Our Story

Both at one with The Natural, we celebrated our marriage in a beautiful family garden in Westville, KwaZulu Natal, during 1992. 
 
Soon thereafter, in response to a telephone call from a good friend and colleague in the marine industry, as a young couple we ventured out to the Middle East armed with little more knowledge than that there would be sand, sea, and palm trees...
 
Over time, our family of three children were born, raised and schooled in the metropolitan city of Dubai. Whilst attending the lavish annual South African Day celebration, complete with Zulu dancers, drum ensembles and potjie kos, we became aware that our customs were both a novelty, and a delight to our children. We realized that, despite their global exposure, our children were disconnected from their roots, and needed to have fresh cultural seeds sewn into their lives.
 
This discovery informed the next phase of our venture as a family. A long, well traveled journey led us (through the internet) to the purchase of an attractive property in the coastal town of Ballito, on the Dolphin Coast of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. During an extended family vacation, our entire family undertook a new project to convert this sought after home into a Guest House, a commercial enterprise, a haven, a retreat, our roots, not just a property, but a project which our family can call its own.
 
This project is an expression of our shared cultural experience. Influenced by  two decades of interaction with African and Middle Eastern cultures, it marries the simple bedouin lifestyle, persian kilims, moorish architecture, the warm reds and adobe textures. We have allowed the creative process to intertwine our two worlds - Arabia and Africa - to create al Marrakesh, originating from the Berber language of Morocco meaning Land of God.
 
Welcome again.
 
We trust that you enjoy our rich, ethnic heritage and have a peaceful stay at al Marrakesh.
 
Tony & Rae Berry
together with Roxy, Guy and Danielle
(Disclaimer: Heritage images shown are indicative of Moorish architecture but are not actual images of Al Marrakesh Guest House)