touch about future retreats, or sign up to our newsletter to be the first to know about our upcoming retreats.
We’re cooking up something fresh at Tamazirt by Amayour
And it’s just what the body and soul crave.
Let’s start with one of the fresh and wild Moroccan side dishes we love to prepare at Amayour!
Roasted beetroot & pumpkin Roast fresh pumpkin and beetroot with large chunks of onion, a whole clove of garlic, chilie a good glug of olive oil, salt and pepper and rosemary for about 30 minutes, until the vegetables are soft. Dress in good olive oil& lemon and finely grated garlic - go wild get some ripe avocado in there -
At Amayour Surf and Yoga Hostel and also at Tamazirt by Amayour we serve the roasted vegetables on a bed of oraganic Moroccan quinoa in a colourful bowl made locally.
B'saha as we say here in Morocco.
And now for the even better news!
During a yoga retreat at Tamazirt by Amayour you’ll not only enjoy twice-daily yoga classes, but also fresh and wild Moroccan cuisine. We'll add in a visit to the local market where you can stock up on fresh spices too. Fly direct to nearby Agadir from a growing list of European cities and we’ll come and pick you up.
What are you waiting for?
And perhaps we're saving the best for last, but we're rather excited that The Guardian has named us one of the 20 best yoga holidays worldwide.
Where: Amayour Surf Hostel, Morocco, Taghazout.,
Surf spots: Panorama, Anza, Devil’s Rock and Tamri beach.
I chose Morocco because I had been before and appreciated the sunshine, Moroccan culture, food and landscapes.I also knew Morocco was Wild & Free Adventure’s next surf and yoga retreat destination. I’d been following their adventures on Instagram for a while and was intrigued to find out if a week surfing with Alan Stokes combined with yoga every day with Philly would progress my surfing. I love how different the culture is in Morocco, sometimes it's like going back in time & everything is so affordable! The driving is so crazy it’s funny; Moroccan dogs tend to like sleeping in the middle of the dusty roads so drivers have to watch out for them, as well as little cats roaming the bumpy streets everywhere you look...
After waking up rather early to prayer call, dogs having a loud chat at 6:00 AM or Moroccans shouting to their friends to wake them up instead of an alarm... I’d put my yoga gear on and wander upstairs to the roof terrace.
It was a beautiful feeling, practising yoga every morning at 8:00 AM with our yoga teacher, Philly. Yoga was the perfect way to wake up and get us nicely warmed up ready for a day of surfing. I think it was the feeling of the sun rising on our faces and the sound of waves in the background that made it extra special. Yoga was shortly followed by feasting on delicious breakfast straight from the tagine, fruit, orange juice and of course; Moroccan mint tea.
SURF TIME! We split into groups of beginners and intermediates and went to different beaches each day, wherever the surf was looking best; Panorama, Anza, Devils Rock or Tamri.
We ate some lunch and then it was time for a relaxing, yin yoga session before dinner.
OHMYGOODNESS THE FOOD. The food at Amayour Surf was divine, out of this world. Local cooks put on a spread every day without fail.
Tagines, including the house speciality; Octopus Tagine, Rfissa, Sardine Kefta (minced fishballs), and of course Friday CousCous every meal had a tasty veggie or vegan option too. The Octopus was absolutely incredible; I can't believe how quickly it all vanished; the food at Amayour Surf is the best in Taghazout.
Yoga and surfing go very well together, both are about being in the moment, not thinking about anything else but the activity... Often in surfing, you’re just looking out to the horizon, where you see nothing but water and the sun glistening as it reflects on the ocean. There is nothing to worry about, your mind has a chance to escape and relax. When you’re riding the face of a wave, it is impossible to think about anything but the moment and this is what I love about surfing.
When I first started hearing about surf and yoga retreats, I wanted to find a good one to progress my surfing. I wanted to treat my mind, body and soul to an active, healthy week in the sun. My surfing is an intermediate level and I’d argue that this is the most frustrating level of surfing; in the middle of progression and stagnation.
During my week on the retreat, I noticed that our morning energetic yoga helped to prevent surfing injuries by practising poses that involved lots of hip and shoulder openers and twisting to warm up our surfing muscles as surfing creates a lot of tension in the hips and in the shoulders.
I really felt a difference in the stability of my legs, Philly said that this was probably from the Warrior Two pose which helps surfers prevent groin strains when slipping off your board.
Of course, yoga involves a lot of core strength movements and balancing poses good for balancing on the board. Each yoga session would include the Cobra pose which is amazing for your back strength needed for paddle power and strength; the Cobra pose is definitely one of my favourites. In the evening, Philly walked us through poses to release the muscles we had been using whilst surfing, as well as meditation to help relax our mind and body.
Alan's coaching had a relaxed feel with some solid surfing knowledge behind it. In the first day, I had already progressed thanks to his instruction on mastering the bottom turn.
We were a group of 6 (intermediates) and he managed to keep a watch on all of our waves, commenting on the tiniest things, that made the biggest difference to our surfing
Thank you, thank you!
Many people have told me I need to do things like paddle more but never explained why, so it never clicked. But Alan explained how and why and so, for the first time, everything clicked!
