If you are looking for an exclusive, exotic travel experience, look no further than the Kasbah Tamadot. Located in the spectacular Atlas Mountains (4,300 feet above sea level) and just a one hour drive from Marrakech, this exceptional resort was bought by Sir Richard Branson in 1998 on advice from his mother, during one of his ballooning expeditions. After a total refurbishment and many upgrades, he opened the doors in 2005. There are 28 rooms, divided into suites or tents (these are no ordinary tents!) although Richard Branson did purchase some additional land and will be expanding in the future.
It was named the best resort hotel in North Africa and the Middle East in 2017.
The property is literally in the mountains with nothing around it for miles except for a few Berber villages in the distance. It is located in Asni, a small village with a marketplace in the foothills. The friendly Berbers were the original inhabitants of the region. Richard Branson’s Mother, Eve, has opened a foundation to help the local population improve living standards by assisting them in setting up sustainable enterprises and offering programs that aid in increasing language skills. You can actually purchase some of the handmade items that they make just outside of the gates, and 30% of the sales revenue goes directly to fund further projects.
“Kasbah Tamadot” means, “soft breeze”. From the moment you arrive, you really do feel like you have entered a luxurious casbah or oasis. There is a large staff to guest ratio. They employ 120 staff of which 90% are local Berbers. The facilities here are second to none. It is fun to go exploring through a maze of courtyards, secret staircases, sculptures and pristine gardens. There are rose petal strewn pools and fountains, tennis courts, spa, gym, billiard room, library, kids club, camel rides, biking, paragliding, guided mountain trekking or take a cooking class from the chef. There are two pools and a large outdoor and indoor at the spa. At night, weather permitting, watch a movie like Casablanca or Out of Africa under the stars, lie on a comfy mat, and be warmed with a blanket and a bag of popcorn.
There is no other place to eat in the area. You can opt for half or full board if you like or just pay a la carte. The food is quite good, especially considering how isolated you are.
Rose petals are also scattered throughout the guest rooms. There is a never-ending supply of fresh fruit, a free minibar (except for the wine) and soothing Moroccan music spilling from the Bose sound system in every room. Antiques were collected by the previous owner and are seen throughout the resort. The place offers total serenity. If money is no object I suggest a tented room, many that come with their own pool, and mountain views. On the property, you can visit their vegetable garden or little zoo, consisting of their 4 mules, camels, and goats.
Kasbah Tamadot offers a magical setting with an emphasis on luxury and pure relaxation in breathtaking surroundings.