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.

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 

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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!