“Branson's lavish Moroccan hideaway delivers haute luxe, haute cuisine and haute montagne in equal measure”
Scattered around various levels and buildings, the unique bedrooms and suites are all spacious, warm and filled with stunning pieces from around the world. Terracotta floor-tiles, patterned rugs and ochre hues keep the ambiance cosy, while carved wooden chests and fantastic mosaic ceilings lend some swagger. The chunky wooden kingsize and four-poster beds were made especially for the hotel - most Moroccan frames come too narrow.
Superior and Deluxe Rooms are spacious, but opt for a Superior or Deluxe Suite if you want a separate sitting room and guaranteed outside space. You get either a ‘Moroccan’ or a ‘contemporary’ bathroom. The former has an arched entrance into a polished-plaster sunken bath area, the latter features a freestanding bathtub with overhead shower. Powerful heating, electric blankets and (in some rooms) fireplaces help fend off the winter chill.
At the bottom of the garden, beyond the pool and tennis courts, a path leads to the Master Suite. This mini-kasbah has 3 bedrooms which can be taken as a whole - perfect for a family group - or booked individually.
Just beyond the gardens are a collection of large, private and uber-opulent Berber Tented Suites; some also come with private Jacuzzis overlooking sensational views of Mount Toubkal. All have kingsize beds and luxurious extras, including split air-conditioning to keep you cool in summer and super-cosy in winter (plus heated rugs, if you need them).
With an intimate fireside bar for pre-dinner cocktails, and the option of terrace dining with breath-taking views, Kanoun restaurant is a match for the magnificent setting.
The cuisine is based on local produce - spices and dried fruit from Marrakech, fish from the Atlantic coast, vegetables from Asni - with a few international dishes thrown in for good measure. All the classics are there at dinner: spiced lamb tagine, vegetable couscous, traditional pigeon pastilla with roasted artichoke and spinach. The more unusual options like confit of wild Norwegian salmon and cheese plates with walnut bread might be a welcome sight for those who have had one tagine too many. Desserts include roasted pears with mascarpone or perhaps peanut mousse with raspberries. For a special evening, do as we did and indulge in the 5-course fine-dining extravaganza with accompanying wine flight - a real treat.
Come morning, breakfast includes freshly baked bread and pastries, plus juices, fruit and cooked options.
If you’re feeling lazy, order a light lunch by the pool. Perhaps a feta and chorizo tartlet or parma ham with figs and green beans? There’s no shortage of sorbets and ice creams to cool you down either.
When you're bored of sunbathing, dipping in and out of the infinity pool, listening to local musicians performing in the amphitheatre, enjoying cinema nights, playing tennis and strolling the gardens, you can...
Children are very welcome at Kasbah Tamadot during the European and US school holidays, which tend to encompass July and August, Easter and Christmas, and mid-term breaks. Note these will vary year on year, so please check with the hotel when enquiring. During these times there is never a dull moment for kids: treasure hunts, cookery classes and table tennis tournaments are just some of the activities that can be organised on request.
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
The Berber Tented Suites are not suitable for children. All other rooms can fit a baby cot and the suites have space for at least 1 rollaway bed; some also have a separate sitting area, which can be useful if you want to read after putting your child to bed. Larger families could book exclusive use of the 3-bedroom Master Suite, which has a private garden setting and it's own pool.
Children under 6 go free in their parents' room. Children occupying their own room without any adults will be charged the normal adult nightly rate.
Babysitting is available for an extra charge, advance notice is required to guarantee availability.
Baby cots are available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
There's a young diners menu including some Moroccan-themed dishes so they can try something new. Special requests can be prepared with a little notice.
Small children riding a mule must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Children are not permitted in the Berber Tented Suites due to their mountain-edge location.