I have just returned from 5weeks in Europe and Morocco, travelling with a dear friend. Our last week was spent at Dar Liqama villa just outside Marrakesh, for a week-long cooking school. It was a truly wonderful week. The manager of the villa and teacher of the cooking classes, Rafik, quickly proved to be extremely knowledgeable about traditional Moroccan cuisine, and shared this with the group in a professional,but fun manner. He was ably helped by his chief assistant, a charming young woman,Mouna. Many recipes were demonstrated and we shared in a number of the steps. All the students enjoyed the experience and appreciated the effort put in to the final night's graduation ceremony.
Mention must be made of Rafik's beautiful wife Hind, who gave me by far the best massage I've had in years and my first experience of a Hamman bath. My skin has never been so clean!
The villa itself is traditional in design and the rooms, all with private bathroom, were more than comfortable and serviced daily. All the staff were friendly, yet unobtrusive.
What made the week so enjoyable, apart from the cooking classes and spa treatments, were the trips that we made both in Marrakesh itself and further afield to the Atlas mts. The mix of cooking, excursions and free time has been carefully thought out. It was a great balance.
I have no hesitation in recommending both the cooking course and the villa. Altogether a wonderful memory to treasure.
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