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.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Morocco Retreats - Holistic adventures with yoga and Spa team

Here are a selection of photos from Morocco Retreats 2013, taking you to beautiful places in Morocco with the carefully selected Retreat and Spa Team.

Spectacular drives to the luxury camp in the Sahara, stopping to explore Ait Ben Haddou and its ancient Kasbah's on the way.

Comfortable drives to the beach and Sahara Retreats in Toyota land cruisers with experienced drivers and our Camp Manager Said.

A beautiful villa in Oualidia for the Pampering Retreat in June 2014 offers a villa with a view where everyone can unwind and relax and is right on the beach.

You can even go for a stunning beach ride if you fancy it with views that will take your breath away.

As well as Daisy Booth helping you stretch through yoga and relax with reflexology our Spa girls Nassima and Leila are with us to really pamper and look after you.

Stunning meals prepared daily by Emma carefully planned menus with Daisy our in house nutritionalist means that you feed body and soul on a Morocco Retreat.

If you like what you see and want to join us for a retreat of a life time that you will never forget and make firm friends whilst truly getting away from every day life, have a look at our many different retreats planned for 2014 -

Our retreats are for everyone old and young, beginners to advanced and are packed with goodies to enjoy.

Retreats in 2014 include, Sahara, Beach villa and camp, walking in the Atlas, Slim and Trim and finally our Paleo Retrreat with Brahim a beautiful soul and film Stunt Director.

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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!