Good trips often start by a good hotel. It was exactly the case of our trip to Morocco last weekend. Together with Charlotte, Parisian travel blogger, we spent a couple of days in Fez staying at the gorgeous Palais Amani Hotel. It was a beautiful experience!
Palais Amani is located in an ancient Moroccan riad which was previously owned by a wealthy family. It’s a true palace with an interior garden, rooftop terrace and mosaics everywhere – we were amazed when we saw this magnificence for the first time. We entered a discreet door on a tiny street hidden in Medina and found ourselves in a fairytale place where the fountain splashes and lemons hang on the branches… Welcomed with a glass of lint tea, we immediately felt ourselves at home in this beautiful place.
The hotel has only 15 rooms and offers exclusive and personalized service to its guests. It also has a spa complex where you can experience traditional Moroccan beauty treatments and relaxation rituals (we didn’t have time to try it, and it’s definitely a reason to come back!) The restaurant serves local and European dishes and at the rooftop bar proposes a selection of merges, Moroccan tapas – one evening we ordered them for dinner and were full without adding any other dishes.
I love eating local when I travel and was happy to discover Moroccan breakfasts at Palais Amani: homemade bread with olives, fresh goat cheese and vegetables, homemade yogurt with almonds and honey, a new local dish every morning and an egg dish – after this breakfast you can easily skip lunch! Breakfast was served in the interior garden, and it was great to start the day sitting in the sun and drinking fresh orange juice squeezed from the oranges picked up in the same garden… And I became addicted to mint tea which I started to order instead of coffee!
Palais Amani collaborates with the local guides and offers a selection of tours in Fez and 1-2 days trips to the other destinations. Usually I prefer to be independent in my trips and walk by myself but in Morocco we opted for a guided tour in Medina and it was a really good decision. First of all, we had a private guide who worked only with us, without any group of tourists. We explained him our expectations (like “hidden photogenic spots” 😉 and he created an itinerary according our desires. Medina is such a confusing place, with narrow streets, crowds of people – all of them trying to sell you something – and lots of hidden spots, so it was good to be guided in this mess.
To be honest, Palais Amani is so perfect that I could spend the whole weekend without leaving the hotel, and it was just my curiosity (and Charlotte’s motivation) which pushed me to go explore the city:) The place is so relaxing and beautiful that you have no desire to leave it! I could tell more about this charming place but I think photos will tell you better than words…
12، Derb El Miter
Tel: +212 5356-33209
2 thoughts on “Palais Amani, the best kept secret of Fez”
What a beautiful riad! I’ve been to Fes before not in such beautiful surroundings! I’ll have to check it out next time!
Yes, it’s truly a hidden gem – a fantastic spot even just to have a cocktail on the rooftop or dinner at their restaurant…