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.

Friday, September 15, 2017

New Season at Camp Adounia - Sahara Desert Morocco

We are excited to be launching our new season and 4th year of Camp Adounia 'Life'.  Twinned together with our Zamzam Riad the 6 or 7 day tour down to the Sahara is unforgettable giving you a chance to experience the whole of Morocco.

The ancient Medina of Marrakech is where our hotel is based in a magical riad.  Here you can take a tour of the Medina with a guide or enrol in one of our fun cooking courses which includes a trip to the local market to buy your vegetables, spices and meat.  Enjoy a glass of wine as you learn how to make simple tagines or more difficult pasteries such as briouattes filled with cheese or msemen.

After your tour of the souk enjoy a dip in our pool or relax with our brilliant spa ladies and their natural treatments including a cleanse in the hammam leaving you feeling born again.

Our partners AXS can take you up to the mountains for a day on their super Giant bikes - the scenery is breathtaking and you get a chance to see how the Berbers live.  With full concierge at Zamzam Riad & Spa there is loads to see and do.
Combined with a Moroccan tour over the Atlas Mountains to Ait Ben Haddou and then into the Sahara to our camp - this wonderful week is a holiday to remember.  This experience is superb with children they get so much out of it.  We pride ourselves on providing a real travel experience.

A chance to explore these magical kasbahs.

Listen to music around the campfire under a million desert stars.

Explore our magnificent dunes and go sandboarding.

For more information or bespoke itineraries please email me - or give me a call 00212661215062

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!