Culinary Vacations Morocco

Riad Les Ammonites invites you to discover the secrets of Moroccan cuisine during your culinary vacation in the magic red city! All over the world the Moroccan cuisine is considered as one of the tastiest due to its incredible diversity of influences which are marked by medley of spices found in its dishes, fantastic combination of vegetables and spices, and, of course, Couscous. Enjoy the sun and the mint tea and experience the richness of Moroccan culture!

Highlights

  • Small Arab class
  • Moroccan cuisine cooking sessions
  • Enjoy the results of your cooking adventures
  • Shopping time for vegetables and spices at a local souk
  • 1 guided tour to explore the city of Marrakech
  • 2 meals per day including a breakfast buffet
  • Imperial hammam (included massage)
  • 3 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


2 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: French, Italian, Spanish, English
The maximum participants in the group is 4
Airport transfer included: Menara Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
11:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

You will be accommodated in triple room-suites or in double rooms. Around the patio, the hotel's six rooms offer a refined and distinct atmosphere. Fully-heated and also air-conditioned, they have everything you need to enjoy your stay. All are decorated and furnished with dark wood in traditional Moroccan Berber style, which gives them simple elegance and a lively atmosphere. Each room has a safe, mini-bar, satellite television, and free WiFi. The toilets are separate from the shower.

Hotel guests typically love relaxing in the spacious courtyard, eating wonderful Moroccan food on the roof terrace, and exploring the nearby palaces, souks, and restaurants. Unique extra services are provided, such as a meet and greet by a security guard if ever you get back to the hotel late at night. The hosts spend a lot of time with the guests, making them feel welcome in the riad, and the hotel's delightful staff is always there to help make your stay in Marrakech a magical one.

The price packages show the rates for Menzeh, Taroudant, Zagoura, and Mali only. For more information regarding other rooms, please send Riad Les Ammonites an inquiry.

Mali

This is a very nice double room on the ground floor, with two windows facing the pool. Both the bed structure and built-in cupboard are decorated with precious carved inlays from Mali, symbolizing the ancient rites of the Dogan people. This can also be seen in the room’s furnishing, creating an elegant, traditional African style. The bathroom is in beige Tadelakt, with a sink in dark fossil stone and shower in blue zellige flooring.

Suite Berber

This is a very large suite that has two windows overlooking the patio and the pool. It is equipped with a lounge sofa that can be used as an extra bed. The suite is decorated with dark wood furniture and maichort, and offers ample space to sit and relax. It has a large bathroom with a shower in marron zellige flooring.

Suite Marrakesh

This beautiful spacious suite is red in color and is on the first floor. It is decorated with stylish and sleek Moroccan furnishing and carpet on the wall, and zellige flooring. The suite has a king-sized bed, two sofas, and two windows facing inwards towards the patio. The bathroom is very grand in size and finished in traditional beige Tadelakt, and has a double shower in red zellige flooring.

Suite Menzeh

This very large and beautiful suite is orange in color and offers the same grand bathroom and exquisite decor as the other suites. It has a very high and old ceiling in traditional wood work. By being on the first floor, you are simply a step nearer to enjoying the terrace in this room. Its shower comes in beige zellige flooring.

Taroudant

This is one of the riad's most popular rooms. It is a double room and is green in color. Located in the far corner of the first floor, this room offers peace and quiet. It is large, bright, and equipped with a king-sized bed covered with a canopy. It has a spacious bathroom with beige Tadelakt and zellige flooring.

Zagoura

This is a wonderful corner double room on the first floor and is purple in color. It is furnished with a very traditional wood, spiral canopy with a king-sized bed. Its window is situated towards the quiet residential road. It has a big bathroom in marron zellige flooring.

Program

Learn to cook authentic Moroccan meals for two days during this tagine cookery retreat. Between one lessons and another, you will also get the chance to experience the vibrant culture of this charming city. The first day starts with a short Arabic lesson to learn the basic sentences and words and then we accompanied you to the market to test your new language skills and buy fresh food. You will stroll among the locals as you select the meat, vegetables, herbs, and spices that form the basis of Moroccan cuisine.

