Top 10 Unbelievable dining experiences around the world

Top 10 Unbelievable dining experiences around the world

As travellers, we’re becoming more adventurous and seeking holiday experiences that blow us away, especially when looking for unique places to dine. Our experts have picked their favourite foodie finds around the world.

Sunset picnic in a treehouse - Lion sands, South Africa

Spending a night under the stars is special enough, but imagine being in a luxury treehouse, miles from civilisation, in the middle of the South African bush. At Lion Sands, your guide will escort you to your treehouse of choice, set high above the local wildlife of course; they will then leave you with a sumptuous tapas-style picnic and a bottle of South African wine to enjoy beneath the stars.

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Treehouse at Lion Sands

Tea factory experience - Heritance Tea Factory, Sri Lanka

The museum-like Heritance Tea Factory tells the incredible story of the Sri Lankan tea trade while offering amazing experiences in colonial style. Set above the rolling hills of tea plantations, you can immerse yourself into the history. For something special, ‘Dining on Wheels’ offers exquisite food on board a train carriage, once used to transport tea from the factory but now static, part of the hotel itself. Indulge in a culinary journey through a six 'station' menu of delicious local food.

Experience the Tea Factory

Heritance Tea Factory

Cave for two – La Gomera, Spain

Hotel Jardin Tecina has an enviable location on the incredible volcanic cliffs of La Gomera. A local legend tells of a couple lost at sea washing up on the rocks and were invited to dine with a local cave dweller. The hotel has taken this myth and used it to create a unique experience. You’re guided to a natural cave with ocean and mountain views offering absolute privacy. Your evening isn’t even interrupted by waiting staff as your meal arrives by basket pulled up on wires from the kitchen.

Experience this at Jardin Tecina

Jardin Tecina

Dinner with a view – Agra, India

The Taj Mahal was built as the ultimate declaration of love, so what could be more romantic than a candle-lit banquet with this majestic monument as the backdrop? At The Oberoi Amarvilas, every room has uninterrupted views of the famous platinum-white domes, and you can make the most of these front-row views with a memorable evening on your private balcony. A personal butler will spoil you with the renowned Oberoi service as you indulge in a four-course Royal Indian Thali feast – just add Champagne for extra sparkle.

Experience this at The Oberoi Amarvilas

Amarvillas

Take dining to new heights in Thailand

A trip to Thailand is often a tale of two halves; many visitors spend a few nights in bustling Bangkok before retreating to a beach paradise. In the chaotic capital, stay at Banyan Tree Bangkok to level up city dining at the alfresco rooftop restaurant, Vertigo. End your dizzying dinner with a nightcap in the new Saffron Sky Garden, a soaring urban oasis with twinkling trees, comfy daybeds and herb-infused cocktails.

After a few days of temple-hopping and shopping, you’ll be ready for some R&R and a stay at Banyan Tree Krabi is just the tonic. Treat yourself to a night at Krabi’s most iconic dining venue, Bird’s Nest, where you’ll find quirky tables perched among the treetops. Dine on exquisite Thai-fusion cuisine and drink in views of the limestone islands scattered across the Andaman Sea, particularly magical at sunset.

Experience this at Banyan Tree Bangkok and Banyan Tree Krabi

Banyan Tree Krabi

Dine in an undersea restaurant – Maldives

If you’re looking for a dining experience that will blow you out (or under) the water, spectacular is served 5.8 metres is below the sea at Hurawalhi Island Resort in the Maldives. This all-glass undersea restaurant is the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion, with inventive, impeccably-presented cuisine complemented by mesmerising views of aquatic life. It’s romantic in the evening with illuminated lighting and an exclusive vibe, but we recommend booking in a lunchtime slot to fully appreciate the colourful reef views.

Experience this at Hurawalhi Island Resort

Undersea Restaurant Hurawalhi Maldives

Taste wine in the Indian Ocean’s largest wine cellar – Mauritius

Even seasoned oenophiles can’t fail to be impressed by the wine cellar at Constance Prince Maurice, a worthy member of the Leading Hotels of the World on Mauritius’s idyllic east coast. This stunning Aladdin’s Cave features over 25,000 types of wine from 17 different countries, including top-quality French wine and bottles from boutique South Africa vineyards. Book a private wine and cheese tasting experience and the expert sommelier will select velvety reds, jammy Zinfandels and Vintage Reserves to savour, served with creamy cheeses and snacks to accompany the degustation.

Experience this at Constance Prince Maurice

Prince Maurice

Wake to a sunrise breakfast at a volcano – La Réunion

If you’re holidaying on La Réunion – dubbed as the ‘French Hawaii’ due to its dramatic volcanic landscape – don’t miss your chance for the ultimate breakfast-with-a-view. Rise early to be whisked off to a remote spot on the island to witness an unforgettable sunrise over Piton de la Fournaise, one of the world’s most active volcanoes. Tuck into a tasty breakfast while watching the serene spectacle unfold before your eyes, before exploring native forests, cascading waterfalls and valleys, keeping an eye out for rare wildlife and endemic birds. Top it off with an authentic Reunionese lunch at a local restaurant before heading back to relax at your resort.

Experience this on our Sunrise at the Volcano excursion

La Reunion Volcano Sunrise

Go truffle hunting in Tuscany

A stay in a magnificent 10th-Century castle estate in the Tuscan hills is a treat in itself, but it’s the enchanting dining experiences at Castello di Casole, A Belmond Hotel that are the icing on the cake. The restaurant serves up rustic Tuscan fare with a fine-dining twist and foodies will love the cooking classes, wine-tasting tours and a rustic picnic at a floating table in the forest. But our favourite activity has to be truffle hunting. You’ll head out with an expert guide and trained tracker dogs to uncover these earthy treasures before heading back to the spa for a truffle-inspired treatment. For the grand finale, esteemed chef Daniele Sera will plate up an extravagant four-course truffle-themed dinner paired with wine from a local vineyard.

Experience this at Castello di Casole, A Belmond Hotel

Belmond Castello di Casole

Seafood and sunset at a clifftop temple – Bali

It's no wonder food-lovers make a beeline to Bali. This tropical island is brimming with taste sensations, from gourmet dining in world-class hotels to spicy cuisine rustled up on a street corner. At the cliff-hugging Uluwatu Temple, one of the most photographed sites in Bali, you can up the foodie-ante with a romantic dinner set in stunning surroundings. As the sun melts into the ocean's waves and the sky lights up in an orange haze, watch a captivating Kecak Fire Dance performance before settling down for a luxurious seafood spread on pretty Jimbaran Bay beach, washed down with fruity cocktails.

Experience this on our Sunset at Uluwatu Temple & Dinner excursion

Sunset at Uluwatu Temple

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