Salam Aleikum

Hi, i'm writing this blog page to share information with all you wanderlust souls out there. Living in Morocco comes with lots of bizarre and unexpected events, which i thought you may enjoy reading about and sharing in the laughter.



My family and I moved to Marrakech 6 years ago from London. The beginning of a huge adventure for us. Choosing which country was right for us to live in had been an extremely long and tiring process. Having made a choice to move to Marrakech, was in itself a big box ticked. We had two criteria lists, one for our business (opening and running a guesthouse) and one for personal. On top of this it had to feel right at a soul level for my husband and I, both who are from very different backgrounds.



Phase two of our journey then began. Setting up home in Morocco, also a non English speaking country with a very different culture to ours. Marrakech is a real melting pot of; languages, tribes, rich, poor, city slickers, country peasants. It sometimes reminds me of that place Luke Skywalker went to, to buy that space ship, with all those different intergalactic aliens. (Any one know what it was called?) After months of beauroctratic paperwork, rendez vous with people who don't turn up and renting from an unpleasant woman for a large amount of money, we bought ourselves a villa. This was not in the plan as we didn't want to tie up our capital in a home. I now realise it is one of the best things we could have done. When you've had a really difficult day here to be able to close the door and relax in your own place really balances you.

Zamzam Riad & Spa was eventually created out of love and we hope you will come and stay and be pampered in our luxury boutique riad.

Creating the Guest House

We had decided to buy land and build a country guesthouse as per our business plan, about 10 double rooms and suites. The dream was to create a holistic retreat and build our house on the same plot. We were going to have an organic vegetable garden and provide a Moroccan Spa.



Land in Marrakech particularly, went mad. Prices going up daily, lots of people fishing but not really wanting to sell. There is also a problem here of title. ie not much land is titled and to buy land without a title is very difficult, unless you have a lot of time on your hands and like a gamble. We looked at more land than you can shake a stick at, drank more mint tea than you can imagine and got totally no where. It can take weeks to even get a price. You may be being shown a piece of land that isn't for sale or has already been sold. After a year of this my husband said 'that is it!, we are buying a riad!'



I had a total nervous breakdown and couldn't talk to anyone for three days. He then said this doesn't have to be the end.......

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

La Source - Luxury Sahara Retreat with Yoga and Reiki

La Source - Luxury Desert Retreat - 2 - 9 of March 2013

Our retreat team have carefully designed a programme to nurture and support you during this powerful week. Dynamic Yoga with Anette Haugen, energetic harmony through Reiki with Rebecca Hutley and a range of treatments from our superb team of experts allow you to relax and be pampered in this sublime environment. The wind in your hair, sand on your feet and cool water to refresh you at night before dining under the stars and climbing into Egyptian cotton sheets. Our Berber Nomad Team full of powerful energy, drum to the rhythm of the Sahara around the camp fire whilst our superb chef creates delicious fresh traditional meals. Make new friends, laugh a lot and unwind in this totally natural and energising environment, experiencing the best of both worlds.








We have just launched this fantastic Retreat a journey from Marrakech Medina in the magical Zamzam over the Atlas Mountains and into the Sahara to our luxury camp.

We have only 8 places on this exclusive retreat.  Please view the full programme and details at www.moroccoretreats.com or contact Emma at zamzamriad@gmail.com for more information.

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