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.



Friday, January 28, 2011

Goddess Retreat - SPECIAL OFFER LAST PLACE 2-6 Feb 2011

 
 
 
 
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We are running a Goddess Retreat at Zamzam next week. Special Offer - 1 space left and it has been reduced to £550 from £650 plus you get your own room. We have a nice group of ladies coming and the price includes - 4 nights
and 3 days full retreat all inclusive of nutritionally balanced meals,
juices, sun, yoga daily, reiki practice, spa- hammam, massage and
reiki treatment, meditation and dinner under the stars Atlas Valley,
Moroccan cooking classes and Medina tour. All in the magical Zamzam! can you really afford to miss it??

The webpage with full info is www.moroccoretreats.wordpress.com or email me at zamzamriad@gmail.com

Friday, January 7, 2011

Women' Retreat - Yoga, Reiki and Wellness - Zamzam Feb 2011

 
 
 
 
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To kick off 2011 our team have devised a superb 3 day retreat at Zamzam on women's health. It combines, reiki, yoga, detox massage and hammam, nutritionally balanced food, energetic work at the Marrakech desert and two superb visiting speakers on women's health. A Traditional Chinese Doctor and Nutritionalist from the UK.

If you would like further information click on this link to see all information and programme on our Morocco Retreats

We have had an unusually warm winter so come and join us in the glorious weather and get some freee Vitamin D!

Look forward to seeing you soon in very sunny Marrakech!

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!