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 20, 2012

Queen Handira - Zamzam Boutique - Marrakech


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 I have luckily managed to find this Queen Handira.  It is an exception piece not only because of the beautiful work but also the size.  Being 3 meters long it is unusually large and makes a stunning bed end for a superking bed.

If you would like it please email me at, in the meantime, I will continue to enjoy its luxurious energy.

I have just replenished Zamzam Boutique with some more pretty handira, please click on this link to have a look

Friday, January 13, 2012

Camel Boxes - Zamzam Boutique


Wonderful Toureg boxes made from camels knees in the Zamzam Boutique. Thes lovely little boxes fit really well together and the insides are rubbed with amber so they smell great. They make an unusual present nd kids love them. They are covered with delicate patterns created using henna. Email me for more information at
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Saturday, January 7, 2012

Sparkling Berber Wedding Blankets - Zamzam Boutique

Wow how gorgeous are these vintage handira.  Chunky big pieces gorgeous on a bed or the back of your sofa, really make a room come alive.  This quality of Handira are become very rare and increasingly difficult to find in this condition.

View the Zamzam Boutique stock here

Email me Emma for further information

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Zamzam Boutique, stunning vintage handira Marrakech

  I have just found and purchased these two stunning vintage handira, now hard to find in this condition. They both have a very unusual pattern. If you would like to buy one please email me at Happy New Year! Emmax

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!