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.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Sahara Desert Retreat - Luxury Eco-Camp with Yoga and Spa

So very very excited this morning as we progress towards the Sahara Retreat this March.  Not only with the weather be stunning especially driving through the Atlas Mountains with its pretty Berber villages and blossom but something much bigger is happening ……

We have been building a luxury eco-camp for Morocco Retreats.  Humanure toilets!, filtered desert water for drinking and recycling (no more horrid plastic water bottles), and a total solar solution which is on its was right now from the UK with my special duvets for the beds!!!

Daisy of the Desert our superb Yoga Inspiration, Nutritionalist and Reflexolgoy with a hint of Reiki.

This was part of our drive this Christmas with our Camp Manager Said to find Morocco Retreats the perfect site.  More about this in my next post.

My family this year who cannot resist the sand boarding!  With Jojo, very much a desert dog.

Zamzam Riad and Camp totally kitted with luxury mattresses and bed linen.

All adventures begin and end at Zamzam.

Our beautiful Nas, one of the Spa Team, intently pedicuring in her Morocco Retreats Spa Tent.
You can't miss being part of this years Sahara Retreats!! Fun, friends, deep soul connection, earthing energy (now so important to health and happiness) Ancient Berber Music, 1 million night stars and silence, sleeping deeply after pampering.

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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!