Top 25 Vacation Spots for Food Lovers

For many people, it is not a dream vacation unless there is great food involved. If you are a foodie then listen up: There are some hotels around the world that are renowned specifically for their restaurants, food themes, nearby wineries and cooking classes. Forget the culture and nightlife – these locales are truly food-centric. From Gordon Ramsay to Alain Ducasse, we have the celebrity chefs on your list covered.

Here is a list of 25 top vacation spots for the food lover, along with information about the hotel restaurants, chefs and descriptions of the hotel’s specialties. Whether you are into Indochinese-influenced cuisine, the best in French cooking, local wineries or chocolate, you can find a dream vacation spot (and hopefully a cheap flight that gets you there) where you can indulge your passion in style and luxury.

* These restaurants have been awarded the coveted 3 Star Michelin Guide ranking.

Hotel and Location Restaurant Chef Description Interesting Fact
Chiang Mai Thai Cookery School (with on-site accommodation) Chef’s communal dining area for students Sompon Nabnian Local market tours, gourmet dinner parties prepared by enrolled guests Each student has his or her own personal cooking station. The cookery school has its own organic herb garden
CuisinArt Resort and Spa, Anguilla Le Bistro at Santorini Daniel Le Génan Mediterranean / International Cuisine Resort has its own hydroponic farm and offers on-site cooking classes
Faena Hotel + Universe, Buenos Aires, Argentina El Bistro Mariano Cid de la Paz South American Cuisine with luxurious tasting menus available Rated as 3rd best hotel restaurant in the world by Us Magazine (the only South American restaurant to rank)
Four Seasons, Sydney Kable’s Jeffrey de Rome Chef’s table includes 5-course meal for 10 to 20 Hotel overlooks Sydney Harbour and is home to a luxury day spa
St. George Lycabettus Hotel, Athens Le Grand Balcon Vassilis Milios Gourmet Greek Cuisine Fantastic view of Acropolis and Athens skyline
Tribe Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya Jiko Luka Alvarez Molteni International Cuisine using local ingredients Listed on Condé Nast Hot List for 2010; “Wow Pick” by Kiwi Collection
Hotel Le Bristol, Paris Le Restaurant Gastronomique* Eric Frechon Haute Cuisine Was the official residence for American citizens in Paris during World War II due to its anti-gas shelter.
Hotel de Paris, Monte Carlo Le Louis XV* Franck Cerutti Haute Cuisine Travelers regularly rate this hotel as the pinnacle of Old European luxury
Hotel Lisboa, Macau Robuchon a Galera* Francky Semblat Haute Cuisine The hotel’s Lisboa Spa is the perfect place to relax before or after a great meal.
Four Seasons, Hong Kong Caprice*Lung King Heen* Vincent ThierryChan Yon Tak Haute CuisineChinese First hotel in the world to have two Michelin three-star restaurants
Claridge’s London Gordon Ramsay Steve Allen Haute Cuisine Suite 212 of Claridge’s was ceded by the UK to Yugoslavia for one day on June 17, 1945 so that Crown Prince Alexander could be born on Yugoslav soil.
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore Guy Savoy Eric Bost Haute Cuisine The hotel’s Sands Sky Park, a 12,400 square meter cantilever, offers unparalleled views of Singapore
Hotel am Schlossgarten, Stuttgart Ziebelstube Bernhard Diers Haute Cuisine The central Stuttgart location and attention to detail make this hotel and restaurant a top favorite of travelers.
Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas Twist Pascal Sanchez Meat-Centric, Artisinal Floor-to-ceiling windows give spectacular views of Las Vegas
Le Meurice Hotel, Paris Restaurant Le Meurice* Yannick Alleno Local and Seasonal Salvador Dali used to stay here with his pet ocelots
The Dorchester London Restaurant Alain Ducasse Jocelyn Herland Local and Seasonal A 3-course set menu lunch is offered; includes wine and coffee
Trump International, New York City Jean-Georges* Jean-Georges Vongerichten French-American-Indochinese A private Jean-Georges Master Culinary Course is offered, including meals and 3 nights’ accommodation
The Beldon-Stratford Hotel, Chicago L20* Francis Brennan Eclectic American, Seafood, Wine Bar Bloomberg’s Ryan Sutton says, “You leave happy, full and broke.”
Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons, Great Milton, Oxfordshire Le Manoir Aux Quat?Saisons Restaurant Gary Jones Modern French A two-acre kitchen garden produces 90 types of vegetables and over 70 herbs, which are used in the restaurant.
Hassler Roma, Rome Imago Francesco Apreda Italian The hotel is set atop the Spanish Steps and overlooks the city center.
Lanesborough, London Apsleys Heinz Beck Modern Italian Apsleys is the first restaurant created outside Italy by Heinz Beck, holder of 3 Michelin stars at La Pergola in Rome.
Hayfield Manor, County Cork, Ireland Orchids Graeme Campbell Modern Irish, Extensive Wine List Candlelit dining overlooking beautiful private gardens
The Chocolate Boutique Hotel, Bournemouth, UK Chocolate Even the 13 bedrooms are chocolate themed. And daily chocolate is included in the price.
Etruscan Chocohotel, Perugia, Italy Chocolate Rooftop pool, welcome chocolates, and a chocolate café are among the offerings here.
Hotel Okura, Amsterdam Ciel BleuYamazato Akira Oshima FrenchJapanese A cooking studio lets you prepare the chef’s famous dishes yourself.

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Published: June 27, 2012