Fez is Morocco’s Cultural & Spiritual Centre and 2018’s Hot Destination
19 Sep 2017
- An updated airport welcomes more flights including year-round UK flights and new internal connections including Marrakech – Fez
- Palais Amani, an art deco independent hotel unveils Cookery breaks, Yoga retreats, Hammam rituals, Guided tours and Fassi dining, all in the heart of the medina
- Africa’s largest medina in Fez is as unique and authentic as it was over 1200 years ago. This is the place to see craft items produced using traditional methods
- Fez is Morocco’s foodie city packed with Street Food, Pop Ups and Riad Cooking
- The World Festival of Sacred Music takes place in Fez each June
Fez’s medina is a UNESCO World Heritage site, it is Africa’s largest medina and is car free and as authentic as it was over 1200 years ago. Fez is the most imperial city in Morocco and the country’s second largest city. New energy and investment are visible in Fez today and this magical city is in the best position ever to welcome new visitors.
Fez airport is on track to receive one million passengers this year. In 2017, a new terminal was unveiled and Air Arabia Maroc announced a base at the airport. Many new destinations were added including a year-round twice weekly London Gatwick connection and an internal Marrakech – Fez route. These flights are in addition to Ryanair’s presence at the airport including two weekly flights from London Stansted. The UK is currently the eighth largest market to Fez but that is set to rise with these new connections.
Located at one of the most significant entrances to the medina is Palais Amani, Fez’s leading independent hotel. Home to 15 suites and bedrooms, this art deco building was partly rebuilt in the 1930s and is today one of the main destinations in Fez with its restaurant, roof top bar and basement hammam open to non-residents also. Palais Amani showcases the finest authentic and traditional Moroccan decoration. A large garden of 600m2 is at the centre of the palace filled with orange trees where birds, permanent residents here, provide the birdsong in this tranquil haven.
Palais Amani offer all manner of experiences in Fez including:
Cookery: Throughout a morning tour of the souks gathering ingredients with the head chef, guests will encounter some hidden foodie spots that tourists may not always find. With all the ingredients in a basket it is back to Palais Amani for a two hour cookery demonstration with the chef. Here guests will learn how best to use Moroccan ingredients including a vast selection of spices to create traditional dishes. Guests later sit down to enjoy their own lunch on the stunning terrace. All guests on the Cookery Break take home a Palais Amani apron, a mini basket of spices and detailed recipe sheets to recreate the new recipes back home. Cookery classes include:
- Tajine and side dishes (€97 private or €77 part of a group)
- Moroccan breads and pastries (€67 private)
Yoga: Several retreats throughout the year include full day classes and 8 day retreats. Day passes are also available for non residents and priced €95 and include a group yoga lesson, detox lunch or dinner and a traditional hammam. The retreats include daily yoga classes, hammam rituals and half board accommodation. Dates include 25th Oct – 1st Nov, 29th Nov – 6th Dec and 21st – 28th March.
Hammam: The hammam is designed in true Moroccan style complete with a hot room, an exfoliation room, separate showers and a luxury relaxation chamber. The ‘Royal Hammam’ treatment lasts 1 hour 15 minutes and transports guests into the ritual of purification not found outside of this fascinating country. A hand and foot bath with sea salt crystals starts the journey and this is followed by a pumice stone foot scrub using a natural rose water and bran scrub. A clear water rinse is then applied. The head is also treated and a Natural Henna or White clay ‘Ghasoul’ hair mask is applied, this is followed by a gentle shampoo and clear water rinse.
Dining: Eden Restaurant at Palais Amani offers ‘Market Moroccan’ local produce. Here diners can enjoy Moroccan signature dishes from an a la carte menu along with a weekly changing three-course bistro menu. A diverse tapas menu is also available daily and celebrates the 13th-century Arabo-Andalusian cuisine of this area. Diners have the option to dine in the outdoor hidden paradise under the majestic citrus trees for a truly unforgettable culinary adventure.
Music: Fez also hosts the World Festival of Sacred Music each year around June time. Various venues, squares and hotels across the city host music concerts including Palais Amani. This event has grown in popularity each year and booking ahead is advisable.
Fez is a melting pot where many cultures have merged. Its fascinating past and modern developments make this a hot destination for 2018.
Air Arabia Maroc LGW – FEZ Wednesday and Saturday
Ryanair STN – FEZ Wednesday and Sunday
Air Arabia Maroc FEZ – RAK (Marrakech) Tuesday, Friday and Sunday
www.palaisamani.com 12 Derb el Miter, Oued Zhoune, Fes Medina, 30000, Morocco
B&B is priced from around £180 per room per night
Cookery Break – 4 nights B&B, A La Carte dinner on first night, tapas dinner on last night, cookery class including souk tour and lunch priced €880 based on two guests
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