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Rather than merely celebrating regional cuisine, a growing number of luxury hotels are elevating rustic recipes into a epicurean experience worthy of their surroundings. Chinese grandmother's dishes are infused with caviar, Maldivian wahoo is transformed into sashimi; tortellini are stuffed with blue crab. But the foodie journey does not end there. Diners can be seated underwater in a natural aquarium in the Maldives, watch their chef line-fish Mahi Mahi in Antigua or sample over 500 different whiskies at one of Cape Town's premier addresses. From international festivals that play host to Michelin-starred chefs to specialist wine tastings and gourmet safaris, luxury hotels now lead the way in gastronomic tourism.

 

Jumby Bay Island

A tranquil island paradise just off the north east coast of Antigua, considered by many to be one of the Caribbean's finest islands, Jumby Bay boasts some of the best accommodation to be found in the region. Further paramount to its success, the luxury hotel received the AAA Five-Diamond Award and Forbes Travel Guide 5-Star Rating Award for 2017. Just steps from the palm-fringed sandy beach lie the Beachside Courtyard Suites, characterised by high, vaulted ceilings, light, fresh colours, dark wood furnishings and seductive bathrooms featuring e...

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Spice Island Beach Resort

Visited twice by The Princess Royal, but you don’t have to be a royal to be treated like one at the superb Spice Island Beach Resort. This award-winning and critically acclaimed resort is owned and operated by Sir Royston Hopkin and his family, and it sets the bar for luxury accommodation on Grenada. With excellent service, every guest is made to feel part of the family. Location is also a major draw; the 64 ultra-stylish suites are dotted throughout the resort’s fragrant gardens or seductively positioned right on the edge of the magnificent Gr...

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Niyama Private Islands

One destination spread languidly across two islands, Niyama gives the luxury Maldives holiday an exciting twist. Recent stellar upgrades have given the resort more of everything that makes a getaway so special, from new culinary attractions to a poolside ice cream bar, photo studio and children’s club. Relax as never before in ultra-chic accommodation encompassing sleek suites, water studios and beach pavilions, the Crescent comprising five villas with private Thakuru butlers. No fewer than eight restaurants now tempt the taste buds; new BLU fe...

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Colony Club by Elegant Hotels

Colony Club by Elegant Hotels, Barbados is one of the most renowned hotels on the island’s famed Platinum Coast, benefiting from a prime oceanfront location. Nestled amidst seven acres of tropical gardens, the hotel combines a colonial ambience with a modern style and first-class recreational facilities. All rooms feature cable TV, tea making facilities and Nespresso machines, air conditioning and private patios or balconies – some with direct access to one of the freeform pools and swim-up bar, while luxury pool side and ocean view rooms boast...

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Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort

The site of a former 18th Century sugar plantation, the aptly-named Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort has attracted quite the celebrity following, counting Matt Damon and Gwyneth Paltrow amongst its fans. And for good reason. Yes, the sand is exceedingly white and powdery, the service is genuinely superb and the location between the majestic Pitons makes this the premier address on St Lucia, but there is much more to this exceptional beachfront resort than first meets the eye. From sampling gourmet fare in the charming Great Room restaurant to expl...

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The Fairmont Royal Pavilion

A romantic hideaway nestled amongst swaying palms and vibrant tropical gardens, The Fairmont Royal Pavilion, Barbados is ideal for couples seeking a quiet yet sophisticated sanctuary. The feeling at this luxury retreat is one of being a privileged guest in a private home, where colonial charm blends seamlessly with the modern comforts expected of an exclusive resort. The real draw here is the accommodation – the hotel is one of few in Barbados with rooms offering direct beach access. Step straight from your Beachfront Junior Suite onto the sand...

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Vila Vita Parc Resort & Spa

Perched majestically atop a cliff with ravishing vistas over the Atlantic Ocean, the resort blends Moorish charm with Portuguese hospitality. Cobbled pathways and calming water features bring together the village ambience that suits families and couples equally well, combining exceptional accommodation with superb dining options in a choice of ten seasonal restaurants and seven bars. In addition to fine gourmet dining at the intimate two Michelin-starred Ocean Restaurant and the Aladin Grill, you can find traditional Portuguese fare at Adega. T...

