I’d been on one or two group holidays but always found they didn’t quite live up to my expectations. Don’t get me wrong. They were fun. But somehow, we never made the best use of our time. Couples paired off or people did their own thing. There was no focus to the experience. Always a team player, I wanted something where we could really bond.
Weighing Up the Options
I don’t remember who suggested a wellness retreat but it was only when I saw the variety of resorts on offer that I really became excited. We created a checklist of activities we wanted to include. Yoga went on the top of the list but there was also an interest in doing some kind of adventure activity like surfing.
With some key goals in mind we soon whittled our choices down to the Paradis Plage in Morocco. Not only did it have an excellent yoga school but also had a partnership with an Australian surfing company called Rip Curl. I got what I wanted, a trip which was focused and activity-packed; a trip where everyone didn’t just disappear on their own adventures.
Waking to the Amber Sun
We started early each morning, which wasn’t hard. We woke to a world of green palm trees and orange brick buildings, pink pavilions and sandy beaches. And the ocean drawing breath on the Moroccan coast. We spent the mornings in the yoga schools exerting our bodies and freeing our minds. In the afternoons, we headed over to the surfing area where some of us rode the waves and others fell in the brave attempt.
As wellness retreats go, it was more than I expected. To me it just felt like the holiday I’d always wanted to have. The sun, the sea, great food and old friends. It was only when we got back that I realized how fresh and revitalized I felt. I really felt good, which was definitely a bonus.
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