Hi everyone, We’re officially in November and if you haven’t done so now is the time to start getting your New Year’s Eve plans sorted! For a look at last year”s event including some footage of the fireworks display (wait until the end!) check out New Year”s Eve at The Roof Gardens video.
Hi all, We’re feeling smug at The Club because we’ve already done all our Christmas shopping! Actually that’s not true at all – we haven’t done any, but that’s because we’ve been focussing on all the Christmas celebrations at The Roof Gardens in the coming weeks.
Hi all, Tomorrow is the first day of December and we’re all set for a month of celebrations! The Roof Gardens is sure to be one of the most glamorous party venues throughout the Christmas and New Year period, and we’ve got lots lined up to keep you entertained.
A little bird told us...
Mont Rochelle’s Head Chef, Shane Louw, has let us in on the secrets of one of his favourite Christmas recipes.
After 16 years in his role as Virgin Limited Edition’s Managing Director, Jon Brown knows a thing or two about what makes each Virgin Limited Edition property tick! With just a a few trips to all of the properties under his belt over the years(!) we caught up with Jon to hear about his top tips .
This Monday in Babylon we held one of our favourite events in our Christmas calendar, the annual tree lighting ceremony with Starlight Children’s Foundation.
When guests ask us what kind of food we serve at Kasbah Tamadot, we say the food marries local produce and flavours.
Over the past month, we have been celebrating the #VirginFamily.
Tucking into mouth-watering treats is an everyday occurrence at The Lodge! If your heart is pining for a taste of that infamous Lodge cuisine, why not try your hand at making some of our delightful Blueberry Muffins.
The team at Kasbah Tamadot are always enthusiastic about supporting and engaging with projects that help give-back to the local community, particularly as 90% of our staff are from the local area.
Here at The Roof Gardens and Babylon we have an incredible team who work tirelessly to put a smile on our guests faces each and every day, and we aren’t just talking about the four flamingos! Last week we celebrated our long-serving colleagues by taking them for a very special night out.
Here at The Roof Gardens we love LOVE, and there’s nothing that puts a bigger smile on our faces than seeing happy couples tie the knot! The lovely Adam and Tate said ‘I do’ at The Roof Gardens and the whole team were beaming from ear to ear when they shared their wonderful wedding story and photos .
What does the perfect vacation look like? To me, it would have to include a high level of out-of-the-ordinary.
We love to hear from guests after their stay with us and in particular hearing about their reactions following time spent with the Pride ‘N Purpose team.
After his recent visit to the High Atlas Mountains, British Ambassador to Morocco, Mr Thomas Reilly, wrote about the importance of education in the region, something the team at Kasbah Tamadot have been championing locally for many years.
Following the impact of Hurricane Maria in the Caribbean, we are very grateful to be able to report that all of our team on Island have been accounted for as safe and well.
If you’ve stayed at Mont Rochelle you’re likely to have encountered two of our most familiar residents – our fabulous fibreglass rhino and elephant.
As regular guests to Kasbah Tamadot will know, September marks the start of apple season in Asni.
We are deeply saddened by the events that have taken place in the Caribbean and our hearts and thoughts are with our friends and family.
There is always an abundance of exciting things growing in our beautiful Gardens, and last week our Head Gardener Pilar was delighted to harvest a crop of juicy plums and almonds from our fruit trees.
At the end of a hectic day, when you find a moment to put your feet-up and enjoy a refreshing glass of Mont Rochelle, very few of us actually take the time to think about how this wine has ended up in our glass.
At Ulusaba we are lucky enough to be located in a Big 5 area where there is a healthy population of elephants, but after 15 years of relative calm, the market for ivory is on the rise once again.
You may remember last year we told you all about the first big clean that took place in Asni, the local village to Kasbah Tamadot.
Richard Branson designed Necker Island to be his family’s holiday home and his own children spent almost all of their school holidays here when they were younger.
A stay at Mont Rochelle isn’t complete without a visit to our in-house spa.
Producing local honey is not a new venture in the Motorogi Conservancy.
It’s a popular saying that a cat has nine lives, and for the various prides of big cats living near Mahali Mzuri, it sometimes comes in handy to have that extra life or two! Over the past few months, it has been a particularly unsettled time for the local Iseketa pride of lions.
Heading up a hotel team is no easy feat.
Without a doubt, this is one of our favourite times of year at Mahali Mzuri when the Great Migration is taking place right outside our front door and unbelievable animal sightings are taking place on a daily, if not an hourly basis! With so much happening, our Head Guide, Dickson, has given us a run-down .
