Learn a new skill in 2018 at Palais Amani – Cooking in the Fez medina in Morocco, just 3 hours from the UK
18 Dec 2017
- The best way to explore Africa’s largest medina is on a food tour ahead of a cookery class back at Palais Amani hotel in the heart of the medina
- Fez is Morocco’s foodie city packed with Street Food, Pop Ups and Riad Cooking
- Palais Amani, an art deco independent hotel offers cookery breaks, hammam rituals, guided tours and Fassi dining, all in the heart of the medina
- New flights from London Gatwick to Fez and internal flights to Marrakech now available with Air Arabia Maroc
Fez’s medina is a UNESCO World Heritage site, it is Africa’s largest medina and is completely car free. The best way to embark on a medina discovery is with a foodie tour which ends with a cookery class at Palais Amani. A foodie tour introduces visitors to this vast medina and along the way they eat and shop for produce to prepare a meal back at Palais Amani.
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 cookery school and basement hammam, all 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.
Throughout 2018 visitors can learn a new skill and learn to cook a three course meal with the help of the hotel’s head chef.
Throughout a morning two hour tour of the souks gathering ingredients with the head chef, guests will encounter some hidden foodie spots including a breakfast soup treat, a mint tea expert and plenty of stalls selling cakes. Most tourists may not always find these places within the 10,000 alleys. Then, guests pop into various shops to buy produce. 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) or Moroccan breads and pastries (€67 private).
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.
Breakfasts at Palais Amani are truly special and again guests can enjoy these outdoors. Each day a daily changing breakfast menu is presented over four courses, all are traditional Moroccan dishes.
A wonderful way to relax is in the hammam at Palais Amani. 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.
Fez 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.
Air Arabia Maroc launched flights from London Gatwick on Wednesdays and Saturdays making it easier than ever to reach Fez. In addition, they have also unveiled internal flights between Fez and Marrakech making a double city break possible.
Fez is a true melting pot and the perfect destination to learn a new skill in 2018.
www.palaisamani.com 12 Derb el Miter, Oued Zhoune, Fes Medina, 30000, Morocco
B&B is priced from €160.00 per room per night
Air Arabia Maroc LGW – FEZ Wednesday and Saturday / Air Arabia Maroc FEZ – RAK (Marrakech) Tuesday, Friday and Sunday