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.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Ecological Yoga Camp Desert Morocco and Beach Morocco

Camp Adounia is a brilliant retreat location for yoga teachers looking to bring their followers to Morocco.  Both programmes start at Zamzam Riad & Spa in Marrakech Medina.  The programmes normally start with an introduction an a hammam before heading off in landcruisers and our professional drivers to Ait Ben Haddou.  Exploring the magical kasbahs and the drive through the Atlas Mountains gives a real feeling of adventure to go with your inward exploration.  Two or 3 days at the camp in amazing sand dunes, wonderful silence and really getting away from it all is a brilliant place to practise yoga and meditation. 

Our chefs are vegetarian trained and used to special diets and juicing.  We have all mats and equipment on site and our excellent Spa Team are will you to pamper an nurture you along the way.

We can also advertise your retreats on our page for further information or call Emma to discuss 00212 661215062

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Luxury Beach Camp - Essaouira, Morocco - Family cheap holidays

Our Beach Camp is ready and open for clients. With 2 flights a week from London Luton and just 20 minutes from Essaouira airport.  Fly in for a long weekend in the sun, with surfing, camel, treks, horseriding on the beach, fishing and even a visit to a local argan village.  Alternatively fly into Marrakech and do a summer special package with Zamzam Riad & Spa only 2 hours from the luxury beach camp.

We have our own beach for miles clean and excellent for beach walking.  The lovely staff including our resident chef are ready to cater to all dietary needs.  Dine under the stars listening to the rolling waves or our nomad musicians around a camp fire.  Fresh fish is bought daily to the camp by local fisherman and produce is bought locally.

Our eco tents are full of luxury sheets, mattresses, hammam towels and hot and cold washing facilities.  Our eco toilets are handcrafted out of wood and all toiletries are ecological as well.

Email me for more information and summer deals at Camp Adounia or phone 00212 (0) 661215062

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!