If you and your new spouse share a love of all things gourmet, then these gastronomic hotels should be on your honeymoon menu. Whether cooking together is and always will be your thing, you’re hoping to do some honeymoon bonding over a hot stove or you’re simply looking to sample the best dishes you can get your hands on, we’ve got the perfect option for you. And you thought your wedding cake consultation was going to be the tastiest thing on your calendar!
A foodie honeymoon is the perfect time to loosen your belt – these trips are all about celebrating your newlywed status with fabulous food and delicious drink in the most glorious of settings. After months on your wedding workout plan, it’s definitely time to let loose, relax and enjoy some dreamy dishes!
Whether you want to learn how to cook your chosen destination’s cuisine so you can recreate it at home, get stuck in and source the ingredients yourself or simply sit back and let the world’s best chefs do the hard work for you, there’s a food-lovers’ hotel to suit every honeymooner’s taste. All you need to do is choose a climate that suits you!
It’s not just the food that offers a host of tempting options, we’ve also scoured the web to find a range of destinations to suit all kinds of couples. Imagine sipping signature cocktails on a beach in Fiji while tucking into a meal designed especially for your tastes or getting stuck into some seriously amazing bites après ski, sound like your idea of honeymoon heaven? Then you’re in the right place!
Put the kettle on and grab a snack – this handy foodie honeymoon guide is bound to whet your appetite and get you dreaming of delicious destinations far, far away!
Kokomo Private Island Fiji
On the menu: Actually, there’s no menu at this charming island’s Walker D’Plank restaurant. Instead, the head chef visits your table, finds out what you love and conjures up a personalised menu on the spot using ingredients from the hotel’s own 5.5-acre farm.
Go there: Seven nights incl. all meals and drinks and return flights from UK from £8,990pp (saving 20%*), turquoiseholidays.co.uk
L’Hostellerie de l’Abbaye de la Celle, France
On the menu: Alain Ducasse owns this romantic retreat, which sits on the Route Des Vins, so you know you’re in for a tasty treat, whether it’s aperitifs on the terrace or a Michelin-starred dinner. Feast on the fabulous fare, decided each morning based on what is fresh in the local area.
Go there: From €239 (approx. £209) per night, abbaye-celle.com
Forest Side, The Lake District, UK
On the menu: With the new foraging package at gourmet destination Forest Side in Grasmere, you can get out into the beautiful Cumbrian countryside with head chef Kevin Tickle and source your ingredients directly from the land – think wild garlic, sorrel, and elder flower – before sitting down to a romantic meal.
Go there: From £229 prpn, theforestside.com
Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle, Sri Lanka
On the menu: At this peaceful resort, couples can head to the organic gardens and paddy field to learn about traditional farming methods and health benefits of individual ingredients before meeting local fishermen with
the daily catch. The four-course treehouse lunch that follows will be the freshest you’ve ever tasted.
Go there: From £164 per night incl. breakfast and taxes, tangalle.anantara.com
Palazzo Versace Dubai
On the menu: At the Enigma restaurant, you’ll get more than just dinner. This eatery combines food with theatre, taking you on a Taste of Persia culinary
tour inspired by Michelin-starred chef Mansour Memarian. Expect dishes prepared live in front of you and clever tricks with dry ice.
Go there: From £284 per night in a Deluxe Versace Room, incl. breakfast, and spa, dining and beach access privileges, palazzoversace.ae
Le Bristol Paris, France
On the menu: The “Palace Hotel” is celebrating its 20th anniversary as a “defender of French cuisine” and 10 years of chef Éric Fréchon holding three Michelin stars at restaurant Epicure. Gourmet celebrations include a new menu featuring Fréchon’s signature dishes, and the opening of a new our mill.
Go there: From €1,400 (approx. £1,226) per night, B&B, oetkercollection.com
Portetta, Courchevel, France
On the menu: Head for a well-earned meal after a full day on the slopes, at this chalet-style retreat in exclusive Courchevel, home to Angela Hartnett’s Italian restaurant, Cucina Angelina. Cosy up over a delicious mix of Italian fare and Savoyard cuisine cooked on an open range.
Go there: From €240 (approx. £210) prpn, portetta.com
Uga Escapes, Sri Lanka
On the menu: Base your entire stay here around good food and drink with a culinary tour of the island. Start in Ulagalla with paddy harvesting, before heading to Jungle Beach for a food tour. The gastronomic delights end in style at Chena Huts in Yala National Park with a game drive and visit to the local food markets.
Go there: Nine days on a B&B basis from $4,540 (approx. £3,512), ugaescapes.com
Uxua Casa Hotel & Spa, Brazil
On the menu: If you love your sweet treats as much as your savoury, this rustic bolthole in Bahia will delight. With its Taste of Trancoso package, you’ll learn to make a local specialty and master the art of caipirinha making. You’ll also create chocolate bars using beans from the hotel’s own cacao trees.
Go there: From R$9,000 (approx. £1,864), uxua.com
Rosa Alpina Hotel & Spa, Alta Badia, Italy
On the menu: There’s not one, not two, but three Michelin stars at this luxury hotel’s Restaurant St. Hubertus. The head chef’s unique Cook the Mountain concept focuses on only using seasonal ingredients at an altitude of 2,550m from local farmers.
Go there: From €385 (approx. £336) per night
in a De Luxe double room, incl. breakfast, rosaalpina.it
Zuri Zanzibar, Tanzania
On the menu: Learning to cook a new cuisine is twice as fun when your kitchen is the paradise island of Zanzibar. Mix an active foodie experience with serious relaxation and romantic dining experiences. After you’ve tried your hand at Swahili cooking, relax at the idyllic The Rock restaurant – 12 tables on a rock in the ocean.
Go there: From USD$460 (approx. £331) prpn, zurizanzibar.com
Finca Rosa Blanca Co ee Plantation Resort, Costa Rica
Finca Rosa Blanca Co ee Plantation Resort, Costa Rica
On the menu: Wake up and smell some of the world’s nest coffee at this resort dedicated to the Arabica bean. Take a tour of the hotel’s coffee plantation and watch the transformation from bean harvest to cup.
Go there: From £2,985 pp** for seven nights (incl. four at Nayara Resort), flights and transfers, elegantresorts.co.uk