A Business Class Flight of a Different Sort: Cooking Your Way Through the World

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From Italy to Bali, the world is literally your oyster if you fly with cheap business class tickets and participate in cooking classes at your destination’s luxury resort. We list a few of the world’s best resorts with programs designed to help you experience the region’s culture.

One of the best ways to experience a new land is through its food, and if you’re a foodie, you’re probably itching to find a local to teach you to make some favorite regional dishes. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing activity while you’re away on business or simply jetting off on a first class flight for fun, taking a local cooking class offers a terrific glimpse into the lives of locals. 

Hotel Il Saviatino - Florence, Italy
It’s no surprise that some of the best and most beloved culinary experiences are available in Italian resorts. Food is love here, and the Il Saviatino offers it through their own dining experiences and a chance to savor the fare at other Tuscan restaurants. The hotel’s Florentine Food for Thoughts experience is a delightful combination of luxury accommodations at the hotel, a private three-hour walking tour of Florence’s street food options and a truffle-hunting experience like no other.

Belmond La Residence d’Angkor - Siem Reap, Cambodia
The Belmond has so many activities and options to explore that you’ll want to be sure to find discounted business class tickets to the region so you can indulge to your heart’s content. One of the resort’s most celebrated activities is its Cookery Class and Market Visit. First, you’ll stroll through the colorful Psa Leu market, where the sights, sounds and aromas of locally grown produce and spices are a treat. Then, you’ll head back to the resort where you learn traditional Khmer cooking techniques in a sumptuous outdoor kitchen. 

RIMBA Jimbaran - Bali, Indonesia
Overlooking the dramatic waves crashing against the massive Jimbaran Bay Rock, RIMBA Jimbaran is simply captivating. Aside from its lushly appointed guest rooms and gorgeous gardens, RIMBA offers its Scenography Cooking School. Heading to the local pasar, or market, is a daily activity for locals, so that’s where your cooking tour begins. Back at the resort you’ll join a Balinese temple ritual, then explore all of the tastes, smells and components of Balinese cuisine. 

La Maison Arabe - Marrakech, Morocco
Luxurious Moroccan furnishings, beautiful guest rooms and attentive service have been the hallmarks of La Maison Arabe for decades. Its cooking classes are equally sumptuous. Ideally located in the heart of Marrakech’s Old Town, the boutique hotel is just steps from the vibrant Jemaa el Fna market. You may want to explore the local market before taking the cooking class, just to get a hint of the pleasures in store. The resort’s culinary class provides a local dada, traditional Moroccan cook, to lead you in your cooking adventures. By the end of the course, you will have made a traditional Moroccan dessert or appetizer and gained new insights into Moroccan culture.

There are dozens of other amazing cooking classes found at resorts around the world. The next time you travel for work or pleasure, check out the options, and remember to call us for cheap first class tickets to all of your preferred destinations.