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Porto Sani

Stepping into this luxurious all-suite hotel is like entering a private club, where exceptional facilities meet discreet personal service. Set in the heart of Sani Resort near to the marina with its shopping piazza and bars, family oriented suites feature contemporary interiors and private terraces. Dining options are numerous and range from à la carte at Artemis and adults only fine dining at the new Byblos Caviar to brasserie snacks and Italian trattoria specialities. Relax in the heated pool at the spa, or try a regenerative rasul mud treatm...

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Cape Grace

Cape Grace is set on its own private quay within the vibrant Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, offering majestic views of Table Mountain. The sumptuous elegance begins at the welcoming reception and extends to the spacious harbour and individually decorated mountain facing rooms, exquisitely furnished with rich fabrics, fresh flowers and personally selected books. With views towards Signal Hill, SIGNAL restaurant is a vibrant combination of friendly service, relaxed atmosphere and adventurous culinary flair showcasing fresh, local ingredients. Basc...

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Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

A paradise on earth, or more accurately on water. The superlatives flow easily when the location is as stunning as Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, spanning two idyllic islands. On the main island of Rangalifinolhu, beach villas stand by a pristine white coral sand beach, whilst across the bridge on Rangali Island guests stay in enchanting water villas built on stilts over the lagoon. For true romantics the two Sunset Water Villas, with their glass-floored lounges and pool on the sundeck, provide a never-to-be-forgotten experience. Two spas offe...

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Cobblers Cove

A country house hotel with a hideaway setting, this intimate Relais & Châteaux property offers guests a warm Caribbean welcome and excellent cuisine in a tropical, beachfront location. The pink-washed Great House opens out onto a bar with dining terrace overlooking the Caribbean Sea and houses the two signature suites, Camelot and Colleton, each boasting rooftop terraces, sea views and plunge pools. Spacious suites with garden or ocean views, air-conditioned bedrooms, sitting rooms and terraces or balconies stud the colourful, palm-filled garde...

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One&Only Royal Mirage - The Palace

The Palace is a regal beachfront domain where guests will enjoy exploring the landscaped gardens resplendent with exotic flora and criss-crossed by meandering water features. Adorned with ornamental arches, individually designed guest rooms and suites are all sea facing and feature a private balcony or terrace to maximise the shimmering Gulf views. Dining within the walls of The Palace offers a taste of the Mediterranean at Olives with its casual all-day dining, and truly Moroccan influences at Tagine where lanterns, oriental rugs and quiet alc...

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Four Seasons Resort Seychelles

The south west coast of Mahé is the bewitching setting for this 5 star resort on the beautifully isolated Petite Anse beach, often regarded as one of the most swoonworthy bays on the island. Four Seasons Resort Seychelles is a lush castaway sanctuary, offering superior service – a renowned characteristic of Four Seasons resorts – and spellbinding views of the Indian Ocean. Luxury villas and suites spill dramatically down a forested slope towards the ocean, each blending seamlessly into the Seychellois landscape and offering every indulgence fro...

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The St. Regis Mauritius Resort

Fanned by sea breezes and fronted by an idyllic white sand beach, the Indian Ocean’s first St.Regis hotel welcomes guests with exceptional amenities and impeccable butler service (the eButler can take care of your every whim at any time). Mauritius’ iconic Le Morne Brabant Mountain provides the backdrop to an escape of pampered refinement, ensconced in exquisitely styled guest rooms lavishly appointed with private terrace, opulent bathroom, ocean views and elegantly draped signature beds. Culinary attractions range from classic French with Maur...

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Madinat Jumeirah The Arabian Resort - Al Qasr

Set in an elevated position by two kilometres of private beachfront, Al Qasr captures the magnificence of a Sheikh’s summer residence. Majestic in every sense it is approached via a tree-lined avenue adorned with sculpted Arabian horses, the unrestrained opulence continuing through to the spacious rooms and suites, 164 of which have been recently refurbished, and all offering views over the lush gardens or glinting Arabian Gulf. World-class restaurants and bars with alfresco terraces provide a thousand and one delights, the Arboretum being a pe...

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