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Culinary Delights and Cooking Holiday Spain

Join City2Sand Festivals for a cooking holiday with five talented chefs at the four-star spa Diamante Beach Hotel. Learn how to create a restaurant quality dish and explore everything you need to know about Spanish, French, Vietnamese, and Indian cooking. This culinary holiday is a great way to enjoy an experience with a partner or friend and have fun. You will also enjoy all the fun of the festival, music, and party nights during the evenings.

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Chris & Rubina
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  • 5 cooking workshops
  • A Spanish wine tasting experience
  • Nightly themed-parties with live music
  • Complimentary yoga, dance, and writing classes
  • Gourmet dinner at Audrey’s Restaurant
  • 4 nights’ accommodation
  • Daily delicious meals


4 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Your luxury accommodation is just a short stroll from the Mediterranean Sea in the northern part of the Alicante province. The AR Diamante Beach Spa Hotel received two top accolades at the prestigious World Travel Awards. Travelers will be pleased to hear that AR Diamante Beach Spa has been honored with two fantastic titles: Leading Mediterranean Beach Hotel and Leading MICE Mediterranean Hotel.

You do not get much better accommodation than this beautiful four-star spa beach hotel. You may choose to have a private room or share with a friend or partner. A host of leisure facilities including swimming pools, a gym, and the luxurious spa voted one of the best spas in Europe. There are spacious rooms, with complimentary benefits such as Wi-Fi and TV.


Thursday, June 1, 2017

Once you have checked into the hotel, please register at the City2Sands Festivals welcome desk in the main hotel foyer. Then, you will be given time to unpack, orientate yourself, and change.

In the evening, City2Sands Festivals will welcome you with cava and canapes in the Piano Bar before dinner with a live band and special guests at the official festival welcome party. Dancing party will continue after dinner and out under the stars by the pool area. A bar will be available.

Friday, June 2, 2017

In the first cooking workshop, you will explore Vietmanese Hanoi experience with chef Chris from Christopher's Kitchen. In this workshop, you will create Vietnamese dishes with the opportunity to sample your creations with a glass of vino afterwards. For the early morning risers, it may be possible to join other activities before the culinary workshop

In the afternoon, you will have a variety of workshops that may be of interest, including yoga, dance, and much more, before your culinary workshop starts.

In the second workshop of the day, you will learn how to create top desserts. Who doesn't love a tasty dessert? Have fun with this afternoon workshop from top local chefs, the two Sebastians! The best bit is being able to eat them after class with a crafty dessert wine chosen by Sebastian to complement the tasty afternoon delights.

City2Sands Festivals have factored the workshop time to allow those guests who wish to participate in other festival activities. These may include a holistic workshop or perhaps a Zumba class.

Dinner will be served in the evening. Afterwards, you can join the freestyle night dancing to the fabulous 80's and 90's boogie party in the Leonardo Da Vinci ballroom to live artists, band, and top DJ.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Earthy tones are in store for your amazing Indian cookery workshop with chef Rubina Morton. Learn about the spices and ingredients before embarking on creating an amazing true Indian curry from special recipes handed down the generations of Rubinas family. You may also pick and choose from different dance classes or alternative holistic workshops from yoga, fitness, Zumba, or book writing.

Spanish wine tasting session will be held in the afternoon. Sample the best wines the region has to offer with City2sand Festivals’ expert from the local bodega. Chill out to the live bands playing by the pool and enjoy the hotel's famous mojito.

Exclusive for guests on the culinary experience only, there will be a gourmet dinner at Audrey's Restaurant within the hotel operated by top Spanish chef Rafa Soler. This gourmet dinner is only available to those on the cooking experience holiday. Enjoy fine dining at its best and see how an international chef serves his cuisine especially prepared for you tonight.

Dinner is followed by the summer rocks party. Dance the night away to top international bands and talented artists with a DJ to complete your night.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

The famous Spanish paella workshop starts at 10:00. Learn how to make the traditional Valencian paella. Tasting will of course be at the end of the workshop to celebrate your culinary skills with a specially selected local wine to accompany it. After the class, you can spend the afternoon listening to live music. You will also learn how to prepare a typical contemporary Spanish tapas in the afternoon workshop.

A fabulous dinner is followed by the festival highlight, the after dark glow dance party by the pool area. You can bring your own glow sticks, makeup, and clothing to paint on. Makeup artists will be available on request for special party makeup. Glow and dance the night away to live music and let top DJ spin out some amazing sounds.

Monday, June 5, 2017

City2sand Festivals have organized a late checkout time for the guests staying at the Diamante Beach Hotel and for those who wish to have a lie-in! If you have a late return flight, you may leave your bags in the hotel late checkout room, allowing you to continue to enjoy more of the fabulous spa hotel facilities or beach for a while longer.


Chris Bell
Chris Bell of Christopher’s Kitchen is a private chef based in Spain. He is a qualified chef having graduated from the prestigious Ashburton Chef’s Academy in Devon. A love of learning new techniques has taken chef Chris to cooking schools around the UK and even Vietnam. Chef Chris refines his culinary skills with Jean-Christophe Novelli in Luton, Zouk Indian Restaurant in Manchester, the Ashburton Cookery School in Devon, and Hidden Hanoi in Vietnam.
Rubina Morton
Rubina Morton has extensive knowledge of Indian cooking and it is as varied as India itself. She shares traditional Indian cookery secrets passed down from her mother.


Set within 200 meters of one of the largest sandy beaches in the area, the four-star spa Diamante Beach Hotel is the perfect location for discerning travelers. The northern Costa Blanca is a very beautiful region of Spain, with long sandy beaches and lots of sun.



  • Cooking classes
  • Gym
  • Kayaking
  • Massage
  • Shopping
  • Spa
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Swimming pool
  • Wine tasting / tour


  • Bar
  • Beach
  • Café
  • Concierge desk
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace


  • ATM / banking nearby
  • Car rental
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Room cleaning



You will be served daily buffet style breakfast that includes freshly squeezed orange juice, baker’s basket, toast and conserves, tropical seasonal fruit platter, traditional egg and bacon, coffee, croissants, pastries, and blended herbal teas.


Lunch will include a variety of hot and cold meats and a fish option, together with vegetarian option, a selection of salads, and freshly cooked vegetables. There is normally a chef's daily special. Watch whilst the chef cooks items of your choice.


Dinner will be freshly prepared, international dishes with a Mediterranean flavor. Select your choice of food for the chef to prepare and deliver to your table.

Spa treatments

Indulge yourself and visit the spa, allowing your body and mind to flow in harmony. The combination of water, music, and color will soothe your senses. The spa is an oasis for wellness, health, and relaxation, with Jacuzzi, bubble beds, hot and cold showers, ice bath, Turkish bath, sauna, and much more.

There are too many spa treatments to list. Choose from a variety of massages, including a treatment that combines a delicious cocoa exfoliation and massage followed by a smooth covering to nourish your skin and define your body shape.

What's included

  • 1 wine tasting class
  • 4 nights’ accommodation
  • 5 cooking classes
  • Daily meals
  • Gourmet dinner at Audrey's restaurant
  • Wines

What's not included

  • Airfares
  • Airport transfers

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Alicante-Elche Airport (ALC). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.

Cancellation Policy

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 60 days before arrival.
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