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7 Day Caribbean Cooking Holiday in Willemstad, Curaçao

Boho Bohemian Boutique Hotel, 14 Johan van Walbeeckplein, Willemstad, Curaçao

Caribbean Cooking Holiday Curaçao

On this cooking holiday, chef Helmi Smeulders will host a cooking week on Curaçao. Apart from the crystal-clear water and white beaches, the island offers a rich and tasty culinary experience for foodies. With her rich historic past and different cultures, Curaçao serves as an amazing platform to explore the Caribbean kitchen. Helmi shares her passion for the Caribbean kitchen by taking you on a culinary tour where cooking, eating, and exploring are at heart. You will visit the famous floating market, get hands-on cooking classes with Caribbean product and go on an adventurous culinary tour to the salt-pans to pick wild sea purslane.

Meet the instructors

Helmi
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Highlights

  • A visit to a plantation
  • An adventurous culinary island tour
  • 4 cooking classes with local products
  • A culinary tour through historic Punda
  • A secluded sunset beach barbeque
  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • 4 lunches and 2 dinners

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


5 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Dutch
Group size: Maximum of 8 participants
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Garden
  • Smoke-free property
  • Car rental
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

You'll be staying at Boho Bohemian Boutique Hotel. In the heart of popular Pietermaai District, Willemstad, Boho Bohemian Boutique Hotel provides a laid back and beautiful retreat that calls to the gypset with a love for all things bohemian.

The hotel combines comfort with a boho interior in the most instagrammable neighborhood of Curacao. Within walking distance are cozy cafes, delicious restaurants, coffee shops, a gym, cinema, boutiques and a hair salon, just to name a few.

Boho Bohemian Boutique Hotel has nine rooms and a small cozy courtyard with jacuzzi. Your boho room is provided with a comfy bed, spacious kitchenette and a beautiful bathroom. All the rooms are decorated with a unique, personal touch by the owners.

Program

Day 1 (Sunday): Welcome Happy Hour

Late afternoon, you will check in at the charming city hotel (or apartment) where you will be staying this week. In the evening, you will get to know other participants during a welcome happy hour.

Day 2 (Monday): Historic Punda and cooking class

In the morning, you'll go on a food tour through the historic Punda district to learn all about Curaçao’s traditional cuisine. You will stop at the famous floating market for some groceries, taste different local snacks and visit the “Marshe Bieu” for an authentic local lunch. After lunch, you’ll head to the cooking studio for the first cooking class. You’ll use the fresh ingredients from the market to prepare a light and delicious dinner.

Day 3 (Tuesday): Local fish class

Today’s theme is fish. You will get to know various types of local fish, how to clean them and different ways of preparing them, like ceviche and grilled fish in banana leaves. You’ll end the class with a delicious lunch. The rest of the day can be spent at leisure.

Day 4 (Wednesday): Culinary tour

Today, you'll go on a culinary tour around the island. You’ll explore the ancient salt pans, pick wild sea purslane and edible flowers, and visit some culinary hotspots. After lunch, you’ll stop at one of the island’s beautiful little bays for a refreshing dip in the sea and get a chance to catch some sea urchins.

Day 5 (Thursday): Meat and Caribbean spices

Today is meat day. Besides working with various kinds of meat, you’ll also be experimenting with spices and rubs. Afterwards, you’ll pack up and head to a deserted beach for a barbeque. Don’t forget your snorkeling gear!

Day 6 (Friday): Farm-to-table exploring

In the morning, you will start the preparations for a festive dinner. You’ll have lunch at a trendy farm-to-table restaurant situated in a former plantation house. After lunch, you’ll get a tour around the property. In the evening you’ll have a farewell dinner at the cooking studio.

Day 7 (Saturday): Goodbyes

After breakfast, the time has come to check-out and say goodbye.

Instructors

Helmi Smeulders

Location

This cooking holiday will take place in Willemstad, Curacao.

Features

Activities

  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Garden
  • Smoke-free property

Services

  • Car rental
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

Food

You will be exploring the Caribbean cuisine and the island's harvest. Meals included are breakfast, four lunches, and two dinners.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

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

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Seafood
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)

  • There are multiple beautiful dive spots on the island - you can gear up to go scuba diving
  • Adventurous jeep tours around the West Coast
  • Off-road quad trips
  • Visit the Blue Room for an amazing snorkeling experience
  • Boat trip to Klein Curaçao, a uninhabited island belonging to Curaçao in the middle of the Caribbean sea, a pearl white beach stretching for miles, crystal clear ocean waters all around you, and in the middle of the island, a tall pink lighthouse
  • Snorkel with turtles at Playa Piskado
  • Hike on the mount Christoffel, with a breath taking view as a reward for reaching the top

Spa treatments

What's included

  • 1-day culinary island tour
  • 6 nights' accommodation (including breakfast)
  • 4 cooking classes
  • Local transportation
  • 4 lunches
  • 1 happy hour
  • 1 beach barbecue
  • 2 dinners
  • 1 culinary tour through Punda

What's not included

  • Ticket
  • Other meals or drinks
  • Additional costs

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Curaçao International Airport (CUR). Transfer from and to this airport is not provided. There are taxi services from the airport to the accommodation.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 7 days before arrival.
7 days / 6 nights
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Solo travelers

This retreat can accommodate solo travelers.

Saturday October 10, 2020
(7 days / 6 nights)

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