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.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Luxury Yoga Retreat Marrakech, Morocco - November 2012

Yoga Retreat with Kathleen Stavert 16 - 20 November 2012

Kathleen Stavert: Kathleen became a certified yoga instructor with Appleyoga and has been practicing for the past 8 years. She moved to London from Quebec City, Canada in 2008. Kathleen's instruction encompass various breathing exercises (pranayama), a dynamic flow, and workshopping of peak poses. Her classes are conducted with lots of humour, encouragement, and respect for one another. You will get a workout (especially in the more advanced sessions) but most importantly you will leave feeling well and radiant.

Blue skies, great food, superb Spa, lots of fun plus superb beds to leave you fully rested!

 A wonderful time for yoga in the city of Marrakesh.  The climate is perfect in November for yoga and the views of the Atlas Mountains stunning.  Zamzam Riad & Spa is a luxury boutique hotel in the ancient Medina full of magic.  This Fortune Tellers House is the best place to practice yoga.  The energy is just right.

Email Emma for the full programme

Monday, September 10, 2012

Boucherouite and Berber Handira - Marrakech

We have some stunning vintage Berber Textiles at the Zamzam Boutique come and have a look at the gallery online

This Boucherouite carpet would brighten up any room and the colours mixed with the tribal design make it a one off little carpet with a lot of soul.

4 vintage Handira in immaculate condition have been added to the Zamzam Boutique.  The one above is particularly intricate with a pretty black and brown kilim pattern.

Please also have a look at the new site 'Moroccan Soul' this is for everything Moroccan and Tribal.  We would love you to post any stories about your travels in Moroccan, people you have met, music, landscapes, everything

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!