THERE ARE SOME RESORTS THAT GO ABOVE AND BEYOND WHEN IT COMES TO CREATING THE PERFECT DINING EXPERIENCE FOR THEIR GUESTS.
FROM HOME-GROWN ISLAND FARE TO WORLD-CLASS FINE DINING, FIND A HOLIDAY DESTINATION TO TEMPT AND ENTICE THE FOODIE IN YOU.
Denis Private Island, Seychelles
You’d probably think that playing Robinson Crusoe on a remote island outpost would mean waving goodbye to luxury and hearty meals? Think again. In a concept entirely unique to the Seychelles, the 375-acre Denis Private Island resort grows and catches the vast majority of their produce. Their talented team of chefs then create dishes of culinary brilliance with ingredients grown or reared just metres from the kitchen. This farm-to-table concept is a winner with guests, who rave about the outstanding quality of the fresh produce.
There are themed evenings several nights per week, including a Japanese buffet with masterfully-created sushi made using fresh fish caught straight from the ocean. In fact, a variety of marine species can be found in the waters immediately surrounding the island. The area has even been granted protected status by the Seychelles’ government, due also in part to its importance as a spawning ground for turtles.
Boat trips, snorkelling and diving are key features of the 25-cottage hotel, and a committed conservation programme stands as testimony to their eco-friendly ethos. Inland, you’ll be thrilled to discover a large colony of giant tortoises residing in the jungle, as well as some of the rarest birds in the Seychelles, some of which are only found on Denis, peeping at you from the treetops.
The domestic animals here are also a winner with younger guests who delight at the chance to see and pet the resort’s pigs, cows and goats. Whether you’re travelling with children or not, you’ll find that his unique island caters not just for our stomachs, but for our sense of wonder, fun and adventure too.
7 nights from £3,299 per person sharing a Beach Cottage on Full Board.
EXCLUSIVE OFFER: Save up to 30% plus a complimentary 60 minute massage per couple.
STAY: 16 Apr - 21 Dec 2018.
Relais & Chateaux
BOUTIQUE HOTELS AND GOURMET RESTAURANTS
Established in France in 1954, Relais & Châteaux now has around 500 members worldwide hailing from the sun-kissed and vineyard-clad landscapes of Italy, to the luxury lodges nestled into Botswana’s precious wilderness. First-class service, pioneering cuisine and a desire to preserve local heritage and the environment define the hotels in this collection, and we’re proud to work with some of its members, including the outstanding Caribbean hotels, Eden Roc at Cap Cana in the Dominican Republic, Calabash Luxury Boutique Hotel in Grenada and Cobblers Cove in Barbados.
Calabash Luxury Boutique Hotel, Grenada
Celebrity chef, Gary Rhodes, oversees the talented chefs at Calabash, a hotel that has earned a well-deserved reputation as a foodie’s paradise. Utilising local vegetables and the catch of the day, the creative dishes at Rhodes Restaurant range from shrimp ravioli to citrus-cured marlin to start, and twice-baked lobster soufflé and beef tenderloin with ripe plantain for the main event.
Desserts are pure heaven with sweet delights such as passion fruit panna cotta and nutmeg custard tart presented on the plate like works of art. Calabash has been owned and managed by the Garbutt family since 1987 and you can expect real warmth and genuine hospitality from your hosts. There are only 30 suites here, adding to the intimate environment; these are fanned out in a horseshoe shape around the gardens leading to the beach where the new Beach Club at Calabash offers further delicious dining options.
7 nights from £2,099 per person sharing a Junior Suite on Half Board.
OFFER: Complimentary upgrade to Half Board.
STAY: 12 May - 11 Aug 2018.
Eden Roc at Cap Cana, Dominican Republic
The timeless glamour and sophistication of the French Riviera gets a Caribbean twist at Eden Roc at Cap Cana. Culinary connoisseurs will delight at the range of dining options available, from elegant haute cuisine to casual à la carte options. Mediterraneo is the resort’s signature restaurant, taking diners on a gastronomic journey through the Mediterranean.
There’s also the opportunity to gather a group of friends for an intimate private dinner or wine tasting at La Cava, with its intriguing domed roof and striking décor, which is also host to the most extensive collection of vintages in the Dominican Republic. The suites and villas here are just as indulgent as the cuisine; overlooking the gardens, lagoon or beachfront, each one features its own private pool as well as an outdoor rain shower, coral stone bath with a marble Jacuzzi, and personal spa area.
7 nights from £2,569 per person sharing a Luxury Pool Junior Suite including breakfast.
OFFER: Stay 7 Pay 6.
STAY: 17 Apr - 22 Dec 2018.