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One of our Reservations team in the London office, Joe Beecroft, recently came back from a trip to Kasbah Tamadot, and took some time to share his experience with us...
Joe says: "After nearly five years I returned to Kasbah Tamadot this month to be welcomed by the sun shining, the Berbers smiling and a glass of champagne, a very warm welcome indeed!
Shown to my Deluxe Suite on the roof of the main building, the door opens to a beautiful open plan suite and the sounds of traditional Moroccan music playing in the background. I had to check out the view and wasn't disappointed - the calming sound of the river running through the valley below hits you straight away and clear views as far as the eye can see of the vast beauty of the Atlas Mountains truly breathtaking.
A note is quietly slid under my door inviting me to pre-dinner drinks by the reflecting pool where I get the chance to meet my fellow guests and the friendly Kasbah Tamadot team. Dinner on this balmy evening takes us up to the roof terrace, after meandering through the softly lit labyrinth of the Kasbah we arrive with two glowing fires on each side to be shown to a comfy cushioned corner with views over the mountains which are now glowing in the moonlight. My first taste of the fine dining to be had at Kasbah Tamadot was a tasty herb crusted lamb dish with a glass of the local red wine - a very relaxing evening and time for bed.
I awake to glorious sunshine on the Saturday morning and breakfast is served by the pool side terrace with fresh fruit, pastries and breads bought to the table straight away. Can we fit in a cooked breakfast prepared in a traditional Moroccan tagine? Rude not to I reckon!
A walk around the lush gardens is in order today in a vain attempt to work off some of the breakfast, there is a gym but somehow I never managed to make the time to visit!
The gardens are strewn with ripe fruit trees and herbs joined by an abundance of blossoming roses and other flowers. As you walk through the gardens one of the first smells to hit you is rosemary. I pass a couple of guests taking in some afternoon ping pong, pass the tennis courts and the Berber Tents hidden behind the cypress trees. A little further on and you come to a small boutique which includes items the Berber people have made in local workshops set up by Eve Branson; that's gifts for the family sorted!
For the true Moroccan experience a Hammam is needed, so I booked myself in for one just before a quick dip in the indoor pool. Taken to a private domed sauna room for the treatment, it's a mix of a body scrub and mud treatment, based on the weekly ritual in Moroccan culture. Relaxed and scrubbed, I could feel the difference immediately on my skin time for a siesta!
Somehow I've managed to work up an appetite which is a good job as Saturday night is a seven course tasting menu and for the full gastronomic experience wines can be paired with each dish, a true delight for the taste buds. The sky tonight is completely cloudless, jammed with more stars than my eyes can take and the moon shining brightly giving the Kasbah a magical glow, so after dinner it was back to the roof terrace for some star spotting and moon exploration with the telescope (not that you need one!).
Sunday morning after breakfast I joined a complimentary trek (also offered on Tuesdays) guided by Mohammed, and reluctantly I don the straw hat which is provided in my room and seems to be ten times bigger than everyone else's!! If this is taken by the wind I'm sure there will be reports of a UFO in Marrakech! But my receding hairline definitely needed it and off we went. The trek lasted nearly three hours with Mohammed pointing out the wildlife which included squirrels, lizards and the odd hawk along with the aromatic plant life from cedar wood to thyme. The views of Mount Toubkal continued to amaze and Mohammed knew the right spots to stop and take it all in. We stopped at Mohammed's house in a small Berber village for a spot of mint tea, which greatly amused his daughters laughing and playing in the next room as we attempted to poor the mint tea from a height - the Moroccan way and essential for the flavour were told. The return walk took us through barley fields scattered with blossoming poppies and purple wildflowers and continuing along part of the river, we arrive back at Kasbah Tamadot in time for lunch and a deserved sit down!
After lunch with a full belly and after the mountain trek, a dip in the infinity pool was in order, not that much swimming was happening, resting by the edge taking in the sights and sounds of the mountains around me. Chilling by the pool, cocktail menu within grabbing distance and a good book borrowed from the library upstairs I was set in for the afternoon. I think the mixologists at The Roof Gardens in London might have some competition on their hands - a mojito made with fresh mint from the garden was very refreshing and one of the best ever!
Dinner is served by the reflecting pool this evening and takes on a completely different look in the evening, Moroccan lanterns and candles flickering around the pool, with petals slowly floating by - a very enchanting and a fitting end to my Moroccan weekend. My last night in the comfy king size bed I listen to the sounds of the crickets and frogs for the last time that send me off soundly to sleep.
Farewell Kasbah Tamadot!"
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