You’ll find a little bit of Morocco encased within the four walls of your Moroccan hotel. The five-star Sofitel Palais Jamai Fes is palatial indeed, housed within a Moorish structure dating back to the 19th century. A vividly coloured oasis amid lush greenery, the pretty courtyard fountain isn't the only body of water here; within the hotel's Fez spa you’ll find a Jacuzzi, a heated pool, and a hammam (bath house). A fitness centre, tanning salon, and massage facilities are also tucked within the walls made of Zellige tiles and Tadelakt plaster.
Sample traditional Moroccan cuisine at Al Fassia, where you'll be entertained by an Andalusian band and a belly dancer. Al Jounaïna offers French fare, while L'Oliveraie serves up daily buffets and barbecues by the pool.
High archways lead you back to your room, where you can relax in a luxurious medley of canopied beds, delicate chandeliers, and mosaic floors. Everything around you – including the carpet, the headboard, and the intricately painted walls – creates a distinctly Moroccan ambience. Even the minute details, such as glasses and teapots, are living samples of local artistry. Of course, there's no lack of modern amenities: air conditioning, WiFi Internet access, and satellite TV are provided.
No wonder the Grand Vizier of Jamaï – one of the most powerful politicians, whom only the Sultan can dismiss – once called this his home.
Other “miniature Morocco” hotels are Riad Myra Hotel (with its marble steam room, Moroccan restaurant, and wireless Internet access) and Riyad Sheherazade (with its garden of orange blossoms, palm trees, and jasmine). Both are in the French-influenced city of Fes.