At Elegant Resorts, we know it's not just about finding your dream destination but also about discovering somewhere to create lifelong memories and experience something out of the ordinary. Through our extensive travels around the globe, we have found some of the world's most sensational settings for dining, from vibrant and elevated treetop dining to secluded picnics on powder-soft sands.
We've scoured menus and restaurants throughout our portfolio to bring you some of our favourite gastronomic experiences from around the world that will get you longing to try something new.
Mandarin Oriental Bangkok - Thailand
Located in a quiet spot on the banks of the historic Chao Phraya and boasting nine outstanding and stunningly decorated restaurants that offer a variety of cuisine, Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok offers guests a true culinary discovery. Whether you choose traditional Thai with contemporary twists or European delights, you're guaranteed a taste sensation with unparalleled service at the hotel's many fine dining spots. Take this culinary discovery a step further and round off your stay with a visit to Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok's authentic Thai cooking school, which offers private or group classes where you can create fresh, vibrant, and delicious local specialities such as stuffed banana pepper or pandan dumplings, all whilst gaining insights into the fascinating culture and traditions of Thailand.
Must try: Le Normandie by Alain Roux, on the top floor of the hotel's Chao Phraya Wing, is renowned across Bangkok for its incredible and contemporary French fine dining. This stylish and elegant restaurant has been awarded two Michelin stars every year since the Bangkok guide's inaugural edition, serving truly mouth-watering delights. We highly recommend the sea bass and octopus ceviche, where delicate slices of fresh seafood are complimented with a tart passionfruit juice and crunchy shredded salad for added texture.
Ulusaba Private Game Reserve - South Africa
Owned by Sir Richard Branson, and located in Sabi Sand Game Reserve, near Kruger National Park, Ulusaba Private Game Reserve is known for the quality of its safari experience, with some of the most experienced rangers and trackers in the country. Despite being in an isolated environment, the delicious range of dining opportunities will have you believing you're in a luxury restaurant. With all meals and drinks included, and at least six opportunities each day for eating, you're sure to be taken on a culinary adventure. Try numerous freshly prepared, pan-African delicacies with local flavours and spices, enjoy daily afternoon tea served on the patio, or graze at the buffet style breakfast offerings.
Must try: As well as each day's delicious gastronomy, guests at Ulusaba can enjoy their evening meals in some truly stunning destinations. Enjoy sundowner drinks and nibbles served in the wild of the bush, enjoy lunch on a sundeck with panoramic views of the lush vegetation that surrounds you, or experience dinner in the heart of the bush under the clear African skies, with authentic tribal dancers and singers around an open fire for the ultimate African dining experience.
Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort - Morocco
Surrounded by magnificent landscape gardens, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort perfectly captures the rich and colourful architecture of Morocco's building style. Along with luxurious accommodation, the host of world-class facilities include incredible kids' and teen clubs, a cutting-edge casino, an ultra-exclusive nightclub, and no less than twelve exquisite eateries and bars! Sure to entice both the eyes and the palate, Mazagan's extensive culinary offerings range from light bites and laidback lunches at Beach Barbecue and delicious cocktails and pan-Asian cuisine at the Buddha-Bar Beach, to the sumptuous Mediterranean buffet at Olives and the finest and freshest seafood at Sel de Mer.
Must try: While you'll have many memorable meals at Mazagan, none will stay with you as much as an evening meal in the Al Firma Berber Tent. Dine in the beautiful Berber tent on cosy cushions and intricate carpets as you share delicious traditional Moroccan dishes or relax under the stars as oriental dancers and musicians welcome you. Feast on authentically Moroccan spread, including a large selection of mezze, Moroccan salads, couscous and tagines, each using organic and seasonal ingredients grown in the Al Firma garden.
Six Senses Laamu - Maldives
Located on the beautiful, privately-owned, Olhuveli Island, Six Senses Laamu offers beach and overwater accommodation that combines elegant, organic design with eco-awareness to stunning effect. With regular visits from DJs, mixologists, and chefs, Six Senses Laamu's six bars and restaurants offer exquisite dining experiences, with most set over the turquoise lagoon that surrounds the resort. For anybody with a sweet tooth, the Ice & Chocolate Studio is a must-visit, with over 40 flavours of refreshing ice cream and sorbet on offer, or spend some time in Zen, open to just 12 guests each evening for a unique Japanese experience.
Must try: Perched high above the garden lies the resort's signature restaurant, Leaf, home to delicious cuisine with stunning ocean panoramas. Guests can expect local and organic ingredients sourced from the garden and sea combined together to create a range of inventive Mediterranean dishes. The organic produce in the resort's innovative cuisine are examples of Six Senses' admirable environmental commitment and are typical of the eco-friendly yet luxurious experiences which await.
Burj Al Arab Jumeirah - Dubai
Rising from the waters of the Arabian Gulf and voted repeatedly as the world's most luxurious hotel, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah offers the finest service, with staff going above and beyond to ensure your stay is nothing short of perfection. Experience an unforgettable entrance, by either one of the world's largest chauffeur-driven fleets of Rolls-Royces or by a dedicated helicopter transfer. Prepare to be amazed as you glimpse the hotel's distinctive sail-shaped structure, an icon of modern Dubai. Your personal butler will take care of your unpacking whilst you begin to discover the unique city of Dubai and all that the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah has to offer.
