Re-awakening the Tazi Palace
High atop the hills of Tangier’s Medina, the Fairmont Tazi Palace Tangier is one of Morocco’s newest and finest five-star hotels, exuding grace and luxury. This historic building, dating back to the 1920s, has been meticulously restored and offers incomparable views of the city.
This is Fairmont’s forth property in Morocco and was originally built by one of the King of Morocco’s advisors before falling into disrepair. OBMI & CCCRA Architects were commissioned to restore it to its former glory, making the transformation with a mandate of preserving original features, while breathing new, modern-Morrocan, life into the palatial spaces.
At Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, guests will find a unique combination of intimacy and endless possibilities. With over 80 hotels worldwide, Fairmont properties are renowned for the grand moments of life they provide, including personal milestones and cherished memories. Since 1907, Fairmont has developed iconic hotels that are steeped in the history, culture, and community of their destinations. Some of these locations include The Plaza in New York City, The Savoy in London, Fairmont San Francisco, Fairmont Banff Springs in Canada, Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai, and Fairmont The Palm in Dubai. Guests can expect engaging service, beautiful public spaces, locally-sourced cuisine, and memorable bars and lounges.
A Base in Boubana
The hotel is set within 3.5 acres of lush, secluded hills overlooking the city and surrounded by landscaped gardens planted with eucalyptus trees, palm, olive, citrus and pomegranate groves. Its hillside position provides far-reaching views across Tangier, and its well-heeled neighbourhood, Boubana (primarily a residential area) ensures the perfect night’s sleep.
With a history spanning over 2500 years, Tangier itself is one of the oldest cities in Morocco and is often referred to as the White City due to its pristine white houses. You can explore a variety of architectural influences from majestic Middle Eastern temples to Byzantine cobblestone streets. The city also offers spectacular views of the Atlantic and Mediterranean, while the medina in the centre of the city is not to be missed and it’s quiet and relaxed in contrast to Marrakesh’s lively medina.
Considered to be the Moroccan Riviera, this stretch of the country’s northern coast has many lovely beaches too, including Achakkar, Sidi Kacem and Playa Blanca (the latter a nod to its proximity to southern Spain). And with Tangier’s many historic and cultural attractions close by, there was no shortage of things to do.
Getting to and from the hotel is easy and quick, it’s just a ten-minute drive to the city centre and approximately 20 minutes transfer time to and from the airport.
The 133 rooms, suites, and penthouses within the hotel honour the high craftsmanship of Morocco and feature Andalusian-style gardens and intimate spaces that divide the wings and make the palace a home. Rooms overlook either the forested hillside while others offer beautiful vistas of the Old City and the mountains in the distance. Local artisans are celebrated through the handcrafted moucharabiehs, mosaics, and textiles present throughout the guest quarters.
Some lower-level hotel rooms offer private gardens, while those on the higher levels maximise the views each with private balconies. Fruit baskets and Nespresso machines are provided in every room and some suites are equipped with indoor-outdoor freestanding bathtubs, so you can have a soak while gazing out across the horizon.
Our Room During Our Stay
View & Balcony
The pièce de résistance are the suites and penthouses.
This one-bedroom suite offers an escape of luxury and serenity with its magnificent panoramic view, large private balcony, and traditional Moroccan decor and finely crafted textiles. The bedroom, living area, and marble bathroom create a vibrant yet harmonious ambiance.
Signature Suite One Bedroom King Bed
The top floor, one-bedroom suite offers absolute privacy. The bedroom, living room, and grand marble bathroom are designed for comfort and extravagance, combining modern design, contrasting textures, and Arab-Andalusian artwork.
Penthouse One Bedroom King Bedroom
Experience majestic views of the city and lavish comfort in the one-bedroom penthouses, located on the hotel’s top floor. These perfectly appointed suites feature bold designs with Moroccan elements that are sure to impress, a luxurious marble bathroom, and a large terrace ideal for private receptions.
Katara Suite Two Bedroom King and Twin Bed
For the ultimate in luxury, the two-bedroom Katara Suite on the hotel’s top floor offers unparalleled views of the city. Its spacious living and dining room, with seating for up to 12 guests, is elegantly decorated with a blend of Arab-Andalusian and modern influences. The main bedroom has an en-suite bathroom, and the second bedroom has a private bathroom. Guests will be dazzled by the suite’s sophisticated decor and stunning views.
Moroccan Culinary Hospitality
Head Chef Christopher Blake is at the helm of the resort’s selection of eating and drinking establishments. Elegant Northern Mediterranean seafood dishes are served throughout the day at the farm-to-table Crudo restaurant, while authentic Persian cuisine laden with fresh herbs and spices can be savoured at Parisa — whose name appropriately describes the juxtaposition of tradition and modernity, opulence and restraint. This intimate space with a hidden entrance includes a lounge with an outdoor terrace. From here we were able to access the funky speakeasy-style bar, with an oriental-infused soundtrack.
Origin Bar & Innocents
Take advantage of the mixologist’s skills at Origin; a bar where handpicked ingredients from the hotel’s kitchen garden go into the libations. And revel in a touch of late-night designer hedonism at the Tazi Palace’s Innocents bar, with its colourful West African-themed murals, quirky drinks menu and eclectic programme of live music.
A 26,000-Square-Foot Spa
Bringing the signature Fairmont spa experience to Tangier, the wellness centre offered a variety of holistic experiences. It has partnered with high-end beauty brands Sodashi, Maison d’Asa, and Swissline Cosmetic to bring a range of exclusive treatments, carried out in ten dedicated treatment rooms and tailored to clients’ needs.
The spa continues outside, with several sun bathed areas, such as a vitality pool, a solarium and a hammam. There’s also a private spa area for VIPs, celebrities, or those simply wanting a more discreet visit. Guests seeking a pampering physical and mental MOT, can sign up for the hotel’s Holistic Wellness Programme, based around the four pillars of strong body, clear mind, full spirit and nutritional purpose.
Swimming and Sun Salutations
Take a stroll around the hotel’s grounds and for a higher octane workout head to the 100 square-meter fitness centre, sign up for TRX classes or take part in their sunrise yoga classes (there’s also a purpose-built studio for mind and body classes).
Swimming at the Tazi Palace is a particular treat. The entire building is set around a central courtyard terrace — a large space which revolves around the hotel’s main pool, formed in a square shape, suitable for lengths or lounging in the cool waters. The pool is flanked by palm trees and padded loungers, with parasols.
A stay at the Fairmont Tazi Palace Tangier is a guaranteed ticket to complete luxury and relaxation, while Tangier is a magical destination to see that is a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of Marrakech. With easy direct flights to and from Tangiers to the UK and Europe now is the time to incorporate this property and city into your upcoming travel plans.
This property is included in our guide to the best hotels in Tangier