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Jo from our London office has shared her quick tips from her Moroccan adventure after spending a few days in Marrakech and Kasbah Tamadot in March.
"Throughout our three night stay in Marrakech our eyes kept being drawn to the snow-capped mountains looming over the city: they looked so tranquil compared with the hustle and bustle of the souks and Jemaa el-Fnaa. So when the time came to drive out to Kasbah Tamadot, perched in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, we were more than ready to escape the city. We drove higher and higher, past Argan oil co-operatives, through red-hued villages and along winding mountain roads before finally spotting the distinctive outline of our home for the next four nights.
We hadn't quite realised how beautiful the property is, or just how warm the welcome would be from every member of staff we met. We sat overlooking the pool whilst we checked-in, glass of champagne in hand, and felt ourselves unwind even when the rain swept in, we couldn't wipe the smiles off our faces! This was something truly special.
To make us feel even more at home we were taken on a tour of the property, making mental notes to try the spa pool as soon as we could, to sit on the roof terrace as soon as the sun came out, and to meet the mules we had heard so much about. We didn't think it could get much better, but then we were shown into our room well, our tent. Adfel means snow, and you certainly do get a wonderful view of the mountains from the terrace, if you can tear yourself away from the lovely bathroom to wander through bedroom and sitting area to the deck.
After a fantastic lunch on the pool terrace (I can recommend the Berber Burger and then the homemade thyme ice-cream!) we lazily planned the next few days and what fun they were! We managed to drag ourselves away from the main pool, as the sun did come out, to experience the hammam: I have never felt so clean in my life and believe this is a must-do for any stay here.
We also went out on a mule trek with Mohammed: this is a great way to gain a new perspective on the surrounding countryside and Mohammed is a very friendly and knowledgeable guide. We visited the nearby eco-museum and the Virgin Unite shop. We explored the gardens and swam, mainly in a vain attempt to make room for all the delicious food we kept eating breakfast, with pastries, fresh orange juice and a wide choice of hot food (do try the Eggs Tamadot!), a Berber BBQ, 7 course International Tasting Menu, a la Carte and more of that home-made ice-cream I'm surprised we didn't sink in the pool! The highlight was the Moroccan Tasting Menu, each course an intriguing take on traditional Moroccan food and incredibly delicious. The chef made a friend for life when he indulged our request for a little bit more of the salted caramel sauce by sending out a mini bowl of it!
Later in our stay we moved to a Superior Suite in the main building and really recommend this: you get a great feel for the whole property and experience it in a different way. The tent is a retreat in the best sense whilst being in the main building meant we could easily wander down to the library to choose a new book or star-gaze from the roof terrace. I couldn't say which I preferred!
We didn't want to leave and would happily have stayed at this magical mountain hideaway for as long as they would have us. It was one of those stays where you want to say a proper heartfelt farewell to everyone who made your time there so wonderful and you leave promising to return as soon as you can."
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