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Kasbah Tamadot

Kasbah Tamadot

Nestled in the heart of Morocco’s Atlas Mountains, about an hour's drive from Marrakesh, Kasbah Tamadot is a spectacular retreat that marries modern luxury and traditional Moroccan hospitality. The kasbah was renovated in the late 1990s by Sir Richard Branson, who discovered it during a hot air balloon adventure over Morocco. It's named ‘Tamadot’ after the Berber word for 'soft breeze', encompassing the fresh mountain air with the tranquil atmosphere guests enjoy during their stay.

The property is decorated with treasures from the collection of the previous owner, the Italian interior designer and antiques dealer, Luciano Tempo, from tables and sculptures to ornaments from across Asia and North Africa. Its architecture and exquisite decor matches the striking mountain backdrop you can enjoy wherever you are on the property. Among its sprawling grounds, you'll find swimming pools, tennis courts and a spa, as well as open-sided tents providing shaded relaxation. You can also dine alfresco at Kanoun Restaurant, which serves local and international cuisine at lunch and dinner.

During your stay here, you can take guided hikes in the mountains, visit traditional Berber villages, learn to cook Moroccan cuisine and, in the summer, enjoy open-air movie nights.

The 28 rooms and suites include ten luxurious Berber-inspired tents, some with private plunge pools. All rooms are beautifully decorated in a traditional Moroccan style, with small touches such as antique ornaments, embroidered fabrics and wooden furniture all helping to set the scene. 

Our rating: Deluxe

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Rooms

Kasbah Tamadot offers 28 rooms spanning seven categories. In the main building there's a mix of superior and deluxe rooms and suites, while within the grounds are ten Berber Tents, draped in white canvas, some with private plunge pools. There's also a separate master suite housed in its own building, which comprises three bedrooms, a sun-soaked roof terrace and a private swimming pool. Each room is spacious and individually decorated using Moroccan antiques and ornaments from all over the world. All, including the tents, have an en-suite bathroom and a good range of amenities.

Location

The kasbah is located about an hour's drive south of Marrakesh, cradled among the High Atlas Mountains. The views you have from anywhere on the property are what sets it apart, with mountains sloping one in front of the other and shadowed peaks rising in the distance. You're close to many hiking trails and small villages that have barely changed in centuries, providing a stark contrast to a stay in Marrakesh. 

Food and drink

You can enjoy lunch and dinner at the property's Kanoun Restaurant, though dining is also permitted at the pool patio and bar, or on the rooftop terraces. Breakfast always includes a spread of freshly baked breads and pastries alongside juices and fruit, as well as a la carte specials. Lunch is casual and light, served as guests relax near the pool or in the courtyard. The dinner offerings change from night to night, but the executive chef uses the best, freshest Moroccan ingredients available, and often creates multi-course tasting menus of local fare, or entire Berber feasts.

Families

While Kasbah Tamadot remains adults-only the majority of the time, each year the hotel sets aside certain dates for families, and hosts 'Kasbah Kids' activities for children, including visits to the kasbah's mules, a Moroccan treasure hunt, and a local nature walk.

Facilities and activities

Within the grounds of the property you can relax at the spa, which includes a luxurious Moroccan hammam treatment — a traditional cleansing with black Argan soap, a massage and full-body exfoliation. There are also two large tennis courts and a generously sized pool. You could also join Moroccan cooking lessons, and during the summer the kasbah holds open-air cinema nights every Monday and Thursday.

Environmental and social responsibility

Kasbah Tamadot supports the Eve Branson Foundation, founded by Sir Richard Branson’s mother to improve the living standards of the Berber communities around Kasbah Tamadot. This is achieved by giving young people the opportunity for skills and traditional crafts training, aiding them in becoming economically independent.

Our opinion

A beautiful option with views across the Imlil Valley, a fantastic pool and high-quality food and service, this is one of our top recommendations for a stay in the High Atlas Mountains.

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