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Palais Faraj Suites & Spa
Set in a former palace on a scenic hilltop overlooking the medina, this luxurious property is full of exquisite arches, traditional tilework, colorful rugs, lashings of marble, stained glass details, and lots of vibrant paintings and objets d'art. The effect is dazzling, each room a new treasure chest to explore—perhaps none more enchanting than the little library that’s coated with arabesque and geometric patterns—while the lovely grounds, dotted with palm trees, rosebushes, and pristine lawns bordered by manicured hedges, offer sprawling views over the labyrinthine medina. Panoramic vistas also unfold from the hotel’s two restaurants, which serve excellent Fassi fare such as traditional pigeon pastillas—or for a culinary adventure, guests can try their hand at a cooking class. Other highlights include luxe spa facilities with a beautiful traditional hammam, two scrub rooms, three treatment rooms, a relaxation space, and even a hair salon, while the courtyard pool is a saving grace in the heat. As for the guest rooms, the hotel’s 25 suites are cloaked in colorful tiling and intricate lacy carvings and stocked with mod cons like free minibars and Nespresso machines.
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