Food & Wine
Food & Wine Experiences
If the way to someone’s heart is through food, then the same can be said for feeling the pulse of a place through culinary experiences. Our basic human need for survival is much more than simply putting food in our mouth. It’s also about sourcing, gathering, customs, rituals, sharing, gestures, the passing of knowledge, Sightseeing is great, but really it just fills the gaps between meals. Right? So why not combine both.
There’s nothing more alluring on our senses than wandering through a local produce market discovering regional specialities, exploring and tasting new foods. Even better - why not go straight to the source and get your hands into the earth? Imagine helping a farmer dig up a truffle in the Italian woods, dog by your side, then breathing in the once-smelt-never-forgotten aroma of the ‘black gold’ as you shave it over a simple pasta. Or maybe you want to learn cook Paella in Spain, Gallo Pinto in Costa Rica, join in a traditional tea ceremony in Japan, dine with giraffes in Kenya. If you’re into wine, you can make your own vintage in the Napa Valley, hang out with the best winemakers in the biz in Bordeaux, cycle off the kilojoules through the vineyards of Stellenbosch, South Africa.
Wherever your foodie adventure takes you – each moment will be a keeper.
Amongst the incredible landscapes of the Barossa Valley in South Australia, within the beautifully restored 1850’s winery, enjoy a private Chef's Table eight-course degustation in a stunning renovated 1850s ironstone building with matched wines, then take home a bottle of the St Hugo Vetus Purum Shiraz or Cabernet.
St Hugo invites guests to indulge in the elegant world of one of Australia's most distinguished Cabernet Sauvignon producers. Savour the outstanding collection of St Hugo wines which reflect the rich history of Hugo Gramp and his lifelong connection to the region.
Uncover a tucked away forest retreat with the presence of a royal paradise. Huka Lodge has gone 30 years on simple and elegant luxury alone to showcase the region’s natural beauty with unmatched style. The Big Red Dinner is a culinary showcase for the landscape, hosted by Mary Jeanne Hutchinson, of Craggy Range wines, and award-winning chef Scot Pickett. Huka Lodge provides all you need to not only taste the region’s richness but also to go on exploring nearby sights like Lake Taupo, Purorea Forest and more.
Learn to prepare your own jaw-dropping Thai cuisine while also getting a deep look into Thailand’s colourful traditions and culture. Then, search for your own culinary inspiration among Bangkok’s vibrant sights and bustling streets. The opulent five-star Mandarin Oriental Bangkok has a quiet seat along the scenic banks of the Chao Phraya River and is also close to city sights like the Grand Palace, flower markets, floating markets and more. Or, venture just outside of Bangkok to Phuket, Chiang Mai, or Chiang Rai.
Widen your culinary horizons with a hands-on wet market tour and cooking class at the gastro-specialised Hanoi Sofitel Metropole. A professional chef will guide you through the bustle and local flavours and ingredients at an authentic local market, then take you back to the hotel for an intimate cooking class. As you learn to prepare mouth-watering Hanoi dishes, the chef will enrich every slice, stir and bite with stories of how Hanoi cuisine emerged from the local landscape.
The sea of desert just beyond Dubai's city limits is a stark world of silent beauty, save the occasional falcon's call. After a day driving, riding a camel, or sandboarding golden dunes, a world-class dinner before a crackling campfire and glowing sunset in the desert is the opening to your old Arabian night of song and dance under a desert moonlight. Then, return to the city to explore the old Gold Souk marketplace, or the new and record-breaking Burj Khalifa, where you can have tea above the clouds.
Beaune's medieval streets are home to the wine region's best restaurants. Loiseau des Vignes has earned a Michelin star for how takes influences from France's rolling, verdant wine country and how it revisits traditional Burgundy dishes. Wine fanatics can also enjoy over 70 different wines by the glass for an expansive taste tour of local varietals.
Taste the Regent Explorer's dedication to bespoke form and function, pomp and circumstance, at Pacific Rim. The reservation-only restaurant's earth tones and modern zen elegance take chic cosmopolitan dining aesthetics to sea. A Pan-Asian menu delicately balances the continent's signature flavours while enlivening the eclectic decor, from Tibetan prayer wheels to ocean views through lotus-shaped windows. Pacific Rim is an elaborate dining experience.
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