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Welcome to Atlas Tales , where I'll be updating you on news from in and around Kasbah Tamadot.
I thought I would start by introducing myself and my husband Kenton. We became General Managers of Kasbah Tamadot earlier this year. Until then, we were both working at Kasbah's sister property, Necker Island, where Kenton held the positions of Activities Director and Operations Manager and I was firstly Spa Director and then Front of House Manager. Settling into the Kasbah has been a fantastic experience so far and we're loving life in the Atlas mountains, with our one year old baby son, Theo.
Here at the hotel we've just added six beautiful Berber tented suites and now have a total of 24 rooms and suites in the hotel. Five of the tents are located a short stroll through the gardens whilst the sixth is close to the main entrance, with stunning views over the valley.
Within the community, you may not be aware but Kasbah Tamadot started helping the local Berber community within Asni long before opening by giving free English lessons and donating money to improve the facilities within their homes and schools. As a hotel 90% of our staff are from the village and, as a guest, you will soon feel their warmth and happy hospitality as they look after you.
We have a shop located to one end of the property which sells goods made by the Eve Branson Foundation as well as other locally produced items. Eve has regularly visited Asni since she originally found the Kasbah during one of Richard's Hot Air Ballooning adventures; it has become one of her main joys and the ladies of Tansghart are thrilled with her help and motivation in developing new skills such as carpet making and needlecraft.
Every Wednesday Brahim Bendar our House Manager, who has been working for the Kasbah for 20 years, organises visits to Eve's projects. You're welcome to visit the ladies and see all their work in progress. Items are then sold in the Kasbah Tamadot shop with 100% of the proceeds from these items going back to the Eve Branson Foundation. For all other items sold at the shop, 30% of all takings is automatically given to Virgin Unite, the Virgin Group's entrepreneurial foundation.
Another way we support Virgin Unite is through the donation of 15% of specially created range of 'Heaven's Angels' treatments offered in the Asounfou spa. Heaven's Angels is a campaign supported across the Virgin Group. Money is raised to fund medical outriders in remote locations of sub Saharan Africa. It costs just £5000 per annum to provide these workers with a motorbike, medical training and supplies to enable them to reach people living in really remote locations.
Closer to home
The team at Kasbah Tamadot was one of the founders of a project to build a Play school for under 5's. This has proven to be very successful and there are plans for it to grow to accommodate 50 children, creating a safe and educational environment for 4 hours per day.
Anyway, I'll keep you updated about this and all other projects over the coming months and would love to hear from you too. The comments section of this blog will be activated in January 2009 so you'll be able to interact with us and post your own thoughts and let us know what you think.
Talk to you soon
Leesa Jones,- Manager, Kasbah Tamadot
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