Must try: From authentic Arabic cuisine to Asian and modern European dishes, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah has sourced ingredients from around the globe to create a dining experience fit for one of the world's most luxurious hotels. Discover the contemporary Al Muntaha, located on the 27th floor, and dine with breathtaking views of Dubai or experience an artfully simple seafood menu designed by award-winning British chef, Nathan Outlaw, at Al Mahara. Don't miss out on a Traditional Afternoon Tea during your stay, complete with an extensive selection of teas, coffees, finger sandwiches, French pastries, scones, and jams served across multiple courses of traditional delights. Whichever you choose, you are guaranteed a taste sensation served to you in a stunning location.
Cipriani, A Belmond Hotel, Venice - Italy
Located on an island just four minutes from central Venice, Cipriani, A Belmond Hotel promises a sense of calm from the moment you arrive. Interiors are bedecked with delicately blown glass and precious fabrics, where beautifully appointed rooms and suites all offer garden or lagoon views. Home to arguably some of the best eateries in Venice, enjoy Michelin-starred cuisine, sip delicious drinks at the legendary Cip's club, or savour the elegant waterside with Cipriani's wonderful dining options, with an expansive wine list of over one-thousand bottles, ensuring that you find exquisite pairings and divine aperitifs to perfect your evening.
Must try: Designed by architect Adam Tibany to reflect the romantic atmosphere of Venice, Michelin starred Oro boasts handmade Murano glass chandeliers and a decadent golden ceiling - from where the restaurant draws its name. With a delectable menu designed by Chef Riccardo Canella, which focusses on the freshest local ingredients and has won the restaurant a coveted Michelin star, you'll be sure to love an evening spent here.
Porto Elounda Golf and Spa Resort - Greece
A glorious Greek gem in the heart of the Mediterranean, home to the first Six Senses Spa in Europe, Porto Elounda Golf and Spa Resort promises an unforgettable stay. With gorgeous sea views and a lush garden setting, the 9-hole, par 3 golf-course at Porto Elounda is a must-do for any golfing enthusiast. The resort also boasts walls adorned in traditional Cretan antiques, a sea-facing location offering unparalleled, glorious views, and with world class facilities and dining opportunities situated throughout the resort, guests will never want to leave. Experience fine dining cooking lessons as you sip crisp wines, enjoy unbelievable gastronomy from the comfort of your own room, visit the distillery for delicious wine tastings, or spend the evening in one of the resort's chic dining spots.
Must try: Porto Elounda offers some incredible and atmospheric dining experiences, including themed evenings complete with local dancers and live music. Take the opportunity to book one of the eight impressive restaurants privately for any special occasion or enjoy a unique 7-course gourmet dinner in the Cellar with perfectly paired wines. Those looking for something extra special can enjoy a private dining experience onboard the Eliana K, a docked sailing boat. Once onboard, choose between a 6-course fine-dining menu or pre-order from whichever restaurants' menu you desire as you relax and dine together under the stars.
Seaside Grand Hotel Residencia - Canary Islands
Boasting a private location in the heart of the island's popular Maspalomas region, Seaside Grand Hotel Residencia promises guests a quaint and intimate stay amongst luxury. Not only is the hotel close to the beach, but this exclusive and stylish Spanish estate is home to delicious gastronomy and offers world-class personal service. Guests can take in the beauty of the local area while enjoying fine gastronomy, or visit the impressive wellness centre, boasting a remarkable salt cave, designed to restore essential minerals to tired bodies and minds.
Must try: The hotel's signature restaurant saw the hotel awarded the prestigious title of 2016 Best Hotel Gastronomy in the Canary Islands and offers invigorating, freshly prepared cuisine with a menu designed by Michelin stared chef Wolfgang Grobauer, showcasing locally inspired flavours with international influences.
Atlantis, The Palm - Dubai
With its palatial architecture and imposing location, Atlantis, The Palm is now one of Dubai's most iconic buildings. Often frequented by the glitterati, this five-star resort offers lavish attractions to suit families and couples alike. With an extensive range of innovative kids' clubs and daily complimentary access to the resort's underwater worlds: The Lost Chambers Aquarium and Atlantis Aquaventure Water Park. Not only does the iconic Atlantis hotel boast outstanding facilities and unbelievable service, but guests can enjoy a staggering 23 restaurants during their stay, many of which are award winning.
Must try: Dine beneath tropical blue waters at the ultra-luxurious Ossiano which features an aquarium wall and an incredible seafood and fine dining menu, while Ayamna serves elegant Middle Eastern cuisine. Seafire is renowned for its truly incredible steak, while Nobu is famed for its boundary-crossing Japanese cuisine, making it one of the most recognised restaurants in the world. Bread Street Kitchen & Bar is the offering from Gordon Ramsay, while Ronda Locatelli is a rustic Italian offering from Michelin-starred chef, Giorgio Locatelli.
Jumby Bay Island - Antigua
A private three-hundred-acre island just two miles off the coast of Antigua, Jumby Bay Island represents a back-to-nature experience that is rare in the Caribbean. A stunning oceanfront infinity pool draws the eyes towards gorgeous panoramic views of the sea, while some suites enjoy their own private pools where guests can experience superior levels of service. From fine dining to casual Caribbean dishes, Jumby Bay Island presents a range of dining options and venues to suit guests' moods and requirements, all of which are completely complimentary.
Must try: Guests can enjoy culinary experiences including 'Sea To Table', where they can enjoy a spot of private sport fishing before enjoying their catch at the end of the day, or the sumptuous private five-course beach dinners, proceeded by a lavish cocktail reception. In addition, the resort has a number of bars in which to enjoy cocktails and a variety of drinks throughout the day and into the evening.