You can learn how spices are used and during your hands-on cooking classes, Chef Zineb will teach you how to make traditional dishes central to Moroccan meals. Among the most famous Moroccan dishes are couscous, pastila, tagine, tanjia, and harira. Once you have prepared your tagine meal, you will sit down to savor the delights of your cookery class in the delightful surroundings of the riad, armed with your own exclusive Moroccan recipes to try at home.

Day 1 - Arrival in Marrakech

You will be picked up at the airport and brought to the riad. You will be welcomed with Moroccan pastries and a warm pot of refreshing Moroccan mint tea. In the evening, you will be served a welcome dinner.

Day 2 - First cooking day

After breakfast, you will take a trip to the souks (an Arabic term for open-air markets) to see what is in season and decide on the day's menu. You will prepare an appetizer, a main entree, and dessert. You will learn how to pick out the freshest products for your meal and experience how Moroccans do their daily grocery shopping. After this market experience, you will come back to the riad and start to prepare your first tagine of the week.

Relax over lunch and enjoy your creation In the late afternoon, you will try a unique experience of relaxation with a scrub in a traditional Moroccan hammam, which is also known as a Moroccan bath, and a relaxing massage with authentic argan oil. You can have dinner at the riad or in a local restaurant after your spa session.

Day 3 - Excursion, final cooking day

In the morning, you will be taken on a guided cultural tour of the Medina of Marrakech, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Discover the city's labyrinth of narrow lanes that are alive with markets and souks, and grab the chance to enjoy a lunch meal at the famous Jemaa el-Fna square and other recommended restaurants.

After lunch, this day's cooking lesson will teach you how to make couscous. You will also be making harira, which is Moroccan soup, and a light and delicious fruit salad with mint and rose water. You can have dinner at the riad or in a local restaurant after your spa session.

Day 4 - Departure from Morocco

You will be served breakfast and transferred to the airport for your return flight home after checking out of the riad.

Included excursions

You have one guided tour of the Medina of Marrakech included in this retreat. During this excursion, you will get the opportunity to experience the famous square of Jemaa el-Fna.

Location

Riad Les Ammonites organizes this food retreat. It`s a charming boutique hotel following the tradition of the ancient Moroccan houses. It is located in the heart of the old Medina of Marrakech, and close to the famous sight-seeing spots like the Medersa Ben Youssef, the Berber markets called souks, and the famous square of Jemaa el-Fna, which is only within three minutes of walking distance. The hotel is 15 minutes away by car from the Marrakesh Menara Airport (RAK).

Nearby places

  • Jemaa el-Fna - 6 minutes walk
  • Marrakesh Menara Airport (RAK) - 15 minutes car ride

Food

Daily Moroccan breakfast buffets and lunch meals are included in the price of this retreat. The buffet is comprised of different types of pancake, Moroccan bread, fresh orange juice, a tajine of eggs, and homemade yogurt. You will be served a welcome dinner on the first night and for the succeeding dinners, you may choose to order from the hotel or try a variety of recommended restaurants nearby.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

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

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
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)

If you're feeling adventurous, Riad Les Ammonites can help you organize a series of excursions and activities at an additional cost. Upon request, you can rent quads, buggies, and camels for riding. You may also choose from the following tours:

  • Atlas Mountains and Imlil day trip
  • Essaouira excursion
  • Ouarzazate excursion and Kasbah Ait-Benhadou trip
  • Ourika Valley excursion
  • Ouzoud Waterfalls excursion
  • Sahara tour

Spa treatments

You will enjoy 1 imperial hammam with massage .

What's included

  • 3 nights accommodation
  • 2 cooking classes
  • 1 guided tour to the Medina of Marrakech
  • 1 imperial hammam
  • 1 welcome dinner
  • Daily breakfast buffets and lunch meals
  • Transfer from and to Marrakesh Menara Airport (RAK)

What's not included

  • Any additional activities, services, or trips
  • Dinners after the first night
  • Drinks
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Marrakesh Menara Airport (RAK). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Riad Les Ammonites will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Menara Airport Airport transfer included: Menara Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 15 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 5 days before arrival.
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