Once-in-a-lifetime experiences, culinary adventures abroad are the perfect way to mark a special occasion. We’ve enlisted the help of travel gurus Eden to bring you the very best food-focused stays – from fun-filled cookery courses to fancy Michelin-starred fare, this palate-pleasing collection is, quite literally, good enough to eat…
£200+ PER NIGHT
Open Kitchen & Chef’s Table at Six Senses Douro Valley, Portugal
This blissful Portuguese bolthole, nestled in the world’s oldest wine-producing region, is perfect for romantic gastro getaways. A stunning 19th-century manor house with striking views of the vine-covered countryside, Six Senses Douro Valley is everything a food lover could wish for: there’s a wine library, organic garden, swimming pools, and dining that celebrates the Douro Valley region, with much of the produce coming from the verdant valley and surrounding countryside. There are plenty of eateries to choose from – seven in fact – but for something truly spectacular, book front row seats at the Open Kitchen & Chef’s Table, where you’ll get to watch the talented chefs hard at work as they prepare a feast right before your eyes.
Prices from £250 per room per night, Bed & Breakfast
Chuflay at Belmond Hotel Splendido Mare, Portofino
Perched high above the gleaming bay of Portofino, with sensational panoramic views of the Ligurian Sea, Portofino is an Italian A-lister hotspot. Expect elegant interiors and outstanding service in glamorous surroundings, with 64 individually-designed rooms and suites, glorious gardens and outdoor terraces. For foodies, the hotels’ rather sophisticated eatery, Chuflay, serves up a superlative selection of fresh fish, with delights on the menu including lobster, scampi and prawn salad with Ligurian black olives; stewed squid and local artichoke with fresh mint; and typical Ligurian rock fish soup with fillets of red mullet.
Prices from £300 per room per night, Bed & Breakfast
La Chevre d’Or at Chateau de la Chevre d’Or, Eze
One for the bucket list, this fabulous French fancy nestled on the Côte d’Azur promises delicious food, fine wines and stunning French scenery all rolled into one. Guests can take their pick from one of the four restaurants in the resort, but it’s the flagship two-Michelin-star restaurant La Chèvre d’Or that foodies should flock to, it’s one of the Côte d’Azur’s finest.
Prices from £340 per room per night, Bed & Breakfast
Ristorante at Armani Hotel, Dubai
For a taste of luxury, the Armani Hotel is the place to be. Designed by Mr Armani himself, the luxurious rooms and suites come ornately decorated and with superb-in room extras (book a Fountain Suite for spectacular views of Dubai Lake’s captivating water, music and light spectacle). There’s also a heavenly spa for R&R and access to the Armani/Privē VIP Lounge means you can party like a rock star. After you’ve eaten at Armani Ristorante, of course. Japanese, Indian, Mediterranean and, naturally, Italian cuisine are all on offer.
Prices from £340 per room per night, Bed & Breakfast
Joel Robuchon at Hotel Métropole, Monaco
If Monte Carlo is all about glitz and glamour, the Hôtel Métropole is all about taste – in every sense of the word. French in design, interiors are elegant and chic, with a few added contemporary twists to bring it into the modern sphere. There’s a spa and heated outdoor pool for lounging, and three outstanding restaurants courtesy of Joël Robuchon. Indulge your senses in the open-plan two-Michelin-star restaurant, where Mediterranean cuisine and exceptional views create the perfect dining experience; at Michelin-starred Japanese restaurant YOSHI; or at the recently-opened ODYESSY – Robuchon's third dining space at The Métropole, with a concept created by Karl Lagerfeld.
Prices from £345 per room per night, Bed & Breakfast
£400+ PER NIGHT
Kabuki Raw at Finca Cortesin, Marbella
A private paradise away from the party-fuelled glitz and glamour of Marbella, Finca Cortesin is a real gem. Gastro grub is served up at Kabuki Raw, the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant, and here you’ll get to savour a wondrous fusion of Mediterranean and Japanese cuisine, served up by Luis Olarra, with much of the produce grown organically in the hotel’s vegetable garden. Wander through the beautiful olive grove courtyards, relax in the spa and soak up the Mediterranean culture in this glorious Spanish hideaway.
