Stay with Edwina, who has called Marrakech home for more than thirteen years, and go where the guide books will not take you. This holiday will be an extraordinary one and will not only change forever how you stand before your stoves but remind you how glorious it is to be in a state of amazement. You will discover the local cuisine and experience the privilege to eat with families who open their homes just for you. This will certainly be an unforgettable experience!
During this holiday, you will spend six nights at House of Fusion Marrakech. Here, all rooms are double rooms, except for Itri room, which is a twin or king room. All en-suite bathrooms are inspired by Philippe Starck and have underlit cascading hand basins.
All bedrooms have bedding by Simmons, walls of tadelahkt, tiled floors, regional rugs, French antique bed linen, antique kasbah door headboards, toiletries, and fresh flowers.
Echaama room is a wonderful room with a double bed, natural lighting, and a marzipan-like ceiling. Itri is a twin room flooded with afternoon sunshine, tiles laid as little carpets, long windows, and an intricate ceiling.
Tamsrite room is a sunny double bed overlooking the courtyard with beautiful hand crafted ceiling and long windows. Targa is a lovely courtyard double room, perfect for couples. This room has an ornate ceiling, deep-silled windows, bathrooms inspired by Philippe Starck, and a wonderful old Kasbah door headboard.
The accommodation for the remaining four nights is all en-suite with the emphasis on charm and delight. Two of these nights will be spent in an oasis and the other two will be spent in a kasbah.
Tonight, you will enjoy a welcome feast beginning with Moroccan wine and a champagne.
Today, you will have a gourmet picnic along the Tiz-n-Test and visit the 12th century Tinmal mosque. Enjoy morning tea in the hidden fields and stroll around the mosque, which you will most likely have to yourselves.
You will then have tea with an olive-farming family across a wobbly bridge, picnic lunch and wine beside the river await. Later, enjoy some wine and tapas for dinner wine in the riad and walk to Djmna F'na for ginseng tea and sellou.
Today, a lunch and dinner class of 10 dishes, will be part of the itinerary. You will be deciding the menu over breakfast coffee and will be getting the shopping list in English and then Arabic, which will help you shop for produce in your new language.
This will be a day of prepping and eating, with a walk in the late afternoon to a spice trader, where you will buy saffron from a jar kept in the dark beneath the counter.
Go shopping in a weekly market in a remote village and take your produce up the mountain to cook with the local ladies who await you with morning tea and the kitchen fires set. Dinner and wine will be served in the riad.
Today, you will go shopping in hidden places holding your hearts' desires and have lunch around 14:00. Before you set off into the souks, you will visit the Dar Si Said, located only minutes away from the riad, while you wait for the stalls to open.
At 15:30, enjoy a hammam and massage. There will be some champagne before the 10-minute walk to dinner. Beverages are not included tonight at dinner.
The trip will begin as you go up and over the Tiz n'Tichka Pass, having morning tea along the way to the kasbah, where lunch awaits on a terrace top, high above the river. This afternoon, enjoy a walk through abandoned kasbahs beside the river below. You will stroll through fields of nut and fruit trees, palms, and crops. Tonight, dinner and wine will be served at the terrace top.
Today, you will visit a hidden gorge. You will first drive up the mountains beyond the clouds, walk a little along the way, and drop down into a gorge, where you will have a picnic lunch and wine followed by a walk through this astonishing rock formation. Tonight, dinner and wine will be served at the terrace top at the kasbah.
You will be on the oasis auberge for two nights, stopping along the way at the Sunday market, a few kilometers from the kasbah to maybe pick up some dates or an antiquity. Lunch awaits at the oasis auberge by the pool in the very heart of nowhere. Wine and dinner upon the terrace here too, after a walk along the palmeraie and river bed.
Early in the morning, walk around the oasis. After breakfast, you will go to the village where Babel was filmed to walk the kasbah and have tea. The ladies in this village knit wonderful carpets and you might want to take one, or nine, home! Lunch and dinner will be served in the auberge accompanied with wine. In the late afternoon, the pool late afternoon, you can take a dip in the pool or a walk into the sunset.
Today, you will go back to Marrakech. There will be a roadside barbecue lunch along the way. Dinner will be prepared by Hasna and will be accompanied wine.
Today, you will be transferred back to the airport for your departure flight.
Edwina grew up in a home where dinner parties and entertaining were the life blood. She was a medical social worker. It was not until July 2000, when having shed everything, she left Australia bound for Spain with receipts for things to follow. Later, she bought a riad in Morocco, adding another culinary destination to her seeming empire. In February 2007, the doors were flung open in welcome.
This holiday will take place in Marrakech, Morocco.
The food prepared at the House of Fusion and taught in the cooking school is a combination of traditional Moroccan dishes and some dishes from Hasna and Moroccan Fusion, with recipes which are Edwina's.
The food on the road trip is with prior consultation with the chefs where you will stay. Your meals will certainly not be what is common fare found in tourist destinations, mainly because you will not be going to any!
During this holiday, a hammam and massage are included.
Please book your flight to arrive at Marrakesh Menara Airport (RAK). Transfer from and to the airport is included. House of Fusion Marrakech will pick you up from the airport.