As-Salaam-Alaikum

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, November 11, 2017

Vibrant Women Retreat Morocco - January 2018

INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEY in Morocco: The terrain of Morocco has informed my dreams since I was a child, as a magical and wondrous place. I would like to invite you to join me on and enchanted journey to re-awaken the magic in your life, through listening to the heartbeat of Morocco. By staying in the medina and engaging with this ancient cities rhythms and customs. Being mystically transported (or just woken up) by the call to prayer, drinking mint in the souks, finding exquisite restaurants, walking through beautiful gardens and staying in the Sahara desert under a million stars and much more ……  

3 rooms left 10 – 17 January 2018

Please contact Emma: 00212 661215062 or email team@campadounia.com for more details.




This inspirational journey is for you if:


  • You want to explore an ancient and magical place.

  • You want to travel to an exotic location, but perhaps wouldn’t do it on your own.

  • You adore learning about different cultures and peoples.

  • You really enjoy eating delicious food and trying new things.

  • You’ve watched “Sex in the City 2” can you imagine yourself in the movie!

  • You are excited to explore the markets and the Medina with all their colour and vibrancy.

  • A night is an historic Kasbah has you imagining Arabian Nights.

  • Two nights in the desert in luxury camping under the stars sounds like heaven to you.



Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Stunning vintage Beni Ouarain with long shag pile

Whilst foraging this week.  I stumbled upon this stunning old Beni Ouarain.  It is a superb example of an authentic Beni Ouarain with long shag pile.  The colour and design are gorgeous, It is 3 x 2 meters and totally a one off special piece.

Beni Ouarain is a region in Middle Atlas.  These Beni Ourain carpets with their double knot weave are made to sleep on.  The long pile adding warmth and insulation.

Phone or email me to reserve - team@campadounia.com - 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!