Review of Riad Alkantara Fes, Morocco

The Riad Alkantara, a splendid complex of five traditional houses, is located in the Douh quarter, in the heart of the medina’s green circuit at a five minute walk from the Batha square. The luxury complex is set among the trees surrounded by five riads from different eras and with different architecture, patiently and passionately restored in an exquisite blend of modern comfort and the splendour of yesteryear.

Abdelfattah Seffar and Camille Lorenzetti’s vision for AlKantara is that of a platform to rekindle the artistic and cultural spirit of Fez. Three years on, a team of more than 100 of the city’s finest craftsmen are turning the dream into reality: the first riad, two restaurants, pool and gardens are complete, and within a few more years the remaining two riads will be restored to former glories.

The first riad to open its door is Dar Feshadara, a restored traditional 1930’s house. Luxurious in the extreme, it offers five junior suites, a lounge with fireplace and bookcase, a covered patio and Moorish terrace with a Berber tent, narghile and a superb view over the Medina.

Nestling among the greenery, the enchanting garden conceals a huge swimming pool fed by pure spring water, numerous terraces adorned with rushing fountains and numerous places where you can relax and unwind.

The Riad Alkantara also has a lounge bar with a smoking room overlooking the shaded terrace, a table d’hôtes menu offering authentic traditional Moroccan cuisine, a boutique dedicated to Moroccan clothes and décor, an exhibition area and creative workshops.