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Rocco Forte Brown's Hotel, London
England : London
Elegant landmark hotel one block from Bond Street
Brown’s Hotel offers an array of dining experiences, and prides itself on its culinary excellence. From the award-winning Afternoon Tea in The English Tea Room which has become famous for the quality and diversity of its prestige teas, delicate finger sandwiches, scones and seasonal pastries, as well as its more innovative offerings such as the Tea-Tox, a healthy version of traditional afternoon tea, including low calorie canapés instead of sandwiches, fruit skewers instead of scones and sugar-free pastries. One of the most impressive features of Brown’s is the best of British cuisine on offer at the highly acclaimed HIX Mayfair. Specialising in the finest quality British cooking, Executive Chef, Lee Streeton, and Director of Food and celebrity chef, Mark Hix, have created an outstanding menu. Featuring great British classics alongside many lighter fish dishes, all using carefully sourced, local and seasonal ingredients, the restaurant’s lunchtime carving trolley serves traditional roasts including Hay-baked salt marsh leg of lamb. Those looking for a light pre- theatre supper can sample the set menu, drop by for a drink and a few oysters, or sample ‘snax’ at the restaurant bar and enjoy the buzz of the restaurant floor. The fashionable Donovan Bar, a destination bar, pays homage to the celebrated British photographer, Terence Donovan, and is lined with over 50 of his iconic black and white prints. Live jazz is performed Monday to Saturday from 9pm to midnight, while the drinks menu, created by the team of talented mixologists, draws on the incredible history of the hotel.
Metropolitan by COMO, London
England : London
Chic splendor on London's Park Lane
For Mayfair dining, Metropolitan by COMO is a landmark address. Our restaurants immerse you in London’s energy, whether you are enjoying the Met Bar’s music or the precision of Nobu’s Japanese-Peruvian menu. At Nobu, Executive Chef Mark Edwards heads up one of the most innovative kitchens in the capital. Among Park Lane restaurants, Nobu is an essential experience for any serious food lover. The distinctive, Michelin-starred Japanese-Peruvian cuisine derives from the freshest of ingredients, with specialties such as black cod with miso, sashimi salad with Matsuhisa soy sauce dressing, Hamachi sashimi with jalapenos, and squid ‘pasta’ with light garlic sauce. The recently re-launched Met Bar remains a key meeting place by day and night. Featuring an expanded and innovative cocktail menu, the bar also offers fresh lunch and dinner menus featuring seasonal British classic cuisine, as well as our Brit Rocks and Tea Pots Afternoon Tea. Tables are back-painted glass with golden highlights reflecting the natural light that floods through the glass wall. The evening brings a change of mood with the glass magically becoming etched, obscuring the vision from outside in.
Cour des Loges
France : Lyon
Renaissance meets Philippe Starck in Vieux Lyon
Located in the heart of Lyon’s old town, Les Loges, the gastronomic restaurant at the Cour des Loges hotel in Lyon, gained a star in the 2012 Michelin Guide. This recognition reflects the hotel’s desire to upscale, in keeping with the French art de vivre, following gaining a 5th star which was proudly displayed on the hotel façade last year. Les Loges restaurant, situated in the heart of a Florentine inner courtyard with marble flooring and a spectacular contemporary glass roof, has recently taken on a more intimate atmosphere. Silky fabrics allude to Lyon’s past link to the silk industry, tableware chosen with care from the famous Coquet company and crystal candelabra produce a romantic Venetian atmosphere. This cozy atmosphere and subdued ambience brings out the magic of the place and diners are rapidly transported to 18th century Italy to sample Anthony Bonnet’s cuisine. A menu of sophisticated, traditional French cuisine using quality, local produce offers each day a blend of tradition and imagination. This Gault Millau d’Or 2007 “Talented Young Chef,” is a former disciple of Jean Brouilly and Philippe Gauvreau at La Rotonde. Aged 30, he has presided for over 7 years, supported by a brigade that is motivated and determined to giving its guests a gastronomic experience that lives up to the venue.
