If you are the type of traveler who wants to feel engaged in the color of the locality while sinking into luxury linens at night - this is your place. Everything about this experience was special. After a conference in the intense atmosphere of Marrakech we were picked up by car and made the hour long winding drive through the Atlas mountains. Upon arrival the stress of the week began to slip away. You enter through a heavy wooden gate to the courtyard of a fortified house, perched on the mountain side and feel as if the private guest of an imagined wealthy owner. The ancient property is divided into a series of beautiful rooms and courtyards that make wandering and exploring a delight. Each courtyard has a surprise - a pool filled with rose petals, a sundial, a hidden stairway to the roof, another to a library, an arch that opens to a garden or hidden path, and then a terrace which opens to a glorious pool. Each room is unique and filled with luxury linens and bath goods. We switched to windowed room perched over a cliff and awoke to sweeping views of the river valley below. Gorgeous!
By day we would hike the trail across the street that lead through the mountains, then stroll through the rug market next door before meandering back to the terrace for a fantastic poolside lunch surrounded by the majestic mountain views. A spa service in the afternoon was relaxing and perfect just before getting dressed up for dinner and watching the sunset over the valley. It gets chilly at night in April, when we were there, so we dressed warmly and enjoyed the fires lit everywhere - which made us feel we could be here in any of the last three centuries. Dinner was lovely, and we finished our evenings with a cigar and drink in the library before heading down the garden paths to our room. When we arrived in our room, the lighting had been adjusted and our bed was adorned with local wildflowers.
This hotel gets it. We felt like we were being pampered and safe while being completely immersed in the local romance and traditions. I wish it was closer to home!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kasbah Tamadot is Sir Richard Branson's award-winning retreat situated in the spectacular Atlas Mountains in Morocco. Each of the 28 rooms and suites has been individually decorated to reflect the beautiful architecture of the building and features antiques from all over the world. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kasbah Tamadot Asni
- Kasbah Tamadot Hotel Asni