Prices from £470 per room per night, Bed & Breakfast
The Restaurant at Meadowood, Napa Valley, USA
Napa Valley, a wine lover’s paradise, plays host to over 500 wineries producing countless award-winning vintages. Napa Valley has the perfect climate, soil and topography to harvest legendary Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon wines. Beyond wine, it’s a transformative utopia with gourmet dining, deluxe lodging and modern culture. Meadowood is a must-stay, with exceptional service, on-site activities, three-Michelin-star restaurant and location in the charming town of St Helena.
Prices from £525 per room per night, Room Only
The Bosman’s Experience at Grande Roche, Paarl, South Africa
Voted one of the top 100 restaurants in the world, The Bosman’s Experience is a must-visit for gourmet buffs. Set in the famous Paarl wine region – you’ll get first-class of the picturesque Paarl valley here – the Grande Roche is hub of bubbling activity; with gourmet dining, an informal bistro, two outdoor pools and spa treatments for guests to wind down and relax, before setting off to discover the region’s very best Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec wines from the estate’s own vineyard, nestled beneath Paarl Mountain.
Prices from £530 per room per night, Bed & Breakfast
Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, Oxfordshire
For bona fide foodies, a trip to Raymond Blanc’s celebrated Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons is an absolute must. Book into the grand house in secluded Oxfordshire for some old-fashioned luxury, a cookery class to ensure you wow in the kitchen from now on and, of course, some Michelin-starred food served in romantic surroundings.
Prices from £550 per room per night, Bed & Breakfast
£600+ PER NIGHT
STAY by Yannick Alleno at One&Only The Palm, Dubai
Spacious even by Dubai’s standards, this low-rise Moorish and Andalucian-styled resort is both subtle and beautiful, with impeccable accommodation, a stunning beach and exquisite restaurant options. Dine in decadence at STAY, where Yannick Alléno’s fanciful gastronomic fare will ignite and excite your palette.
Prices from £625 per room per night, Half Board
La Residence, Franschhoek, South Africa
As the gourmet capital of South Africa, you know you’re in for a treat at La Residence, Franschhoek, particularly when you can enjoy your own personalised cookery demonstration, assisting the Executive Chef at the prestigious Chef's Table. Here you’ll learn to prepare your own dinner, course by course, tasting as you go, taking note of the chef’s most cherished culinary secrets. A unique combination of privacy, luxury and family-friendly flexibility, this fairytale setting comes complete with idyllic mountain views, avenues of blossoming fruit trees and endless rows of juicy grape vines. A countryside villa of rustic perfection, it’s little wonder Elton John comes back here year after year.
Prices from £655 per room per night, Room Only
Oro at Belmond Hotel Cipriani, Venice
A Venetian legend, Cipriani is the hotel that has it all – cosseted luxury, the city's only Olympic-sized swimming pool, a glamorous guest list and the world's most famous cocktail bar. Frequented by the rich and famous, the Cipriani has earned its status as Venice’s hottest hotel hangout, particularly with its acclaimed Michelin-starred restaurant, Oro. Executive Chef Davide Bisetto creates imaginative dishes inspired by Italian tradition, and the wine list, boasting over 1000 labels including many local vintages, will provide the perfect pairing to every dish. Dine inside beneath the Murano glass chandeliers and gilded ceilings, or retreat to the terrace to soak up stunning views across the majestic lagoon.
Prices from £680 per room per night, Bed & Breakfast
Hartnett Holder & Co Kitchen At Lime Wood, Lyndhurst
Who better to learn from than TV’s top chef Angela Hartnett MBE? Together with fellow chef Luke Holder, she holds fun, informative workshops at five-star hotel Lime Wood, suitable for everyone from complete culinary novices to budding master chefs. The hotel itself offers cosy yet luxurious rooms, incredible food, a spa you'll never want to leave and stunning grounds in the heart of the New Forest.
There are only two cookery classes left in 2017, one on the 27th September and one on the 11th October, so book quickly to avoid disappointment.
27th September – £665 for room only and Angela’s cookery class
11th October – £870 for room only and Angela’s cookery class.
£800+ PER NIGHT
Le Gabriel at La Réserve Hotel & Spa, Paris
A stone’s throw from the Champs-Elysées and Eiffel Tower, this chic Parisian property has a gorgeous grown-up vibe that feels more like a sumptuous private home or exclusive members club. For a boutique hotel, the public areas are fabulous; a lounge, garden patio, France’s first Nescens spa with a gorgeous 16-metre candlelit pool, and the pinnacle of gastronomy – the two-Michelin-starred Le Gabriel.
Prices from £965 per room per night, Bed & Breakfast