While you might associate fine cuisine with France or Italy, the luxury hotel industry has spread fine food well beyond these areas. Here, we take a look at some of the best eating on offer for holidays in Madeira, Fuerteventura and Croatia. Resorts like these understand that great eating is an integral part of any great getaway. Read on to whet your appetite. |
Variety and Views at Porto Mare
This large hotel complex sits on Madeira’s beautiful seafront, encircled on all other sides by well-tended lush gardens filled with indigenous and exotic plants. Guests enjoy the tranquil beauty of their surroundings as they explore a wide range of cuisines.
Alfama focuses on Portuguese and island seafood, using local ingredients and recipes as much as possible. The restaurant, unsurprisingly, takes its cue from its Mediterranean connections, offering pasta, oil and tender meats. Il Basilico goes more specific, serving Italian-inspired food from its seaside location.
But perhaps the biggest attraction is the hotel’s themed nights. Atlantida serves a variety of high-end international food all year round, hosting show-cooking displays every night. On theme nights, all the hotel’s eateries get in on the action, transporting guests to a fully realised world and immersing them in food cultures as far-flung as Japan’s traditional sushi.
Show Cooking at the Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real
Nestled just behind a pristine beach on Fuerteventura, the Gran Hotel has six restaurants to delight your taste buds. The Beach Club Las Palmeras gives guests the taste of the Mediterranean, while the Coco Bahia Lounge & Club offers an astounding view across the Atlantic.
Again, though, the resort’s biggest selling point is the chance it offers visitors to explore cuisine from further afield. Japanese restaurant Yamatori offers excellent sushi, of course. But the best way to enjoy it is to book up for the full Teppanyaki experience, where highly trained chefs prepare food from scratch in front of your very eyes, slicing and dicing veg, fish, meat and more on a sizzling hot plate, knives flashing and slashing through the air. It’s a sight you’re unlikely to forget soon.
Buffets and Romantic a la carte at Valamar Dubrovnik President
This excellent Croatia resort gives guests one of the most luxurious experiences in the whole country. As Western Europeans have, for a while now, recognised the Balkans’ suitability as a holiday destination, more and more high-end hotels are springing up in this affordable and beautiful part of the continent.
The Miramare Restaurant pitches itself towards couples and others looking for a quieter night. Its highly trained team of chefs cooks traditional Mediterranean meals to perfection, while diners are encouraged to make use of the professional sommeliers on hand to recommend from the excellent and comprehensive wine list.
Again, the Valamar also likes to put on a show. Though not entirely unique among Croatian resorts, the hotel’s show-cooking buffet never fails to astound visitors. Mediterranean food is also available, but it’s far from all that’s on offer here, as experienced, creative chefs prepare a variety of world cuisine in front of your eyes. For many, the only complaint is that the meals look so appetising they want to wolf them down on the spot!
So what are you waiting for? Book up and get ready to tantalise your taste buds with these fantastic treats.
John Dixon is an experienced world traveller and the Managing Director of Prestige Holidays. For over 30 years, he has been providing holidays in luxury Croatia resorts, as well as holidays in Bermuda, the Canary Islands and many other destinations around the globe. John tries to visit each of the destinations regularly in order to ensure the quality of his properties, and stay up-to-date about the latest local news and events. He has a taste for the finer things in life and has an interest in arts, history and culture.
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