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.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Pure Life Experiences - Marrakech Morocco

The World's Defining Experiential Travel Show - 12-15 November 2012 - Marrakech

PURE Life Experiences (12-15 November, Marrakech), is a trade event serving one of the hottest high-end travel sectors at the moment - Experiential Travel.
Considered the 'must-attend' event for anyone specialising in high emotion, low impact travel, it's become a valuable source of inspiration and the secret weapon business tool in extending sales and marketing reach within this unique community. Our unique Guest List is handpicked to include high-end Experiential Travel suppliers, Private Travel Designers and the world's most respected high-end consumer media. It is the only show where like-minded, passionate individuals share the same drive to create authentic and genuine Experiential Travel experiences and therefore the relationships formed are long-lasting and more in-depth in understanding.
Experiential Travel as defined by PURE:
'A journey away from home, involving a truly memorable and powerful experience (active, cultural, natural, social or spiritual) that will enrich a person's life and improve the way they connect with both loved ones and with the world'.

Exactly what we at Zamzam aim to achieve.  Check out the Zamzam Pure Life Retreats 2013 which include the Sahara in March, Luxury Beach Camp in June and Luxury Oualidia Villa in November 2013 for full programme.  For further information email Emma - or call her on +212 (0)661215062

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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!