As-Salaam-Alaikum

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, December 28, 2009

Marrakech Yoga and Reiki Retreat - shake off the winter blues in the Moroccan sun

Feeling fat, white and lethargic after Christmas, come and join us on the Zamzam Retreat at the end of January 2010 - 28 to 2 February. The 4 day retreat is all inclusive, including twice daily yoga, reiki, attunements, hammam, massage, heated pluge pool, walking in the Atlas, lunch at a Kasbah in the spectacular Atlas and a trip to the Marrakech Desert with camels and dinner in a traditional Moroccan tent.

The experienced team some of the best in the world in their field will guide you through the four days Journey of Awakening. The luxuries of Zamzam will nurture your body together with superb organic food.

Email me for more information Emma: zamzamriad@gmail.com
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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Zamzam Boutique - Christmas gifts - truly original Moroccan Design

On the 12th day of Christmas my true love sent to me........................... not too late to order some gorgeous things from the Zamzam Boutique for Christmas! Just 1 week courier to the US or UK/Europe. Fabulous vintage Beni Ouarain and Azilal carpets, stunning hand stitched poufs in an array of colour. The gold ones are very Christmassy I just put two in my house, and don't forget the sparkly vintage Berber Wedding blankets. Email me at zamzamriad@gmail.com for all enquiries.

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Friday, December 4, 2009

Essaouira Cats - Morocco Travel

I wanted to share these cute photos of the cats in Essaouira, they are very healthy and losts of them due to all the fish.

Mum and her daughter taken on our recent trip to the Moroccan Coastal town of Essaouira.
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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!