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, May 10, 2016

Tented Eco Camp Sahara Desert Morocco - Camp Adounia

Our Camp Adounia in the Sahara Desert of Morocco is in a sacred Saharawi site and beautiful serene dunes.  We can cater for an intimate couple or large barefoot banquet or brilliant get away and reconnect crowd.  Visit our website or Email emma - for all requests and information.

Blue and black handira from Ait Haddidou - Berber Rugs

We have just sourced four of these amazing wedding blankets for
These beautiful handira or wedding blankets are from Ait Haddidou, Morocco in the High Atlas, Imilchil. Young Berber girls of Ait Haddidou tribe during the Wedding Moussem (festival). National Geographic, January 1980.

The handira are a close weave in wool, with navy blue, black and red threads.

Pink Azilal - Moroccan Berber Rugs

We have just found this pretty small pink Azilal which we love.  I thought I'd share it with you on my blog.  The Azilal Berber rugs come from the high Atlas, they are velvety soft and light.  Woven by women from the Azilal tribes.

At we have a selection of Moroccan and Berber interiors, we can source vintage Berber Carpets and Tuareg mats made of palm and leather, we also have a selection of Berber wedding blankets called Handira.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Beautiful rare Moroccan Kilim at Moroccan Berber Carpets

Out hunting in the carpet souks of Marrakech we found this beautiful vintage Berber kilim.  Rasberry red with beautiful designs through out.  Its a very special piece, nicely worn and in fabulous condition.  The Berber rug is woven in cotton with natural vegetable dyes.

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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!