2 Days La Maison Arabe Cooking Holiday in Marrakech

  • La Maison Arabe, 1 Derb Assehbe, Bab Doukkala, Marrakech 40000, Morocco

Cooking Vacation in Morocco

Enjoy a different kind of spending your holiday. Live in a luxurious riad situated in the Medina of Marrakech, Morocco. Experience the colorful world of Morocco. Learn and taste delightful Moroccan dishes that will surely be the highlight of your stay. Come visit La Maison Arabe, be entertained with a variety of activities within and outside the riad, relax on available amenities, and learn something new!

Highlights

  • Hands-on cooking class
  • Moroccan culinary experience
  • Organic ingredients from the garden
  • Individual work stations with a closed-circuit screen
  • 1 night luxury accommodation
  • Breakfast and lunch
  • 1 day with instruction
  • Arabic, French, English
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Since opening in 1946, La Maison Arabe has achieved a legendary status in Marrakech. Ideally situated in the medina, the hotel includes 26 rooms and suites, most with private terraces and fireplaces, 3 restaurants, a piano bar, a world-famous cooking school (open to guests staying at the hotel or elsewhere in town) as well as a new spa including a traditional hammam, where natural products from the region of Marrakech are used. Guests at La Maison Arabe have a choice of swimming pools.

One can relax at either the heated pool in the hotel's garden patio, or at the pool located at our spectacular Country Club, 15 minutes away by complimentary shuttle. Walking through the hotel's flower-filled patios, one can admire the traditional Moroccan craftsmanship (tadelakt walls, chiseled plaster, cedar wood ceilings) that has created a refined, exotic and serene atmosphere for you.

Rooms

Each of the 12 rooms and 14 suites, most with fireplace and private terrace, is unique in layout and refined decoration. All are air-conditioned and centrally heated, and include a mini-bar, safe, satellite television and Wi-Fi internet access. The bathrooms, designed using Moroccan marble and granite, are at the highest level of international luxury hotel standards. Breakfast - either continental with homemade pastries, or deliciously Moroccan - is served in your room, or at the buffet by the swimming pool downstairs. An impeccable room service offers light meals or snacks for those who wish to dine in private.

Fajr (garden side deluxe room)

The room has a fireplace, plasma flat screen television, central heating, air conditioning, safe, minibar, telephone, balcony, bathroom with bathtub, and free Wi-Fi. The bed can be split into two separate beds upon request.

Najm (garden side deluxe room)

The room also has a fireplace, plasma flat screen television, central heating, air conditioning, safe, minibar, telephone, balcony, bathroom with bathtub, and free Wi-Fi. The bed can be split into two separate beds upon request.

Sabah (patio side standard room)

Double occupancy with king size bed, this can be divided into two separate beds. It has satellite TV, minibar, central heating, air conditioning, bathroom with shower, safe, telephone, and free WiFi.

Yasmina (patio side standard room)

Double occupancy with king size bed. The room has a satellite TV, minibar, central heating, air conditioning, bathroom with shower, safe, telephone, and free WiFi.

La Maison Arabe has taken world-renowned cooking workshops to a different level. They have opened a new cooking school, located at their private gardens, just outside the city. The school is set in an organic kitchen garden, so participants can pick vegetables and herbs theyll use to season their delicious Moroccan tagines. Guests at La Maison Arabe's new cooking school now get a fuller and richer Moroccan culinary experience, and can even enjoy Moroccan wine pairings.

The cooking classes are run by the dadas of La Maison Arabe, who have been sharing their culinary secrets with thousands of guests over the years. The school boasts 16 individual work stations, each equipped with a closed-circuit screen, so participants dont miss a single key step or spice. La Maison Arabe launched the first cooking school in the Kingdom of Morocco in 2001. The new space includes a few cooking school firsts in Morocco. At the traditional wood-fired bread oven, you can watch as delicious Moroccan flat bread known as tanourt is baked by placing the dough along the ovens heated clay walls.

In the schools large underground outdoor oven, a mchoui, Moroccos equivalent of a barbeque, can be organized: whole lambs pit-roasted to tender perfection. You are encouraged to try a hands-on experience. However, the new cooking school can also accommodate groups seeking a simpler demonstration cooking class. At the end of each workshop, you will dine on the meal you have prepared. At a typical half-day workshop, youll learn to prepare an appetizer and a main dish, or a main dish and dessert.

This retreat will take place in Marrakech, Morocco. La Maison Arabe is located near the Bab Doukkala mosque.

Nearby places

  • Jemma El Fna square - 5 minutes
  • The Handicrafts Center - 5 minutes
  • The Koutoubia - 5 minutes
Activities
  • Cooking classes
  • Golf course nearby
  • Massage
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Spa
  • Shopping
  • Steam room
  • Swimming
General
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Bar
  • Garden
  • In-room safe
  • Lobby
  • Kitchen
  • Mini-bar
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
Services
  • ATM / banking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Shop

Boutique

The boutique, featuring a selection of Moroccan handicrafts, is located just around the corner from the hotel.

