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Tucked away down a narrow medina lane behind gold-studded doors, you’ll find this intimate five-star palatial riad; a true oasis amid the hustle and bustle of booming Fez. Newly renovated, Palais Amani retains its original 1930s art deco feel, spiced up with Moroccan design and smoothed over with the latest mod-cons.
The interior is all authentic wooden doors and mosaic floors, laid out around a lush tiled courtyard complete with a beautiful tumbling fountain. Choose from five guestrooms and nine suites, each individually decorated with its own feel and boasting its unique city- or courtyard- view. For a truly special stay, the Grand Suite is the most spacious and impressive, occupying an entire wing on the first floor with views stretching to the hills. For groups of friends or family wanting an unforgettable experience with top-notch service, exclusive use of Palais Amani would certainly fit the bill; your very own Franco-Moroccan-chic palace escape.
And it only gets better when you hear about the cuisine. Your evenings at Palais Amani begin with cocktails and aperitifs of cured olives and home-smoked almonds on the roof terrace while the chefs prepare traditional dishes using fresh market produce. Forget Westernised recipes churned out to the masses, Amani's restaurant aims to introduce guests to the too-often underappreciated variety of Moroccan cuisine - and if you let them know in advance, they are more than happy to rustle up just about anything you fancy.
The chef has acknowledged the appreciation of his creations by offering cookery classes, focussing on tagines to Moroccan breads and pastries, starting with a trip to the medina to source ingredients and finishing off with a well-deserved lunch. For those after something a little different, calligraphy classes are a must, while those in need of a re-charge after a day in the hectic souks and tanneries should head straight to Amani's own spa. Using exclusively organic products, including argan oil from the gardens of Ourika, the spa offers a full range of treatments, including the traditional - and must-try - hammam experience.