While staying in Marrakesch, last September, we asked Mohamed from 'Colours of Morocco'' (see review) to book us lunch at the Kasbah Tamadot and arrange appropriate transport with a knowledgeable driver. Previously we had heard of the Kasbah Tamadot as being 'Richard Branson's Hotel'--Deluxe, Expensive, Exclusive, Remote and with Superb Views--Situated high up in the Atlas Mountains and reached only by an interesting 50 minute scenic drive from Marrakesch, by mountain road. The road is indeed an interesting engineering triumph, with many fantastic twists & turns as it winds it way through the mountains, providing splendid panoramic views. Arriving at the hotel about 2 hours before lunch we had a leisurely stay, in perfect Autumn sunshine, looking down onto the magnificent pool. Then we had a very fine 'al fresco' lunch, preceded by perfectly prepared Martini Cocktails. On the Drive out we heard of Richard Branson's visits, of his guests and how his Mother spent time at the local Berber school. As we lunched we looked to this Berber village, tucked away in the barren desert like mountains and pondered over what Mrs Branson senior, might do at the school. Alongside us was an rather special table, awaiting diners--I suggested to my wife that it might be set for Richard Branson, Tony Blair and party--but they didn't show. Nevertheless we greatly enjoyed a splendid light lunch. Altogether a wonderful excursion--a great mountain break from the dust and bustle of Marrakesch.
- 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
- Kasbah Tamadot Morocco/Asni