Newsletter: July 2016

We are happy to report a number of developments and innovations which have already taken place or are planned for the near future.

Great news for swimmers is that we now have in the town an Olympic sized swimming pool with lovely views which can be used for a very moderate fee.

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© Chinch Gryniewicz

At home in Wales, our administration hub is greatly improved by a new website and new database.  The website gives a clearer explanation of the concept behind Holidays with Heart, and contains updated text and images.  The database has been meticulously custom-built and gives us a fine-tuned system of record-keeping and generation of reports.  We have every confidence that these two marvels of modern technology will combine to make our organisation and communication ever-more efficient!

Our Moroccan house, La Maison Anglaise has enjoyed a busy season of back-to-back group bookings.  The house resonates with the voices of singers or the music and footsteps of dancers or basks in the silence and calm of yoga sessions.

Feedback & Publicity

Guests continue to give very positive feedback, which has earned us both the No. 1 spot on Trip Advisor for guest houses in Taroudant and the accolade of a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence.

Facebook continues to provide a great service for dissemination of news, and we have recently been named one of the Top 6 recommendations for ecotourism holidays in the World in Salt Magazine and a magazine produced in Pembrokeshire, Your Local Crowd (see pages 6-7) or read the Blog here.

New Guest House

IMG_1307Plans are underway to construct a purpose-built guest house on a 0.5 hectare new site superbly located adjacent to the 900 year old town walls.  We hope to get the go-ahead by August and look forward to this exciting new development, to be created as a model of sustainability.  There will be more space for activities, gardens, and include a purpose built space for dancing, yoga, singing etc as well as the dining, kitchen and office space on the ground floor adjacent to the gardens.  We will include disabled access.

Improvements to La Maison Anglaise

In the meantime, we have plans to increase the open air space at La Maison Anglaise, by extending the upper roof terrace to accommodate more dancers/yogis or other special interest activities.

Berber woman herding sheep News on Charitable Connections

We have made connections with the Taroudant Rotary Club, who have networks linking those in need through their members in medical professions and other circles; it has been the perfect conduit to donate medical supplies as well as some surplus clothes to communities outside our usual sphere.

We are excited by the news that the production, sale and distribution of plastic bags has been banned and we have plans to involve our community in projects to clean up and provide better alternatives. Read More

News on Holidays

Rustic scene with hensMany of our holidays are fully booked well in advance, which is a good thing because flight prices can be as cheap as £52 return if booked early.   We now offer holidays flying from Bristol airport (as well as Manchester and Gatwick), which is easier to get to,  cheaper for public transport, parking and accommodation for many of our clients.

Claudio Bravo Palace
Claudio Bravo Palace

The quality of the light and the colourful scenes make Morocco a magnet for artists such as the famous Chilean artist, Claudio Bravo, who made Taroudant his home.  We are therefore delighted to offer two art holidays this autumn.  See these and details of other holidays on the Holiday Calendar at the foot of this new web page.

 

More about Singing Holidays.
More about Dancing Holidays.
More about Art Holidays.
More about Yoga Holidays
More about Pilates Holidays