La Villa Bonita

Morelos, Mexico

La Villa Bonita offers culinary vacation packages including accommodation, classes, and excursions.

Culinary Vacations 1

8 Days Culture and Cooking Holidays in Mexico

Available in September, October & November

Speaks English

from US$2,610
from US$2,610
Price for:

8 days / 7 nights

Testimonials 9

  • Sconiaw United Kingdom

    TripAdvisor website

    My week at La Bonita was a real delight. Ana was a great host and teacher. I definitely have learned lots of cooking skills, cooking a full meal for four days enabled you to really get into Mexican cooking, how to use the different chillis, improve cooking skills and generally learn how a good cook does it. The kitchen where you cooked had an amazing view over the town and hills. As a solo traveler, I was really welcomed into Ana's family, played board games with them, went to yoga and walked up to the pyramid. So a lot more than just cooking. I really recommend it to anyone who wants a relaxing week learning a new cuisine. I am definitely interested in going again - perhaps to one of their weeks by the coast.

  • a traveler United States

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    My spouse reserved this bed and breakfast and cooking school based on information he researched about the classes and the experience of Chef Ana Garcia. We spent seven days at the property and felt like we had moved in with the family! Each morning was a trip to the market to source ingredients for the main meal of the day in Chef Ana's kitchen that is open to the breezes and views of Tepotzlan. Then, on to the prep, cooking and pleasure of eating "food from the heart to the table". We liked the variety and authenticity of the recipes and have already registered for Thanksgiving week cooking with Chef Ana and her family on the coast in Sayulita. Either location, Tepotzlan or Sayulita, would be a great opportunity for families or groups of friends to share. Buen Provecho!

  • Bonnie Kubowitz United States

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    What a wonderful way to vacation and enjoy traditional Mexican cuisine. Chef Ana and her family make you feel so welcome and, no matter what level you are at, cooking Chef Ana makes you feel like you are doing everything perfect. The trips to the market, a trip to an artisan potter - it was all interesting and very fun. Then, after cooking all afternoon, we all sit down and enjoy good conversation with fabulous food. You could not ask for more. I will go back.

  • a traveler United States

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    Having previously experienced La Villa Bonita in Tepoztlan, we took the opportunity to see Sayulita and once again enjoy the cooking classes offered by chef Ana. We stayed for a week with her over Thanksgiving. What a wonderful time; we even enjoyed turkey on Thanksgiving! The foods prepared this time were based mainly on the fresh fish that was available at the market. So many outstanding recipes and beautiful accommodations. This was a definite treat and something not to be missed.

  • a traveler United States

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    We visited La Villa Bonita over the winter holidays. Robb and Ana's three charming kids were at home and were the perfect playmates for our kids! The cooking classes were so fun and laid-back that I didn't realize how much I was learning until I returned home and continued working my way through the recipes that Ana gave us. Tepotztlan is such a beautiful place! La Villa Bonita has beautiful and comfortable accommodations with caring owners and staff. We are looking forward to joining them for a family fun week in Sayulita!

  • Jessi Canada

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    I love to cook so my wife took me here for a 6-day culinary retreat and I was in heaven. Chef Ana welcomed us into her family and we honestly felt like we lived with them. She taught us how to cook, buy produce and experiment. More importantly, she introduced us to Mescal!

  • a traveler United States

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    Relaxing, fun, learned a lot, slept well in the mountain air, and ate simply fabulous Mexican food (this cannot be understated, Ana is an incredible, creative chef cooking with fresh ingredients..) in this beautiful little boutique hotel in the Tepozlan mountains. Chef Ana makes you feel part of the family, while letting you have the space you want. She fed us very well each day, and taught us how to make some of her wonderful meals. I will never want a store bought tortilla again!Enjoyed trips to the local market to learn about shopping and ingredients. Easy walk into the village from the hotel, and beautiful hikes into the mountains to see ruins and views close by as well. Enjoyed her big "open air" kitchen and also meals on the rooftop overlooking the city (they completely remodelled this complex to make it a perfect spot for cooking vacations). There are also some wonderful side trips that some of the other guests went on - Ana and her husband Rob will arrange it all for you.

  • a traveler United States

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    This was all we hoped it would be - and more. The class was small - 6 people - and very enthusiastic. Their ages ranged from about 60 to 43. The instructor of the class - Ana - was excellent. She was well prepared, very social, and really responsive to the group. The group made daily walking trips to the market for the day's ingredients. The market was about 20 minutes from our rooms - but all uphill or downhill. The streets were all cobblestone and uneven. Some areas had no side walks. But all of this made the experience unique and memorable.The cooking took place in an open air setting immediately adjacent to our rooms. The mountains were ever present. We typically left for the market about 9 in the morning and started cooking by late morning, with our meal ready by late afternoon. The food that the group prepared was delicious. My wife, who is a great cook, was primarily interested in the techniques which Ana used. Ana's husband, Rob, treated us one night to a lengthy tasting of of many Tequilas (about 20). I hope that this gives you some flavor of the place and the week.

  • a traveler Canada

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    I just spent a week over Christmas at La Villa Bonita. As a single woman I was looking for a vacation where I would be engaged in an activity I enjoyed, learn something and not feel uncomfortable travelling solo. The week at La Villa Bonita fulfilled all of these goals and then some. Ana is a wonderful chef, truly passionate about her work and her Mexican roots. She is an engaging, humorous and very approachable woman. Our group of 12 spent Christmas Eve with Ana's extended family and close friends, we were all welcomed and shared a wonderful evening of Mexican Christmas traditions.Did I mention the food - everything was truly delicious and fresh. The trips to the market were so interesting, bustling with activity and an endless array of peppers, chillies, fruits, vegetables, spices, herbs... truly a culinary feast! Ana explained that special cuts of meat (like the pork leg she cooked for Christmas Eve) have to be preordered because unlike where I am from, the supplier only provides what is needed, there is never any waste. Tepoztlan is a place where you really get to see first hand, day to day life of the average Mexican.There are not many of us Gringos around which, for me, was a nice change from the resort style Mexico. I never once felt unsafe or that I was going to be taken advantage of, locals were helpful and friendly. Ana and Robb's staff are friendly and helpful. The rooms were very comfortable, clean and the beds had very good mattresses, a filtered water tap is provided in each room. Their dog Mojo is a friendly big blond lab who was well behaved and fun to have around.I did a side trip to Xochicalco and Taxco with a tour guide that Robb organized. The tour guide, Arturo, had extensive knowledge of Mexican history (he was a history professor prior to becoming a full time guide). There were only 5 of us on the tour and Arturo was professional, polite, informative and took care of all the details. Ana and Robb also do a coastal version of their cooking school and that is on my list for my next trip to Mexico!

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