As-Salaam-Alaikum

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, September 28, 2013

Adventure yoga and energy holiday - Morocco


Its that time again when we are starting the get excited about our Sahara Retreat next March 2014.  Combined with energy work and relaxation at Zamzam Riad this is a wonderful Moroccan Spa Retreat.  The Zamzam team of yoga teacher, reiki master, chef and Spa pack up and in luxury land cruisers make our way over the spectacular Atlas Mountains in convoy to the magical town of Ait Ben Haddou.

At Ait Ben Haddou we do a yoga track, starting with some stretching yoga before heading off on a trek around the wonderful Kasbahs of Ait Ben Haddou.

The second day we drive to the ancient city of Mhamid - last town before the Sahara and we start an exciting drive through sand dunes.

We meet our wonderful team of Nomad Berber who await us with camel caravan, ready to camel trek to our Luxury Camp.

Arriving at the stunning camp in total serenity we enjoy a mint tea before being shown our tents with luxury beds, linen, carpets, leather arm chairs and bathrooms with toilets.  Absolutely luxury away from it all.

The days on the yoga holiday at the Luxury Camp Sahara are filled with yoga, reiki, sand boarding, trekking, massage and pedicure, reflexology with Daisy and peaceful time to relax and enjoy the scenery.  

Evening are spent dining together under the stars before drumming and dancing around the camp fire.  The night sky is spellbinding and followed by deep sleep in your luxury tents.

Trip of a lifetime - don't miss it
Email Emma for information at zamzamriad@gmail.com or see our website www.moroccoretreats.com

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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!