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“Luxurious Moroccan Fantasy” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Kasbah Tamadot

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Kasbah Tamadot
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   BP 67, Asni 042150, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #1 of 2 hotels in Asni
Los Angeles, California
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Luxurious Moroccan Fantasy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

I don't know why I do this; but before I write a review, I read the few reviews which are the most
negative. So I did this with Kasbah Tamadot; and I found them very strange, as one of them,
only there for lunch, found it necessary to look down on probable guests as "Yuppies" and "New
Yorkers". And all of the negative reviewers, have found it necessary, for some odd reason, to
take a snarky swipe at owner, Sir Richard Branson. How odd, indeed. I suppose the negative
experience they had was real but I must say that I found these reviews most shocking.

My experience was absolutely the polar opposite. As a woman traveling alone, I've been told,
one may expect to be given short shrift. I've never had that problem and I received the most
accommodating and kind service, reception and treatment by everyone of the staff members.

OK, we all know the place is beautiful, even the nay-sayers agree with that. I must report that
the food was first rate. I don't drink, so I can't report on the wines but the juices are a delight.
I chose one of the Berber tents and I loved it. It was clean, well serviced and and well appointed. Yes, there are only 2, count 'em, 2 English TV stations. I don't think that's the
fault of the hotel. The WiFi worked perfectly, by the way. But one really should put away
the TV and IPads for a few days and take in what is on offer there: Spa with treatments galore,
excursions into the mountains and villages, swimming, tennis, etc.

Yes, it's expensive and if you can't afford to go there, don't. But don't make nasty remarks
about those who can. It's well worth its cost.

Oh, and one other wonderful thing. There are times when no children under 13 are allowed.
That's great for those of us who want real peace and quiet. But there are also times when
little children are welcomed and a great number of special activities are available for them. So
if you want a child-free experience or if you want to bring little ones, best to check the schedule.

I do have one, not really a complaint, but a suggestion that the outdoor pool not be heated.
The large spa pool is heated so I think the outdoor pool would be much more comfortable to
swim in if it were a tad chilly at first. At least in the hot summer months.

I thank Vincent and Fatima, among other kind staff members, for a most magical time.

Room Tip: I had a tour of some rooms. They are all different, beautiful. For the ultimate rustic, luxury, t...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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Vienna, Austria
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26 reviews 26 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

It is amazing, it is spectacular, it is Richard Branson!
We were touring Atlas out of Marrakech, and wanted to see Kasbah Tamadot.
And we were happy to experience it, although rather briefly. The lunch was typical Morrocan, nothing very special. It only got cold very fast, due to quite strong breeze.
The visitors (like ourselves) eat and are honoured to enjoy the opportunity to watch the guests lying around the pool beneath. One gets the feeling of being in the theatre audience. The hotel is extremely expensive. Check out their web site. Now, who wants to pay that price to be in the middle of nowhere, with nothing much to do but to eat and plunge into the swimming pool?
The personnel showed us around. The new part of the hotel consists of number of luxurious tents, but all of them were occupied and we could not see any of them.
The best we could think of is of some New Yorker, Wall Street yuppies, looking for exotic, expensive and reflecting vacation.
If you're one of them get there this moment! Otherwise, have a drink at the bar, and proceed around to nearby Berber villages for reality grounding.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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40 reviews 40 reviews
39 hotel reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

There are no words to describe how amazing this hotel is. Nothing I say will justify the picturesque beauty and the calm that comes over you on this property. We stayed in one of the tented villas and it was amazing. The view was stunning, the room was beautiful, and the bathroom was to die for! The pool is pretty small and is basically a plunge pool, but their main pool is so beautiful, so we spent most of our days lounging around there. We stayed for four nights on our honeymoon and wanted to extend another four, and they were SO accommodating. There was a chance we had to switch to another tented villa and we were told they would take care of all the arrangements, but in the end we didn't have to. The staff is also THE BEST. They're so kind, helpful, and always smiling. They had a cocktail event where we got to interact with the staff- the F&B manager was amazing, along with his wife. What we loved the most was every night they had something different set up for us- some sort of a themed night, or dinner in a different setting, cocktails by the smaller pool- you just never got bored because every day was a different experience. Truly a wonderful experience in a beautiful setting!

Room Tip: I don't think you can go wrong here, but the tented villas were totally worth the splurge.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

No words or pictures can describe how wonderful this place is. We had a truly amazing stay and would love to return one day. The list of what makes this place so magical is very long, but worth an extra mention is the staff. They couldn't do enough for us during our stay and we felt very welcome and spoilt.
We stayed in one of the berber tents and I would recommend these rooms to anyone thinking of staying here. Sitting on our private terrace watching the stars come out was very special. I have never seen stars like it!
We loved the food and the wine selection was excellent. The waiters were very good at recommending wines to go with the food. I would also urge any guest to try the hammam or a massage, the spa facilities were lovely.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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12 hotel reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

