North Africa

Exclusive guide to the best holiday destinations in North Africa, independent reviews from award-winning travel writers

The Fez Cooking School

It is a slightly nervy experience, having your own meal served to you by a waiter. But we need not have worried. Fatima and Zakia had taught us well.

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Palais Amani, Fez, Morocco

With their dark wood furniture, recesses and rugs, both rooms and suites channel the elegance of traditional Arabic interior design.

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Riad Star, Marrakech

Some people head to the Far East to find themselves. Fashionistas head for Marrakech to satisfy a desire to become their own interior design guru.

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The Regency Tunis Hotel

There may well be thousands of years of history packed into Carthage but these days the exclusive enclave of Gammarth has its own treasures on display. This is prime Carthage coastline lined with impressive villas, fashionable malls, the impressive  Robert Trent Jones-designed Residence Golf Club and a string of luxury hotels.

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On the set of Star Wars’ Mos Espa in Tunisia

Standing on a sand dune overlooking the set of Mos Espa the space port in Star Wars, I swear I had a strange feeling. It was as if my landrover was some kind of parked interplanetary space vehicle and I was being spied upon by a terrestrial power.

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Palais Amani. Fez

Palais Amani is an extraordinary experience. It is a wonderfully luxurious retreat in an ancient city that offers so much yet still hides under the shadow of Marrakech as Morocco’s destination of choice.

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