Food and travel is inexplicably linked, but you don’t want to tuck into just any old nosh in a dive of a place, do you?
Here we take a look at some extremely cool dining options that you’ll want to bore your friends about for years to come.
The most unexpected setting for a restaurant?
Forget cocktails in a hammock, now you can have lunch in a tree. Perched off the ground to catch the cooling breeze coming off the Indian Ocean, The Treehouse at Viceroy Maldives lures guests with its selection of hot or cold mezze, ideal for a delicious lunch.
The Treehouse is a great spot to sip a pre or post dinner drink whilst watching the sun set over the Indian Ocean on the comfortable loungers and cushions.
Dining in the Wilderness
Only accessible in the summer, Gstaad Palace’s Walig Hut, Switzerland is a charming yet luxurious place built in 1786 and was home to the farmers in the summer when the cows were brought up to pasture.
Whether for a picnic style lunch or intimate dinner, the beauty and calm of the surrounds capture the imagination making it hard to leave this magical spot. Lunch consists of a selection of home-made breads, local cheeses, cold cuts, wild berries and irresistible desserts accompanied by rich coffee and local wines.
Michelin-starred dining and sightseeing by boat
Ask any resident of Amsterdam and he or she will tell you, the best way to glimpse the true beauty of the city with its quaint corners and leafy alleyways is from a boat ride through its famous canals.
The Dylan’s Vinkeles on the Water, a floating extension to The Dylan Amsterdam’s Michelin-starred restaurant offers hotel and restaurant guests the opportunity to hop on board the Muse for a culinary experience like no other. You and a maximum of three guests will be touring the canals, whilst the chef will prepare and serve his award-winning dishes for breakfast, lunch or dinner on board.
Lux meets informality
Originally a private residence built in 1910, Ett Hem is now an impeccably styled 12 room townhouse hotel, situated in a peaceful, residential area of Stockholm. The kitchen at Ett Hem encourages guests to do as they would do in their own, helping themselves to a snack or a drink in the kitchen at any time, day or night.
There is no specific restaurant; Ett Hem prides itself on welcoming guests to dine in their room, in the library, in the Greenhouse or in the courtyard. The chefs visit a local farm to source the products and will really mastermind any culinary delicacy a guest may ask for.
People-watching over a power breakfast
On any given weekday morning, from 7am to 10am a collection of shiny black town cars are lined up three-deep outside Loews Regency Hotel in New York City. Inside, the tables are filled with movers and shakers from the worlds of Wall Street, entertainment, media and politics.
As they discuss business and close deals, they are simultaneously observing a morning ritual that has been ongoing for close to 40 years – the Loews Regency Hotel’s “Power Breakfast”. Today, the Power Breakfast stands as one of the most iconic dining experiences in Manhattan, offering local New Yorkers and hotel guests the perfect opportunity for people watching, and the chance to dine among some of the most powerful professionals in New York City.