10 lengths of the pool as the sun rises and the muezzin calls; an inspiring start to the day
Quick shower, floppy hat on, book in hand: a breakfast of fresh juices, fruits and natural yoghurt, a Baghrir pancake with honey-butter syrup
Chef rendezvous: a magical mystery tour of the medina to buy fresh produce
Learn to create gorgeous spiced salads, classic lamb tagine and couscous and – my favourite – Sellou
Enjoy a lunch of my creations – the best part of any cookery class
Book time beside the pool, with a dip and a Moroccan mint tea
Find sanctuary at the Spa Riad Fès by Cinq Mondes for their ritual hammam experience before heading to the roof-top terrace for Yoga
Freshen up and head to the roof-top terrace for a Champagne cocktail at sundown
Down to Riad Fès’s exquisite Gayza for a gourmet dinner before it’s time for sweet dreams …
Of the 31 rooms and suites at the palatial Relais & Châteaux property in the medina at Fez, no two are alike, although an artful interplay of tradition and modernism is a common thread across four themes: Moroccan, Oriental, Baroque and the Fassi signature. All are en suite and equipped with LCD TV, minibar and Wi-Fi. The Royal Suite’s private terrace commands a view of the Atlas Mountains while those of the four Ambassador Suites overlook the riad’s enchanting Andalusian and Baroque courtyards.
The dazzling colours of Morocco’s rich palette of spices, fruit and vegetables combine with succulent meat and fresh fish to thrill the palate with subtle flavours in Restaurant Gayza at Riad Fès. The chef presents an exciting selection of Moroccan and continental dishes, prepared with flair and a sprinkling of Riad Fès magic. After a day spent exploring the ancient city, absorbing its history and heady ambience, there’s nowhere better to sample the country’s rich culinary heritage.
Restaurant Gayza seats up to 70 in three discrete dining spaces: strong colours and evocative Moorish décor create a peaceful and intimate atmosphere. Other options include a relaxing lunch by the pool, a tête à tête dinner on the roof terrace, or among the fronds and fountains of one of the charming garden courtyards.
Gayza – Le Bar beside by the pool and the Andalusian court is just the place for a Moroccan mint tea or a flute of Champagne with local titbits. The sommelier will also be happy to organise a Moroccan wine tasting – a real eye-opener! At sundown, get in the mood with an aperitif at the Rooftop Bar. À votre santé!
A highlight at the dreamy Spa Riad Fès by Cinq Mondes is its traditional hammam cabins; an ancient Moroccan ritual for perfect relaxation. Christophe Pillet’s faultless design creates a seamless marriage of space and seclusion, enhanced by intelligent use of natural light, organic colours and soothing views of the lush poolside greenery. Cinq Mondes’ natural oils and plant extracts, and nourishing marocMaroc beauty products ensure a beautiful sensory journey.
Come in June. The weather is perfect for enjoying the Cherry Festival at Sefrou. Add a trip to the fascinating troglodyte houses at Bhalil
Moroccan mystique, Islamic culture and pure hedonistic pleasure
Large sun hat and swimming togs. Mirror sunglasses for inscrutable bargaining. Comfortable shoes for exploring