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, April 27, 2014

Yoga and Spa Retreat - Luxury Camp with private beach and Sun Morocco - 8-14 May last minute discount!

We are getting ready for our May Beach Retreat at our new ecological Camp Adounia set is a stunning view with your own deserted beach and guaranteed sun.

You will have access to daily yoga with the lovely Daisy Booth, brilliant chef and nutritionist, Spa team offering a range of beauty treatments, reiki, reflexology and excellent massage.

Only 2.5 hours pretty drive from Marrakech and 3 hours from the UK and Europe its a wonderful retreat and chance to have a real break and get away from it all.

In the evenings you have the chance to sit around the camp fire and listen to real music played by our musicians before falling into bed for a wonderful nights sleep in our comfortable beds and wonderful linen.  The tents are decorated in wonderful textiles and carpets and are super comfy.

In your free time there is the chance to walk on deserted beaches, have a surf lesson, ride camels at sunset or just read a book in a hammock.

Phone Emma for more information or send an email to

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Moroccan Beach Holiday - Summer 2014 - Luxury Beach Camp - Yoga and Surf

 The Moroccan Coast is one of the world's best kept secrets.  Glorious clean deserted beaches only 3 hours from europe.  In the summer perfect temperatures and guaranteed sun, it reminds me of the south of France when I was younger.  We used to all drive down to French beaches with our boat and our tent.  These beaches are like this, a bit hippy, real beaches totally unspoilt as yet.  You can eat fresh fish, crab and lobster bbqued on the beach.  Watch camels groove on by and for the experienced hire a horse for a gallop down the beach through the waves.

The beaches stretch for miles.  It's an oportunity to take a beach holiday away from super tourism.  Essaouira is a stunning little quaint Medina to visit or just get away from it all and visit Siki Kaoulki for some lounging and surf lessons.  This wonderful coast is only 2.5 hours from Marrakech and so can be combined with a historical visit to the Medina and Spa treatments at Zamzam Riad.

We have chosen a pretty hidden spot with our own private beaches for Camp Adounia - full with lovely team of staff to look after you and go with you on miles of beach walks or just help collect shells with the children.  Jawad is a star at footy on the beach or you can enjoy a sunset camel walk or one to one lesson with our super surf instructor who turns up on his quad with full equipment.

After a wonderful beach day of activity and exploration have a wash in your eco bathroom with our exclusive AEOS products before joining us for dinner and finally around the camp fire to view the stars and enjoy the culinary delights of our chef Momo.

For more information email me Emma or view our Camp Adounia information here 

Friday, April 18, 2014

Yoga and Spa Beach Retreat - last minute places May 8-14 2014 - Morocco Beach and Marrakech

Come and join us at our new luxury eco camp for some glorious yoga and fun on the beach.  Sun and relaxation guaranteed as well as excellent cuisine.  All inclusive now only £995 for 6 nights.

The Retreat starts at the boutique hotel, Zamzam Riad & Spa - where you can enjoy a traditional hammam and the start of your yoga before setting off on the pretty journey to the coast.  With the Spa Team and Camp Team looking after your every need and 3 treatment tents, its a wonderful week to get away from it all.  Our Retreat Director Daisy Booth will be leading the programme, yoga and meditation.

At Camp Adounia you can enjoy AEOS products and also argan oil massages by Nassima.  You can walk for ages on our pretty deserted beach or take a sunset camel ride after meditation.

The retreat is suitable for all levels.  For more information email or phone Emma on 00212 661215062

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Zamzam Boutique - Beni Ouarain, Azilal, Handira, Moroccan Poufs - new stock and website

We are re-launching the Zamzam Boutique and have exciting new stock.  I thought Id share some of our new photos whith you of whats coming.

Stay posted for more updates of beautiful Moroccan textiles or email

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Morocco Mindfulness Retreat - Sun and blue skies - Marrakech Medina and Comfy Beach Camp

Morocco Sun & Sky Beach Retreat - Marrakech Medina to Luxury Beach     
May 16―23,  2014

Your Mindfulness Journey starts with a welcome dinner at the luxurious Zamzam Riad in the heart of the Marrakech Medina. On your doorstep you will find the souks for beautiful designs and endless shopping, you can blend in with the rich life of the old city or take a hammam (full body scrub and massage) at the spa of our Riad - a wonderful way to let go of the daily grind of life and unwind. 

After breakfast the next morning, we take our convoy of Landcruisers for a drive through countryside and desert, arriving at our own luxury eco beach camp - Glamping at it's best! 

For the next six days you will relax into two daily Mindfulness Meditation sessions with your teacher, Brian Hilliard.  We will enjoy delicious meals on our beach, swims in the ocean, walks on the cliffs, campfires with Berber drummers and Gamberi players under starry skies, time for reading, relaxing, getting to know new friends and even riding a camel on the beach! Above all you reconnect to the magic within yourself. The best gifts you take home are the profound new Mindfulness Awareness tools for your everyday life. A unique holiday with meaning - relax, nurture, celebrate. For beginners and all levels.

Daily Schedule
7:00 Morning Lujong Practice

8:00 Breakfast

9:30-12:00 Talk, Meditation Instruction, Practice, Discussion. Progression of morning activities will change from day to day as the needs of our experience unfold.

16:00-18:00 Meditation, Dialogue and Creative exercises

Evenings: Dinner, campfire with Berber Drummers and Gamberi Players, or read, relax and star gaze.
What's included
Airport transfers to Zamzam Riad & Spa, Marrakech
Transfers by Land Cruisers from Marrakech to our unique beach camp
Healthy fresh meals - any dietary requirements catered for
All drinks included, alcohol extra
Luxury shared accommodation in twin, double, triple and quad rooms with high count Egyptian cotton sheets, towels and toiletries at Zamzam Riad and twin luxury tents at our beach camp
Camel rides on the beach

May 16―23, 2014. Arrival at Zamzam Riad & Spa on May 16 for registration and welcome dinner. Departure for Luxury Beach Camp on May 17. Departure from our camp after lunch on May 23 to Marrakech Medina or airport.

We encourage you to arrive early or extend your stay at Zamzam Riad & Spa to explore the delights of Marrakech.

Price - SPECIAL OFFER - Book by 15 April for 100 € Off
1650 € - Sharing luxury rooms at Zamzam Riad and ensuite tent at the luxury beach camp with single beds, toilet tent, salon, and dining tent. Includes all meals and tuition.

For more information, travel details and booking go to -
+33 (0)6 38 02 73 03

Skype:  mindfulnessjourneys

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!