The Red City: Magical Marrakech
Itinerary & Registration
Culture & Connections fitness retreat near Marrakech, Morocco
The Red City - May 3 - May 9, 2020.
7 days / 6 nights.
Register now! Space is limited.
Full Itinerary and registration for our extended trip - Valley of The Roses & The Red City here.
Located in a secluded olive grove on the outskirts of the colorful chaos that is Marrakech, Peacock Pavilions is an indulgent alternative to a traditional riad. Morocco is delightfully exciting and exhilarating. The care and quiet of Peacock Pavilions will nourish your needs for relaxation amidst our activities.
Peacock Pavilions is a hand built, artisanal give-back property. Featured in dozens of magazines and television shows, the hotel is a favorite location for travelers in the know, fashion shoots, yoga and creative retreats, and celebrations of all kinds. Designed by architect Chris Montague, and exquisitely decorated by Maryam Montegue, Peacock Pavilions will enchant all your senses. Space is limited to a maximum of 14 guests.
The lush estate is comprised of three pavilions: the Main Pavilion, the Atlas Pavilion, the Medina Pavilion, plus the Sahara Bungalow, and outdoor areas.
The Main Pavilion, surrounded by hundreds of rose bushes, is home to several of the facilities shared spaces: the grand reception area, with domed ceiling and fireplace, a small library (for your quiet comfort), the Souk (shop) with a hand curated collection available for purchase, an indoor dining space, and a covered terrace, where most breakfasts and lunches are served.
The Atlas Pavilion includes two guest bedrooms, each with glamorous bathroom, a spacious salon, exquisitely decorated with comfortable couches and dining area, as well as patios and rooftop terraces. A mini bar is available with wine, beer, soft drinks and snacks for purchase.
The Medina Pavilion has three guest bedrooms, each with their own stunning bathroom, a grand salon with soaring ceilings and fireplace, and a fully equipped kitchen stocked with wine, beer, soft drinks and snacks for purchase. On the 1,000 square foot rooftop terrace we can enjoy the magical Moroccan starry sky, or catch a few rays.
The Sahara Bungalow, a unique structure that looks like a tent. The sweet bungalow has two gorgeous rooms featuring Arabic script art, and stunning carved doors. These are perfect for guests who want a little more seclusion.
Nestled in an old olive grove with a magnificent view of the Atlas Mountains, Peacock Pavilons is an 8.5 acre private estate. Sunset brings the intoxicating scent of night blooming jasmine, and early mornings are announced by joyous birds if you choose to soak in the sunrise from the terraces.
Our boutique hotel features a pool, outdoor gym, outdoor cinema, yoga/activities pavilion, and a painted dining tent. Peacock Pavilions was designed to promote wellbeing and fun, and Samira wants you to enjoy every bit of life here.
Cuisine on site: The cuisine on site is from scratch, delicious and Moroccan, using fresh ingredients from the hotel’s organic gardens and local markets. Selection is seasonal, and each meal is made with care, just for us.
Breakfasts (all included) – daily made bread from the village’s communal bread oven (rebuilt as part of the Peacock Pavilions' charity, Project Soar), homemade jams, eggs, or muffins, yoghurt, fruit, just squeezed juice, coffee and tea.
Lunches – light and fresh (soups, salads, quiches, etc.) served with cookies or fruit for dessert.
Dinners – three delicious courses, served by candle light, ending in an herbal infusion from the garden to help you sleep.
Vegetarian diets are welcome, and food allergies are accommodated to the best of their abilities. Please inform us on your guest questionnaire, provided to you in the early winter of 2020.
Classes - In order to accommodate true multi level classes, we will have an optional 15 minute ab and back "pre class" workout, for those who want a little more. When class time states 8am, this means the “extra” starts at 7:45am!
We have done all the research and planning for you! You just register, and enjoy a trip of a lifetime!
Amidst the colorful chaos of Marrakech, learn with knowledgable guides, and retreat back to the restful and sumptuous Peacock Pavilions!
Day 1 : – Two airport transport opportunities are arranged for you. Full travel info here. Arrive. Tea and introductions.
– Relax and settle in to your rooms.
- Half hour gentle stretch to work the travel stiffness out.
- Cocktails and canapés provided.
– Dinner in the Arabian dining tent.
Day 2 : – Energizing morning Pilates at 8am.
– Breakfast on the terrace at 9.
– Tour the pavilions together and get to know each other activity.
– Lunch at the hotel.
– Exciting 4 hour tour of the Medina of Marrakech. This tour is conducted in English, by an Arab scholar. It's a little whirlwind event that helps you learn your bearings around the Medina and souks. This will come in handy later when you get to explore on your own!
– Dinner*(denotes this meal not included in price) will be in the Medina, before we return “home.”
