What We Love
- Unique luxury at Richard Branson's magical Atlas Mountains retreat, with breakfast, dinner and moreWaking up to spectacular Atlas Mountain views
- Unwinding with a hammam treatment at Asounfou Spa
- Tasting exotic cuisine at Kanoun Restaurant
- The rich, Berber-luxe interiors
What To Know
- The manicured grounds with pools, gardens and courtyards for relaxing
- Off the beaten path location is ideal for seclusion seekers
- Menu options may not be for everyone
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Perched in the foothills of Morocco’s picturesque Atlas Mountains, Sir Richard Branson’s Kasbah Tamadot is a true dream destination. With its spectacular pools, gardens and courtyards, and its close proximity to quaint villages and the city of Marrakech, this award-winning luxury hotel guarantees a once-in-a-lifetime trip that combines sublime relaxation with rich cultural experiences.
The sumptuous rooms are beautifully decorated, with antique furnishings from around the world and perfectly color-coordinated upholstery. Bright, spacious and airy, they sport stunning views of the rich natural landscape. But if you had more in mind than simply unwinding amid jaw-dropping scenery, there are plenty of adventures to be had here, as well, from excursions to Marrakech and the village of Armed to cooking courses to community-based volunteering projects.
Each accommodation at Kasbah Tamadot is individually decorated with traditional Moroccan antiques and furnishings, plus items from the collection of the property’s previous owner, an acclaimed interior designer and antiques dealer. There are seven Deluxe rooms, all of which boast a balcony or terrace and offer views of either the mountains, pool or garden. The four Superior rooms are generally larger than the Deluxe rooms and come complete with a private terrace or balcony, plus an open-plan sitting area.
Taste traditional and international dishes at Kanoun Restaurant, which has lovely views, as well as an intimate fireside bar for cocktails before dinner. You’ll find elegant and exotic options, ranging from pan-seared sea bream and lamb tagine to saffron lasagne and pigeon pastilla. Swim up to the pool bar for an extra bit of daytime indulgence.
Spoil yourself with a session or two at Asounfou Spa, which offers nourishing treatments, lovely rose facials and full body massages. For an authentic experience, try the traditional Moroccan hammam, from which you’ll emerge totally relaxed.
Kasbah Tamadot is surrounded by Morocco’s beautiful Atlas Mountains, which you can explore with mule and camel treks, mountain biking and even hot-air ballooning. Take in the richness and beauty of Berber villages and countryside in the small town of Asni, or edge out to discover Imlil’s quaint architecture and Marrakech’s busy markets.
How to Get There
I spent a couple of nights with my husband and two grown sons at this incredibly beautiful, small hotel perched in the High Atlas Mountains. We had stayed at Ulusaba, one of Richard Branson's other properties, a few years ago and had such an amazing experience there that we decided to book forthcoming vacations at his other properties. Kasbah Tamadot was equally as incredible as Ulusaba. The service was impeccable and the staff could not have been more friendly. They truly seemed to want to make our stay the best that it could be. The resort itself is one of a kind. Each room has amazing antiques that are works of art. There are plenty of common areas for relaxing that are cozy and luxurious at the same time. It was a little chilly at night, so the common areas had fires roaring in them, adding to the coziness. The meals were delicious, too. One of my son's is an avid tennis player, and the resort had a tennis coach from Marrakech come up to give him and another guest private lessons. The tennis courts offer spectacular views of the mountain peaks surrounding them. My only negative comment would be the spa-- not the treatments because our massages and hammans were great, but the fact that the staff were very pushy in selling spa products at the end of our treatments. This was very annoying. Be warned! This should not deter you though from staying at this gorgeous property with magnificent views of the High Atlas Mountains and valleys below,
I know everyone loves this hotel and i fully expected to but sadly did not. We had a deluxe room, the only one of the seven that is not featured on the website and it was clear why. The room was quite small with only a tiny wardrobe for a closet. Consequently we had suitcases and stuff everywhere. The bathroom was dominated by a ridiculous bathtub with the only shower head— so deep that it needed a set of stairs to get in and out of ( and still was dangerous); as a consequence the rest of the bathroom space was minuscule with no place for cosmetics. The tub didn’t drain properly either. Plus the only available outlets in the room needed U.K. not Moroccan plugs which would be fine if we were from the UK or if the hotel had proper adapters for UK plugs but they do not. We had to unplug the lamps to use our computers until eventually a surge strip was located by the management.
I was traveling with my daughter and when I complained about the room the management was entire unhelpful. I got the distinct feeling that had I been traveling with my husband rather than my adult daughter it would have been a different story. When I complained to the travel agent in the US all of a sudden there was a flurry of solicitous activity. The next day we were moved to one of the Berber tents which was glorious.
There’s a nice pool but the weather is barely suitable for using it, at least when we were there (late October). Nonetheless many guests were bravely sitting around it because it’s basically the only activity.
The restaurant is fine and very pretty. Aside from the problems with our particular room we found the rooms around the courtyard to be pretty noisy at night between the bars and the music. Don’t try to get work done in one!! The tents are fabulous but of course pricey.
A visit to the eve Branson foundation is definitely worthwhile.
Off the back of a four day desert tour we were craving a bit of luxury. From start to finish we were in awe. The beauty of the hotel in the mountains set the back backdrop for such a magical hotel. Our only regret was that we were only there for the one night.