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.



Sunday, February 9, 2014

The Source - Luxury Ecological Sahara Retreat - 9 - 16 of March 2014

Experience a once in a lifetime journey into the Sahara, starting at the ancient Unesco site,  the Medina of Marrakech.  After a sumptuous dinner and hammam treatments to wash away all tiredness in the magical Zamzam Riad, we then leave in our Toyota 4 x 4s 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 before our decent into the Draa Valley and finally arriving at our luxury eco-Camp in the deep, beautiful silence of the Sahara. Here you will stay in luxury tents in a room 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.

Sit beneath millions of twinkling stars, 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.

After our initial spectacular drive over the Atlas Mountains we stay in Ancient Ait Ben Haddou and have the afternoon to explore the magical Kasbahs.


 Our special camp spot surrounded by sand mountains and silence.


 Delicious vegetarian canapes created by the Food Team.





The wonderful Daisy Booth, leading Yoga and Meditation in the Sahara - what a treat.

 The Spa Team hard at work in their Spa Tents, massage, pedicure and a whole slection of treatments.


Email me for more information - Emma zamzamriad@gmail.com - 00212 661215062 or see this link for full programme and prices http://www.moroccoretreats.com/the-retreats/luxury-sahara-retreat/

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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!