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Richard Branson's luxury mountain hideaway

The Property Addict / Travel

Jun 20 2017

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Tucked into the great stone folds of the Atlas Mountains, about an hour's drive outside of buzzing Marrakech, sits one of Morocco's most luxurious addresses. Upon entering Kasbah Tamadot, owned by none other than Sir Richard Branson who discovered the property on one of his ballooning expeditions, you'll be greeted by a series of chiseled courtyards dotted with fountains and reflecting pools, as you make your way to your sumptuous tent. There are nine of these scattered about the exotic retreat, along with 18 rooms and suites. kasbah-tamadot-overview entrance-at-night interior-courtyard-night Once you've settled in, it will be time to explore. Start with some sweet Moroccan mint tea in the opulent red-walled salon, filled with music, games, books and plush leather chairs. Next up, some lazing by the infinity pool surrounded by manicured cactus and palm gardens, followed by a massage at the Asounfou Spa or a quick hit on the tennis courts, before heading back to your tented hideaway for some down time. Before Sir Richard bought Kasbah Tamadot in 1998, it was home to the renowned antiques dealer Luciano Tempo, whose treasure-filled warehouse Branson inherited with the property. The spoils have been used to furnish the kasbah today. You'll notice them as you explore your room - those colorful Moroccan rugs strewn across the floorboards, the brass chandeliers hanging from the tented ceiling, the artefacts and antique wooden furniture. You may want to do nothing but admire them, glass of Moroccan shiraz in hand, before retiring to the hot tub on your private deck to take in those panoramic views of the Atlas Mountains. 25-deluxe-room 53-berber-tent-with-hot-tub master-suite-night Once you do manage to extricate yourself, though, the rust-coloured mountains await. Kasbah Tamadot can organize a Berber (the indigenous people of North Africa who make up about 60 per cent of Morocco's population) guide to take you, on the back of a donkey, out to explore. Passing wild pepper trees, prickly pear cactus and groves of towering Atlas cedars, you'll make your way to a Berber village. There, on the rooftop of an Adobe mud brick house, you'll eat fragrant home-cooked cuisine prepared in a traditional earthen oven. An experience improved only by a cocktail back at the kasbah's rooftop bar. 53-berber-tent-deck dinner-on-roof-terrace pool-terrace-lunch   private-dining-roof-terrace spa-hammam valley-view From AUD$882 in the low season. See kasbahtamadot.virgin.com. How to Get There: Emirates flies from Sydney and Melbourne to Casablanca via Dubai. From Casablanca, connect to Marrakech on a 55-minute Royal Air Maroc flight. See emirates.com/au. by Nina Karnikowski Save

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