According to the World Food Travel Association, 81% of their respondents to a survey on food tourism felt the best way to understand a local culture was through its food and drink, while 83% believed it was these culinary experiences that made their holidays memorable. And it seems that hotels around the world are now tapping into our desire to follow our stomachs when it comes to travel.
1. Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
In the Maldives, better known for its blue waters and sandy beaches, guests at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island’s luxury underwater Muraka Residence can now arrange to visit the homes of the resort’s staff members and sample traditional Maldivian cuisine.
2. Capella Ubud
The luxury tented retreat in Bali has also jumped in on the movement, connecting guests to the island through its own “foodie adventures”, such as a workshop on jamu, an ancient medicine that has been “embedded in Indonesian life for centuries”, according to the hotel. Participants handpick ingredients from nearby rice paddies and are instructed by an expert on how to craft the tonic which they get to keep for themselves.
3. The Reverie Saigon
The hotel in Ho Chi Minh City offers a food tour led by Luke Nguyen – celebrity chef, restaurateur and travel show host. Through the back alleyways of home kitchens and strolling along Nguyen Hue street, you can discover his favourite, lesser-known spots for a good banh mi and Vietnamese coffee. The tour ends with an intimate dinner at his restaurant Vietnam House.
4. SLS Beverly Hills
Those in Los Angeles looking for a sweet addition to their stay can attend classes on making chocolate bonbons or enjoy one-on-one workshops led by Mitzi Reyes, the head pastry chef at their in-house restaurant, The Bazaar.
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This article was originally published in the January 2020 issue of SilverKris magazine