THE WORLD IS YOUR OYSTER
Enjoy the best of luxury travel and dining at these gorgeous locations around the world
Indulging in a decadent five-course meal at one of the finest restaurants in town may be a great way to celebrate a special occasion, but savouring excellent food and wine in a picture-perfect location takes dining out to a whole new level. A romantic dinner for two on a private rice paddy platform? How about a day trip to one of Western Australia’s finest vineyards via helicopter and dinner at a top restaurant thereafter? Book one of these unique experiences offered by some of the most esteemed names in the food and hospitality industry, and be rewarded with the most delicious memories of your life.
HELICOPTER DAY TRIPS TO WESTERN AUSTRALIA’S WINE COUNTRY BY COMO THE TREASURY, AUSTRALIA
Expect nothing less than the best at COMO The Treasury in Perth, Australia. The luxury hotel recently unveiled a new helicopter wine tasting day trip for guests to visit Millbrook Winery—one of Western Australia’s finest vineyards—and dine at the acclaimed Millbrook restaurant as part of a two-night accommodation package.
Called Millbrook Winery Experience, the tour begins with a helicopter tour over the city, where guests will get to witness some of the city’s iconic landmarks such as Swan River and Cottesloe Beach, before heading towards the winery. At the estate, nestled within forests of Jarrahdale trees, guests are shown the processes involved in running a vineyard and they will also get to experience making their own bottle of blended wine.
A sumptuous lunch is then served at the Millbrook Restaurant, helmed by head chef Guy Jeffreys. The lunch is prepared with produce sourced from the winery’s garden, including 100 varieties of hand grown heirloom vegetables. Chef Jeffreys also sources free-range eggs, olive and honey from the sprawling estate. Of course the dishes are paired with Millbrook’s award-winning vintages, which best bring out their flavours.
Finish the day at The Treasury’s Heritage Room, which offers views of Cathedral Square, Stirling Gardens and the city. Housed in 19th century buildings, the hotel exudes a Victorian-era façade while housing a modern interior across 48 rooms and suites.
Book: Call +61 8 6168 7888 or email email@example.com How much: S$3,920 for two people
ROMANTIC PADDY FIELDS DINNER AND HOT AIR BALLOON RIDE AT THE CHEDI CLUB UBUD, BALI
Couples seeking a private destination to celebrate a special occasion should check out this hidden gem in Ubud, Bali. Spread across five hectares of elegantly landscaped gardens and undulating rice fields, The Chedi Club Tanah Gajah comprises 20 private villas and suites designed in traditional Balinese style combined with contemporary flair.
While the sumptuous villas set in lush gardens are a huge draw, the resort’s newly unveiled adventure—Balloons over Bali—is set to become a star attraction. The only ballooning opportunity offered on the island, and the first such initiative launched by a resort, each hot air balloon flight will send guests 50 metres above the resort’s rice fields, offering scenic views of Mount Agung and the surrounding forests.
With multiple flights scheduled at dawn, in the late afternoon/early evening and just after moonrise, each experience sets sail with a maximum of two adults and two children under 12, as well as a certified pilot.
The flights last between five and seven minutes each, and cost US$150 for each morning and afternoon trip, breakfast or afternoon tea for two included. For an unbeatable experience, book the final flight of the day, including a five-course romantic dinner for two on a private rice paddy platform (US$295 per couple). Executive chef Dean Nor will put together a lovely combination of traditional Balinese, Indonesian favourites and Western classics, prepared with local produce procured from markets as well as handpicked from the resort’s organic garden.
Book: Call +62 361 975685 or email firstname.lastname@example.org How much: US$295 for two people
SPAIN BY PRIVATE JET: THE ULTIMATE FOODIE TOUR BY SCOTT DUNN
A visit to Spain is not complete without tasting an array of wines, tapas and Jamon from some of the most historic cities in the country. However, not everyone has the luxury of time to cover the whole of Spain—not unless they have a private jet.