Producing fresh, local produce is something that the Kasbah Tamadot team have put a lot of time and effort towards over the past couple of years.
Reading feedback about how much guests have enjoyed their stay with us is a real highlight to our day! Recently, Jacqui Misener from Canada got in touch with us after her stay at Mahali.
In May, we kicked off our 2017 ‘Proms on the Roof’ series with a stellar line up of musicians from the prestigious Royal College of Music.
We often say that game drives at Ulusaba are one of the most memorable parts of any visit, but this week was an extra special one for the team.
Helen Tabois, Inspiring Travel Company’s Caribbean Product Manager, spent 14 hours on Necker Island and sampled a taste of island life.
The team on Necker Island are constantly looking for new ways to promote sustainable initiatives across the island.
Promoting sustainable practices and pledging our support to climate change initiatives is something we are always proud to highlight at Virgin Limited Edition.
Across our collection of properties the teams have been working hard to eradicate plastic and create recycling strategies to put waste to good use, or in Ulusaba’s case put actual waste to very good use! That’s right, the team use Elephant dung to create paper which is used for menus and those very friendly welcome .
We were delighted to welcome a very special visitor to meet our resident flamingos at The Roof Gardens this week, five-year-old Daisy.
Following her recent stay at Kasbah Tamadot, Alex Wix, owner of travel and events specialists Wix Squared, has kindly written a guest blog about her stay.
Throughout June, Virgin Limited Edition will be supporting the amazing work of Ocean Unite, to help raise awareness around the issues of marine conservation.
There are so many features that we are proud of in the Gardens, but one of the teams favourites has to be the living wall.
The Pride ‘N Purpose team have been helping to coordinate and fund a new construction project at the local Ntseveni School.
Our restaurant manager, Peter Avis, was delighted to be invited to a very special afternoon at St James’ Palace last week; The Diana Award’s inaugural Legacy Awards Ceremony.
Following her recent stay at Mont Rochelle and Ulusaba, Caitlyn Chase, founder of popular luxury lifestyle blog Caviar and Cashmere, has kindly written about her stay.
Unite BVI are a new not-for-project foundation based in the BVI whose vision is to create opportunities that inspire and empower the next generation to really take ownership and make a difference when it comes to environmental, educational and social issues in the region.
Well, what a journey it has been for our little feathered (or should that be rubber) friends.
With The Lodge now closed after a busy winter season, the team are having a well-deserved rest, as well as getting themselves prepared for the summer when The Lodge opens again in June.
The team at Kasbah Tamadot never like to sit still and are constantly thinking of new and innovative ways that they can continue to develop the property to make it even better for guests, staff and the environment.
Due to its prime location in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy, witnessing breath-taking animal encounters is largely what makes game drives so spectacular at Mahali Mzuri.
While visiting Ulusaba, community tours and excursions organised by Pride ‘n Purpose, are a fantastic way to engage and help give back to the local communities.
At Virgin Limited Edition, promoting and supporting women across the business is something we continue to champion.
On 25th March 2017, Virgin Limited Edition will be supporting the 10th anniversary of Earth Hour.
One of the most raved about parts of any stay at Mont Rochelle is the quality of the food and drink we serve.
Our Pastry Chef, Kate Malcolm inspires us every day with her tasty creations from the Babylon kitchen.
Rhino poaching is currently at crisis point all over Africa, with the numbers of rhinos being killed by poachers on the rise.
The past few weeks have been a very busy time for our resident Wine Maker, Dustin Osborne, and his team as they have just completed the 2017 harvest.
As any parent will know, one of the hardest decisions to make with young children is to decide where and when to take them away on holiday.
Following the recent rainfall we mentioned on recently on the blog, there has been a good amount of rain for the first half of the summer and so the animals and vegetation are reaping the rewards.
This year, the Virgin Limited Edition ducks have been spreading their wings and venturing out into the big, wide world.
Now our 2017 #GiveAFlyingDuck competition is in full flight, we have some lovely news from the team at the Tansghart Woodwork Centre in Asni, Morocco.
After a hard day on the slopes, or maybe not quite such a hard day by the pool, nothing is guaranteed to help you relax more than a visit to our in-house spa.
After gruelling months of drought (the most severe following the lowest annual rainfall ever recorded in South Africa), the start of the rain has been a welcome relief for many of the animals who live in the area.
Besides the white sandy beaches, delicious food and cheeky lemurs, the most celebrated part of a stay on Necker Island is our brilliant staff.
#GiveAFlyingDuck in 2017 and join our ducks as they journey around the world to see some of the most far flung places, doing some good while they’re at it.
It’s that time of year again.