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.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Ksar Char Bagh - Relais and Chateaux Marrakech

We went to have lunch with my parents at the wonderful Ksar Char Bagh. It is a gorgeous spot if you feel like spoiling yourself. Even though it is a fairly new building the architect was a specialist in ancient architecture and also designed the hotel around the Alhambra in Granada so it is truly stunning. The staff are also extremely friendly which is always a plus and they showed me around their organic vegetable plot.
The ancient palms give the garden a spiritual lift with the pretty swimming pool in the middle of the garden. Sadly if you go for lunch you are not entitled to use the pool which is a great shame.

I did however manage to stuff in a delicious lobster club sandwich, the ice cream however was not special and full of ice which lead me to believe is had defrosted and been re-frozen. 4 out of 10 for lunch and 10 out of 10 for ambiance. Definitely worth a visit.
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Friday, June 11, 2010

Ashtanga and Reiki Retreat - Zamzam Riad & Spa - Marrakech - June - SPECIAL OFFER

Two weeks to go until our fabulous 'Journey of Awakening' Retreat begins.  The dates are 25-30 June 2010.  We need a couple more people to join us for some lunging in the sun so we have decided on a last minute price of £650 a person which is a saving of £150.  This is fantastic value as it is an all inclusive price.

We will be doing Ashtanga, Reiki practice, Medina Tours, Traditional Moroccan Cooking classes, 5 nights luxury accommodation and all delicious food, fruit and drinks included.

Our wonderful yoga teacher Aisha will be leading you through a course of body sculpting Ashtanga yoga and also focusing on breathing to help achieve so much more out of life.

Rebecca our Reiki Master will be leading the Meditation and also the fascinating and life changing Reiki practice.

Part of our 4 days, is a day in the heart of the Atlas Mountains, where we will meditate at Kasbah Toubkal and have a delicious lunch after our walking through Berber Villages.  There's also a chance to swim in some sparkling mountains pools.

Not forgetting the wonderful spa of traditional hammam with gommage, massage and reiki treatments.  All this in the ancient palatial surroundings of Zamzam with superb meals cooked by our chef and a chance to cook with her.  Lastly not forgetting the magic of the Medina.

Come and join us and get lunge into summer early. This retreat is suitable for all levels. Email Emma for details at or go to our website to see details and photos

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!