We booked to stay at the Kasbah Tamadot for a week in early March. On arrival the staff couldn't have been more attentive and immediately offered us drinks whilst our cases were taken to the room. The room (which we were given a free upgrade to) was stunning - it had its own 2 private terraces with amazing 360 degree views of the mountains, a luxurious bathroom with huge bath and a well stocked FREE minibar. The pool area was lovely and because March is quite a low season, we tended to have it basically to ourselves! Its also definitely worth walking up past the pool to where they keep the camels and goats - the man looking after them was very keen to 'introduce us' to all the animals. We took one of organised day trips biking with a guide - which I think was my best bit of the holiday. The guide was excellent and we went off on some brilliant paths with outstanding views and through some traditional Berber villages (lots of photo opportunities!). We also took a day trip down to Marrkech - a complete change to where the hotel is based - Marrakech is fast paced, busy and thriving with stalls, souks and people - well worth a visit - I recommend booking in for a spa treatment when you get back though! We had a traditional couples Hammam, which I can highly recommend. The only few down sides to this holiday were; lunch - it was the same menu every day and there was only about 4 or 5 options on it. Also if you opt for just a B&B basis, it becomes tricky not to end up eating at the hotel anyway as it is in a pretty remote setting with the nearest village being 4km away. Whilst this isn't a cheap holiday from the get go, be warned - food and day trips at the Kasbah mount up and it can quickly become very expensive! But all in all it was a wonderful trip and the staff were very friendly and keen to help.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

I will never forget my time at Kasbah, from the moment we arrived it was special. We were picked up from the airport and even though we were 3 hours late coming out due to delays we were still greeted by a representative from Kasbah. On arrival we were greeted with a glass of champagne and the manager came and met us to welcome us and show us around. The views are simply stunning and in the first instance take your breadth away. The staff are attentive and very helpful, the customer service was probably the best I have ever received. In my opinion the food was better than it has been in many Michelin starred restaurants I have eaten in – breakfast was exceptionally fantastic. Kasbah staff arranged for us to go on a 6 hour trek into the Atlas mountains which was amazing, we got to meet some local people and experience some fantastic views.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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oxford, UK
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

Like others, we thought we would check out the hotel for a later stay in the autumn with family for a special long weekend (up to 11 of us), by having lunch with two friends. We will not be going back, or making the booking.
Lunch was booked and "gluten intolerance" with one of us was confirmed in the reservation. We arrived and ordered, but it was clear that understanding the dietary need by the staff was near impossible - even when we spoke in French - the end of the day proved that the food we were told was suitable, was actually not. We had no problems anywhere else in Marrakech for the 4 days we were there when we explained.
We ordered a sauvignon blanc wine and were brought a blanc wine which was opened and presented to us before we could check the label. This went back and the right one came, but it was close to room temperature. This bottle was corked but the waiter did not understand what this meant - even the "head" waiter did not understand. A warm replacement did come and this was fine, but by the time it was put into a cooler, and ready to drink we were almost finished with the meal. The wine waiter could not give us advice or tell us anything about the wines since he did not drink. The various staff tried to fill up our glasses over and over again with the warm wine. Similarly, there was almost always someone at the table trying to give us more water, move plates, etc, etc.
The food was good, if pricey ($200 for 4 for 2 course lunch with a bottle of so-so wine - there are better places in Marrakech that are not this expensive), but they have a captive cliental. The more senior waiter raised his voice at a younger waiter when he tried to give the wrong dish to one of our group, which took us aback. So many waiters, and all trying too hard to please.
When we paid by credit card, and before we had left the table, the "head" waiter came over and told us we had not tipped and we should pay a tip before leaving. Our habit is to leave cash on the table, but he clearly wanted to make sure we did not forget. Unforgivable. We fully applaud local people being included in this hotel's employment, but we never had this happen in any of the top Marrakech restaurants.
Since we were considering a stay in the future, we had thought that (like many places we have been to similarly for lunch, even in Marrakech) we could use the pool, which looked nice and inviting on a hot day after a hike. When we had got changed and sat down, we were approached by a member of staff who told us to leave and we could not use the pool. When we had changed back again, we were again approached by another member of staff and escorted off the premises. If the pool had been packed, we could have understood, but there were 4 couples around a huge and empty pool. On the way out a non-local member of staff was chatting to a couple by the pool and he seemed like a manager, but he ignored us whilst his staff asked us to leave - he judiciously ignored us we think and sent others to "look after" us.
Now we are four well-heeled professionals, stay in the best hotels, travel extensively and I support the Virgin group (travel - gold card for years, financial products, investments, etc), but this experience left us alienated. If they had just thought this out, and we had had a better experience, we could have been making a booking for a sizeable group from the UK and US, for a long week end, and passing on further recommendations to friends - maybe business is good at the moment, but this may not be always so. Instead, we will go elsewhere.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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VLELondon, Managing Director at Kasbah Tamadot, responded to this review, June 14, 2013
Dear Anthony,

I appreciate you taking the time to offer feedback following your recent visit. I’m really disappointed to hear your comments and I’d like to offer my sincere apologies as it sounds like we fell short here during your lunch visit; your experience is certainly not the norm at Kasbah Tamadot and I will be investigating this in more detail with the team.

I’d really like the opportunity to discuss this matter with you further and to make amends. I would be grateful if you could kindly advise a way in which I can get in touch with you directly by emailing me at the address below & advising when would be a convenient time to contact you.

Many thanks
Jon

Managing Director
Virgin Limited Edition
Jon.brown@virginlimitededition.com
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Additional Information about Kasbah Tamadot

Address: BP 67, Asni 042150, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Asni
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 hotels in Asni
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Kasbah Tamadot 5*
Also Known As:
Kasbah Tamadot Asni
Kasbah Tamadot Hotel Asni

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