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, February 11, 2014

Last minute places for Desert Retreat Morocco - The Source - 9-16 March 2014 - LAST MINUTE DISCOUNT

Experience a once in a lifetime journey into the Sahara and stay at our comfy camp with full Spa Team, Yoga Teacher, and chef.  Arriving at the ancient Unesco site, the Medina of Marrakech you enter the beautiful authentic luxury of Zamzam Riad & Spa. After a sumptuous dinner and hammam treatments to wash away all tiredness in the Moroccan Spa, we leave the following day in our Toyota 4 x 4s with professional drivers, weaving a caravan through the Atlas Mountains.

This stunning drive through Berber life winds its way through the Atlas as the beauty of the country side unfolds. We spend one night in the mountains at the very special Ait Ben Haddou and have a chance to meander through the mud kasbahs. 

The next day we decend  into the Draa Valley and finally arriving at our comfortable Ecological Camp Adounia in the deep, beautiful silence of the Sahara. Here you will stay in comfortable spacious tents with a stunning view across the sands.

Transport your soul to ’The Source’, a place where you feel the deepest connection to your Inner Being. You will at once be stimulated and at peace, as your worries drift away.

The nights are something else with our beautiful camp fire, musicians 100s of candles sitting under millions of stars.  A breathtaking evening listening to the soulful Saharan musicians from the nomadic tribes of the desert and you will be drawn deep into your soul, remembering who you are and where you have come from.

Daily yoga with Daisy Booth, massage and beauty treatments in the Spa tents, Chef Mitti will be with us from the UK cooking delicious nutritious food to be enjoyed in our dining tent.  In the day relax with a book, take a walk in the dunes or play some games.  A sunset camel ride is always a perfect end to a day full of pampering.

Last places are reduced to £995 from £1250 all inclusive for the whole week! first come first served!

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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!