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, July 18, 2011

Fantasia Horses - Sidi Kaulki


The week before we left for France we did some superb riding on the beach at Sidi Kaulki. Here is a couple of photos of my friends son being taught to comand the horse to rear. Pretty good effort I thought.
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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Le Zinc Restaurant Marrakech

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We recently visited a really great restaurant for lunch called Le Zinc. It is situated in the Industrial Zone of Marrakech or Sidi Ghanem. They are open for lunch Sunday and Monday and then for dinner Tuesday to Saturday. The food was excellent. I had delicious roasted chicken with mashed potatoe, my daughter had cold roast beef, hollandaise sauce and mash and Marcus, brochette of fillet of beef with sauted vegetables. It was really very good and they also had a good selection of wines including some bordeaux.

To book a table call Damien Durand o +212 (0)661245057

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Surfing Africa - Moroccan Coast

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More photos of Ali's surf lessons with kids in Sidi Kaulki south of Essaouira on the Moroccan Coast. Virgin Beaches and chilled atmosphere. Find Ali near the blue and white striped sun beds.

Kids Surfing in Morocco - Sidi Kaulki

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Sidi Kaulki, south of Essaouira on the Moroccan Coast is a haven for relaxing and also for children, quads, camels, massage, superb horse riding and a great guy called Ali for children's surf lessons. Ali can be found on the beach near the water near the big white building. He also has the comfortable sun beds, blue and white striped near the beach. He is very helpful and flexible and children love him.

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!