To make that post surf feeling even more enjoyable, we were welcomed by mint tea and doughnuts on the beach from the Moroccan man who would wander the beach. A wonderful post surf snack…
Thanks for a lovely time,
Krissie Claire xoxo
If you’re thinking of booking a surf and yoga retreat, I would highly recommend Wild & Free Retreats at Amayour Surf Hostel in Morocco, Taghazout. But if you can not wait untill December 2018 then Amayour Surf have an in-house yoga instructor and local surf instructors, check out their surf and yoga packages here.
Swap those horrible rainy, grey days for some sunshine, surf and yoga… Treat yourself.
Are you planning your next winter escape, but simply can’t picture yourself sat by the pool all day long? You’re probably the adventurous one who wants to try something new and exhilarating on your travels…
Luckily for you, we love people like you here at Amayour surf, and we have something that just might entice you.
Have you had the desire to learn to surf for a long time but haven’t found the right place? Maybe you haven’t been able to convince your friends to join you, (silly friends) and didn’t want to do it alone.
We thought you might like to know that Taghazout in Morocco, is the best winter destination to begin your surfing journey!
Trust me, you won’t regret it… you’ll easily make friends at Amayour Surf who are constantly seeking an adventure too!
Surfing can be such a giggle, you won’t even realise you’re exercising, but you’ll certainly work up an appetite for our famous Moroccan meals.
The ideal surf holiday for beginners would be affordable, be located somewhere sunny, and accommodated a walk away from a choice of surf spots. Morocco is the best place for nice easy, dreamy waves for learning to surf and with the help of experienced surf instructors everywhere you look, you’ll have no excuse to not try surfing for the first time!
At Amayour Surf, our surf & yoga packages are tailored to getting you confident on the waves. Our instructors have been surfing in morocco all their lives and will tell you all their best tips!
We care about your individual needs, book on to our next surf and yoga retreat, (December 2nd-9th) and you'll be riding the waves in no time!
Taghazout, Morocco is a popular destination for beginner surfers because it is located on the northern tip of Africa, its climate is inviting and warm and the waves suit all abilities. What’s even better is that the swell arrives right in the middle of Europe’s winter, making Morocco the best winter surf escape for European beginners!
You can grab return flights for as little as £50 and Moroccan food is much more affordable than European prices and delicious!
With over 20 surf spots in a 20 km radius from Amayour Surf, there is always a wave for you to learn to surf. We know the best spots, from our local beach break Panorama Point to Tamri & beyond. Here’s just a few...
Panorama Point has a learning beach which is a 5 minute walk from Amayour Surf Hostel, you can see it from our roof terrace! The beginner beach features a long sweeping right hander, so easy to surf with dreamy, slow and clean waves.
The point is a 30 minute walk from Amayour Surf Hostel and is more for experienced surfers so you’ll enjoy the beginner beach which you can see from our roof terrace!
Lovely left and right handers, perfect for all surfing levels; here you can figure out which is your favourite way to surf.
Smaller reef sections together with sandy sections provides a clean wave here which is great news for beginner surfers!
Amayour Surf Hostel is just a 20 minute walk away!
This could be you!
Clean, green, dreamy waves...
Day trip with Amayour Surf:
Amayour Surf’s instructors were born on this beach, it was their playground. They know this beach better than anyone around - It can be dangerous but with our instructors and guides it’s safe and again, great for beginners.
Imsouane is known as the most chilled out bay in Morocco, great for longboarders and learning to surf for the first time. Amayour Surf’s day trip is magical, after experiencing the longest waves in Morocco, and discovering the secret beaches no one else knows about you will discover Moroccan cultural foods.
The next surf and yoga retreat is with pro surfer and 3x British champion, Alan Stokes and yoga teacher Philly on December the 2nd-9th 2017- BOOKING UP FAST! DON'T MISS OUT!
There's only two double rooms left and they are gorgeous!
A blissful surf and yoga retreat in Taghazout, Morocco featuring Alan and Philly Stokes.
We are super stoked to have some amazing new press features and also been chosen to feature in the awesome hostel geeks repertoire, more on this soon
Read here about the Metro UK coming to pay us a visit in sunny taghazout to see how a surf and yoga hostel package holidays works !
November 22, 2017
So its been a while since I have blogged, and with our new website up and live we have a lot to write about our little surf hostel, here in Taghazout South Morocco which has grown and grown. The Surf camp, our little boutique hostel baby, has metaphorically learned to walk and talk in the past 18+ months.
Amayour Surf has evolved and changed we have now 13 beds, so still with that personal touch and great vibes. Our stunning new rooftop room and bathroom, more boards, bespoke bunk beds with the best mattresses available and still with our mission of using local talent.
Utilising the local craftsmen and their well gained knowledge. We believe that using local knowledge is best. Our sunset & yoga terrace is built with panoramic views of the whole bay.
We are excited for our next season and have more surf and surf & yoga packages on offer and also our amazing retreat & residences weeks - the most exciting surf weeks in taghazout totally unique to Amayour Surf.
The Boutique vibe has gown down well. Our food has been acknowledged as to quote a few "the best tagine I have eaten in Morocco!".
Eat fresh, eat wild, eat Moroccan style for authentic local dining experience.
Get in touch with us at Amayour Surf and see how we can plan your Moroccan surfing and yoga holiday. Also sign up to our newsletters and keep your ears and eyes peeled for special offers coming up and new developments as they happen !
Thanks from the Amayour Surf Team