There’s something to be said for a superb setting making an experience great. But then again, when it comes to the culinary arts, impeccable flavors are what stay with you long after a meal is done. Sometimes these two elements blend in the most perfectly magical way to leave you with memories that will last a lifetime. And what’s a more perfect addition to your honeymoon? Here, 14 romantic, once-in-a-lifetime meals to seek out around the globe.
Pop-up Japanese garden restaurant at Le Royal Monceau — Raffles Paris, France
If it involves the iconic sushi master chef Nobu Matsuhisa you know you’re in for a treat, and this new collaboration with Le Royal Monceau — Raffles Paris executive chef Hideki Endo is guaranteed to blow your mind. Only eight guests get the pleasure of sitting in the stunning Japanese garden pop-up Matsuhisa Niwa—in the middle of Paris—for the seven-course tasting menu, paired with Maison Ruinart Champagne.
Elephant Camp dinner at Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle, Thailand
There’s nothing like the presence of an elephant to make a meal completely epic. At the legendary Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle in Chiang Rai, Thailand, you can interact with the highly intelligent gray giants before sitting down to a candlelit al fresco dinner accompanied by live classical Thai music. Wrap things up by releasing Kom Loy paper lanterns into the sky for good luck.
Be Epicurean at Los Angeles’ Sonmi
Michelin guide contender Somni, at SLS Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Beverly Hills, is home to a 10-seat counter where lucky guests watch the chefs craft 20-plus artistic courses—think a margherita pizza made of meringue, or a croissant rendered in potato—that will introduce your palettes to flavors never before known. The Be Epicurean package includes a private foraging trip beforehand, plus other edible treats around the hotel.
Pachamanca Experience in the Sacred Valley, Peru
Step back in time—approximately 5,000 years ago, pre-Inca—for a night outside of the JW Marriott El Convento Cusco, in the Sacred Valley, where chefs first dig a hole in the ground to fill with firewood to heat stacked stones. There they’ll cook dinner in the Pachamanca (“earth oven”), wrapped in banana leaves, to be uncovered and feasted upon in the awe-inspiring mountains after an Inca priest leads a ceremony giving thanks to Mother Earth for the spread.
Cooking like a Local in Tuscany, Italy
At the beyond scenic Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa, accompany the chef to a local food market in the medieval village of Barga to select the freshest ingredients to make handmade pasta, ravioli, caprese salad and traditional bolognese back at the hotel. Indulge in the savory fruits of your labor on a private veranda afterward.
Virtu Honest Craft experience in Scottsdale
Arizona may not be the first place you think of for mind-blowing bespoke cooking, but James Beard nominated chef Gioo Osso’s highly personalized experiences at Bespoke Inn are unforgettable, thanks to not only the setting (the penthouse suite with a private infinity pool) but his upscale Mediterranean cooked in courses right in front of lovebirds—usually including his famous octopus dish—that allow for private time between each one.
Tali Wiru Dining Experience at Uluru, Australia
Immersion in nature often makes the best atmosphere for a memorable dinner, but it would seem that dining atop a remote sand dune near Australia’s famous Uluru is more than memorable. The Tali Wiru menu incorporates Aboriginal flavors at every turn, from the cocktails to dessert. Make it even more epic with a helicopter arrival.
Treehouse Dinner at Hotel Wailea, Maui
If a gourmet dinner in a treehouse is your idea of the perfect dining experience then the adults-only Hotel Wailea’s epic ocean view perch—strung between a mango tree and avocado tree—is a no brainer. You’ll enjoy a custom seven-course meal while gazing over a 15-acre orchard to the sea—and into each other’s eyes, of course.
Dinner en Magnum: Champagne Armand de Brignac x L’Assiette Champenoise in France
Champagne lovers will froth at the thought of the exclusive pairing of a Champagne Armand de Brignac magnum with the culinary stylings of three Michelin-star chef Arnaud Lallement at the Relais & Chateaux L’Assiette Champenoise. After all that bubbly you’ll want to overnight at the hotel and take an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the winery and its private chalk cellars.
Sunset Fishing in the Maldives
It’s hard to argue with the perfection of this plan from The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort: A day out on electric blue water on a traditional Maldivian dhoni, starting with dolphin watching, sunning, swimming and later sunset and bottom fishing led by a local expert, before heading back to the resort where a chef prepares you catch of the day.
Fervor Pop-up Culinary Experience in Western Australia
Foodies know Noma and Pujol, where Western Australia culinary icon Paul “Yoda” Iskov has spent time, but his Fervor pop-up experiences—taking place everywhere from a turquoise beach to a salt lake—incorporate prized indigenous. Australian ingredients discovered in collaboration with remote communities in the state. It’s safe to expect to be blown away.
La Ceiba Garden & Kitchen at Rosewood Mayakoba
Dinner under the stars is always a good idea, but add a candlelit dinner in the middle of gardens and it’s next level. This communal experience under a giant Ceiba tree at Rosewood Mayakoba gives you the opportunity to have a hand in the meal—forage for produce, test flavors along the way and participate in cooking demos before savoring seasonal Mexican dishes with spiced cocktails.
Ocean-to-Plate dining in New Zealand
The 10-guest Helena Bay Lodge specializes in intimacy and rich experience, exemplified by a full-day chartered fishing excursion for two off its pristine beaches to go for big game, which you’ll bring back for executive chef Michele to prepare in the most exquisite ways for a romantic dinner you will have most definitely earned.
Michelin-starred Dinner on Lake Como, Italy
As if an Italian honeymoon reaching Lake Como wasn’t enough, there’s the Fidati—which translates to “trust me” tasting menu at the Michelin-starred Berton Al Lago, at the breathtaking Il Sereno Lago di Como. It’s a nine-course experience that can be matched only by chef Andrea Berton’s seven-course Vegetali, Tuberi E Radici vegetarian menu, which even appeals to carnivores it’s so flavor-packed.