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Karma Surf Retreat Morocco

Rue Touahen, Essaouira, Morocco
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Nearest Wave
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A comfortable and charming riad (traditional Moroccan townhouse) inside the medina (historic center) of Essaouira with a big roof top terrace overlooking the medina and offering a fantastic seaview for you to enjoy daily sundowners.
Typical for a riad is its architecture, with all rooms pointing to the central, two stories tall atrium space, which is open at the top and allows the sun to enter the living space of its inhabitants.

A gallery surrounding the atrium connects some rooms and creates a cozy family atmosphere. Peeking down you can see what is going on in the living room patio, the heart of the riad, which connects as well to a living room with fireplace, a dining room, where you can have a meal, read a book or just chat and relax. The riad can accommodate up to 16 guests in 7 individually decorated spacious suites, all having their own private bathroom.

Surf & yoga lessons as well as equipment needed is all available on site. Breakfast, packed lunch, coffee, tea, water, juice and fruits all day included. Healthy dinner package optional (20€/meal)

Location

The riad is located in the former fishing village Essaouira, Morocco, in the north to west part of the medina (historic centre) in a quiet side alley, just 1 minute from the city walls, in front of the ocean. From there its not even a 5 to 10 minutes walk to the beach (great Essaouira bay) and its long promenade, where you can also ride a camel or horses or visit the fisherman’s port with its old Portuguese fortification and its fish market.

As soon as you leave the riad, you will dive into the fascinating mystic atmosphere of Essaouira, experiencing all kinds of exciting colors, lights, scents, sounds and flavors, all of which instantly will make you feel like in midst a fairy tale of 1001 nights or in medieval age. In short walking distance, you will also find lots of restaurants and shopping possibilities with all kinds of art, pottery, leather products (shoes, bags, etc.) and cloth , spices, cosmetics (e.g. Argan oil products), pastry, as well spa treatments like traditional Hammam and massage – strolling through the medina with its small alleys is an unique experience. Our hosts will recommend the best places, restaurants and organize any activity for you.

  • Facilities
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  • Surf Lessons
  • Waves
  • Terms
Number of people: 16
Bath Towels
Beach Towels
Heating
Kitchen
WIFI (free)
Babysitting
Cot / high chair
Daily housekeeping
Dryer
Massage
Roof top terrace
Sundeck
Surfboard hire
Surfboard Storage Area
Westuit storage area
Wetsuit hire
BBQ Facilities
Breakfast (included)
Dinner (additional)
Lunch included
Packed lunches
Golf course
Hiking
Horseback riding
Kitesurfing
Mountain biking
SUP
Surf school
Windsurfing
Yoga

Extras:

Single occupation of suite: +400€ (only on demand. solo travellers usually share a room (same gender))
Dinner package: +20€/meal
Suite 1
Room Type: Private
Sleeps: 2

Suite 1 is situated on the ground floor and easily accessible from the patio of the riads center atrium. It consists actually of 2 rooms: a living room with a cozy sofa and table, plus a bedroom with cozy chairs and a mezzanine where you will find the double bed, as well as an en to suite bathroom.

Appropriate for: 1 to 2 persons – like a solo traveler, good friends or a couple.

Suite 2
Room Type: Private
Sleeps: 2

Suite 2 is located on the first floor of the riad and also consists of 2 rooms: a bedroom with a double bed and a small living room with a cozy fireplace, as well as a spacious en to suite bathroom, which is decorated with traditional handmade Moroccan tiles, so called "zelliges".

Appropriate for: 1 to 2 persons: a solo traveler, good friends or a couple.

Suite 3
Room Type: Private
Sleeps: 3

Suite 3, as well located on the first floor, has a bedroom with mezzanine and king size double bed. In the "living area" you will find a cozy couch (can be used as a bed for a child), a cozy chair, as well as an en to suite bathroom, also decorated with zelliges, handmade Moroccan tiles, and "tadelakt", traditional coating used in bathrooms or hammams made of limestone.

Appropriate for 1 to 3 persons – like a solo traveler, good friends, a couple or a “small” family.

Suite 4
Room Type: Private
Sleeps: 2

Suite 4 , also located on the first floor, has a nice bedroom with a double bed and an en to suite "zelliges" and "tadelakt" decorated bathroom.

Appropriate for 1 to 2 persons – like solo traveler, good friends or a couple.

Suite 5
Room Type: Private
Sleeps: 3

Suite 5 is located on the first floor as well and offers lots of space and cozy comfort on 60m². It consists of two rooms: a bedroom with a king size double bed and a living room,. The bedroom hosts a king size double bed and has an en to suite bathroom. The living room offers sofas, TV and a cozy fireplace and has a mezzanine with an additional single bed and an extra bathroom.

Apropriate for 1 to 3 persons – like two solo travelers, good friends, a couple or a family (even one more person on sofa / small bed possible).

Suite 6
Room Type: Private
Sleeps: 3

Suite 6 is situated on the 2nd floor and besides two rooms, bed to and living room, offers access to a private terrace and a small sundeck at the rooftop with view overlooking the medina and the ocean. The bedroom hosts a cozy double bed and an en to suite bathroom. The small living room has its own TV and gives access to a private terrace.

