Fez is Morocco's oldest imperial city, with its medina classified as a World Heritage Site. It is a symbolic reference of Morocco, commonly perceived as embracing the more authentic side, thanks to the Medina, open markets, decadent souks and traditional customs. Here you'll find young ones carrying bread from the communal ovens around the labyrinth streets, and others carrying their load on a mule. It is a wonderful step back in time. Palais Amani is a former grand Fassi family house that was renovated by its current owners in 2006. They spent three and a half years transforming the house into the boutique 15 room palatial stay in Fez that stands today.If you're looking for a serene, relaxing and boutique stay in Fez, Palais Amani in its decadent and leafy glory is a worthy contender. Tucked away down a side street within the walls of the medina, you can find a humble building which boosts the most glorious inner patio.
The garden, spa, terrace, books and free WiFi throughout are just some of the offerings at Palais Amani. Though we don't think you'll be watching much TV, most rooms do feature flat screens and sound systems with pre-loaded iPods. The bathrooms are also fully kitted with natural aromatic bath toiletries.
The Grand Suite, is one of the most impressive at Palais Amani, with its stained-glass windows looking out onto the garden. It also has his and her walk-in wardrobes and covers 100 sq/m of the South Wing. A must for those really wanting a luxurious and romantic stay. The Mezzanine Suites are decorated with original artwork, classic rugs and embellished light fixtures giving a cosy vibe. Misriah I apartment is located on the first floor and has a decadent setting. It can be combined with the Misriah II apartment on the second floor, which has it's their own own private terrace, for guests to have the option to book both apartments as one joint unit. In addition, some of the junior suites have balcony-style mezzanines.
Amani’s Eden restaurant serves creative French and Moroccan food. Here you can expect hearty tagines, flavourful couscous and colourful salads. It makes for a perfect dining setting with the wooden carved doors, view of the garden and decadent and iconic zellij tiles from floor to ceiling. The three-course set menu is around 30 euros. They are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner to both residents and non-residents and cater to special requests or dietary restrictions.
Feel like pampering yourself? Fear not, as the hotel has it's own spa, meaning that you simply need to book your treatment via reception, and they will prepare the spa and collect you from your room to take you to the vicinity via a candlelit staircase. They provide facials, massages, and the classic hammam treatments. In hotter climates, you can take advantage and indulge in your treatment whilst up on the rooftop terrace, with a fantastic view and aroma of the garden below.
- Home-made Moroccan breakfast
- Maid service
- Bed linen and towels
- Natural bathroom amenities
- Spa and hammam
- Central heating & air conditioning
- Free high-speed WiFi throughout the grounds
Rate - Start from 160 euros per night
Location - In the maze-like Medina of Fez, Morocco
Suitable for - couples, groups, friends and families
Tips - Visit the infamous Chouara Tannery, which is a short walk away.
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