Exclusive escapes in Morocco do not get much more evocative than with a stay at Kasbah Tamadot, Richard Branson’s personal hotel that is pure luxury, through and through. The beauty of Kasbah Tamadot is that – although clearly a five-star Ouirgane Valley resort, with its iridescent infinity pool, enticing spa and wonderous gastronomy – everything has been crafted and curated to reflect both the local style and culture, meaning not one thing feels out of place.
The building speaks for itself: an original structure that’s been entirely renovated, instilling an air of both authenticity and absolute luxury. This sense of place is enhanced with Kasbah Tamadot’s turreted walls, ornate stonework and rounded columns throughout the courtyard. Plump sofas are strewn with hand-embroidered cushions, using only the finest materials and traditional techniques; while candles are shielded by lanterns that are redolent of a traditional Bedouin tent. Then come the modern features and services, from fine dining served straight to your plush suite, to cosseting in the spa with an aromatherapy massage, to dips in the Tamadot’s splendid swimming pool – all of which are fully 21st century treats! Herein lies the secret to this exquisite hotel, as the perfect balance between local heritage and modern luxuries is expertly achieved.
Ornaments, antiques and huge terracotta plant pots peppering flowing gardens all sing of nostalgic Arabia, and this fusion of old and new extends to the extravagant guestrooms and suites too. Within each individually designed space, either as part of the main building or one of ten Berber Tents with Jacuzzis, the décor is enchantingly symbolic of the region while also modern in its own clever way. Of the many memorable elements of Kasbah Tamadot, it is often the simple pleasure of soaking up the sunset from the privacy of your balcony or terrace that sticks longest in the mind.
When the time is right, you are ideally placed for walks into the Atlas Mountains or Toubkal National Park while staying at Kasbah Tamadot, though a gym, tennis courts and the pool will keep you active enough back onsite. This is also a family-friendly Moroccan hotel, so little ones will have access to a fun kids’ club that tailors activities around whoever is in attendance that day, and even smaller guests have their own splash pool and specialised menu too. On top of these comforts, facilities and views, the resort also aims to be sustainable and ethical, providing English lessons to local children, supporting environmental initiatives and aiming to reduce daily waste created by the property.
Authentic, five-star, unforgettable views, local culture on your doorstep and all just an hour from Marrakech, welcome to the one and only Kasbah Tamadot.
Kasbah Tamadot Facilities
18 uniquely designed Guestrooms and Suites plus 10 Berber Tents. Suites enjoy a private terrace – some with a plunge pool – and tents a larger deck with Jacuzzi, though all options feature king-size beds, air-conditioning, standalone bathtubs and the essential mod-cons.
Near the village of Asni in the Ouirgane Valley, roughly one hour’s drive south of Marrakech.