Swimming pools and country club

Guests at La Maison Arabe have a choice of two swimming pools. A large (15 meters by 6 meters) pool, heated in winter, is located at the hotel in the medina, in a patio planted with olive trees and roses, with plenty of room for sunbathing. An even larger pool (18 meters by 7 meters) is a highlight of the Country Club, located only 15 minutes away by a complimentary hotel shuttle. In this luxuriant garden setting, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, one can lunch at our restaurant, Le figuier, or relax after a morning at one of the three neighboring 27-hole golf courses.

Hammam and wellness center

The brand new wellness center at La Maison Arabe includes 2 hammams (traditional Moorish steam baths) and 5 massage rooms (4 single and 1 double). There, you can relax and experience traditional Moroccan massage using natural products specially made for La Maison Arabe. Facials, manicures, and pedicures are also available to complement the relaxing effect of the hammam.

  • 1 bottle of water
  • 1 bottle of wine upon arrival
  • 1 breakfast
  • 1 cooking class
  • 1 night accommodation
  • Afternoon tea session
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • VAT
  • Airfare
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned above
  • Personal expenses
  • Tourism tax

GPS

Latitude = 31.630620

Longitude = -7.995800

For information about the booking conditions, please send La Maison Arabe an inquiry.

Testimonials

  • Review by Steven W.

    "A beautiful hotel with so many small touches that they add up to service and an experience that is beyond everything else. Beautiful rooms, many areas to simply relax and enjoy the ambiance. A breakfast that cannot be beaten and restaurants that serve food which is out of this world."

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  • Review by a traveler from Sherborne, UK

    "Amazing hotel, the staff are lovely and very friendly, the food is great and the atmosphere overall was sublime. The hotel is situated in a great location, within walking distance of many sites, a shuttle bus to the hotel's pool in a beautiful secluded area, or it is equally as easy to grab a taxi. We had a fascinating experience: exploring the souks, a trip up to the Atlas Mountains and learning all about Marrakech and its history. I would most definitely recommend a trip here. Our experience was incredible and it would be a dream to return to La Maison Arabe."

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  • Review by A traveler from UK
    9 out of 10

    "On every level this hotel is excellent.There are no dissapointments here.The service is second to none and the riad has a very special intimate atmosphere.There is no where better to have a first time experience of this magical city."

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  • Review by a traveler from Denver, USA
    9 out of 10

    "La Maison Arabe was a perfect respite after ten days traveling through Morocco. Their greeting was more than gracious. Sitting in the charming riad drinking our welcome beverage, we knew we were in the right place. Our room was in the newer wing. It was large, beautifully designed, comfortable and completely quiet. It overlooked the pool and dining area."

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    "Sitting at the edge of the medina, it is a very short walk to most of the important sites in the old city. We felt perfectly safe walking to and from the Jama El-fna late in the evening. We had planned to eat in the restaurant only in one evening, but it was so good that we decided that after exhausting ourselves the second day, we would stay in for dinner. Their seafood bastilla was the best dish I ate in Morocco. Drinks in the Jazz bar beforehand were also a treat."

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  • Review by Desiree
    9 out of 10

    "This restaurant is in a riad in the old town, and we had heard great thing so we had to try it. So glad we went. It's a beautiful riad, and you can walk through beautifully decorated rooms to step into the restaurant in a sunken room that is all red. The tables around the room are positioned to face the center and the musicians played traditional Moroccan music. "

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    "The food is traditional too. We ordered the Moroccan salads, many small plates of cooked and sauted vegetables. All spiced perfectly. Then I ordered the lamb tajina (different from a tagine) slowly cooked lamb in its own clay pot for hours. It was so tender and delicious! My husband had the chicken couscous with vegetables. Huge portions and all wonderful. We had a rose Medallion Moroccan wine, and we were too full for dessert. But we finished with mint tea."

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  • Review by Paul from Bassingbourn, UK

    "Just returned from our 4-night stay, and all I can say is that we had a great time. The staff was amazing, both restaurants were fantastic, and the free suite upgrade was incredible. Despite not telling to the hotel, they noticed when we checked in that it was my birthday, and so they arranged a cake with our evening meal and also drinks in the bar were completely free. This level of attention to detail shows a team of people that want to excel at their job. The whole ambiance is just what we were looking for, and we will certainly be back. Both I and my wife rate this riad/hotel as one of the very top places we have stayed ever. Long may the standards of service and food continue."

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  • Review by a traveler from Washington DC, Columbia

    "We stayed for four nights and found the riad to be ultra comfortable, perhaps edging on luxury when it comes to riads. The front office were consistently friendly and helpful. While breakfast was tasty and spread excellent the service was not the most consistent, however when I made it known they were quick to react to it. The bar is nice and quiet and there is wonderful music played live in the evenings.There are 2 restaurants but we had to cancel reservations due to a conflict. Additionally they run a cooking class on a working garden on the edge of town. That was another excellent experience where the master chef did an excellent job teaching us how to make Chicken Tajine, eggplant and banana pepper sides as well as coconut cookies. We will stay here anytime - loved it."

