Fez is Morocco’s second city and its UNESCO World Heritage medina is truly extraordinary. Inside this medina is the art deco Palais Amani that was partly rebuilt in the 1930s. The hotel is home to 18 bedrooms and suites, a roof terrace, a cookery school, a restaurant, a library, a garden and a hammam.
A perfect spot to enjoy the sunshine or read a book or enjoy a cocktail before dinner by the bar. The roof terrace offers wonderful views of Fez and has many quiet corners with sun loungers and larger seating areas. A rooftop bar is open throughout the day and in the evening; there are cocktails to enjoy.
Design detail: The harlequin mosaic tables and sequin Berber cushions add to the upbeat feel on the rooftop and can be purchased in the medina with the help of the hotel’s personal shopper.
Start with a guided foodie tour of the medina followed by a cookery class at this purpose-built cookery school on the far side of the hotel’s roof terrace. Guests can learn to cook a selection of Fassi, Moroccan or Sephardic dishes.
Design detail: Each purpose-built cedar and grey slate units were designed and crafted by one of the top mosaic and stone suppliers in the country based in Sefrou less than an hour away. Visits to their showrooms can be arranged through the hotel and shipping overseas can be arranged.
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. Diners have the option to dine in the outdoor hidden paradise under the majestic citrus trees for a truly unforgettable culinary adventure.
Design detail: The Fez blue and white dining room with its original mosaic walls and flooring is home also to majestic maichoir and frosted glass lights designed specially for Palais Amani to match the art deco style. The workshops are in the new town and can be visited by appointment.
A separate space combing literature, board games and a light menu of local snacks and drinks, The Library Bar is open throughout the day and in the colder months an open fireplace is the ideal place to curl up by with a book or magazine.
Design detail: The hand sculptured plasterwork on the 6 metre chimney breast is worth popping your head round the door for and if you have a bit more time then sink into one of the bespoke club velvet arm chairs, and grab one of the many cook books or memoires signed by the authors after book signing events.
Each of the 18 bedrooms and suites is completely different both in design and layout. The Classic Rooms are cosy offering discreet views of the garden or medina. The second category of rooms is the Luxury Rooms, which combine a seating area and bedroom with stunning large windows and doors. The Junior Suites have a master bedroom, elegant salon and bathroom and can accommodate an extra bed so can sleep up to three. The Senior Suites offer an additional single room and the minimum dimensions are from 45m2 and include a salon and dedicated dressing area. Finally, The Grand Suite; this unique splendid room covers the whole 100 sq./m of the south wing. The suite includes a salon, a his and hers dressing room, spectacular bathroom and includes breath-taking views of the gardens and hills beyond. All rooms have their own fragrance and feature local beauty products and a selection of water and wines. Room service is also available.
Design detail: Most of the mosaic flooring is original, the Iraqi stained glass makes kaleidoscope patterns on the art deco bespoke divans. Moorish embroidered Moroccan slippers on each side of the bed are a gift for guests to enjoy during their stay and take away with them when they leave.
A small shop showcases local items including wool blankets, cotton and linen throws, hand-blown glass, modern Fez pottery, hand-carved wood, contemporary rugs and stationary.
Design detail: Palais Amani showcase a selection of up and coming Moroccan designer articles for sale in the shop, visits to most of their workshops can be set up by appointment. A range of copper and pottery tableware has been designed for the Palais and is also available for purchase along with our Egyptian cotton hand embroidered bed linen.
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.
Design detail: The heart of the garden is its unique petal shaped mosaic fountain that bubbles gently as you dine. In spring time the orange blossom is intoxicating and bitter orange essential oil is one of the main scents in the organic massage oils sold in the boutique.
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.
Design detail: Eucalyptus Organic Black soap and Ghassoul body masks are essentials in the range of Hammam purifications rituals, again available for purchase at our shop along with jasmine scented candles.
Head outside and enjoy a wide selection of experiences organised by Palais Amani including:
Foodie guided tour of the medina with a chef
Hike to the countryside with a driver and local guide
A walking tour of Africa’s largest medina with a local guide
www.palaisamani.com 12 Derb el Miter, Oued Zhoune, Fes Medina, 30000, Morocco
B&B is priced from €160.00 per room per night
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