Virgin Hotel Morocco

Virgin’s Moroccan retreat to debut new riads

Virgin Limited Edition is to open six new riads at Sir Richard Branson’s Moroccan retreat, Kasbah Tamadot, from 1 July 2024.

The Virgin hotel will re-open in its entirety in October 2024, following a period of partial closure and restorations in the aftermath of the earthquake that occurred in the region in 2023.

Newly designed image renderings offer a sneak peek of the six new expansive three-bedroom riads, each of which has its own private bathroom, lounge area, terrace and pool. A new addition is the Rooftop Tented Suite, comprising two seamlessly connected tents and a hot tub on a spacious roof terrace, designed as a modern take on a traditional riad rooftop. Individually decorated in traditional Moroccan style, interiors will feature soft furnishings hand-made by artisans from the local Berber community, supported by Kasbah Tamadot’s charitable arm, The Eve Branson Foundation.

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A new restaurant and lounge, Asayss, will also open in July under the direction of Kasbah Tamadot’s long-standing Executive Chef, Yassine Khalal, serving Moroccan and international cuisine. The venue’s name nods to the traditional Moroccan space where poets would gather to share their verses and enjoy grand feasts, while the menu celebrates fresh ingredients and local produce, the majority of which is sourced from the hotel’s own kitchen garden, with a tasting menu also available in the evening.

The restoration of the main property is well underway following September’s earthquake, the aftermath of which saw the local community come together to support relief efforts – as well the Eve Branson Foundation, raising £1 million in its Earthquake Emergency Relief Fund.