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 11 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 Marrakesh, 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.

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.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Liz and John Get Married

Congratulations Liz and John. What a fabulous wedding we attended this weekend! We all met for a drink in Cafe de la Poste in Gueliz in our fancy outfits and then headed round the corner to The Gospel Church. We were met with smiley faces and welcomed in. We were in for such a treat, the singing and dancing were spellbinding, the energy and the atmosphere transdental. We were in the church for nearly 2 hours and it felt like 20 mins.
Liz and John arrived looking stunning. Liz was wearing one of Kasbek's gorgeous Kaftans. It was black and gold with patches of shocking pink.

John thanked the church and everyone for coming and off we headed to Riad Elizabeth to celebrate! I had made a traditional wedding cake as John had begged me. It was a total labour of love but i was in the end rather pleased with the outcome will post you a picky later. I'm now the maker or traditional British wedding cakes if anyone needs one!

Riad Elizabeth was all mirrors, velvet and candles. We drank champagne as the day left us with a beautiful sunset over the Medina, and danced the night away to a french chanteur who sang song after song under the brilliant stars.

If you would like to have a look at special Kaftans new and vintage get down to Cassie and Rebecca's Kasbek, Marrakech Medina 216, Rue Riad Zitoun Jdid - 00 212 63775690 email They are open every day of the week 10am - 7pm.
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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 at that time, 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 we 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....... It wasn't I have now built an Ecological Camp Adounia in the Sahara Desert!