A row of fountains in a garden of roses leads you to the front door of Peacock Pavilions. Everything you see here has a story to tell, with treasures gathered the world over. It’s no wonder that Peacock Pavilions has been featured in over 20 media outlets, from Elle Décor, to Food & Wine, to the New York Times, to House & Garden TV.
The Atlas Pavilion faces the snow capped High Atlas Mountains and you can admire the view from your private rooftop terrace or from the catwalk. The pavilion is 1,300 square feet (135 square meters) and includes a private salon with a soaring 18 foot ceiling and pyramid shaped dome. Admire the Moroccan fantasia horse saddle, the many Egyptian lanterns, a collection of oil paintings, fantastic Moroccan carpets and much more. The ultimate place to relax, the salon has stunning lacy plasterwork that took weeks to complete. There is also down-filled seating for discussions in comfort and a dining area for intimate meals. A walk up the spiral staircase takes you to the cat walk with its vintage hand embroidered seating -- an ideal location to curl up with a book. There are two gorgeous bedrooms that have been featured in many magazine photo shoots, each with its own romantic fireplace and glamorous bathroom. You may specify twin beds or a king bed. Hand painted walls and ceilings are sure to delight the senses. Each bedroom also has 400 square feet of private rooftop terrace with seating as well as small patios.
Down the path from the Atlas Pavilion is The Medina Pavilion The Pavilion is a 2,400 square foot (225 square meters) house with 1,225 square feet (114 square meters) of terraces. In the domed salon, admire the many original French illustrations of the Moroccan colonial period, a beaded chair from the Yoruba tribe, curtains made from antique Yemeni red and silver saris, Persian carpets, Kashmiri embroideries and much more. Everyone can take advantage of a fully equipped kitchen with its patterned tiles and collection of African baskets. There is also an adjoining dining room.with an original ceiling from the Moroccan pasha’s period, as well as glass Egyptian mosque lanterns. The Pavilion boasts three splendid bedrooms, each with a king size bed or twin beds if you prefer. Two of the three bedrooms have their own fireplaces and each private bathroom has tiled floors and vessel sinks. The upstairs bedroom leads out onto a private terrace with its own seating. A more spacious rooftop terrace offers glorious views for all to enjoy.
And there’s more…..
The 800 square-foot Pool is the center piece of the property, inviting you to cool off when the party gets too hot. Loungers & umbrellas offer the perfect spot to sunbathe or read.
Hidden away in the olive grove, you find our Outdoor Cinema. This exclusive theater has a huge screen, amazing surround sound, deckchair seating and a fire pit to warm up those cool evenings. Expect cold beers, hot chocolate and popcorn. It’s a memorable spot to watch Casablanca under the stars.
Another magical feature is our exotic Arabian Dining Tent. Lush carpets create a cozy atmosphere and the one-of-a-kind linens will provide the perfect backdrop to the delicious evening meals that you will be served here. And for the more active ones among you, we offer free access to our small Outdoor Gym as well as our Tented Yoga pavilion - perfect to work off the Moroccan couscous under the shaded thatch. One-on-one personal training or Pilates can be arranged.See more events in this venue
GIVE BACK RETREAT
This retreat is part of our GIVE BACK initiative, where EPM will donate at least 10% of profits to a humanitarian partner in the community where each retreat is held. Our partner in Marrakesh is PROJECT SOAR who works with underprivileged communities and young women to empower with design, clean-up projects, and creative ventures. #### THE PAVILION This fantastic yoga retreat will take place at the fabulous Peacock Pavilions boutique hotel. Located in Marrakesh on 8.5 acres of land, including 5 acres of olive grove, this stylish and eco-friendly abode has been featured in worldwide publications, including National Geographic Traveler.
Breathtakingly beautiful and luxuriously designed, the living quarters where guests will stay during the retreat features gorgeous fireplaces and a glamorous bathrooms in each room. Each bedroom also has its own private terrace - "just the right place to enjoy a minty tea or a zingy cocktail"!
