No Need To Haggle With The Soul Of Morocco – Fez
1 Oct 2013
The Authentic Moroccan Destination For 2014
Fez is Morocco’s third largest city, yet it remains its most magical, its most authentic, gathering visitors attention to the walled medieval city; the Medina (Old Town) which shouts about life. This is North Africa’s most impressive Medina where colours jump from every corner fusing with sights and sounds developed over the centuries. In the heart of the Medina is Fez’s best kept accommodation secret; Palais Amani, an art deco riad which has been completely refurbished offering 14 suites & bedrooms.
Palais Amani is built in the traditional riad style where the focus is turned inwards. The result is an ambiance of exclusivity and enhanced relaxation. A large garden at the centre of the palace makes way to bedrooms and suites over two floors, to a restaurant, a salon & library and a hammam. As guests climb to the top of Palais Amani they are greeted on the roof terrace by a spectacular 360⁰ view of the ancient city and surrounding mountains beyond.
Combining Arab, Berber, Moorish and Mediterranean influences, Moroccan cuisine is vibrant. At Palais Amani, food is taken seriously and is served throughout the day. A marriage of traditional recipes and modern presentation ensures guests enjoy dishes including slow cooked beef with wild artichokes, monkfish tajine with peppers and saffron or the infamous chicken pastille to name a few. The concise menu changes daily, dinner is priced from €38.00 per guest and is a true event. Outside of Palais Amani, the UNESCO Medina is home to many exciting food stalls serving everything from couscous to tagines to spicy merguez sausage. If all this sounds somewhat exhausting then simply sit back and sip a refreshing mint tea in the tranquil haven gardens of Palais Amani.
To embark on an authentic Moroccan food journey, visitors to Fez can enjoy the unique cookery master classes available at Palais Amani – ‘From Produce to Plate: Moroccan Riad Cookery’. This four hour journey which includes accompanied shopping in the Medina followed by a session and demonstration with the chef is completed with a 3 course lunch. Take the memory home with a Palais Amani apron, a mini basket of spices, detailed recipe sheets and your mind full of new Morocco cooking ideas.
Fez is an exciting city break destination year-round. It is famous for the annual ‘Sacred Music Festival of Fes’ which takes place each June. The festival brings together music and rhythms from across the globe. For fans of handmade crafts, Fez’s Medina is pure heaven. Distinctive ceramics, rich gorgeous fabrics and musical instruments amongst other items are available in abundance. Many are actually made here in the Medina meaning you can purchase a truly genuine item from Fez.
After all that navigating in the Medina, the ultimate relaxation awaits at Palais Amani in the luxurious hammam complete with a separate dedicated exfoliation room, showers and a relaxation area. Guests can enjoy three types of hammam treatments including an Oriental, Traditional or longer Royal treatment. With an extensive range of massage and beauty treatments, being pampered at the Palais Amani takes on its full meaning.
After dinner, end the day at the new bar located on the roof terrace and enjoy the ever changing sky scape. It is a perfect place to unwind while listening to the sounds of the Medina before bed.
Whilst other cities in Morocco have arguably left behind their authentic charms with large build luxury hotels and resorts, Fez remains an imperial city and is Morocco’s cultural and spiritual capital; well worth a visit in 2014.
12 Derb el Miter, Oued Zhoune, Fes Medina, 30000, Morocco
Rooms from €190 per night including Moroccan breakfast based on two sharing
Fez Airport is located approximately 10 Km outside of Fez and is served by Ryanair from London Stansted. Alternatively fly to Casablanca and take a train to Fez