Richard Branson Rocks the Kasbah

by Jennifer Doncsecz

Palm trees, desert breezes, and a five-star luxury glamping experience await at Richard Branson’s Kasbah Tamadot. This unique resort was recently named the #1 Resort Hotel in North Africa & the Middle East at Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2021. This is the fourth time Kasbah Tamadot has won this coveted award, having won in 2017, 2019, 2020, and now 2021. 

Located in the Atlas Mountains, just 45 minutes from the Moroccan city of Marrakech, it is home to Branson’s opulent resort oasis. Branson discovered this gem when he was attempting to circumnavigate the globe in a hot air balloon. 

The beautiful drive to Kasbah Tamadot from the bustling city of Marrakech showcase the stunning landscape of Morocco, the Atlas Mountains, and the foothills of the Toubkal National Park.  Winding roads alongside the mountains highlight Berber villages that hug the cliffs. As the road climbs in elevation, what appears to be a desert mirage, high in the distance above, is Richard Branson’s Kasbah Tamadot. 

With 28 bedrooms, suites, and luxury Berber suites (some of which have private plunge pools), each individually decorated using traditional Moroccan furnishings and antiques so every guest can feel immersed in their surroundings and local culture.   The lush, manicured grounds of this boutique property highlight the landscape but also incorporate fragrant flowers, as well as fruit and olive trees. This dreamy resort also features a spa, several swimming pools, various dining options, tennis courts, a helipad, and a list of activities for those who wish to soak in the Moroccan surroundings. These optional activities include morning hikes, riding mules or camels, shopping excursions, cooking courses, golf, and early morning hot air ballooning.  Additionally, the resort is home to 6 peacocks, 2 mules, 2 donkeys, 2 camels, 6 goats, 2 ewes, and 7 ducks!    

Over the years, Morocco has seen a surge in luxury 5-star resorts/hotels emerging. Ranging from large hotels to boutique Riyadhs within city walls, the options for high-end experiences abound throughout Morocco but specifically in and around Marrakech. I journeyed for 9 days in November throughout Morocco. I stayed at several 5-star resorts and what truly sets Branson’s Kasbah Tamadot apart from the others is not just its unique tent experience but also its heavenly staff.  This incredible staff of 140 employees focuses their attention on every need and detail that their guests request.  It is no surprise that this resort is often sold out as word has gotten out, and it’s no longer a secret hideaway for celebs who are looking for rest and relaxation in an exotic Moroccan mountainside retreat!

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