As travel restrictions begin to ease, treat yourself & your favourite foodie to one of these enchanting private dining experiences.
From countryside picnics to gourmet tastings under the stars, memorable meals await this summer.
1 Discover dome dining with Les Manoirs de Tourgéville
Forget in-room dining – this summer, it’s all about the in-dome experience. Located in Normandy’s idyllic countryside and easily accessible by car from the UK, Les Manoirs de Tourgéville is offering guests a lavishly private under-the-stars Calvados tasting and dining encounter.
Ideal for couples who don’t want to travel for eons but still wish for a secluded abroad escape, the hotel is a charming four star retreat, located a speedy 10 mins drive from the gorgeous seaside town of Deauville.
Spanning across 7 hectares of parkland, the hotel is set to place a geodesic dome in its grounds from September – where couples can enjoy a private dinner and Calvados tasting, surrounded by the beauty nature and little else.
When night falls, this cosy and cocooning dome transforms into an extraordinary observatory – complimented perfectly with the addition of cheese and wine pairing.
A tongue-burning brandy from Normandy, Calvados’ remarkable flavours are not to be missed – guests can finish the experience by enjoying a flavoursome and aromatic tasting provided by a range of vintages from Maison Camut.
When: Launching September 2020.
How: Visit lesmanoirstourgeville.com to find out more and make a booking.
2 Seek ‘Le Solitaire’ Dining in the Italian Alps
Mountain addicts, the Alps are calling. The Auberge de La Maison hotel in Courmayeur Mont Blanc has just launched a unique, socially distanced dining experience at the base of the highest mountain in the Italian Alps – where deliciously private plates await.
Surrounded by nothing other than the serenity of the rustic outdoors and fresh mountain air, guests will be seated at a quaint solitary table equipped with a picnic basket on a pulley – to ensure a fulfilling yet safe culinary alpine experience.
“Le Solitaire” experience, which means lonely Italian, will offer lunch, aperitif or dinner. Designed to be distant from others, food will be served in a basket typical of Aosta Valley crafts and installed by the alpine Guides of Courmayeur.
With rolling green slopes, a warm climate and a wealth of outdoor activities on offer, Courmayeur Mont Blanc is the dream destination for travellers looking to escape a busy lifestyle, get active and feel rejuvenated this summer.
Taking place 60 metres from the beautiful mountain hotel, The Auberge de La Maison, which overlooks the Mont Blanc, guests can stroll through the hotel’s gardens to find a beautifully laid table with two chairs in the middle of the alpine summer meadow.
Both enchanting and exclusive, Le Solitaire is an experience of privacy and beauty. No waiters, no other guests, simply stunning nature and the companionship of the diner.
How: ‘La Solitaire’ is available at The Auberge de La Maison at 580EUR per couple and includes a 2 night B&B stay in a room of choice, an alpine herbal and flower couple bath and this exclusive solitary dining experience. For more information, please visit aubergemaison.it/le-solitaire/.
3 Partake in Picturesque picnics at Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire
Austen, eat your heart out. Head to Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire for an idyllic al fresco dining experience this summer straight out of a romance novel. As the warmer weather sets in, with glorious British sunsets and warm afternoons, there is no better time to enjoy a meal in the picturesque countryside.
From a romantic dinner in the alcove of the historic walled garden to a rustic picnic surrounded by the lush greens of the estate, Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire offers the ultimate private dining experience.
Firstly, try date night with a difference as the team create a personalised romantic experience to remember. Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire’s trained chefs will create a delicious three-course menu, set in a private dining location with a loveseat for sunset cocktails and post-dining relaxing.
The package will also include a private server, formal dining set up and a fire pit for marshmallow toasting.
A picnic is another great way to make the most of the beautiful Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire grounds, especially on a cloudless day. Menu options include everything from the hearty Ploughman’s Lunch (GBP 36 per person) to the fun Winnie the Pooh Picnic (GBP 27 per person) complete with Nutella, peanut butter and jam finger sandwiches.
And, if guests are looking to wander beyond the hotel to discover more of the nearby area, there are countless spots to park a picnic blanket and take in the fresh country air – just ask a member of staff for an estate map.
How: Find out more and make a booking via fourseasons.com