Posh, luxury, relaxation, fresh high mountain air and perfect rest is exactly what Kasbah Tamadot exudes. Sir Richard Branson’s parents were seduced by the riad, spectacular air and the surrounding Atlas Mountains during one of their son’s stunning ballooning expeditions in 1998 and compelled him to buy the then tumbling piece of real estate. Set at the Atlas Mountains Foothills and 60 minutes from Marrakech, Morocco, by road, the retreat has some of the most breathtaking views, landscaped gardens and serene courtyards. Exactly what Winston Churchill had fallen in love with over seven decades prior; the ceaseless satisfaction of the breathtaking snow-clad Atlas Mountains, perennial sunshine, stately diversion and comfort of the area radiates Kasbah Tamadot.
Peter Gabriel, Annie Lennox and Mick Jagger have all been to the luxurious riad, located 4,300 ft above sea level. The highest peak of the Atlas Mountains, Mount Toubkal, is an amazing experience in itself and each of the luxurious Berber tents in the Tamadot offers a first class view to the peak. There are lots of gardens, courtyards and staircases around the place with the infinity pool offering partakers of its grandeur arguably the most stunning view of the famous mountains. An indoor pool is always at hand if the outdoor air is a little nippy.
Richard Branson is the famous founder of the Virgin Group with a net worth of about $4.8 billion. His investment in real estate spreads across the seas from the British Virgin Islands to the South African Ulusaba Private Game Reserve. A believer of friendship and human interaction, the few times he is in the Tamadot he has been seen shaking hands with as many guests, asking questions and saying as much grinning hellos as he’s known to. Branson investment in the Kasbah Tamadot has created one of the most iconic travel destinations with over 7 awards to its name, between 2013 and 2015 alone; the aggregate agreement among guests is that it’s a top luxury and best hip hotel across the Indian Ocean, Africa and the Middle East and 21st among the top 100 global travel experiences.
Kasbah Tamadot has 27 bedrooms and suites in addition to 9 extravagant Berber Tents with private pools. Each room is decorated with traditional Moroccan original antiques and furnishings and has retained vast collections of artefacts drawn from around the world by the former Tamadot owner. Every Room in the Tamadot has a uniquely vivid Berber name that describes it; Branson’s favourite Room 31 is known as Tarrat (virgin). The property also has an outdoor cinema, Jacuzzis, sauna and an infinity pool including a chance to ride around the majestic scenery in four mules belonging to the magnate.
The remarkable Kanoun Restaurant in the Tamadot, flanked by a fireside lavish bar and awe-inspiring views, serves international cuisine and delicious local delights. Kanoun’s food blends international and local flavours including organically grown vegetables and herbs from the luxury home’s gardens. Pre-dinner cocktails are magnificent with Moroccan and international wines completing the fine dining experience. Beyond tanning yourself under the sun and lolling by the infinity and indoor pool, the Asounfou Spa is another stop popular with guests and offers diverse body and skincare treatments for every gender. Deep cleanses, thermo-therapy La Stone massages and luxurious facials are top miscellany at the Tamadot.