Kasbah Tamadot, where the Atlas Mountains shelter an oasis of luxury
The ancient city of Marrakech lies near the Atlas Mountains. Morocco is a dry country, but there is rainfall every year, and the mountains catch these gentle waters and funnel them down to the coast along their valleys. In these Moroccan valleys you will find the lush parts of the Saharan climate, where olives thrive and villages share plots along the riverbed, and in the centre of one of these green dells stands the Kasbah Tamadot. Open since 2005, the Kasbah is a luxury resort that features remarkable views of the highest peak in the Atlas range, Mount Toubkal, as well as an extensive library with DVD’s and a fireplace for winter nights. You will be able to relax each evening in the Asoun Lounge on the roof terrace, and to explore the nearby Berber village of Asni. The grounds of the resort feature tennis courts and a fine vegetable and herb garden, and children are always welcome throughout the year. Bespoken tours of the area are easy to arrange with your concierge, and The Eve Branson Foundation maintains a strong commitment to sustainability in the local area, keeping close ties to the surrounding village communities in the valleys and hills.
Enjoying a Buffet of Deluxe Pleasures
Plucked out of obscurity by Virgin Records founder Richard Branson, the Kasbah provides its clientele with 28 guestrooms and suites, which include ten hillside Berber tents complete with Jacuzzis. The tents are located at the southeastern end of the estate, past the vegetable garden and tennis courts, and add a wonderful sense of exploration to your stay. The penthouse option at the Kasbah is the Master Suite, a small villa set aside from the main area, with three separate bedrooms and a private pool. The estate also maintains a menagerie of animals ready to entertain your children and to assist you in exploring the area, including goats, mules, donkeys and two camels. Bespoken treks into the Atlas Mountains are easy to arrange with the staff, and you can also get a great workout at the Kasbah’s own fitness centre. Be sure to visit the Asounfou Spa while you stay at the Kasbah, where you can enjoy extensive spa treatments, including the Moroccan hammam, a cleansing steam treatment famous for its effects on the skin.
Dining on the Best Foods of the Valleys
When you dine in Morocco, you are enjoying one of the greatest cuisines of the world, and at the estate’s Kanoun Restaurant, chef Benoit Pépin melds together the flavours of Moroccan spice with Mediterranean entreés. Morocco is the home of couscous, and this variety of pasta will appear on the menu frequently, along with the fresh produce of the garden and local meats. A cooking class can introduce you to the wide range of spices and sauces that the region offers. Moroccan wines are also on the rise in the winter’s world, and they take a front and center place on the estate wine list. The Kasbah Tamadot is truly a gateway into the best part of the Moroccan way of life, and after your visit, you will never forget the pleasures of the Atlas Mountains.