Experience the Essential… MARRAKECH

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In the whimsical red city of magicians, storytellers, spices and the thrills of haggling, Essential Escapes, has curated a food and shopping journey to uncover the most authentic gems of Marrakech, from where to shop, eat, drink and stay and most importantly the cooks and chefs to know!

In a city that can beautifully overwhelm, this food and shopping tour curated by Essential Escapes founder and MasterChef finalist Emma Spitzer, offers an itinerary to guide and inspire, incorporating the area’s under the radar sensory treats. With food at the heart of every Essential Escapes’ experience, the Marrakech itinerary offers drool-worthy cookery classes to master the art of the region’s most fragrant local delicacies.

The journey starts in the Atlas Mountains where staying in a traditional Berber guesthouse you will eat and cook with the valley’s most respected local chef and her family. On route down to the city, experience the best Tajine and Kefta in the Atlas and stop off at Terres des Etoiles desert lodge to explore an organic desert garden, on to a desert cooking class to bake bread in the sand before hopping to one of Morocco’s most luxurious retreats – Kasbah Tamadot.

And in between? Spa in luxury, horse ride through the mountains before heading to the city to the medinas and industrial quarter under the guide of Marrakech’s savviest personal shoppers.

Markets & Marrakech, five nights from £2,700pp. Includes accommodation at Riad Hiba, Kasbah Tammadot and Villa des Orangers: Master cooking classes with chef Rachida at Riad Hiba, High Atlas Mountains, Cooking and eating with Berber chef and culinary home stay, Berber village trek with guide in the High Atlas, Dessert cookery classes at Terres des Etoiles, Spa day at Kasbah Tamadot, Horse riding through the Atlas Mountains with the Roseraie Stables, Medina exploration on foot with expert guide, Full day with a personal shopper exploring the Sidi Ghanem industrial quarter and the Ville Nouvelle. To book, call Essential Escapes on 020 7788 4242 or visit www.essentialescapes.com

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