Bounty of the World – Small Luxury Hotels of the World Satisfies Craving this Autumn
Bounty of the world – with a passion for good food and great company, Small Luxury Hotels of the World’s (SLH) collection of over 520 hotels around the world offers fine dining options for those looking for special experiences away from home – from Michelin-starred restaurants and regional delicacies to vineyards and local tipples. Foodies craving fresh fare can get a true garden-to-table experience in an array of destinations with SLH.
There’s nothing like a cup of tea and no Cornwall holiday is complete without a visit to The Nare, one of the latest additions to the SLH collection. Steeped in history, this seaside resort in Cornwall is the perfect place to relax while enjoying the coast and savouring a good hot cup of Tregothnan tea. For a “tea-rific” experience, The Nare is offering private tours, by appointment only, of the UK’s largest private botanical garden and only tea plantation at nearby Tregothnan Estate. Home to Lord Falmouth since 1335, this historic estate has been supplying England’s first and only tea since 2005, though it is known to have been growing the Camellia sinensis bush ornamentally for 200 years. The Head Gardener, acts as your guide, discussing the fascinating history of the garden, its impressive plant collections and exciting plans for the future. Experience this unique tea plantation up close as you wander through the magical Himalayan Valley and discover a little piece of Darjeeling right here in Cornwall. This exclusive garden tour takes approximately two and a half hours, finishing with a cream tea in the Edwardian summer house. Prices start at £478 per couple that includes accommodation for two in a Country View room, early morning tea, breakfast, afternoon Cornish cream tea and the private tour of the estate.
Bordeaux is well known for its sumptuous wines and guests of Les Sources de Caudalie can rest assured that the hotel has this well in hand, but in addition to their incredible wine selection the hotel’s two starred chef Nicolas Masse has built a kitchen garden just outside the Grand’ Vigne restaurant. As a result of the resounding success of the garden, the hotel owners have taken the farm to table theme a step further and have added in an orchard and a hen house with 30 hens. And in the interest of protecting these delicious organic eggs, 3 affectionate pygmy goats named Emilion, Estèphe, and Margaux have also taken up residence at the hotel who are sure to delight the residents and children visiting the hotel. Prices start at: €280 euros per night in a comfort room.
Some travellers may already think of New York City as an epicurean centre but The Quin is cultivating the “Farm-to-Fifth Avenue” movement, partnering with Kerber’s Farm, whose wares are now carried at Bergdorf Goodman. Penthouse guests receive a curated Kerber’s Farm gift crate and have the opportunity to visit the farm – a family destination in Huntington, Long Island. Nick Voulgaris III, proprietor of Kerber’s will leads tours of the kitchen in which all of its products are produced, its bee hive, chicken coops, organic vegetable farm, legendary barns, and more. Guests will have the opportunity to help pick peak-of-season produce and make their own preserves as well as enjoying a private picnic on the scenic grounds. The Penthouse Suite at the Quin starts at $15,000 per night, with luxury transportation and personal experience at Kerber’s Farm available at an additional fee.
At Hotel El Convento in San Juan Puerto Rico, executive Chef Luis Castillo has revitalized El Convento’s distinctive rooftop garden, allowing him to incorporate fresh herbs and vegetables into the dishes he prepares. Chef Castillo grows herbs and spices including sage, basil, parsley, oregano, cumin, coriander, lemongrass, opal basil, tarragon, bay leaves, mint, thyme, radishes, chives and spring onions that he uses in his locally focused menu. Guests can now join El Convento’s garden-to-table experience on a tour of Mirador Herb Garden with Executive Chef Luis Castillo. As you sip on Champagne Chef Castillo will walk them through the many herbs and spices he grows and utilizes in his locally focused menu. Following the tour, guests will enjoy a meal at signature restaurant Patio del Nispero using items picked straight from the garden. Garden to Palate Package with Executive Chef Luis Castillo starts at $225 per night plus taxes.
Those with a more adventurous palate should try these Bounty of the World local specialities at SLH hotels:
• Baltic Herring at Ett Hem in Stockholm
• Fried Rabbitfish at Shigira Bayside Suite Allamanda in Japan
• Century Egg at Sheng He Club in Nantong and Hangzhou Rose Garden Resort & Spa in China
• Stinky Tofu at Hotel Quote Taipei in Taipei City
• Lamprey at the Hotel Bergs in Riva
• Cuy (guinea pig) at Royal Park Hotel in Peru
For other dining options and more information about SLH and to make a reservation visit www.slh.com or email email@example.com.