“In the foothills of the High Atlas mountains, yet within easy reach of Marrakech, Sir Richard Branson's turretted Kasbah, discovered by his mother during one of his ballooning exploits, seems forbidding at first, clinging as it does to a dusty hill. Once inside, though, bohemian opulence takes over and guests (some starry) are enveloped in a gorgeous Moroccan dream, with spa and hammam to boot. Trekking, with mule and guide, and ballooning also on offer.”
Written by Daisy Finer
“Why do people love staying in your hotel?
Kasbah Tamadot is small, especially in comparison to the larger hotel chains out there and it brings soul and personality to the mix; our quirkiness is a nice distinction and Kasbah Tamadot, operates with the sole aim of creating amazing experiences for our guests.
Kasbah Tamadot’s location is magnificent with it set at the foothills of the spectacular Atlas Mountains. Within the grounds is a beautiful garden of specimen fruit trees, a collection of cacti and a rambling rose garden. Lots of guests like staying at Kasbah Tamadot following a stay in Marrakech; with its peaceful surroundings it’s a fantastic place for a relaxing stay but you can also choose to be as adventurous as you wish with the activities available or simply relax and indulge in some spa treatments to rejuvenate.
What is there to do in the area?
Apart from the beautiful outdoor infinity pool there is also an indoor swimming pool, two tennis courts, a well-equipped gym, Asounfou Spa which also includes a sauna and the most wonderful Hammam.
Guests are always welcome to join in on our complimentary walks:
Thursdays and Sundays at 9.30am - enjoy a walk with Mohammed lasting up to three hours.
Guests are also welcome to join the organised activities (150dhms per person):
Tuesdays and Fridays at 11.00am - enjoy a trip to the Eve Branson Foundation workshops in the local villages to discover all the charitable work taking place – all spearheaded by Richard’s mum (a charge of 150dhms will apply, all of which goes to the Eve Branson Foundation).
Saturday at 10.00am & 12.00pm - enjoy the hustle and bustle of the local market in Asni.
Other excursions guests may be interested in…
Armed walk with lunch - enjoy lunch at the highest cafe in North Africa! We will drive you to Imlil where you will join a guide with mules to walk up to Armed, a village 2000m high, and enjoy a family style lunch overlooking Mount Toubkal. 650 dhms per person.
Leisure activities off site - There are the most wonderful treks available with departure from Kasbah Tamadot. This can be a simple 3-4 hour walk in the hills or can stretch to an overnight stay in a Berber Village. You can of course visit Marrakech to see the vibrancy and sheer mad pace of the city. All excursions can be booked when you arrive at Kasbah and the local Moroccan staff are the real experts when it comes to advice. Please find attached an activities factsheet which hopefully provides you with all the information you require.
A popular activity with first time visitors is definitely Mule trekking. Traditionally female mules were preferred as riding animals, so here at Kasbah Tamadot, we have the most friendly and good natured (female) mules in Morocco, Peppermint, Paprika, Parmesan and Peanut! Guests like to discover the beautiful region in a more traditional way and we cater for all riding levels! We also have three donkeys called Plum, Pudding and Peaches!
What kind of breakfast do you offer?
Breakfast includes fully cooked dishes and we recommend guests try the delicious Moroccan specialties.
Do you offer other meals? And can you recommend good places to eat out locally?
With an intimate fireside bar for pre-dinner cocktails, a stunning dining area complete with wonderful views, the Kanoun restaurant serves delicious local and international cuisine. The food combines local produce and flavours and is served with a great selection of international and Moroccan wines. Kanoun is open for all hotel guests and casual lunch diners on request. If the weather is right, guests can dine al fresco next to the beautiful infinity pool bar, on the rooftop terrace underneath the stars, or somewhere private just for two.
Lunch is usually a very casual affair from the snack menu around the pool or at the pool bar (weather permitting). There are shaded and non-shaded areas available and lunch is served from 12pm until 3.30pm - plenty of time to gather some rays and then enjoy a light meal with local wine.
Afternoon Tea: Tea, coffee and sweet treats are served in the library each afternoon between 4.00 and 5.30pm (usually offered in the winter months only)
We have designed several dining experiences for guests to enjoy during their stay and with so many stunning locations around Kasbah Tamadot we like to ‘mix it up’ and offer the opportunity to enjoy as many of them as possible.
Due to Kasbah Tamadot’s location, there aren’t really any local restaurants, the nearest village is Asni.
Which are your most popular room types, and why?
Each of the 27 rooms and suites has been individually decorated to reflect the beautiful architecture of the building and features antiques from all over the world, marrying the traditional charm of Moroccan design with contemporary elements.
We tend to find that our Superior Rooms & Suites are popular with our UK guests and the Berber Tents with the US market. Perched on the hillside overlooking a pretty valley below, the nine Berber Tents offer stunning views of the Atlas Mountains. Located just a short stroll through the herb and vegetable garden beyond the three-bedroom Master Suite, all have views of the mountains and are perfect for those looking for a little more privacy.
Each tent features a king-size bed, large bathtubs for soaking, a terrace with sun loungers and space for outdoor dining, and five of them have a private plunge pool. The luxurious tents are decorated in a similar style to the rooms in the main building, with Moroccan inspired furnishings, and come equipped with split air-conditioning/heating units to keep cool in summer and warm in winter. As with the existing rooms at Kasbah Tamadot, all the tents have Berber names that tell you something about them.”