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, April 18, 2011

New Beni Ouarain

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These photos are of a new Beni Ouarain I had made for a client. She described the sort of design she wanted and the size of the carpet. I then did a layout of the size of hatch I thought she wanted and had the carpet made. The new Beni can be made to measure and take 6 weeks. The weave is tighter than the vintage Beni Ouarain which gives great luxury to the carpet. Email me for quotes with your size and design should you require a new Beni or need a specific size.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Date Palm Flower - Marrakech Gardens

Hello I'm back again, sorry I have not be posting for a while, ive had a difficult time and I needed to opt out of life for a while. Today I saw the sublime beauty in nature and wanted to share some pictures with you. Sadly a flower fell off one of our palm trees, isn't it beautiful. I have never seen one close up with thousands of little flowers. It doesn't really smell, maybe mildly coconutty. All these tiny little flowers on the female palm would have turned to dates in late summer.

New flights to Marrakech, Morocco

Rome was not built in a day. We have just been able to pop over for a 4 day holiday with our daughter on her spring break. This is just one of the new flight routes to Marrakech. Rome - Marrakech only 2 hours and 40 minutes. Brilliant for expats too. Other new flights that started on 27 of March 2011 are British Airways from London (hurray) and Ryanair from Stanstead.

The weather is a glorious 35 degrees why not come over to Marrakech for a few days and soak up the sun and culture. Zamzam has 20% off room bookings at the moment until the end of July. This prices includes breakfast and wifi. Contact Emma for further information @ or phone her on 00212 661215062

Stunning Berber Wedding Blankets - Zamzam Boutique Marrakech

I have been buying gorgeous Handira or Berber wedding blankets for a shop in New York and whilst searching for them I also found these beautiful new additions to the Zamzam Boutique they are vintage and in superb condition, which as any of you looking for one will know is hard to find these days. Email me if you would like further information on any of them and do it quick to avoid dissapointment. Emma -

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!