The best part of a vacation is arguably the food.
And when you're away from home, being pampered at a hotel, the last thing you need to worry about is making your own meal.
But those who do love to cook can now combine the best of both experiential and foodie travel.
Many hotels and resorts now offer cooking classes to their guests, providing them with memories – and handy kitchen skills! – over souvenirs.
Get ready to channel your inner celebrity chef during your stay at these properties, offering programs catering to cooks of all skill levels.
CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa - Anguilla
With its reopening last fall, Anguilla’s CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa has relaunched Food For Thought, a culinary program covering Italian and Japanese cooking, along with pastry-making and for kids, the timeless art of baking pizza and cookies.
Originally opened in 1999 by Conair CEO Leandro Rizzuto (whose company owns the CuisinArt appliance brand), the property is also home to Anguilla’s original hydroponic farm, providing many of the ingredients for dishes created at the resort’s restaurants.
Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai – Chiang Mai, Thailand
Nestled amongst terraced rice fields, the Rim Tai Kitchen at Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai provides guests a chance to spice up their Thai cooking skills, in a setting which focuses on health and well-being.
Guests taking part in the morning class will also enjoy a market visit to hand-pick their ingredients, while a children’s program is available for young travellers with a flair for all things culinary.
Hotel Maria Cristina – San Sebastian, Spain
Located in the heart of Spain’s Basque Country, Hotel Maria Cristina has partnered with Spanish gourmet food purveyor Mimo to offer the Mimo San Sebastian cooking school, where guests can master everything from the proper method of slicing Iberian ham to crafting authentic Basque pinchos.
The school offers a variety of classes including those geared toward children, private sessions, multi-day lessons and even a competition where fellow hotel guests can put their skills to the test.
Ritz Paris – Paris, France
Perhaps the ultimate pairing of iconic hotel and renowned chef, for more than 30 years the Ecole Ritz Escoffier at the Ritz Paris has allowed guests to follow in the footsteps of culinary giant Chef Auguste Escoffier, the hotel’s first chef and godfather of modern French cuisine.
An expert team of internationally-trained chefs lead a wide range of courses from novice to expert, utilizing the property’s state-of-the-art kitchens and equipment. Recipes and lessons are available in both French and English.
Unico 20°87°- Riviera Maya, Mexico
Unico 20°87° takes food very seriously. The five-star, adults-only luxury boutique hotel in Riviera Maya, Mexico has three a la carte restaurants, one buffet, and a cafe, but traditional and regional flavours are incorporated into every menu.
The hotel also offers pop-up cooking lessons included in the hotel's daily activity schedule, allowing guests to learn more about authentic Mayan flavours. It's led by the current executive chef in Unico 20°87°'s rotating chef program. The program sees chefs switch out of the hotel's Mexican restaurant, Cueva Siete, every year or so, allowing each one to showcase their own culinary talents and tailor the menu as they see fit.
Currently, Chef Xavier Perez Stone is on site, serving up tasty Mexican offerings like crunchy duck tacos, fresh guacamole, and tamales.
Each class has 10 spots. These cooking classes require a reservation which can be done through your local host or at the concierge desk.
Right now, Unico 20°87° is celebrating the second year of Superbia Summer, a fantastic culinary journey that sees six chefs take over the kitchen at Cueva Siete. From July 17th through August 25th, the hotel will see talent coming from Michelin Star-rated and 5 Star Diamond Award winning restaurants.
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