Sir Richard Branson has created the perfect sanctuary only 45 minutes away from the bedlam and noise that is Marrakech. Greater at the airport by Abdullah who whisked us away to the air conditioned luxury of a Toyota Land cruiser for the scenic journey up the winding mountain roads to The bustling market town of Asni. Five minutes outside of the town you get the your first glimpse of the Kasbah with its domed towers and terracotta facade.
The lobby, with its antiquities and vaulted ceilings serves as the reception, where a friendly Berber greeting awaits and a chilled glass of champagne sat on one of the many comfortable sofas around the reflection pool with its rose petals and gentle lapping sound.
Our luggage is taken to our room, whilst we taken on a tour of the property, sumptuous communal lounges, extensive roof terrace with its raging fire pits, spa, indoor pool, gym with panoramic views (never used) outdoor pool and bar and a Berber tent housing honesty bar, pool table and TV (not that it's ever needed).
Our room, no. 26 (Azmara) has a spectacularly ornate ceiling, and dual aspect view of the valley with its stony dry river bed and surrounding mountain ranges and a small balcony.The room has every amenity one could need, nothing is overlooked, a real haven to spend moments of calm listening to the Bose sound system and provided CDS.The well stocked, 'free' mini bar, amazingly comfortable bed, wardrobes complete with Berber robes and Baboushes for the chilly evenings and the deepest bath one could ever wish for would surely be enough for most, but believe it or not there are far more spectacular rooms and Berber tents for those with deep pockets.
The service at Tamadot is impeccable, they really can't do enough for you and considering the majority of people here have come from local villages and never been trained or experienced such luxury it's real testament to how they have been coached and adapted. Sir Richard is their King, they love him for what he has brought to the community and the surrounding areas, yet this place lacks pretention and stuffiness that may go hand in hand with some 5 star resorts.
There is an extensive list of tours and excursions for those wiling to leave behind the splendour and isolation. We embarked upon a day trip to Marrakech and quad biking in the red dust Atlas Mountains, 3 nights is just not enough to experience this place to the max.
What ever your desire, you can find it at Kasbah Tamadot, a place we hope to come back to. One of my most favourite hotels in the world.
- Also Known As:
- Kasbah Tamadot Asni
- Kasbah Tamadot Hotel Asni