Marble fountains and terraces overlooking the city offer a tranquil sanctuary.
ABOUT: Combining excellent facilities with an ideal location for exploring this beguiling city, the five-star Palais Jamai is a Fes institute. The hotel is situated within a fragrant garden of citrus trees and medicinal herbs, yet only steps away from the medina’s brouhaha. Designed in 1879 as a ‘pleasure pavilion’, the palace has remained sumptuous ever since, as confirmed by a columned Arab-Moorish atrium, and the stained glass windows, intricate woodwork, marble fountains and pretty lanterns found throughout. Far-reaching views over ramparts and rooftops are glorious.
ROOMS: The 123 luxury rooms and 19 suites are conceived in a refined, Oriental style, all spacious, and all complete with air-conditioning, satellite TVs, Bose radios and bathtubs. All ‘rooms’ have balconies: Standard Rooms face the hotel’s gardens, while Luxury Rooms overlook the honey-coloured medina.
FACILITIES: Guests have three restaurant choices: French cuisine and fine wines in the Petit Jardin, light Mediterranean dishes in l'Oliveraie or, accompanied by a live band and belly dancers, Moroccan staples at Al Fassia. There’s also an English-style jazz bar, a spa – with hammam, massage, whirlpool and Décleor products – a fitness centre and a large rooftop pool.
EXTRA INFO: For golfers, the hotel can arrange rounds on nearby nine or 18-hole courses. Two tennis courts are also available, and tour guides for the labyrinthine medina are essential. As you’d expect, Wi-Fi is available throughout.
Sophisticated and luxurious in a serene atmosphere. This Relais & Châteaux riad is located in the heart of the ancient city of Fez.
When travelling around Morocco it is not (contrary to common belief) necessary for women to ‘cover up’ out of respect for local modesty traditions. Morocco is a very mixed society with Moroccans who dress as westerners and more traditional families dressing in a more traditional way.
The only areas of the country where it is advisable for women to cover up their legs and shoulders would be in some parts of the High Atlas Mountains (very remote areas) where the locals are rarely visited by foreigners. It is highly unlikely that you will be visiting these areas on any holiday arranged by Lawrence of Morocco.