Acha Barzaghi, originally from New Zealand, teaches in a way that moves through the stages, layers and levels of the body so there is something for everyone to feel and look at.
Sean Snow Great Britain
September 2017, BookSurfCamps
We booked the taxi transfer and as the Riad Magellan is in the centre of the Medina as it would have been a challenge to find by ourselves. The taxi was waiting for us on arrival (even though we were delayed) and we were transferred seamlessly to another porter who took our luggage and wheeled it through the Medina.
The Riad itself is very tastefully decorated and once inside you feel right at home in a quite relaxing space in the courtyard. On arrival we were offered mint tea and given a guide by the co-owner, Philippe. There was good wifi however we were on the ground floor and were advised in it could be glitchy in some of the rooms.
The food was prepared by the kitchen staff and was Moroccan. Given one of us didn't eat meat this took a lot of stress out of finding good restaurants. The food was delicious and fresh with a variety of starters and main courses throughout our stay. We opted for fish on the last day that was Moroccan tagine. The staff were also flexible with when they offered us meals.
Stephanie is very friendly, relaxed and her yoga echoes this. Stephanie guided us through some new Asanas with breathing exercises and it was the perfect start to the day on the roof terrace. Aisha tailed her sessions to our own individual challenges and give us tips on how to advance with the more challenging asanas especially for two beginner/intermediate yogi. Thoroughly recommend both teachers as each gave us something different.
The call for prayer is audible in the rooms and isn't a problem bar the 5.30am call. This said, this will undoubtedly be the case in most of the Riads in the medina so for light sleepers bring your earplugs!
Rosanna Martin Great Britain
September 2017, BookSurfCamps
Everything about our stay was amazing, it was a perfect environment and was made to feel very comfortable and welcome. Would recommend to anyone.
Only tiny issue was shower curtain falling down, this was resolved very quickly.
September 2017, BookSurfCamps
The Riad was really nice and the food amazing. The programme was a good combination of activities. The location in Marrakech was perfect for combining yoga and tourism.
There were other guests in the Riad who were not on a yoga retreat and pretty loud until late at night.
Kirstin Lange Switzerland
September 2017, BookSurfCamps
Stephanie and Phillipe went out of their way to make this retreat great. And in between yoga, the Riad is in a perfect location for exploring Marrakesh.
Maggie Pawelek United States
August 2017, BookSurfCamps
Stephanie was amazing. The food was excellent! I came to get peace and relax and that is exactly what i got. I had a great time!
Sven Jacquemettaz Switzerland
June 2017, BookSurfCamps
La qualité de l accueil de Stephanie et du personnel
Les cours de yoga sur mesure
La nourriture saine et variée
L emplacement en plein cœur de la médina un peu compliqué à atteindre
Aina Cartagena Spanish State
May 2017, BookSurfCamps
I enjoyed the yoga retreat very much. Everyone made me feel like a queen. The location of the riad is very good, really close to everything. The room is confy and clean, and the food is amazing, although I would suggest having less sugar in the breakfast (brunch) and the 4 pm snak").
Yoga with Stef was wonderful. She is so kind and attentive, and such a good teacher. She adapted the practice to my level with perfection. Not too much, not too easy.
Overall, I am very grateful for this retreat. I will definitely repeat when I have the chance.
Everything was perfect. If I had to say something, there were a couple of lightbulbs that didn't work in the room and it was a little difficult to adjust the water temperature in the shower, but if it had really been a problem, I would have said it, so it's really of zero importance. Also, as I mentioned, the food was amazing but the brunch and the snak were too sugary for my taste (but delicious!).
Angelique Appeyroux Senegal
May 2017, BookSurfCamps
Le riad est magnifique et extremement bien situé au coeur de la medina. Stéphanie enseigne un yoga qui correspond tout à fait à ce que j'aspire (flow, respiration). L'équipe du riad est très attentionnée et disponible. Possibilité nombreuses de découvertes culturelles. Le spa Bain bleu à proximité propose de très bons soins. Une retraite que je recommande vivement!
Jessica Meyer Switzerland
May 2017, BookSurfCamps
L organisation à été simple et rapide. Tout s ' est déroulé comme prévu sur place. Qualité des cours de yoga super !!! Personnel très agréable!
Pas de safe dans les chambres du Riad et pas de possibilité de fermer à clefs les portes.
Peut poser soucis dans des cas particuliers ou pour les angoissés.
I spent 3 nights in Riad Magellan to follow a yoga course - provided by Stephanie, the owner. I loved the staff fussing, you can order tea at any time. The different areas of the Riad possible to sunbathe, to isolate themselves and are tastefully decorated in typical Moroccan style. You are quiet while being in the heart of the Medina (2 min from Jemaa). Additional bonus is that the food is delicious, healthy and refined. I highly recommend a stay in this riad, especially the yoga course.
Lucy Chamberlain United Kingdom
On arrival my sister and I received a warm welcome which lasted for the duration of our stay. The hotel is traditional, tranquil and ideally situated close to the main square.
The food was delicious and plentiful (you must sample the apricot jam and aubergine starter!). Without exception, the staff couldn’t have been more helpful. We had a wonderful massage on arrival. The yoga was challenging but our teacher was very knowledgeable and encouraging. Our only criticism for the whole trip was our shower which you could only describe as a trickle. We would thoroughly recommend this trip but just avoid July/August - it’s just FAR too hot.
Thank you for being wonderful hosts. I really enjoyed the stay! The yoga retreat was great-a perfect way to balance with the bustling markets of Marrakech. The courtyard setting was beautiful for the practice and the classes and sequences were a perfect mix between challenging and relaxing. I learnt a lot in particular about breathing and self-awareness through movement. The evening meals were absolutely delicious and I will definitely be coming back for cookery classes! Loved the juicing too. All the staff are more than helpful and the general atmosphere was very condusive to a relaxing break.
