Only a stone throw away from Batha square, lies this sumptous Relais & Châteaux property, a former palace, inviting you to experience the old-world glamour of andalusian Fes. THE reference of luxury accommodation in Fes (back in 2005 Bono and The Edge stayed here), it abounds with space, sophistication and serenity. The property comprises a succession of soothing patios, pools, fountains, courtyards found across a trio of joined-together riads and 30 spacious rooms and suites. The three wings each have distinctive styles: Moroccan, with traditional furnishings and exquisite fabrics; Oriental, blending dark wood with black or white tadelakt; and, most modern, Baroque-Andalucian, all black zellige tiles and marble bathrooms. If you're looking for value, the Standard Rooms with terraces are great; for living like a pasha, opt for a palatial two-floor Royal Suite. All boast air-conditioning, satellite TV and bathtub. The efficient team is overlooked by the ever- smiling manager Awa, who will get you front seats at the Sacred Music Festival or arrange for a flight to the Sahara. Bordered by vegetation, the hotel’s heated pool is just what you need after a day in the medina. And so is the Cinq Mondes spa. The rooftop dining terrace – where you’ll watch the sun set over the city’s roofs and copper-topped minarets while enjoying an exquisite Moroccan dinner (their lamb tossed in smoked onion jam is divine) - steals the show. By night, the orange-scented, lantern-lit Andalous courtyard below transports you right into the world of Scheherezade and Shahryar. There’s also a wine bar and a smoking room. Best visited all year round.