Caroline Bauchet-Bouhlal is deputy general manager of the Es Saadi Marrakech Resort, a family business established in Morocco in 1952. After successfully beginning her career in marketing with multinational companies, she chose entrepreneurship and joined Es Saadi as Marketing & Communications Director. At the same time, she followed her passion for personal development and wellness and created and developed from scratch the two spas of this resort, the Oriental Spa and the 3,000 square meter Spa at the Es Saadi Palace. A mother of two, she has strong leadership and entrepreneurship skills as well as a passion for culture and wellness. Since 2014 she has been the ambassador for Morocco forGlobal Wellness Day.
Tell us about your involvement in Global Wellness Day?
I had the chance to meet with Belgin Aksoy in 2014 and, since then, I have been the ambassador of the GWD movement for Morocco. It is important for me to help others get access to education and tips to preserve their health. That is why I committed to helping Belgin spread information and develop the movement in Morocco. Being part of the international family of Global Wellness Day is an honour and a great joy. In Morocco, we have brought together more than 40 companies in seven different cities of the country–Casablanca, Rabat, Essaouira, Tanger, Agadir, Fez, Dakhla–to participate in the event on the first Saturday of June each year.
What makes you smile or brings you joy and why?
Welcoming our guests every day at Es Saadi Marrakech Resort and working to provide them with a wonderful wellness and travel experience.
What is your daily wellness routine?
I start my day drinking a litre of lukewarm water, and I take 30 minutes for myself doing 20 min of yoga and 10 min of breathing kriyas or meditation depending on how I feel. Three times a week I do 60 min of cardiovascular exercise. I practice intermittent fasting and, most of all, I eat sensibly as I believe you “become what you eat”.
What is your favourite quote or affirmation?
“Believe in your dreams and they may come true. Believe in yourself and they will surely come true.”Martin Luther King
Describe how you achieve mindfulness
Breathing is for me a key to mindfulness. Whenever I feel I am disconnected or feeling stress, I make a pause and use breathing techniques for five minutes.
What does wellness mean to you?
Wellness is a personal journey to function at your best in all aspects of your life.
Wellness is joyful and fun!
Where do you find inspiration?
I think inspiration is everywhere around us and available. Being in harmony and open to your environment helps a lot to be inspired.
What are your go-to wellness apps and/or podcasts? Why?
I like to explore lots of them and choose one or another depending on the moment. Today, technology and search engines give access to a wide range of nice podcasts around wellness. The wellness people that inspire me are Rodney Yee for yoga, Chögyam Trungpa, Thierry Janssen.
Books that changed your wellness perspective and why?
Ayurvedic Healing – A Comprehensive Guide by Dr David Frawley made me understand how humans, nature, earth and the universe are all interdependent parts of an integrated whole.
Name three things for which you are grateful
Nature, love, and a good massage!
Finally, what words of wisdom can you pass on?
In this difficult time of Covid, I would say “Carpe Diem” as only in the present moment we are alive, and it is real!
Enjoy each moment and never give up hope.