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.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Top Quality Vintage Handira - Morocco, Zamzam Boutique


I have just found these stunning Vintage Handira, they are superb quality, no marks or repairs. It is very difficult these days to find such good quality pieces with character. Email me at for further information.
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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Traditional celebration cakes in Marrakech


We made a pretty cake recently for a wedding at Kasbah Bab Ourika - the transportation up the hill wasn't easy, as anyone will know who's been up there but we made it and were happy with the result. The cake was carrot cake and chocolate cake. We love to have a go at anything you might request. Get in touch with me Emma if you need a special cake -
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Moroccan Gingerbread ladies - Marrakech


I was suprised when I turned around and my daughter had decorated her ginger bread ladies in Takchitas! I supose when you have lived in Morocco since you were 2 that is what you would dress then in. I think they are gorgeous in their Moroccan dresses and black hair.
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Heavenly Scent - Zamzam Roses


We have gorgeous roses in our Zamzam Rose Garden. If you need any boquets making or button holes, drop us an email -
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Christmas at Zamzam Riad in Marrakech


We have been really busy making Christmas Cakes (some gluten free)gorgeous carrot cakes with mascopone icing and 100's of mince pies for guests and our Zamzam Christmas Party. My gardener is now an expert at making wreaths if anyone would like one let me know what size and he can do it for you. You will have to decorate it yourself, a bit of ribbon and gold spray - Mohammed's your uncle!
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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Zamzam Berber Carpets


I have been experimenting with carpet designs and colours with the Berber weavers and these are the samples I have gathered so far. The wool is lovely and fluffy it's a tight luxurious weave and I love the cream with black or brown really striking. These carpets can be made to measure and take about 10 weeks. The beauty is you can have the size and design you want. Email me for a quote @
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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Cleansing and Spa Retreat - Zamzam Riad, Marrakech Medina, 11 November 2011


Zamzam Retreats is at The Mind, Body and Soul Exhibition this weekend at Olympia, London. We recently ran a group cooking class at Zamzam for a Feng Shui Group from America, they had so much fun. The Cleansing and Spa Retreat will be 3 full days 11 - 15 of November 2011 and includes cooking classes around healing foods - not to be missed!

For further information and full programme of the retreat go to or email Emma -
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Monday, September 12, 2011

Moroccan Food and Cooking Classes at Zamzam

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Moroccan Cooking Classes at Zamzam


We are always busy at Zamzam running our very sucessful cooking classes with our experienced chef. Our cooking classes at Zamzam are done using the traditional Moroccan method of cooking over hot coals with a Mukla. The class begins with suggestions and a discussion on what you would like to cook before heading off to the local market to buy our produce. Once back at the riad there is a short break while everything is washed and then the work begins. Our Moroccan chef directs you while you prepare your dishes and take notes on the recipes. The finale is a delicious meal of your prepared dishes.

Go to this link on our webpage to read full details of the classes and get prices.

We are big foodies at Zamzam so it was natural to share our recipes with other enthusiasts. Email Emma to enquire about room availability and class availability.
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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Zamzam Weddings

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We've been doing some great weddings and parties at Zamzam and just thought I would post some photos for you to see. I'm busy making wedding cakes so if anyone needs one just email me at

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Cleansing and Spa Retreat - 11/11/11


Come and join us at Zamzam Riad for our Cleansing and Meditative Spa Retreat. The date 111111 marks a huge shift in Mother Earth from the 3rd to the 4th dimension. This is a big change in the planet as we know it and will also be a huge change in human consciousness. The dates of this retreat are perfect for Meditation, Energy, Spa Cleansing and Healing Foods.

This retreat is all about nurturing and we have a fabulous team who have developed a suberb retreat in our luxury surroundings. Visit Morocco Retreat by clicking on the link to see full details and programmes. This is a stunning time in Marrakech of bright sunny autumn dys and cool evenings sitting round the fire. Email me with any questions or help with planning flights -
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Vintage Handira at Zamzam Boutique


I have been busy finding beautiful handira for a couple of shops in New York. Finding these old wedding blankets in great condition is no longer easy. The popularity of them has meant that they are so hard to find. They are lovely though as each vintage piece is individual and made with love. Go to see my current selection for sale at this link and email me Emma -
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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!