Day 3 : – Energizing morning Pilates at 8am.
– Breakfast at 9am.
– All day at the breathtaking Jardin Majorelle and Berber Museum.
– Lunch* at Kaowa Cafe, or nearby. This is your choice.
– Time at an antique store in the new city.
– Poolside henna party with cocktails and canapés.
– Dinner in the glorious tent
Day 4 : – Stretch class at 7:30am
– Breakfast on the terrace at 8:30am
– Day tour in the Atlas mountains. This will include a guided hike, and a break for lunch*. You'll have a view of Mount Toubkal, elevation over 14,000 feet.
– Light dinner in the Medina Pavilion
Day 5 : – myofascial release and nerve gliding class at 8am
– Breakfast at 9am
– Cooking class in Marrakech
– Afternoon relaxation! Lounge about poolside, workout in the outdoor gym (or not). Enjoy your friends new and old. Walk the gardens. Read a book. Take photos. Show and tell of your fabulous artisan purchases. Pet a kitty.
– Dinner in the Peacock Pavilions Arabian tent.
– Outdoor cinema under the stars! Hot beverages and popcorn will be served. We'll choose a movie filmed in Morocco!
Day 6 : – Morning Pilates workout at 8am
– Breakfast at 9am.
– A trip to one of Marrakech’s beautiful Hammams (bath houses). A little time to shop!
– Lunch* in Marrakech.
– Dinner with cocktail included in Peacock Pavilions.
Day 7 : – Breakfast 9am
– Check out 11 am.
Want to see a few sites?
Included in your rate:
Transportation to and from hotel. Two different times on each date (start and finish date).
Hotel accommodation fees, taxes and tips.
All (6) breakfasts.
Onsite dinners (5) and lunches (1).
Welcome reception with cocktails (2 each) and canapes.
Movie night with hot beverages and popcorn.
Henna party with cocktails (2 each).
Guided tour of the Medina - Historic and Souk tour (old city, Marakech).
Cooking class in Marrakech, which includes lunch.
Hammam - Moroccan bath plus massage.
Transportation to and from all day trips.
NOT included in your rate:
Air transportation and travel insurance.
Airport transport outside of the two on 05/3 and 05/09, such as if you arrive on a different date etc.
Four offsite meals (3 lunches and 1 dinner).
Entrance fee for Jardin Majorelle (95 Dh/ $10 US).
Entrance fee for museums and historic sites on tour (approx 200Dh/$20 US total)
Two hour hike/tour in the Atlas Mountains. (approx 50 Dh / $5 US for walking, or 120 Dh / $12 US for mule ride)
Tips for our guides (Marrakech and Atlas Mountains), driver, and hammam (bath house).
Extra snacks, beverages and tips on outings.
We encourage you to buy from local artisans and support beautiful Moroccan cultural arts.
At Peacock Pavilions, you are responsible for any beverages outside of the planned cocktail events.
All rooms are double occupancy.
Please indicate if you are registering with someone you would like to room with, and if you need one king size bed in the room, or two twin beds.
We are wholeheartedly an equality supporting trip. We love love. If you have any questions about travel in a Muslim country do not hesitate to ask.
Through 3/31/2019, we have two payment plans available. You can opt to pay in full, make 4 equal payments, or 8 equal payments.
All payments will be made via email invoice.
Our Luxury Retreat Early Bird pricing is $2,725 (per guest, double occupancy), $5350 (two guests/double occupancy) in single payment.
Early Bird Pricing Payment plans: For 1 guest: 4 equal payments of $688 or 8 equal payments of $349
For 2 guests: 4 equal payments of $1,343 or 8 equal payments of $675
Register by 10/31/2019 to qualify for Early Bird Pricing and 8 payments option.
Upon purchase, we will email you a receipt and confirmation. We request your mailing address at that time.
You will also receive the most updated version of the travel arrangement suggestions and information. Current information is online here.
As we get closer to the trip, we'll share Pinterest pages and also a questionnaire, so that we can accommodate your dietary needs, arrange airport transport in Morocco, etc.
Please email or call with any questions.
Cancellation Policy: You may sell or transfer your registration to another person. If you do, please send us notice of your registration transfer, along with contact information for the new participant. Your same contract will then apply to them.
If you must cancel your trip, we require written notification of your cancellation. In addition, the following cancellation fees apply:
~ 120 days or more prior to the retreat: $1,200 per person.
~ 0-119 days prior to the retreat: 100% of trip cost.
By registering, you agree to purchase your own airfare, travel insurance, and you agree to the above cancellation policy.
Upon receiving your receipt, please add Square to your receiver emails, as otherwise your invoices may bounce.
Model Release: I understand that photos of me on the retreat may be used in future advertising and media and I consent to this use.