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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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!