Within the vast evergreens and rocky terrain of the grand Atlas Mountains, lies an oasis of sheer comfort and luxury laced with Moroccan hospitality and Berber culture. Sir Richard Branson presents the Kasbah Tamadot, a serene Moroccan retreat fit for Kings. An acquisition during one of Branson’s ballooning excursions in 1998, the Kasbah Tamadot is now an award winning resort that boasts of a 24 room and suite paradise that emulates true Moroccan living and culture. It replaces an informal hotel stay with a more familiar homey experience through its indigenous Berber staff and traditions.
A marriage between nature’s elements and man-made ingenuity and design transforms this vast spread of land into a Moroccan haven consisting 24 rooms and suites: 15 magnificently decorated rooms and suits in the main building; one master suite with three rooms including a deluxe pool suite and six new Berber inspired tented suites overlooking the grandeur of the Atlas Mountains. Each room and suite has been intricately designed to reflect rich Moroccan culture blended with contemporary elements and antique pieces from all over the world. The arched walkways, textured ceilings and fixtures contribute to a stunning architecture; which coupled with dynamic color schemes and rich décor provides a relaxed and yet remarkable place of domicile. The Berber styled tented suites are conveniently placed on the hillside, providing a spectacular view of the immense landscape of the Atlas Mountains.
The extensive grounds are dotted with delightful courtyards and amazing gardens; man’s contribution to the botanical feel and presence. The overall landscape maintains a serene ambiance that is ideal for a lover’s walk or personal meditation. The rooftops provides a breath taking view of where the mountain peaks kisses the blue skies and as night falls, patrons can enjoy an enchanting fading horizon.
Every suite is equipped with an exclusive pool complex where couples and patrons can enjoy a relaxing sunbathing session or a refreshing dip in the pool. The option of indoor or outdoor pools allows patrons the flexibility, irrespective of weather conditions. Interested in a refreshing tennis match? Kasbah Tamadot is equipped with two flood lit tennis courts.
If relaxation is part of your retreat agenda, then let the Asounfou Spa cater to your needs. As its name implies (Asounfou is the Berber word for relaxation), the Asounfou Spa is equipped to provide the ultimate in relaxation amidst a tranquil ambiance. The Spa incorporates an indoor pool, five treatment rooms, a sauna and a traditional Moroccan Hamman. Patrons are exposed to a wonderful range of treatments using exclusive products, including Yon Ka and Aromatherapy Associates. An exclusive couple package includes a simultaneous couple massage, setup in an outdoor treatment room overlooking the scenic view of the mountains.
Get a taste of Moroccan and Berber cuisine as well as international inspired culinary masterpieces at the Kanoun Restaurant. With its alluring fireside bar and breathtaking terrace views, the Kanoun restaurant not only offer local and international flavors made from home grown herbs and vegetables hand-picked from the Kasbah Tamadot gardens, but a total dining experience that entertains all the senses. A candle lit dinner underneath the stars on the rooftop terrace adds a romantic flair for couples.
Other facilities include a well-equipped gym with state of the art equipment, a salon consisting of a library, one large flat TV screen, games, DVD player and DVDs , and for a more intimate appeal, a log fire for those snugging moments.
Kasbah Tamadot is located 45 minutes south from the Marrakech Airports and approximately one hour south from central Marrakech. Nevertheless, an African paradise definitely worth the drive!
For more information and pricing for Kasbah Tamadot, visit http://www.kasbahtamadot.virgin.com/en/kasbah_tamadot
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