Culinary Adventure

May 19 - 25, 2019
Hosted by Chef Kalisa Marie
Marrakech, Morocco
Culinary Adventure
May 19 - 25, 2019
Hosted by Chef Kalisa Marie
Marrakech, Morocco
Culinary Adventure
May 19 - 25, 2019
with Chef Kalisa Marie
Marrakech, Morocco
The Experience

Join Kalisa Marie and The Runaway for a real TASTE of Moroccan culture. This multi-stop retreat begins with two nights at an eco-luxury hotel high in the Atlas Mountains, followed by an overnight glamping experience in the Stone Desert, and finally three nights at a high-design boutique hotel tucked in a serene nine-acre garden in the Palmeraie.
During this curated 7 day, 6 night adventure, you'll learn to make Berber tea, traditional tagines, and classic breads. You'll shop spices in the souks, sample street foods, and dine under the stars. You'll trek through salt mines, olive fields, and plum and vegetable gardens. Not to mention, bike riding, pool lounging, free time, and more.

About Kalisa Marie

Kalisa is a classically trained chef and cofounder of The Runaway Experience. Before launching the Runaway, Kalisa built her career in the food media industry, eventually serving as Brand Director for the digital publication, Tasting Table. With a background in food science, nutrition, and the culinary arts, she is launching a new platform, Kalisa Marie Eats, to share her unique perspective and passion for food. Kalisa is currently working on a cookbook and video series that will be released in 2019. She has been featured in SELF, Forbes, Good Morning America, VH1, Food & Wine, Travel & Leisure, and more.
Trip Details

This isn't a typical vacation. This is an amazing travel experience for the culturally curious looking to get up-close and personal with Morocco's culinary traditions and explore the great outdoors. View the details below to learn more about this unique opportunity. Once you've reviewed the details, click "Book your trip" to secure your spot. Spaces are limited.
Activities
Get Ready To:

Experience three different regions of Morocco: the Atlas Mountains, the Agafay Stone Desert, and the Palmeraie outside of Marrakech.

Taste your way through the region and learn to cook traditional Moroccan dishes, using hand-picked organic produce.

Explore gardens of the Ourika Valley, villages surrounding the Agafay desert, and the Medina's alleys and hidden gems, soaking up the fragrant scents, sounds and sights.

Shop
handmade goods from local craftspeople and spices unique to the area.

Ride
through palm groves, trek through salt mines, and be inspired by spectacular views.


Lodging
2 Nights - Eco-luxury hotel in the Atlas Mountains
One of the most eco-friendly buildings in Morocco, made of rammed earth in the traditional Berber technique, thoughtfully decorated and sitting majestically at the apex of the Ourika Valley.
WiFi / NO Air conditioning / Outdoor pools / Onsite spa / 360 degree panoramic views

1 Night - Glamping campsite in the Agafay Stone Desert
Stunning campsite featuring spacious cotton nomad tents, each with comfortable beds, a lounge area, and private terrace. Dining is by candlelight with communal feasts.
NO WiFi / NO Air conditioning / Ensuite shower tent with WC / 360 degree panoramic views

3 Nights - High-design boutique hotel in the Palmeraie outside Marrakech
A collection of homes serenely set in a natural paradise of aromatic gardens and citrus trees. Each room is unique and impeccably designed.
WiFi / Air conditioning / Outdoor pools / Tennis court / Onsite massage / 9 acres of gardens
Inclusions
Package includes:

Transportation.
Airport transfers and ground transportation for itinerary activities. Airfare is NOT included.

Lodging.
Six nights stay in our handpicked accommodations: eco-luxury mountain top hotel, stunning campsite, and high-design boutique hotel.

Food.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner - sampling the freshest, most delicious food the region has to offer. Alcoholic beverages are not included.

Activities.
Curated itinerary that includes multiple cooking classes, locally guided treks, tasting and shopping tours, bike rides, free time, and more
Is this trip for me?
IT IS IF:
You have a genuine interest in Moroccan culinary traditions
You enjoy the great outdoors and the idea of "glamping" excited you
You love meeting and hanging out with new people
You seek off the beaten path activities and have a "go with the flow" attitude
You enjoy walking, eating, and trying new things

IT'S NOT IF:
You're looking to veg out on an agenda-free sun and sand vacation
You find walking difficult, as much of our exploring will be done on foot
You require high tech amenities to be comfortable away from home
You don't enjoy stepping outside your comfort zone
What guests are saying
Keitha
"The Runaway Experience orchestrated every part of the trip so beautifully both prior to the trip and during. Every detail was considered with plan B's ready to roll in case. All that was left to do was immerse myself in the experience."
Jaha
"Kalisa and Jeff were knowledgeable, helpful, and fun. They made me feel like I was traveling with family. They provided a ton of info beforehand, and even hopped on a call with each guest to answer all of our questions."
Sia
"The Runaway Experience has been the best way for me as a single woman to travel outside of the country. It's truly a balance of indulgence and immersion in the local culture, all while economically supporting the local community."