With luxury tour operator Scott Dunn’s five-night itinerary, discerning foodies can experience the best of Spain’s culinary gems in style—a private jet will whisk you from one city to another. The itinerary begins at San Sebastian, where architectural wonders in the Belle Epoque style can be marvelled at and the world of pintxos can be explored—all while staying at the Hotel Maria Cristina. Here, guests can recreate dishes with the help of an expert chef, while Basque cuisine can be experienced at three-Michelin-starred restaurants.
This two-night stay is followed by a flight to Seville, where a one-night stay at the historical Hotel Alfonso XIII awaits guests who can see the Old Town, visit tapas bars, and relish tasting sessions that feature Jerez jamon iberico and sherry.
The tour is capped off with a journey to Mallorca, where guests enjoy luxurious accommodations at the St. Regis Mardavall resort. Savour local flavours at one of the island’s top farm-to-table restaurants and trek to the countryside to encounter rustic cuisine that includes olives, sobrasada sausages, and oven-roasted suckling pig.
Book: Call +65 3163 0434 or visit www.scottdunn.com
How much: From $13,000 per person (low season; based on seven travellers)
PINK PEARL AT JW MARRIOTT PHU QUOC EMERALD BAY, VIETNAM
Off the coast of Cambodia and within the azure Gulf of Thailand lies the Vietnamese island of Phu Quoc, which is famed for its white sand beaches. Luxury hotel chain JW Marriot saw the island’s potential, and together with architect Bill Bensley, conceptualised the Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort and Spa in 2017. The resort’s showpiece restaurant is Pink Pearl, a beachfront mansion serving French fine cuisine, which was recently unveiled in October 2018.
At the resort, guests are greeted with rooms reminiscent of 1920s culture and style, which draw inspiration from lavish dinner parties set in a pink mansion during the French colonial rule in Vietnam. Furnishings, upholstery and carpets reflect an extravagant atmosphere in the main dining hall. This luxury extends to the five private dining rooms, while the wine-tasting room goes for a subdued atmosphere suited for personal conversations.
The centrepiece of the Pink Pearl’s dining experience is its modern interpretation of classic French dishes prepared by chef de cuisine Amine Lakhdari using premium local and imported ingredients. Signature dishes include local sea urchin with Kaviari caviar; Charolais beef and Landes foie gras with summer truffle covered in homemade puff pastry, topped with Perigourdine jus and shaved truffle; and Opera Pearl made from Marou 74 per cent chocolate.
Book: Call +84 297 7377 9999 or email email@example.com How much: Rooms at JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay start from $500 per night
AUTHENTIC OMAKASE EXPERIENCE AT SRI PANWA, THAILAND
While omakase restaurants are nothing new, enjoying an authentic omakase dining experience set against the stunning Andaman Sea promises to be an unforgettable experience.
Having hosted multiple pop-up events with top chefs from Michelin-starred restaurants like Kimura Sushi and Umi Sushi in recent years, five-star luxury resort Sri Panwa is finally launching its very own omakase dining concept at its signature Japanese restaurant Baba IKL. Perched atop Cape Panwa, the restaurant boasts stunning sea views, vibrant indoor and outdoor seating, an elegant sushi bar, and a bustling open kitchen where guests can observe chef at work. On the food front, the restaurant offers a curated selection of seasonal specialties including maguro, shima-aji, madai and kinmedai fish—prepared with Baba IKI’s signature creativity and flair. A majority of the seafood and key ingredients served are imported from Tokyo for the finest quality.
Complementing the food is the venue itself—the five-star Sri Panwa Villa Hotel offers panoramic views of the ocean through its 52 villas, and blends with its jungle surroundings with tropical contemporary design.
Book: Call +66 0 76 371 000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org How much: Exclusive omakase lunch or dinner experience including accommodation, from $508 per person
Opposite page, clockwise from topleft COMO The Treasury; The ultimate foodie tour by Scott Dunn; Sri Panwa; Pink Pearl at JW Marriott Phu Quoc