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So firstly HUGE apologies for the delay in getting an updated blog onto our page, hope you have not been too lost without us!! Thing is Kasbah has been SOOOO busy over the last few months none of us have had a moment spare to sit down and get the blog done. Between having exclusive use stays, small group party celebrations, children's weeks, honeymoons, anniversaries and even a cheeky little visit from Richard Branson and some of the Galactic crew we have been non-stop. Not that we are complaining! It has been fantastic and I must say, Kasbah Tamadot is looking really beautiful at the moment. The gardens are full of stunning blossoms, the trees full of delicious fruits (which are perfect for a wee afternoon snack break from the office) and we even think that our little Donkey, Peaches, may be pregnant!
Also thought to introduce to you a few new (and old) team members so you know who's who.
Firstly, and I imagine many of you already know, Leesa and Kenton, our beloved General Managers. They (along with their boisterous two year old Theo) joined the Kasbah team in 2008 after a 6 year stint on Necker Island. Both are the epitome of the Virgin ethos and never seem to be short of smiles and warm welcomes! These are two GMs that take the floor and lead by wonderful example, an example which we more then happily follow. Since being at Kasbah Tamadot we have also been delighted to welcome into the world little Zara Rose, now 6 months old, who is the cutest baby ever and like her Mum and Dad, can't seem to stop smiling!
Then, we have our fantastically colourful Food & Beverage Manager, Romain Arnaud. French born, but we stole him fresh off the boat from New York City where he was working for Tastings, Food Service Catering Hall of Payard. He joined the team in January and has taken the F&B department by storm! With his own personal flair and charm he will dazzle you with his knowledge of wines and will make sure that your glass will never be empty!
Then where would we be without our resident Celebrity Chef , Lee Cowie (Some may remember Lee from his days as head chef on Necker Island).Also calling him our celebrity chef is no joke... our Kiwi Chef has just had an article published about him in the June Issue of GQ Magazine (isn't he fancy!!). After about 6 years away from Virgin running many excellent kitchens around the globe he came to us from Australia where he ran the kitchen for the restaurant Mission. Lee joined Kasbah Tamadot last August, has brought with him exception culinary knowledge we would like to think, that if Michelin awarded any stars in this country he would have earned us one of those!
Also for those of you who have visited us over the last year, we are sad to say goodbye to Fiona, who has been managing our spa. She has lead our wonderful team effortlessly and was always here to ease our stressed shoulders and help pamper the blues away. She will be sorely missed!
Of course it would not be fair to write about staff without a hearty mention to the 95% Berber staff we have here at Kasbah Tamadot... they are the very soul of our little hotel and their warm smiles and big hearts make the property what it is!
Finally last but certainly not least our most recent staff member to be welcomed into our little family is Julien Pegon. He only arrived at Kasbah Tamadot at the beginning of this month after working in a stunning new hotel in Paris called - Hotel Beauchamps where he was Room Division Manager. Julien is currently overseeing the Housekeeping department and will be taking over the role of Front of House Manager mid July. (You'll have to wait for his photo... he is so new we have yet to capture a picture of him).
That being said, it is with a heavy heart I let you know that I will be leaving Morocco in the next 3 weeks to begin my next adventure. I can hardly believe that my year here has already come to an end. But I can honestly say that working at Kasbah Tamadot has been one of the best experiences ever it is such a fantasic property. There was never a day that I came to work and did not feel amazed by the wonderful views, the friendly welcome from the staff and enjoy great conversations with our guests. I am more than certain you will feel the same way once you have seen it for yourselves. It will be an unforgettable experience I assure you that!
Festive cheer, camel rides and Yonka facials in the High Atlas
Goats, Gnaoua's and life in the High Atlas
Spring awakening in the Atlas Mountains
Adventures in the Atlas
Cashmere and champagne!
A Berber Feast
The Elders visit the High Atlas
Christmas & New Year in the Atlas Mountains
She'll be coming round the mountain when she comes...!