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  • Review by a traveler from Guildford, UK

    "We have just returned from a long weekend at La Maison Arabe. It is without doubt one of the most enjoyable experiences we have had. Its not just the fact that its in a great location within walking distance of the souks, that the building is beautiful, wonderfully decorated and furnished or that the food is great and that Roshid from the Jazz bar makes the consistently perfect margaritas and mojitos.Its that the customer service is absolutely second to none. The staff bend over backwards to do everything they can to make your stay is as enjoyable and trouble free as possible. Of course there were some things that weren't perfect. It is expensive for Marrakech, but then you know that when you book.The riad itself is bigger than I had imagined (not their fault!), I would definitely want a different room if we went again as our room was a little on the cramped side. It overlooked both the road outside and the internal courtyard and was subsequently quite noisy. We only had a shower in our bathroom, not a bath, which was a shame.But if you want to have a weekend away and come home feeling like you have a had real break and have been truly well looked after, then this place is hard to beat. We can also recommend the cooking class - great fun. How could we have known we've been cooking couscous completely the wrong way for all these years!"

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  • Review by Stewart

    "We booked our cookery class with La Maison Arabe prior to our holiday having read great reviews. We arrived on the morning of the class and where shown to a beautiful room for tea and cakes before being taken to class. 12 of us of differing nationalities attended. All of us loved it.The lesson was fun, informative, entertaining and most importantly of all, the food we created was gorgeous. Most of us bought the cookery book after and had it signed by the staff. It was a fantastic few hours and will live long in the memory - and I hope will help inspire some Moroccan food nights back home."

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  • Review by Edward from London, UK

    "This was truly the best hotel that both my wife and I have ever stayed in. We were treated like family from moment we checked in, and were furnished with a free upgrade to an absolutely stunning Junior Suite looking over the pool. The hotel was beautiful, and the food served at breakfast and in the restaurant at dinner was exceptional.We treated ourselves to a visit to the Hammam for a Royal Session and a massage, and we also both took part in the Cookery Course which was a real highlight of the trip - just the two of us in the cookery school, with four members of staff on hand to teach us everything we needed to know about Tagines, Moroccan Salads and Coconut Cookies!The hotel is placed about 10 minutes away from the main square which meant it was quiet and very relaxing and felt like an oasis of calm away from the craziness of the Souks! The staffs were all amazing - welcoming, kind, funny and informative, and a delight to chat to. A truly wonderful holiday, and we can't wait to go back one day. Highly recommended!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Illinois, USA

    "Although I have stayed at this beautiful Riad more than 5 times, each time the hotel has expanded its amenities and service, but has lost none of the charm and personality that originally drew us here. This has been the favorite of every friend we have ever brought with us to this wonderful country--and it just gets better and better.Where to begin? First, although it had been five years since our last visit--the incredible bartender, Rachid, remembered us and greeted my family with delicious, fresh, and highly imaginative drinks while we filled out the paperwork by the stunning pool (the moment he saw me, he gave me a warm handshake and told me that he remembered I don't take my martinis with vermouth--he was right, I don't).Mourad, at reception, will go down in my memory as one of the most professional, patient, and knowledgeable front staff I have ever met at any hotel in the world. The piano bar is wonderful. The decor is incredible--and I would think any interior decorator in the world should wish to stay here just to be schooled in chic Moorish design. And the rooms are stunning and imaginative.We took the cooking class at the state of the art kitchens at an area of the grounds called the country club (a short 5 minute drive from the hotel, replete with another swimming pool and lush exotic setting). It was incredible, and even though I lived in the country in the late 80's - I learned quite a bit from our fantastic teacher and dada. I would highly recommend this opportunity.The restaurant is outstanding, and although it is not inexpensive, it is of the highest European standards in quality and safety. No one in my family has ever gotten sick- which is a huge consideration in this country. No one wants to get ill on vacation, and no one has while staying here.The breakfast was incredible, with all of the fare chilled when it needed to be chilled, and freshly prepared for those wishing hot food. I have dreamt of the homemade yogurt, and it always lives up to my best memories. We have stayed at La Mamounia and even though it is far more expensive, it is impersonal and Euro-dull, La Maison Arabe, for so many reasons, is always our favorite.The Chicago Tribune recently wrote that La Maison Arabe is one of the top 10 hotels in the world for service and overall experience. I could not agree more. I hope the hotel reads my review-truly, a love letter to a hotel which consistently enriches our life. Thank you so much."

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  • Review by a traveler from Texas, USA

    "We took our three school age children over spring break and stayed at this wonderful riad at the beginning and end of our tour. The staff was excellent - accommodating, friendly, and wonderfully generous with the children.The accommodations were authentic with exceptional quality and comfort. The food was delicious and provided many options to experience morocco cuisine, but the staff was willing to do the little things for our sometimes picky kids.We also participated in the cooking school and that quite simply rounded out the visit, learning to make tagine and being introduced to the local spices and cooking techniques.The location was perfect for walking, and it felt safe and was as well marked as any hotel in the medina. We would without a doubt return to this riad and recommend it."

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Marrakech, Morocco

La Maison Arabe is a luxury riad situated in Morocco which offers cooking workshops and classes where you can enjoy the rich Moroccan culinary experience.

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