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Awoken by another glistening sun placed in a clear blue sky was the perfect way to start Christmas day in the Atlas mountains. Kasbah Tamadot was the setting of a winter wonderland 'Moroccan style'!
Our guests enjoyed their breakfast on the pool terrace they were joined by a special guest, Papa Noel, or more commonly know as Father Christmas! After a rocky 4,000km trip from Lapland he arrived to deliver gifts to all. The children were particularly excited with their Christmas stocking left by Santa the previous evening and after looking longingly at the chimney were Santa was to emerge from for two days prior, were finally excited to meet the bearded one (we mean Santa- not Richard!) For those who were worried about finding space to fit in Chef Lee's mouth watering Christmas lunch, next on the agenda for the day was a mid morning walk with our guide Mohamed. Mohamed, as many of you who have stayed here at Kasbah will know, is a mountain of knowledge himself! Spending many a day trekking with guests around the surrounding area and up to a local look out point providing 360 views of our beautiful back garden that is the High Atlas, turning every corner to reveal yet another picture perfect backdrop. After the walk, it was time to prepare for lunch, but not before Champagne cocktails on the roof top with some less than traditional Christmas guests- In the form of Cobra's, Adder's and water snakes!!The queue for The Club on the 7th January 2012!!Many guests joined the snake charmer in handling the snakes and learning about their habits, habitat, and diet which thank fully did not include champagne infused holiday makers!
Finally what all had been waiting for... Christmas Lunch was served! We welcomed our Executive chef, Lee Cowie back a few days prior after some moonlighting on Necker Island, just in time to get back into the kitchen to whip up some gastronomic delights that he is so famous for.
A traditional carvery feast including Buttered Poached Turkey, Roast Duck, Slow roasted beef, spiced ham complimented with stuffing of apple & walnut or Sage & onion, and not forgetting caramlized brussel sprouts with bacon. Well come on Christmas wouldn't be Christmas with out the sprouts!
Just went you start to think this couldn't get any better.... What if I said 7 little words: Christmas pudding souffle with Whiskey ice cream? Enough said.
And if you though the afternoon was to be spend in front of the TV, drinking mulled wine and eating minced pies- You would be correct! Afternoon tea in the library.
For those who were not ready to sit and put their feet up, we were visited by a flock of camels. Never ridded a camel before, well this was the chance... And surprisingly, guests were not in for a bumpy ride.
We watched the sun sink behind the mountains whilst enjoying the traditional Moroccan Shisha pipe on the pool terrace... This was Christmas- Tamadot style.
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