Le Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris
France : Paris
Luxury Paris hotel with a spa and fine dining
Le Royal Monceau - Raffles Paris has been awarded its first two Michelin stars: one for its French restaurant La Cuisine, the other for its Italian restaurant, Il Carpaccio - the only Italian restaurant in Paris to have a Michelin star. La Cuisine offers a contemporary take on traditional French cuisine. Guests are able to watch the Chef’s open kitchen, as light and flavourful notes are incorporated into sophisticated, generous cuisine, using seasonal and regional products. Il Carpaccio gives its guests a very personal interpretation of Italian cuisine, taking constant inspiration from traditional family recipes which have been created by generations across Italy. The food showcases the full flavours of fresh, regional Italian produce. À la carte dishes in both restaurants are beautifully complemented by Pastry Chef Pierre Hermé’s creations. His delicious pastries, macaroons and chocolates are also available throughout the hotel at any time of the day. Staying at Royal Monceau - Raffles Paris also offers you the opportunity to taste unique “Coupe Glacée,” a delicious ice-cream and tailor-made napoleons, specially created for the hotel by Pierre Hermé Paris. And if you would like to learn all the Chef’s secrets, we can organize a food lesson with our Chef Laurent André as well as a wine-tasting with our Head Sommelier, Manuel Peyrondet, Best Craftsman of France and best French Sommelier.
Park Hyatt Paris Vendome
France : Paris
Contemporary Palace hotel steps away from Place Vendôme
Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme, 5 star Palace hotel, has a beautiful contemporary interior housed in a classic Parisian building located on rue de la Paix, elegant and refined luxury in one of the city’s most prestigious areas. The crème de la crème of French cuisine is featured at Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme’s restaurants, where guests will mingle with the high-heeled locals. Executive Chef Jean-François Rouquette continually comes up with menus created around seasonal specialties and travel diaries. Guests are offered a host of wonderful dining experiences. The hotel boasts beautiful culinary areas with bars and some of the finest restaurants in Paris, including Le Pur', proud holder of a Michelin star, The Chef's Table, Les Orchidées, Le Bar and La Terrasse. Les Orchidées serves breakfast and lunch, La Cheminée is the perfect place for a convivial moment over a business lunch or to enjoy a drink around the fireplace, while the pretty outdoor La Terrasse in the heart of the hotel and shaded by olive trees is the perfect spot to relax with a drink and a lunch during the summer months. The contemporary setting of Le Pur’ restaurant, with its open kitchen, offers an innovative gastronomic style. Overlooking the spectacular open kitchen of Le Pur', the Chef's Table can host from two to eight people, who will follow an astounding realisation of dinner in Paris by Jean-François Rouquette. The customised discreet service is a genuine contribution to the general atmosphere, and helps the chefs’ haute cuisine become a truly exquisite experience.
Domes of Elounda all Suites and Villas Boutique Beach Resort
Greece : Crete
In Elounda neighborhood, luxury hotel with a full-service spa
Dining at Domes of Elounda - Dining at one of the three restaurants at Domes of Elounda is a culinary experience in itself. Whether you are looking for a casual beach-side setting, Cretan Gourmet light meal, or intimate romantic dining for two, the resort caters to all requests and desires. Wine Tasting at Domes of Elounda - Crete is developing a reputation for wine with an ever-growing listing of greatly drinkable native grape varieties. At Domes of Elounda, you will get the chance to taste one or more of the local wine producer's versatile wines and be initiated in the course of "oinogeusia." For the ultimate wine experience, reserve a seat at one of our special wine events and let our passionate wine connoisseurs treat your palate to a sublime vinous tour. In Suite/Villa Dining Service - Of course, our guest's dining experience will not stop in our restaurants! Guests can enjoy our tastes in the most private environment, right inside their suite, villa or residence. Should this meal be a romantic private moment, a family reunion or simply spending quality time with friends, guests can choose from our exclusive menus and let our talented chefs cater to their special requests whilst they enjoy our high-end services and breathtaking views.
Greece : Mykonos
Elegant art-filled villa hotel on Ornos Bay
Just as the Aegean Sea subtly changes colour, from moment to moment in the Cycladic light, the Kivotos welcomes you to an exquisite elegance, which continually enhances your senses. Dining & Wining is always a unique experience at the two restaurants and bars of Kivotos. In a most charming and elegant atmosphere, “La Meduse” gourmet dinner restaurant, provides the most authentic and delicious creative dishes, accompanied by a splendid selective wine list. “Le Pirate” poolside restaurant with its swim up cocktail bar “Del Mar,” specializes in Mediterranean Art cuisine, featuring outstanding flavors, enhanced by the most exquisite fresh local ingredients.
