Sandra Zwollo, the founder of Harem has lived in Morocco for over a decade and has been fascinated and inspired by Oriental traditions since her arrival. Originally Dutch, she has been living abroad for more than thirty years and created Café du Livre, a restaurant and bookstore in Marrakech, in 2005. She is also co-owner of a company called HabibiHomes, which rents out luxury private homes.
Sandra studied psychology and English literature at Columbia University and is passionate about great food, well-being, giving back and healthy living. In Marrakech, Sandra has carefully selected a team of dedicated and passionate professionals who share the Harem philosophy. The masseuses, beauticians, yoga teacher, and chef/nutritionist, as well as the local female staff, are all eager to serve guests with attention, thoughtfulness, and discretion.
Tara Stevens is a Chef/Nutritionist, food consultant, food writer and cook book author based in Barcelona of English nationality. She became interested in the food philosophy at Harem when she went as a journalist and began studying the principles of Chinese Food Therapy and how she could apply them to her own ideas of modern Moroccan cooking. When Sandra asked if she would be interested in cooking at Harem she jumped at the chance to share her own experiences of how eating this way can heal, nurture and ultimately enhance your way of living. She has published a Cookbook called: Clock, recipes from a Moroccan modern kitchen.