Appropriate for 1 to 3 persons – like a solo traveler, a couple or small family (e.g. with additional child bed)

Suite 7
Room Type: Private
Sleeps: 2

Room 7 is located on the top of the riad, overlooking the roof terrace and hosts a king size double bed. The bathroom is separate.

Apropriate for 1 to 2 persons – like a solo traveler, good friends or a couple.

You can never get lost

When you book you will receive our confirmation email with full travel directions of how to get to us.

We provide Airport Transfers from and to Marrakesh (RAK) and they can be booked in the booking steps.

  • Price for 1-4 people: €80
  • Price for more than 4: €100
  • - Nearest Airport: Marrakesh (RAK)
  • - Distance from Airport in kms: 180
  • - Time from Airport in a car: 2,5 hours
  • - There is no train from the airport
  • - There is a bus from the airport

Come Surf With Us

Surf Lessons can be added in the booking steps if they are not already included in a package.

Instructors

Yassine

Essaouira with its two large and wide bay areas of which one is sheltered by an island, we can choose very flexible lots of spots depending on swell and wind direction, matching our students skills, especially well for beginners. Driving up to 40 minutes offers lots of fine beach and rocky breaks to choose from for any skill level to be satisfied.

Main Surf Beach: Essaouira beach

Surf Lessons we offer:

Kids Surf Lessons

We offer surfing lessons for kids (6-12) to encourage first contact with the ocean in knee deep water and very small waves. Fun and safety are priority in this stage. Kids enter water only with surf instructor. There will be one dedicated surf instructor with the kid all the time. Parents can stay close by or surf themselves. Beach shuttle to surf lessons included.

Beginner Surf Lessons

The lessons are approx. 2 hours per day in small groups at a student teacher ration of 4:1 in which you will learn how to stand up in waist to chest deep water and surf on whitewater waves. All material needed, such as board, leash, wetsuit, lycra, wax, as well as pick up at the villa and shuttle to the beach are included. You will have a packed lunch to take to and enjoy at the beach.

Intermediate Surf Lessons

The lessons are approx. 2 hours per day in small groups at a student teacher ration of 4:1 in which you will learn how to controll whitewater waves and take-off and surf on green waves. All material needed, such as board, leash, wetsuit, lycra, wax, as well as pick up at the villa and shuttle to the beach are included. You will have a packed lunch to take to and enjoy at the beach.

Advanced Surf Lessons

Also called surf guiding / surfari. Our surf guide takes you to the spots with the waves suiting best your skills and goals set for this week to train specific maneuvers or just to have fun. Search and session last usually 3 hrs. Driving can be up to 40 mins. A wide variety of boards can be rented. You will have a packed lunch to take to and enjoy at the beach.

Private Surf Lessons

Can be booked extra and will be tailored to your needs.

Surf Guide

Our surf guide takes you to the spots with the waves suiting best your skills and goals set for this week to train specific maneuvers or just to have fun. Search and session last usually 3 hrs. Driving can be up to 40 mins. A wide variety of boards can be rented. You will have a packed lunch to take to and enjoy at the beach.

Yoga

You will enjoy yoga two times a day, held on the roof top terrace with seaview or inside the riads patio. Yoga teachers vary. Yoga styles taught are Ashtanga, Iengar, Vinyasa and power yoga tailored to surfers needs. Activating in the morning and relaxing in the evening. All yoga equipment, such as mats, blocks, belts and blankets are included.

SUP Lessons

The SUP lessons are approx. 1,5 hours per day in small groups at a student teacher ration of 4:1 in which you will learn how to stand up, control and maneuver your SUP board in flat and protected water. All material needed, such as board, leash, wetsuit, lycra, wax, as well as pick up at the villa and shuttle to the beach are included. Enjoy your healthy packed lunch provided at beach.

Beginner Kite Surfing

Kite surfing lessons take place at Essaouira beach in small groups. You will learn how to fly a kite and do your first start with the board.


Essaouira Bay

Level: All Levels

Huge and wide beach with numerous peaks, lefts and rights, to find your own.

Essaouira second bay

Level: All Levels

Like Essaouira bay, but usually gets more swell when leaving shelter from Mogador island lying in front of Essaouira.

Sidi Kaouki

Level: All Levels

Wide beach with numerous peaks (lefts and rights) as well as classy rocky points (left and right) at the northern end of the beach.

Cap Sim

Level: All Levels

Nice righthander on bigger swells protected from N winds

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PAYMENT

  • A small deposit is required to secure your booking.
  • Your balance is due at check in.

CANCELLING YOUR BOOKING

  • To cancel go to the MyAccount section and log in or register and you can cancel from within your account.
  • Your deposit is non refundable but can be used for the same property/surf school within one year of your original booking.
  • Cancellation up to 2 months prior to departure flat rate of €100, Cancellation 59-45 days before departure: 20%, Cancellation from 29 to 15 days before departure: 50%, Cancellation 14-7 days before departure: 80%, Cancellation up to 6 days prior to departure: 100%. Should extra booked services be canceled, a flat rate of €10 per cancelled extra service will be charged.

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