Castello Del Nero Hotel & Spa
Italy : Chianti
Restored 12th-century castle on estate
Lovingly converted from a 12th century castle, now a 5-star luxury hotel member of the Leading Hotels of the World, Castello del Nero Hotel & Spa is located in Tavarnelle Val di Pesa, in the heart of the famous Chianti Wine Region in Tuscany, immersed in the gentle sloping Florentine hills. Restaurant La Torre, located in the former stables of the castle, offers a unique gastronomic experience where guests are pampered by attentive and discreet service while savouring the signature dishes of Executive Chef Giovanni Luca di Pirro, all based on typical Tuscan flavours. Most fresh ingredients are from the region and from the hotel’s vegetable and herb garden. In 2012, La Torre Restaurant was named by the Guida L’Espresso as I Ristoranti d’Italia 2013 and listed as one of the best restaurants in Tuscany. The Restaurant Guide Gambero Rosso awarded a high ranking of 2 forks (out of 3). The original 12th century wine cellar is an ideal setting for a private dinner and holds 360 labels of the most excellent Tuscan wines. During the summer, guests may sit outside and enjoy a barbecue lunch by the pool, with a breathtaking view over the Tuscan countryside.
Four Seasons Hotel Firenze
Italy : Florence
Luxury Florence hotel on private garden
Inventive and authentic, stylish but relaxed, Il Palagio restaurant, awarded with a Michelin star since 2011, offers one of the most memorable dining experiences and settings of all the restaurants in Florence. Loved by visitors and locals alike, the Hotel’s fine dining restaurant Il Palagio is a favorite among Florence restaurants for its traditional regional fare with a modern twist. Executive Chef Vito Mollica and his team have earned international acclaim for thoughtful preparation of the freshest local ingredients, in dishes such as the signature Cavatelli pasta Cacio e Pepe with red prawns and marinated baby squids – Dish of the Year in the 2013 edition of the influential Italian restaurant guide Guida Ristoranti Espresso 2013. Named Chef of the Year in 2012 by Il Sole 24 Ore, one of Italy’s most renowned dining guides, Chef Vito and his brigade use the most exceptional local offerings, food that’s meant to be savored with our equally outstanding wine list – more than 400 exquisite wines, including 50 served by the glass. Executive Chef Vito Mollica and his team source the finest local offerings prepared in unique dishes; Vito’s creations marry the comfort and tradition of centuries of Italian cuisine with a fresh, contemporary flare. At breakfast and Sunday brunch, Il Palagio offers freshly-baked breads and pastries, house specialties and a “kid’s corner.” By evening, the room is one of the most romantic in all of Florence, a spectacular venue for intimate special occasions with several options for private dining. In the summer season, the plein-air Trattoria Al Fresco is open daily from morning until night, when it offers a warm and fun-filled atmosphere, perfect for the entire family. Traditional Italian and regional specialties - revisited as always from Chef Vito Mollica’s creative touch - can be enjoyed in the company of friends in the shade of the garden’s century-old holm oak trees and by the green Spa pool. Fresh drinks such as the Hotel's latest summer creations, the Happiness and Atrium Moijto cocktails, will be served either at the Atrium Bar terrace with comfortable sofas or at the bar by the pool, a hub that livens up the Hotel’s nightlife for the entire summer."
Splendide Royal Rome
Italy : Rome
Villa-style hotel imbued with grace and charm
A site of noble and carefully selected hospitality, The Splendide Royal boasts one of the most elegant “gourmet terraces” in Rome. The Mirabelle is among the best restaurants in town thanks to the class and undisputed professionalism of Bruno Borghesi. The restaurant is a privileged meeting point among the national and international “bel mondo.” It is located at the hotel’s 7th floor, where huge glass terrace doors open onto a view of breathtaking beauty: from the 19th century palaces of Pinciano, Villa Medici, Trinità dei Monti, all the way to Saint Peter’s. Not only eyes but also taste buds receive special treatment coming from the expertise cooking of Stefano Marzetti, Executive Chef, valued both as a person and as a cook. The Mirabelle has all the ingredients to offer a precious sensorial experience: a fine quality ambiance where you can relax, enjoying sublime service and excellent food while admiring an enthralling panorama. The decor is lush, lights are soft; flowers, crystal collections, glass vases and antique porcelain…every detail helps make the experience unique and the best that Italian hospitality has to offer. Hotel Splendide Royal is part of Small Luxury Hotels of the World.
