Cooking course at the Riad Ma Bonne Etoile, Morocco

Discover the flavours and the secrets of the Berber gastronomy with our cook Khadija in an idyllic Riad between desert and palm trees gardens.

Location : Ouled Driss

Dates : All year round

Duration : 7 days / 7 nights

Tariff : 690,00 €

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Detailed programme:
Discover traditional Moroccan cuisine in the warm, family atmosphere of the Riad « Ma Bonne Etoile». The cook will tell you about (nearly) all the secrets of Berber cuisine.
Day 1: Arrival in Ouarzazate. Spend the night in a hotel (for late arrival).

Day 2: Transfer from Ouarzazate to the Riad through the beautiful Draa Valley. Stop at the potters' cooperative in the holy village of Tamegroute. Settling in the riad. Discovery of the surrounding area and people.

Day 3:
Morning: Day for the « Souk» in M’hamid: We go together do the shopping to prepare the meals.
Afternoon: Dish 1: food preparation for dinner (about 2 hours)

Day 4:
Morning: Preparation of various breads. Baking in a traditionnal « beldi» oven).
Afternoon: Dish 2, for dinner.

Day 5:
Morning: Visit to the kasbah of Ouled Driss, the museum and … the secret of a good tea told by Hassan (with various spices and their beneficial effects).
Afternoon: Dish 3, for dinner

Day 6:
Morning: Patisserie cooking
Afternoon: Dish 4 for dinner
Musical night.

Day 7: Conclusion of the workshop in the morning. Return to Ouarzazate in the afternoon. Night in a hotel.

Day 8: flight (or travel to Marrakech)

During the workshop, you will have time for wandering around the sand dunes, relax around the swimming-pool, go to the hammam, walk into the palm grove…or just do nothing.

Place: The Riad Ma Bonne Etoile is located close to the desert in the village of Ouled Driss, 250 km South of Ouarzazate (450 km South of Marrakech). The Riad has been renovated using local materials is ideally located between palm trees and desert.

Dates: All year round (but too hot during summer months)

Duration: 7 days/ 7 nights

Accommodation: You will be accommodated in a comfortable guest house in the Riad « Ma Bonne Etoile ». Rooms with private bathroom, dining room, living-room, terrace, swimming pool, palm grove and a magnificent sunset!

Cost: 690 €
This price includes:
- Full board accommodation
- 2 nights in a hotel,
- The workshop (about 2 hours in the morning, 2 hours in the afternoon),
- 2 way Transfer from Ouarzazate/ Ouled Driss
- Membership fees

Do not include:
- Drinks between meals
- Tips
- Visit of the kasbah of Ouled Driss (2 €)
- Additional local transport
- hammam (2 € + massage: 5 €)

Good to know:
The Riad Ma Bonne Etoile donates 5% of their benefits to the local association Intilak who works in the areas of social, health, education, environment and culture in M'Hamid’s village, especially for women and children.
The Riad is currently involved in the construction of a local association that allows the association to continue and expand its activities.

Our partner also offers a carpet weaving workshop at the Riad "Ma bonne étoile".


"La beauté, la sérénité de l’endroit, l’accueil de Madame Roselyne Sanial et sa disponibilité, le cours de cuisine très complet et très didactique de la cuisinière du riad, Khadijah, le service de table de Brahim aux petits soins pour nous, et le dîner chez Abdelsamad, le jardinier du Riad. Mon ressenti : un degré d’hospitalité disparu depuis belle lurette sous nos climats, l’hospitalité à l’orientale... cerise sur le gâteau, nous sommes tombées sur la saison de récolte des dattes. Bien sur nous avons aussi appris ... le gâteau aux dattes."

Claude Le 12/11/2018