March 13, 2013


Sir Richard Branson’s Moroccan retreat, Kasbah Tamadot, is a magical walled fortress and divine hideaway situated at the foot of the spectacular Atlas Mountains at an approximately 45 minutes’ drive from Marrakech Airport. In fact this sleeping beauty was discovered by Bransons parents when they were visiting Morocco and beforehand it should be mentioned that the acquisition of the property goes back to the initiative of his mother Eve Branson.

She fell in love with the Kasbah and had to take over responsibility of the adoption and surrounding villages, in return of the acquisition. Ever since she cares for the three surrounding villages and especially for the women working as craftsmen and giving their families a perspective.

Eve is a remarkable woman, and one can see where Richard takes after! To visit her work and keep informed, you can follow the link to her foundation and her newsletter. The Eve Branson Foundation

The Kasbah is no hotel, at least you do not want to leave it and have a feeling that you spent your money in a hotel, you leave with a feeling of "been at home", taken care of, got to know some wonderful people and became a part of the Virgin Unite Spirit.

Employing local Berber staff from the surrounding villages, giving guests a sense of staying in a Moroccan home rather than a hotel. Each of the guestrooms and suites at Kasbah Tamadot have been individually decorated to reflect the beautiful architecture of the building and beautifully infuse the traditional charm of Moroccan design with contemporary elements.

With breathtaking views, Kanoun Restaurant offers diners an intimate fireside bar for pre-dinner cocktails – a stunning dining area for delicious lunches and dinners.

With its intimate fireside bar and breathtaking terrace views, the stunning Kanoun Restaurant serves delicious local and international cuisine. The name ‘Kanoun’ is the Berber word for the traditional Moroccan freestanding charcoal-burning brazier, made out of sun baked clay. The food combines local and international flavours, with home grown herbs and vegetables from the Kasbah Tamadot gardens. Dine alfresco around the candlelit reflection pool, up on the rooftop terrace underneath the stars or somewhere private just for two!

On the ground level there are two internal courtyards, an indoor pool, the Asounfou Spa, a Moroccan Hammam and access to the outdoor pool. From the outdoor infinity pool, reflecting the sky and affording spectacular views to the valley below and mountains above, you can meander along pretty garden paths to the tennis courts. The grounds have been planted with a huge variety of evergreen and flowing plants. The rooftop is complete with breathtaking views and a seating area where drinks can be served.

Kasbah Tamadot has 24 bedrooms and suites.
But if you book well in advance...YOU REALLY SHOULD go for one of the five luxury Berber Tented Suites with private swimmingpool or one of the four luxury Berber Tents without pool! If something makes you feel like an Arabic prince or princess, this might come verry close!
And don't we all love to feel a little special from time to time?

Everything in the Kasbah is designed to offer you complete privacy. However for those, who prefer public places instead of the privacy of the suites or rooms, the Kasbah Tamadot offers, besides a swimming pool with Jacuzzi for 30 people, a terrace restaurant and bar with library, comfortable lobby, business center with pc and lavishly big leather chairs and Reflection Pool with uncountable seating possibilities in the inner yard.

All guestrooms and suites feature antiques from the vast collection of Luciano Tempo, Kasbah Tamadot’s former owner. As a renowned antiques dealer and interior designer, Luciano brought together artefacts from all over the world.
Asounfou, the Berber word for relaxation, describes the Kasbah Tamadot beauty treatment rooms perfectly.
Asounfou incorporates the indoor pool, five treatment rooms, a sauna and a traditional Moroccan Hammam.
Guests can indulge in a wonderful range of treatments using exclusive products, including Yon Ka and Aromatherapy Associates. Weather permitting, there is an outdoor treatment room set up in the grounds, perfect for couples who like a simultaneous massage. The view over the mountains is fantastic!
Situated by the main pool, the fully equipped gym offers a stunning view at the Atlas mountains.
Kasbah Tamadot has two floodlit tennis courts, with racquets and tennis balls available at the Reception.

How to get there?
Arriving at Marrakech airport The Kasbah offers transport by 4WD vehicle, well
air-conditioned and equipped with enough cold water to get you through the trip at any weather condition.

But however, if you want to arrive in style, you can choose for a direct helicopter flight that will get you there in about 20 minutes!
The Kasbah offers a guest/ employee ratio of 2:1 and this reflects of course in the price. One might as well take the option for the Heli flight don't you think?
See you for dinner? Insha'Allah

p.s. and....pst next time...I will reveal a really magical spot, where Richard Branson adviced the owner to please not change anything and keep the authenticity. And that is just the way it should remain....Magic and Moving....

sources: svenbloght , Kashbah Tamadot, Luxury Holidays,  Guide to Morocco

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