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.