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Veronica visited Kasbah Tamadot during September and has shared her experience below. Veronica travels the globe documenting her adventures that focus on responsible tourism. As part of her stay she visited the Eve Branson Foundation and it's at the core of what we do. It's spearheaded by Eve Branson and aims to help local people in the long term by setting up sustainable enterprises. Thanks to Veronica for sharing her Kasbah story with us.
There is a quote I have always loved: "Take nothing but memories, leave nothing but footprints".
What if we all tried to leave the places we visit in better condition than we found them? I'm learning that it's not such a difficult thing to do.
When we made the decision to spend our holiday in Morocco, we did what most everyone does, a lot of research online. But to that list of best rated hotels, and sifting through customer reviews, we added one small task to our checklist. To find out if the hotel is socially, economically, and/or environmentally responsible.
Kasbah Tamadot had long been on my radar as a part of my larger bucket list item to visit all of the Virgin Limited Edition properties. But after a little bit of investigation, I realised that this was more than just a pretty hotel in a jaw-dropping setting.
From employing locals (90% to be exact), to helping local women and children get ahead in life, to sustainable food prep in the kitchen; Kasbah Tamadot's beauty lies not only on the surface, but well beneath too.
Even if you did nothing but lay by the pool for the entirety of your stay (which is very tempting!), you'd still be taking steps to be a more responsible tourist just by supporting a hotel which does so much to give back.
For the ultimate authentic stay there is a gorgeous cottage in the village across the ravine from Kasbah Tamadot. The whole place, complete with a chef to make you breakfast, is cheaper than a night at a city hotel in your hometown. The best part? All the proceeds go to supporting the Eve Branson Foundation. All you have to do is show up and enjoy the view.
I've always believed that when you give from the heart, it manifests in the most beautiful ways outwardly too. You can see the happiness in the demeanor of the Berber staff and in the buzz of a now more well connected community.
We spent an afternoon visiting the Eve Branson Foundation projects which is partially supported by Kasbah Tamadot and their guests. It's amazing what the Foundation is doing to help Berber women become self sufficient. Because really, that's what people truly benefit from. Not handouts, but the means to help themselves.
Aside from the breathtaking views, the freshness of the mountain air and the pure luxurious accommodation, Kasbah Tamadot will remind you that the simplicity of happiness and giving are two of life's greatest joys.
And it makes for one truly memorable, and fulfilling, holiday.
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If you'd like to find out how you can get involved or help The Eve Branson Foundation visit the website.
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