With local cuisine playing such a prominent part in any holiday, it seems only right to share some of our favourite destinations which are known for their finest food cultures. From the start of April many European resorts spring into life meaning now is a great time to explore their diverse culinary delights. We have selected a range of 'foodie' hotels which are perfect for an indulgent trip this Spring.
Six Senses Douro Valley, Portugal
Vale de Abraão restaurant pays tribute to the property’s heritage and highlights regional produce together with herbs and vegetables from the resort's own organic garden. Choose to feast in the Open Kitchen, Terrace or Dining Room.
The Wine Library integrates a cellar and wine shop featuring vintages from the valley, plus an interactive Wine Program.
Finca Cortesin, Andalucia, Spain
Dining out at Finca Cortesin is an unforgettable experience! There are 5 fabulous restaurants to choose from with each one providing a unique experience. Kabuki Raw has the esteemed position of being the hotel's signature restaurant - Japanese food with Mediterranean influences, offering seafood sourced from sustainable fisheries and organic vegetables gathered from the hotel's very own vegetable garden.
The Blue Bar is a more relaxed environment with a wider menu ranging from Spanish tapas to sandwiches, salads and teas, where you can dine inside or al fresco. The Beach Club is located at the Bahia de Casares beach, just 1km away from the hotel. The restaurant itself sits directly on the beach and offers Mediterranean cuisine of true and typical excellence.
Le Manoir Aux Quat'saisons, Oxfordshire, UK
Nestled in the picturesque Oxfordshire village of Great Milton, Le Manoir Aux Quat'saisons is quintessentially English in its design and setting. Perfectly cropped lawns, orchards and of course the vital herb and vegetable gardens that serve the hotel sprawl the grounds, guaranteeing ultra-fresh, organic produce that ensures the restaurant remains at the cutting edge of its Michelin-star excellence.
Dining is at the forefront of this hotel. Opened by Raymond Blanc in 1994, his desire was to create the perfect harmony between a restaurant and a luxury hotel, including all the bells and whistles of comfort and service - and this he did! Blanc's garden-to-table philosophy is supported by the 90 assortments of vegetable, and 70 variations of herbs - all of which are used in each delectable dish prepared in the 2 Michelin starred restaurant.
Verdura Resort, Sicily
Four restaurants and five bars make for an eclectic and diverse choice for your stay at Verdura Resort. All infused with the Mediterranean flavours, the choice lies really with the location in which you wish to savour the flavours.
Celebrity chef, Fulvio Pierangelini showcases the best of the island in the intimate, candlelit restaurant of La Zagara. A gourmet theatre is created at the open kitchen of Amare restaurant on the beachfront. Tuck into traditional tapas served up with a side order of breath-taking views at Liola restaurant favoured by the locals. Kick start your day at the appropriately named Buon Giorno Restaurant offering a plethora of healthy options served out on the expansive outdoor terrace.