J'ai passé 3 nuits dans le Riad Magellan pour y suivre un stage de yoga - assuré par Stéphanie, la propriétaire des lieux. J'ai adoré :
- le personnel est au petit soin, ex : on peut commander du thé à tout moment.
- les différents espaces du Riad permettent de prendre le soleil, de s'isoler et sont aménagés avec goût dans un style typiquement marocain.
- vous êtes au calme tout en étant au coeur de la Médina (2 min de la Place Jemaa).
Je recommande vivement un séjour dans ce riad, et en particulier le stage de yoga.
Bonus : la cuisine y est délicieuse, saine et raffinée.
Le stage était très complet, une bonne approche de Stéphanie très agréable.
Dans un endroit très joli et confortable. Le Riad est très bien situé dans la Medina , situation très centrale.
Merci à Philippe, Stéphanie et toute l’équipe du Riad Magellan pour leur accueil très sympathique et attentionné.
Had a wonderful stay with my daughter at Riad Magellan 4 day yoga and Meditation Retreat in Marrakech. I would highly recommend to anyone thinking of doing this retreat. The Riad was beautiful, great location, impeccable service and wonderful yoga. Cannot wait to return!
Dear Philippe: The yoga-retreat in Marrakech was amazing and I hope, I'll visit you again one day.
Thank you all for the comfortable stay, the excellent food and the beautiful atmosphere in your lovely riad.
Also a big thank you to Stéphanie! She's a wonderful yoga-teacher with a beautiful soul.
Say hi to all and hope to see you all soon - inshallah & namasté
I booked this retreat as a much-needed break from a crazy busy schedule in NYC. I could not have asked for a more perfect experience to that effect. Stephanie and Philippe are absolutely wonderful people, and their road is a beautiful, secluded oasis in the midst of busy Marrakech.
I've been practicing yoga for years, and Stephanie's teaching style was smooth, relaxing, and very well suited to my abilities. As a yoga teacher myself, I saw things in her practice that I absolutely loved, and will definitely borrow for my own classes in NYC! On my last day, we actually traded places and I led the practice for her. It was an amazing private yoga experience, and I was thrilled to share my practice with her as well. The whole week with her was a true joy.
Philippe was fantastically helpful in giving me hints and tips about exploring the city, and his team were all lovely people who were always willing to answer a question or help out. Everything about this experience was incredible; from the fresh juice in the mornings and the delicious tagines served for dinner each night, to the views from the roof and terrace, and the tour guide they arranged for me to see the Medina.
I cannot recommend this retreat highly enough, and I will certainly be back!
Every thing about this retreat was exceptional. The accommodation was beautiful, the staff were of an exceptional standard and the abundance of food was incredible. All in all this trip exceeded my every expectation. The yoga was wonderful and challenged me, staff even went out of their way to create private classes as we were each at varying levels of ability. Again proof of how the staff were willing to go out of their way to ensure that each guest got the most out of their visit. Would highly recommend and will hopefully be coming back again next season.
It's been a week since I've been home and I still think of the amazing time I've had at the Riad Magellan. The program they've been chosen for me was very intense but also informative. I felt welcome from the very first moment. The teachers were so inspiring and since I'm home I'm practicing every day a few special exercise they thought me. Thank you again Philippe, Adil, Ismail, and the rest of your team. I had an amazing time at the yoga retreat. Perfectly on time I've been picked up at the airport. The courses started the next day and were very intense and nourishing. And the food was always freshly prepared and so delicious (I almost collapsed because I ate way too much). The whole team - I'd really like to point that out - is so extremely friendly, attentive, and the Riad was always spit spot clean. Riad Magellan lays in the heart of the Medina and although I traveled alone I always felt safe. The staff introduced me very well to the culture and how to behave in the Souk - which I loved by the way - and they also pointed out all the highlights of Marrakesh. I had a wonderful time and I fell in love with the Medina, its people and the energy. I also enjoyed the mix of meditation and yoga compared to the lively Medina or for example "Le Jardin Majorelle". I'm sure I'm coming back again.The only thing I'd would admit is to inform the guests, that the driver cannot drive to the Riad and that a porter's gonna take you through the labyrinth. I'll keep these inspiring days always in my heart...Thank you Riad Magellan, I had an inspiring time!
I appreciated the yoga retreat at Riad Magellan a lot. Everything was well organized from the pick-up a the airport at the first day until my last day. This made my first stay in Marrekech a lot easier because I went there on my own, and didn't know the country and culture well. I easily got in contact with other guests, some of them also travelling alone. The staff in the Riad was very helpful and friendly and they were always willing to give good advice. The food was so delicious and couldn't have enough from the great Marroccan salads, the Tajines. Philippe and his team provided us with good tips for day trips, where we were able find out more about the country and its people. Also liked the yoga sessions with Aisha and Steph a lot. I'm always curious to find out about different yoga styles and lessons apart from the ones I know and practice in Austria. Overall a very good stay in a special place in the heart of the Medina!
Becky United Kingdom
Philippe and his team provided the most welcome break from reality. The hospitality, food, and timetabling of my stay was impeccable. The yoga was super with two different styles on offer. I had been concerned that travelling alone to Morocco and staying in the heart of Marrakech as a tall, blonde women. However all of my worries were allayed by the fabulous team at Riad Magellan. They arranged transport to and from the airport and the porters to the Riad - I didn't have to worry about a thing! I required a total break from the crazy London world and I found it at this lovely place. I would highly recommend and look forward to returning.
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