Who to know: Mr Cezarina Pomojnicu, the Sahrai’s marketing manager, is well versed in the mysteries of the medina; he’s also a talented linguist and makes a generous guide.
Its name comes from the Arabic word for magic, and the Hotel Sahrai certainly pulls many luxuriant rabbits from its well-appointed hat. The architecture alone, with its great arches, plant-covered atriums, zellige pools, carved plaster and local stone cladding, is spellbinding. Home to two restaurants, a rooftop bar with a panoramic terrace, and an exclusive Givenchy spa complete with a traditional hammam, Mr Christophe Pillet’s design makes for a fresh alternative to the riads and resorts. Most abracadabra-worthy are the spectacular views over the Fès medina, the largest in the Arab world. If it’s not magic to be able to take in 12 centuries of the city’s history in one gulp, then what is?
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