Gastronomy isn't just about fine-dining and Michelin-starred restaurants, it is the study of the relationship between food and culture, so as a result travel and gastronomy are the perfect combination; it brings to mind the flavours of delicious world cuisine and the exquisite tastes of the foods used to create them.
As well as sights and sounds, tastes are also a hugely influential attraction and an important way of understanding a new destination. In a world where exotic foods from around the globe can be transported to your table in a matter of hours, discovering them at their source can be very rewarding.
There are many aspects of Gastronomy - for example food markets, tasting sessions, cooking lessons, visits to farms or vineyards and the list goes on - our Destination Specialists not only know their properties and destinations well, but can also advise on the 'foodie' scene that surrounds them.
If you want to get under the skin of cooking styles of particular regions, the art of preparing and serving rich or delicate and appetizing food then why not look at trips and experiences that focus on this.
If you would like to spend your holidays learning how to cook varied and local cuisine then why not consider a cooking holiday? Perfect for families, groups of friends or even solo - you can learn to make dishes under the guiding expertise of the resident chef - wherever you may be!
For those seeking out new flavours, ingredients and creative combinations, many hotels now encourage budding gourmands to become more ‘hands-on’, granting rare access to the hotel’s kitchen garden, helping to harvest produce or shop in local markets for the freshest possible local ingredients, before being able to cook in the sanctum of the resort kitchen.
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Luxury travel and fine dining experiences often come hand in hand, so marrying the two are an easy task.
From popular pairing menus and irresistible Afternoon Teas, to extensive and lavish Degustation Menus and private wine tastings, there are more epicurean delights available to savour than ever before.
Guests can indulge their taste buds and devote time to their palates within sophisticated city hotels, lavish resorts or unique boutique lodges across the globe.
Wellness holidays can kick-start a healthy and sustainable lifestyle or help build on existing goals. This isn’t just about spa treatments and pampering - we want you to feel healthy from the inside out and can match you to the best retreat or programme to suit your needs.
Whether you are looking for an introduction to the world of wellbeing, a mindfulness retreat, a specialist programme focusing on a particular issue such as stress-management or a complete health reboot, the world is home to exceptional resorts and programmes to suit everyone’s needs.
How about jetting off to Madeira for an Ayurvedic experience, experience a peaceful detox and health boost in Thailand, or indulge in holistic treatments at a Chenot spa in Lombardy, Italy. Contact the team for more ideas on how to reward both your body and mind.
Featuring on our Calendar of Events, our Cookery Masterclasses are perfect for individuals, couples, or groups who fancy a bit of team bonding. We invite you to get your hands dirty, learn about your ingredients and simply enjoy a cookery masterclass from a professional Chef.
Alternatively, we can create your own private Masterclass, on your preferred date and in your preferred location - a great option for a family or team bonding and away days. A wonderful way to spend some quality time with friends and loved ones - create delicious seasonal dishes, and learn a new skill.
Our Masterclasses are small and intimate - so booking is essential. Email us here or call us on +44 (0) 1993 824198 to book your place.
Find out more about our Gastronomy programme by calling us on +44 (0) 1993 824198 or email us here for further information.
Kirstenbosch is acclaimed as one of the great botanic gardens of the world and is located against the eastern slopes of Cape Town's Table Mountain. As well as fabulous trees, flowers and plants, there are also wonderful sculptures dotted around the gardens. There are always interesting flowers and plants year round at Kirstensbosch and every season has its' charm, however the best time to visit is in spring and early summer which is August to November time. You can either visit by yourselves if you are self-driving, or an organised tour with a guide can be arranged.
For lunch visit the Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia (one of Liam Tomlinson's four restaurants). Chef Ivor Jones (former head chef at The Test Kitchen) is in charge with his able team, concocts imaginative dishes, whose flavours will stick in your mind long after you’ve taken your last bite. Booking in advance is necessary for this popular restauarant.
Visit the Franschhoek Motor Museum, to see the magnificent collection of vintage cars, motorcycles, bicycles and auto memorabilia on display which are all in mint condition, housing more than 100 years of motoring history. The specific automobiles selected for display are alternated to keep things interesting, making return visits a must.
Our top tip is to go for a chauffeured vintage car ride on the L’Ormarins Estate and if you book 2-3 days in advance, you will be emailed a selection of motors from which to choose your ride!
Either beforehand or afterwards, have lunch or dinner at La Petite Colombe (not included). Everything about this 54-seater restaurant oozes timeless elegance - from the background music to the pared-down yet sumptuous interiors. In summer months, the foldout doors reveal a sunny patio for lingering lunches, while a toasty central fireplace warms the room in winter.
Transfers can be arranged at an additional cost.
The Zeitz MOCAA - Museum of Contemporary Art Africa is in an eye-catching building. This public, not-for-profit contemporary art museum which is a partnership between the V&A and Jochen Zeitz, collects, researches, preserves and exhibits twenty-first century African art. This exquisite space houses a diverse range of contemporary African art spread out over nine floors. (Please note it is closed on Tuesdays).
Have lunch at Harbour House, where the specialty is seafood. Think game fish crudo, crispy prawns and white fish goujons. Have sushi with friends upstairs or share a lavish seafood platter with a glass of local wine.
After lunch, spend some time shopping at the nearby Watershed, which is the home of South African design and is located in the heart of the V & A Waterfront. It offers a beautiful indoor market with over 150 stands with handmade crafts made by local artisans, ranging from textiles, to ceramics, furniture to jewellery, toys to fashion etc.
Spend your morning at La Maison Arabe where you can do a cooking workshop, which is taken by a dada (which is a traditional Moroccan cook) or a chef from La Maison Arabe Moroccan restaurant and are held at the hotel which is centrally located. Small groups of maximum 10 participants work alongside a translator, using modern equipment found in everyday kitchens. At the end of the morning you will dine on the delicious meal you have prepared, which will include an appetizer and a main dish (a tagine), or a main dish and pudding.
After eating all that delicious Moroccan cuisine, if you fancy burning off some of those calories and seeing the sights, you can hop on a bicycle and explore the city of Marrakech or perhaps the Palmeraie. With fun, experienced guides and the latest bikes for all abilities it is a great way to explore the area.
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