By Kitty Morse
Marrakesh: Learn how to cook à la marocaine in Marrakesh at La Maison Arabe, a boutique hotel and cooking school. Luxury accommodations in a restored riad in the medina. Classes take place in a private estate outside the city walls. The two-hour hands-on class is followed by a tasting under a Berber tent. Very competent and friendly staff (lamaisonarabe.com).
Azemmour: To experience Morocco at its most authentic, take a detour via the historic town of Azemmour, located 50 miles south of Casablanca, on the banks of the Oum Errebia (Mother of Spring) river. Stay at the charming L’Oum Errebia Maison d’Hotes (Bed and Breakfast, 25 Impasse Chtouka, Ancienne Medina, Azemmour; $106 per night, double occupancy, breakfast included; azemmour-hotel.com; fax: (011) 212-23-34-77-05).
Casablanca: You will find hotels to suit all budgets, including chains like the Hotel Royal
Mansour Meridien, Sheraton, Best Western, Crowne Plaza and Hyatt Regency. For more listings see tripadvisor.com.