The entire pavilion property has been decorated with care and "loaded with art, special fabrics, and exotic good stuff from all around the world...A swanky place to relax, the salon/great room has a stunning lacy plasterwork that took weeks to complete. There is also seating and dining areas for intimate discussions and cozy meals. A spiral staircase leads to a catwalk high in the air, where you can sit on vintage embroideries and admire the view." Not only is this place gorgeous, but it's also eco-friendly. Observing "green" building and gardening techniques, you'll feel good about the organic bounty served to your plate, and the hot water you use heated by the solar panels! Spend some free time at the lovely, inviting pool and patio, or join us for a henna and cocktail party in the painted tent, or perhaps an outdoor cinema night on the lawn.
Peacock Pavilions is owned by Maryam and her husband Chris, both recently featured on HGTV's House Hunters International. Chris is an architect, and Maryam a freelance photographer, travel and lifestyle writer, and the author of the award winning blog, My Marrakesh. Both make a perfect team in putting this amazing estate together.
Healthful, vegetarian food is part of the retreat experience, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily either hosted at Peacock Pavilions or out and about in town. Some even come with a side dish of belly-dancing! Plus, there is a wine-tasting, a cocktail reception, and even a meal on the Moroccan seaside. The cuisine is simple, delicious and Moroccan, using fresh ingredients from the on-site organic gardens or local markets. Selection may include tempting dishes and libations like stuffed dates, almond couscous, vegetable terrine, avocado dip, leek tarts, mint tea, pomegranate martini, rose water, and more. Selection is seasonal, and you can guarantee to love and appreciate each bite.
Guests will not only enjoy the grounds of Peacock Pavilions, the outdoor areas including a lovely pool, patio, private terraces, and covered yoga platform, but the retreat includes some amazing day-trips to the surrounding sites. A guided shopping day in Marrakesh will lead guests through an introduction to Souks as well as the newer city of Guilez with some of Maryam's favorite boutiques.
A full day will be spent exploring the nearby Atlas Mountains with a base at the Kasbah Tamadot Hotel with a traditional mule trek to the nearby village of Asni followed by time at the beautiful grounds of this 5-star location overlooking the vistas with a cooking demo and tasting menu dinner. An afternoon will be spent at the luxurious La Mamounia Hotel in Marrakesh enjoying the pools and an afternoon tea. One day we'll visit Yves St. Laurent's famous Jardin Majorelle and berber museum. The final full day entails a trip to the famous Bains de Marrakesh, a luxurious spa facility, where guests can be pampered to their heart's content with a full program of various treatments. What better way to wrap up a week of yoga than a day of pure relaxation.
Daily meditation and yoga classes will be offered in a way to relax, stimulate, and help guests grow in their own personal practice. Classes are open to all levels, beginner to practiced, and can range from gentle, restorative, and more vigorous vinyasa flow and ashtanga styles.* Style and class levels will be determined and moulded to fit participating students' needs, and with a small intimate retreat class size, students will be able to get personalized attention and comfortability to deeply explore their practice. Depending on each retreat location, classes will be held in a dedicated indoor yoga space and some also offer outdoor options as well for us to use if the weather is agreeable.
Certified yoga instructor and EPM founder, Erin Lewis, will facilitate the classes, helping each student focus on improving their practice and gaining new insights into their bodies and movements. She's studied various types of yoga disciplines since 1998, concentrating on the Ashtanga discipline since 2008. She received her teacher certification in Florence, Italy and has continued her education with various specialty certifications throughout the years. She now combines powerful movements with more anatomical-based core vinyasa flow and restorative movement in her personal practice and teaching style.
- * Participation in classes and activities is optional throughout the retreat. All levels welcome!
Get creative in this mix of our *LUX* retreat and our FORM+FOCUS yoga/art week! We'll enjoy a sensory experience through Moroccan magic!