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.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

SPECIAL OFFER ZAMZAM RIAD - Yoga and Reiki Retreat now only £500

Calling all adventurers - There is now a SPECIAL PRICE of £500 if you book on our magical retreat. The retreat is all inclusive of yoga, reiki, Medina Tour, Marrakech Desert, walking in the Atlas Mountains and Spa with massage and hammam. Come and explore the exciting Medina and souks where Emma will help you purchase some special handcrafted goods.

Enjoy the energy of the Atlas and beautiful surrounds of Kasbah Toubkal where we will stop for lunch. Chill out in the Marrakech Desert with the spectacular back drop of the Atlas, dine under the stars in a traditional Berber Tent.

Aisha will be leading the yoga, it is suitable for all levels and not only loosens your body and flow of energy but detoxes through the breathing. Rebecca Hutley is our Reiki Master visiting us from Spain to do the retreat. You will find her Reiki truly life changing.

Photo of precious purchases from the souk, Emma can advise you on shopping and magical historic sites.
Lastly enjoy the comfort and Moroccan style of Zamzam with fresh organic food prepared daily.

Email me now to take up this special offer of £500 for 5 nights and 4 days. Starting 28 January - 2 February all inclusive.
Emma - or phone me to discuss 00212 661215062
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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!