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4 Days Relaxing Creole Cooking Holiday in Reunion Island, France

Otroiza Hotel, Rue du Pere Boiteau 3, 97413, Reunion Island, France

Culinary Vacation France

Come and experience Creole's tradition and history on an amazing four day holiday! Learn in-depth about the Reunion culture and cuisine and "revive and rejuvenate" in an authentic way. The picturesque holiday will give you the opportunity to meet new people, discuss with them, and learn about their lives, but also give you enough time to relax in the incredible countryside landscape of Reunion Island!

Meet the instructors

Lili
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Highlights

  • 2 cooking classes
  • 1 rum tasting session
  • Free time for exploring the surroundings
  • Coffee, water, fresh fruit juice, and ice tea
  • Rum for the tasting session
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Herbal detox infusion

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Styles


2 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French, Tamil
The maximum participants in the group is 8
Airport transfer available:
Roland Garros Airport (US$322 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
14:00

Facilities

  • Concierge desk
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Smoke-free property
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Parking lot

Set in the village of Cilaos, Otroiza Hotel features a garden, non-smoking rooms, and free Wi-Fi. The property is located two kilometers away from the base of Piton des Neiges.

Featuring mountain views, each room at Otroiza Hotel is fitted with a kettle, a flat-screen cable TV, and a desk. The private bathrooms have a walk-in shower, towels, soap, and slippers.

Free parking is also available at the hotel.

Program

During this holiday, you will have the opportunity to experience an authentic Creole lifestyle, where you will learn hands-on cooking and preparing delicious meals from the local. You can also participate in the local activities that are available.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Cilaos

You will arrive at your leisure, but kindly note that the hotel room is available after 2 p.m. As for the rest of the day, you can rest and enjoy the village.

Day 2: First cooking lesson

Between 9 and 10 a.m., you will arrive directly at Lili's sweet home with your own transport or you can ask Gourmets 2.0 to arrange you a private one.

You will enjoy the panoramic view of the mountains, while a welcoming breakfast will be served and it will include local cake and bread with jam, cheese, and butter.

You will enjoy your first Creole cooking lesson that will include tropical herbs and spices, fresh vegetables from Lili's tropical garden when available, for a unique home-cooked cuisine with Indian and African flavors blend.

An example of a menu might look like this: chicken samosa with fresh tropical juice or smoothie, Creole pork cari, Creole vegetables, lentils from Cilaos and chili rougail, rice, and home-made ice cream, a culinary creation of Lily's.

You will conclude the day with lunch and a Creole coffee made by Lily roasting coffee beans in the wood fire.

Day 3: Second Creole cooking lesson

Between 9 and 10 a.m., you will arrive at Lili's sweet home to enjoy breakfast and proceed to the cooking class. An example of the menu might be chicken Creole bones with a fresh tropical punch, duck cari, vegetable gratin, Creole beans from the garden, arachid rougail, rice, and chocolate cake, a culinary creation of Lily's.

You will conclude the day with lunch and a herbal infusion from Lily's tropical garden or you may enjoy a cup of white tea, a local product.

Day 4: Creole brunch and rum tasting session

At 9 a.m., you will enjoy a home-made brunch including Creole soup, coffee and tea, four home-made cakes, fruit salad, home-made bread with orange jam, different types of cheese, local products, stuffed vegetables (chouchou tropical vegetables) served with Creole roll or Creole smoked sausage rougail with sweet potatoes.

Before continuing your holiday, you will be offered a taste of a variety of Reunion rums from local distilleries. The selection will range from the most modern and trendy blends to the most aged and arranged rums with fruit.

This is also your last day of the holiday.

Instructors

Lili STN

Location

This vacation will take place in Ilet a Cordes, near Cilaos, which is located in the center of the Reunion Island, in France.

Ilet a Cordes

Ilet a Cordes is a small village with only 400 people and it is located 10 kilometers away from Cilaos. The village is spectacularly located at a high-altitude area, in a volcano caldera and it is nestled at the foot of the mountains encircling the French island of Reunion.

Reunion Island

Reunion Island is one of the most unusual island paradises on the planet. When you enter Reunion, you are officially entering France, despite being more than 9,000 kilometers away from Paris.

Green Reunion, with its primitive forests and three large natural cirques: Mafate, which you can only reach by hiking along a trail, Salazie, a wonderland of waterfalls and rivers in the midst of lush vegetation, and Cilaos, with an unexpected alpine village nestled at the side of the mountain.

Features

Activities

  • Cooking classes

General

  • Concierge desk
  • Garden

Services

  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

Food

You will enjoy a full course meal with fresh seasonal ingredients from an organic tropical garden and the touch of Creole flavor. You will also enjoy two incredible cooking classes mixing Indian and African flavors and an amazing rum tasting session.

Please note that menus change according to season and market conditions.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

During free time, you can visit Thermes de Cilaos, a soothing environment where you will be able to benefit from the virtues of the thermal water and the available equipment (sauna, hammam, Jacuzzi, and other relaxation machines). Other options include:

  • Canyoning
  • Trekking
  • Touristic visits

What's included

  • 1 rum tasting session
  • 2 cooking classes
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Brunch on day three with pastry, cheese, and different good home-made recipes
  • Coffee
  • Free time for exploring the surroundings
  • Fresh fruit juice
  • Herbal detox infusion
  • Ice tea
  • Meals on the first two days
  • Rum for the tasting session
  • Water

What's not included

  • Dinners
  • Flights
  • Optional activities
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Roland Garros Airport (RUN). Transfer from this airport is available for an additional 290 EUR.

Arrival by bus

From the Roland Garros Airport (RUN), kindly look for a yellow bus with an inscriptioned "T" (cars jaunes). Stop at the Saint Louis bus station and then take a pink bus - Alterneo, Nr. 60 to Cilaos. Once you arrive at Cilaos, stop and take the small pink bus - Alterneo, Nr. 62.

Arrival by car

Gourmets 2.0 can help you book a car at the airport before your arrival or book you a private car (Nissan) with a driver.

Airport: Roland Garros Airport Airport transfer available: Roland Garros Airport (US$322 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 15% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 7 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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Holiday information

Children can participate at a discounted price, as well as non participating partners. Send an inquiry for information. If your group is larger than 6 participants, please, also send an inquiry for a quotation.

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