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, June 2, 2013

Beach Spa Holiday - Morocco

Last couple of places left on our rejuvenating Beach Retreat.  Opt in or out of daily classes, sunbathe around the private pool or lounge/walk on the beach.  Maybe you might like a go at surfing or a sunset walk on camels.  Its all included in the price!
Chill out and read a book, enjoy your massages and rich mineral mud hammam.  Wash all your emotional and city grime away and return ready for an excellent summer.

Fantastic yoga with Daisy every day and the magic of Reiki with the Master Rebecca, turn this holiday into a full mot and service.  Its important to do this occasionally to keep your body and life in check.

Meditate together at sunset before a shower and evening under the starts with a beach fire and wonderful drummers from the Sahara.

We have guides on hand to take you on a wonderful beach and cove walk exploring this clean energising coast.

Morning meditation in the cool clean sea air with the rhythm of the waves to move you deeper.

The holiday start in Morocco on the 15 of June with a group supper and welcoming at Zamzam the ancient fortunetellers house in Marrakech Medina.
For full programme and listed of goodies included in this 6 night retreat read our website for more information and prices including advice on flights and packing email Emma -

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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!