Photo courtesy of Hotel Sahrai
Chic modern design mixes with Moroccan influences in this enchanting escape perched on a hill overlooking the ancient Fes medina. Airy interiors are studded with floor-to-ceiling windows and sleek furnishings that are paired with brightly patterned rugs, decorative vases, Moorish lamps, and other atmospheric details that lend a sense of place and heritage to the contemporary stylings. Terraces and outdoor spaces abound, offering panoramic views over the walled city and Atlas mountains beyond, including a scenic pool area as well as a stylish rooftop bar with live music and DJ sets on the weekends. The hotel’s Givenchy spa is just one of the highlights here, offering a wide menu of pampering treatments, while the traditional hammam is all pared-down minimalism and lashings of marble. Equally serene are the guest rooms with their soothing neutral shades, clean-lined wooden furniture, and glass-walled marble bathrooms stocked with Acqua di Parma toiletries, while a welcoming gift of homemade Moroccan pastries is a sweet treat. Other local delicacies, like quail and almond tagine or roasted cockerel stuffed with raisins and semolina, can be had at Amaraz restaurant, which puts a gourmet spin on Moroccan cuisine, while the equally chic Relais de Paris offers a French brasserie menu. And a myriad of other dining options within the medina’s walls are just a 10-minute drive away.
By Aleksandra Hogendorf, AFAR Contributor
Dhar El Mehraz, 30 000، Fes 30050, Morocco