Best Hotels for Foodies Around the World

Long ago, luxury travelers wanted epicurean delicacies prepared for them. Not anymore. These days, guests of the most prestigious hotels in the world are clamoring not for the best seat at the restaurant—but inside the kitchen. As properties play to deep-pocketed millennials who value can’t-put-a-price-on, one-of-a-kind gastronomic experiences, we’re taking you inside the tastiest, most exclusive foodie moments currently offered at resorts around the world. After all, why just order your food when you can pay to cook it yourself?

Joali | Maldives

On Muravandhoo Island in Northern Maldives, in the Raa Atoll, Joali Maldives [pictured above] emphasizes the culinary arts by providing ample opportunities for guests to learn and perfect their cooking skills. At the resort’s Her Kitchen, foodies of all skill levels are invited in to cook locally-inspired recipes with sustainably sourced ingredients in the luxurious surroundings of a professional kitchen, all while guided by the island’s team of expert chefs. Visitors will master a variety of culinary tools and sample new recipes and cuisines. Book Now

The Loren at Pink Beach

Each Friday, this Miami-meets-Malibu Bermudian hideaway where Steve Jobs was known to hole up presents a popular Guest Chef Series featuring bold faced-names like Dan Kluger and Ryan Hardy. They host intimate, four-course dinners for a select group of guests highlighting seasonal, sustainable fare from the island, with a focus on local farms. A portion of the series’ proceeds goes to the Loren Roots Initiative, a new sustainability project led by The Loren founder Stephen King, the British-born, New York-based managing director at c12 Capital Management. The Guest Chef Series also gives back to the island itself by offering interactive cooking experiences for local schools and educating Bermudian students on the benefits of healthy eating. Book Now

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The Loren at Pink Beach in Bermuda.

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Aurora Anguilla

The brainchild of Best Buy founder Richard M. Schulze, this five-star resort complete with a Greg Norman-designed golf course and its own fleet of private jets is executing a culinary vision designed by Executive Chef Abram Bissell, formerly of Eleven Madison Park. Guests can tour the 10,000-square feet hydroponic garden and enjoy bites along the way. They’ll then venture to the kitchen for a variety of culinary classes, where beginners and experienced cooks alike can whip up traditional Johnny Cakes, sweet treats, or homemade wood-fired bread. They can also pick a variety of Anguillan salts (once the island’s main export) to sample with the dishes. Book Now

The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

This storied cliffside property, mere minutes from the Bay area’s tech scene, is attracting epicures with its “Global Cuisine Series,” a weekend retreat where up to 18 budding cooks can participate in intimate, hands-on cooking classes with a famed chef. Such recent masters include Johan Björkman of Michelin-starred Koka in Sweden teaching modern Nordic cuisine, while Suzette Gresham of the two Michelin-starred Acqerello in San Francisco is schooling guests on cooking innovative Italian fare, a rarity among sophisticated NoCal gourmets. Book Now

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A cooking lesson at The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay.

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At Hudson Valley’s preeminent hideaway—a favorite among the Brooklyn Heights set—the 2021 Guest Chef Residency program pairs Executive Chef Gabe McMackin with a growing roster of “like-minded, engaging chefs who bring their distinctive culinary perspective and passion to Troutbeck,” like two-time James Beard Award-winning cookbook author and chef, Amy Chaplin, among others. Book Now

Puro Vik

At the 11,000 acre Chilean retreat, guests can experience a culinary journey tucked among the vineyards of the Millahue Valley. La Huerta is the property’s new organic alfresco restaurant, where in partnership with Vik’s two-acre garden—featuring 250 different varieties of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and eggs throughout the year—visitors are invited to forage for their own food that’s then cooked and served alongside them in the open air. They can also enjoy chef-led tastings, cooking classes, wine pairings, specialty tastings, and more. Book Now

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A view of the Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal.

Courtesy Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal

Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal

Earlier this year, the newest Waldorf Astoria outpost located on Mexico’s west coast in the tony town of Los Cabos, debuted a culinary weekend series, where renowned global chefs descended on the beachside resort to team up with Executive Chef Gustavo Pinet. Once there, chefs like Brian Malarkey of Top Chef fame and Nathan Rich, Executive Chef at Vermont’s Twin Farms, bring their own culinary aesthetic to the desert. The weekends kick off with a welcome cocktail reception on the beach followed by a “chef takeover experience” before concluding with a private chef’s table dinner, featuring a multi-course paired menu. Book Now

The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island

Guests at this stalwart resort in North Florida can take monthly cooking classes with the property’s new chef, Okan Kizilbayir, former sous chef at Le Bernardin. Each class at its high-end restaurant, Salt, highlights a specific theme and is followed by a wine pairing and tasting. Guests will also have the opportunity to shadow Chef Okan in the kitchen for a few hours for a behind the scenes tour. Book Now

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