Italy : Venice
Boutique hotel overlooking Venice's Grand Canal
A Private Palazzo, a Noble Residence, a Museum, a Luxury Hotel and much more… all this is Ca’ Sagredo. Leaning majestically on the banks of the Canal Grande, between Ca’ D’Oro and the Rialto Bridge, the 15th century Palace has been declared a National Monument and still preserves the untouched beauty of an ancient noble Residence. Find a haven of comfort in any one of the hotel’s 42 magnificently appointed rooms and suites with stunning views. Treat yourself to a unique experience at L’Alcova Restaurant with its splendid panoramic terrace on water front. The beautiful interiors look out onto the glorious Canal Grande and the Rialto Market right opposite. The magical location has inspired Chef Michele Potenza’s approach: The absolute protagonist is a cuisine made of fresh ingredients and characterized by a strong “Back to Nature” concept. Local delicacies are enhanced in his menus through the daily attentive personal selection from the Rialto Market: a “Natural Flavours Philosophy” providing a fresh twist on the authentic Venetian cuisine. His vision can be savored on his refined plates, characterized by rich tastes and great personality. Since 2010, Michele Potenza is one of the official Chef of the Culinary Italian TV program “La Prova del Cuoco”(Talent Show).
The Gritti Palace
Italy : Venice
A Luxury Collection Hotel 15th-century palazzo on the Grand Canal
Those interested in discovering authentic Venetian cuisine through the recipes of Executive Chef Daniele Turco will thoroughly enjoy the classes offered at the reborn Gritti Epicurean School - The Gritti Palace’s culinary school in Venice. Located adjacent to the hotel’s remarkable Club del Doge Restaurant with views of a side canal, the school area is reminiscent of a large country kitchen. Shelves stocked with cook books, fine porcelain, pastry molds and copper pots vie for attention with a wall devoted to wine. Here gourmands have the opportunity to immerse themselves in Venetian culinary traditions while discovering how to use seasonal products sourced from the nearby Venetian lagoon and Veneto hinterland. Courses cater to up to eight participants and vary in length, from half-day to more intensive three day Stay & Cook programmes which allow for a more in-depth look at various aspects of food preparation. Classes are hands-on and may include a trip to a local market, a vegetable garden or to watch the locals fishing in the lagoon. Incorporated into the kitchen is an enticing space to dine, where students can savor their culinary efforts after the class. Its intimate atmosphere means the school is also perfect for Chef’s Table-style dinners, wine or food tastings, or simply a gourmet private dinner with a difference for up to 12 persons.
Mandarin Oriental Barcelona
Spain : Barcelona
Sophisticated hotel with spa and rooftop pool
Catalan chef Carme Ruscalleda is the only woman in the world to be awarded a total of six Michelin stars. Self-taught, she opened her first restaurant Sant Pau in the Catalan seaside town of Sant Pol de Mar together with her husband Toni Balam in 1988. The restaurant has held three Michelin stars since 2005. Ruscalleda also runs an outpost of her Sant Pau restaurant in Tokyo which opened in 2004, and which has one Michelin star. Ruscalleda’s career has also brought her several other awards, including the National Gastronomy Prize and the Sant Jordi Cross, the highest Catalan honor, which she was awarded in 2004. Renowned chef Carme Ruscalleda, holder of six Michelin stars, is the director of Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona’s signature restaurant Moments, while the kitchen is headed by Ruscalleda’s son, Raül Balam, who has worked with the chef for years. The restaurant was awarded its second Michelin star during the hotel’s third anniversary. Moments offers neo-traditional Catalan cuisine based on top-quality ingredients, presented in an innovative way. Products from the Maresme area form the basis of the dishes and they shine for themselves together with a precise presentation and attention to detail. In a nutshell: star cuisine. Located on the hotel’s mezzanine level and designed by Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola, Moments seats 45 for lunch and dinner. Private dining at the chef’s table, for up to 10 guests, behind a sheer curtain, presents an intimate view over the kitchen. To complement the à la carte service, Moments offers different tasting menu options, such as its Weekday Menu, the innovative Anti-aging Menu or the Lunch Menu, a faster option for Monday to Friday lunchtime.