Ardventures and LuxRetreats 2024

Pilates in the desert of Morocco
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In 2024, Ardventures and LuxRetreats are embarking on a joint venture to take Pilates enthusiasts to Morocco. This exceptional event cannot be booked via our website. You must contact my wife, Leonie Dykes, to make a reservation.

Our destination is Riad Serai at Merzouga, nestled in the heart of the Sahara desert.

During our stay, we’ll immerse ourselves in the rich cultures of Morocco and the Sahrawi people. You’ll have the chance to discover breathtaking desert landscapes, making this retreat an unparalleled experience. The entire Riad Serai Hotel will be exclusively reserved for our group. The rooms are beautifully adorned to reflect the Berber and Sahrawi cultures, boasting modern luxury and comfort.

Contact Leonie now to reserve your place by email or call Leonie on 07970 814 085.

Depart London Stanstead 31st August 2024
Return September 7th 2024

Our culinary experiences will be exceptional, with carefully curated menus accommodating dietary preferences and intolerances. From delectable tagines to sweet almond pastries, you’ll savour the finest Moroccan cuisine prepared with fresh ingredients. Our skilled chefs blend authentic flavours with contemporary techniques to create innovative dishes.

You’ll also be able to engage in Pilates sessions twice daily amidst charming desert vistas. Each guest will receive a private lesson tailored to your specific needs. For those interested, I’ll bring my TRX equipment for use.

This retreat is designed for a complete disconnection from the outside world, allowing you to unwind fully.

Luxretreats has developed these exclusive breaks to alleviate joint pain, enhance fitness levels, increase mobility, and strengthen muscles. The sessions aim to address back pain, injuries, or the effects of your daily lifestyle on your body. A personalized itinerary featuring various sessions will be provided. As an additional option, Luxretreats has arranged camel rides through the Erg Chebbi dunes and dune buggy rides for those seeking a different adventure.

For those looking to explore further, we’re organizing daily drives (limited to three people per day) in a specially prepared 4×4 vehicle across the dunes. My husband, Russ, who specializes in organizing bespoke driving holidays through his company Ardventures, will guide you. Morocco is his favourite destination, and he knows its culture and terrain. The journey will take you through the Sahara Desert, including a visit to the Gara Medouar, a crater featured in films like Bond’s ‘Spectre’ and ‘The Mummy.’ You can customize your level of participation as you wish.

To top it all off, our accommodations feature a beautiful relaxing swimming pool. The climate here offers warm days and cool evenings, ensuring a comfortable night’s rest. Don’t miss out on the opportunity for some unforgettable stargazing!

We’re looking at the dates from Saturday, August 31st to Saturday, September 7th, 2024.

Your journey will begin with a Ryanair flight departing from Stansted at 6:10 am, arriving in Marrakech at 10:15 am. If you require flight information, I’ll be happy to provide links. Upon arrival in Marrakech, a bus will pick you up, marking the start of your Moroccan adventure. The journey to Merzouga will be a long day, approximately 9 hours, with several breaks and a lunch stop. You’ll traverse the Tizi-N-Tichka pass, journey along the Atlas Mountains’ spine, constructed by the Foreign French Legion, and descend to Ouarzazate for lunch. From there, we’ll navigate through captivating landscapes until we reach our Riad.

On Friday, September 6th, we’ll depart from the Riad early and head to Gorges du Todra, where the Riad will provide packed meals. We can accommodate comfort breaks as needed. You’ll spend one night exploring the city of Marrakech and a few hours. You can visit the magnificent Palace Gardens and Yves St Laurent Gardens or simply wander and absorb the city’s vibrant atmosphere. I’ll take care of your luggage at a designated hotel meeting point, and then it’s a short bus or taxi ride to the airport. Your return flight with Ryanair departs from Marrakech airport at 19:10 pm and arrives at Stansted at 22:45 pm. You’ll have all of Sunday to relax and recuperate from your journey home.

Accommodation options:

  • Four suites (Price available upon request)
  • Double rooms: £4,500
  • Single rooms: £2,800 (includes a single room supplement)

To secure your booking, a 50% deposit is required. Payment plans can be arranged upon request. Prices exclude flights, UK accommodation, alcohol, and personal insurance. Once in Morocco, all expenses are covered unless otherwise stated.

If you’re interested in joining us, please reach out via email or call 07970 814085. Please confirm your participation by January 31st.

We can’t wait to embark on this extraordinary adventure with you in Morocco!

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