From the sun-kissed stretches of Zanzibar to the rolling hills of Umbria, this week we’re searching for the best farm-to-table feastings at some of our incredible HIP Hotels around the world. Each of these hotel restaurants bring you tantalising menus that are sure to take your taste buds on a magnificent journey. Featuring an abundance of locally sourced, seasonal produce, as well as ingredients harvested from the grounds of the hotels themselves, the ever-growing farm-to-table movement is becoming more sustainable and popular than ever before!
An charming estate set on a 70-acre nature preserve, La Segreta is your very own peace of heaven. Split between an endearing farmhouse set among tranquil cherry groves, and a traditional stone borgo, La Segreta offers you a little piece of your own Umbrian countryside. Having planted their vines in 2008, the owners here soon learned about the strong Umbrian sun and the other ample conditions for cultivating grapes. Locals from the community collectively pick the grapes from the vineyard to harvest the crop and produce the delicious wines that La Segreta is known for. Whilst this endearing farmhouse takes great care of their land, the quality flavour and authenticity of their wine is incomparable. Allow the private chef to prepare you an indulgent meal under the pergola with fresh hand-picked produce from the land, and pair it with a tasty bottle of wine from the well-known Sagrantino vineyards. Whether you wander through its tranquil cherry grobes and rolling barley fields, do some fruit picking or take a dip in their infinity pool, this rustic property and its surroundings are enough to ignite anyone’s creative imagination.
Imagine an unrivalled ocean expanse as your backdrop, an adults-only atmosphere and and panorama sunsets to fill your days with joy… sound tempting yet? Casa Chameleon Las Catalinas perfectly places you in a romantic bubble from the rest of the world. Located along the pristine Guanacaste peninsula, prepare yourself for surreal solitude and relaxation. It’s in-house restaurant, Sentido Norte, filled with Buddha statues and artistic sunsets, is a cliffside haven of dining dreams. Dining at this award-winning restaurant will feel as if you’re dining in a local friend’s gourmet kitchen. Led by Chef Jose Lopez, here proudly offers only the very best of coastal Costa Rican cuisine. Featuring sea and farm-to-table ingredients in every plateful and glassful, all the food and drink here is inspired by the country’s bountiful abundance – combining uniquely local and native ingredients to your table.
The love for Sicilian cuisine and the locally sourced ingredients is the secret to the great tastes and flavours of Il Granaio, the restaurant at the esteemed Susafa – a 200-year-old family-run stone farmhouse nestled within the tranquil rolling hills of the Sicilian countryside. With a vegetable and herb garden, located in 33 acres of olive orchards, Susafa is the ultimate place to indulge in delicious sustainable food. Their production of high-quality extra virgin olive oil is also well known at this chic retreat. The farm has been embracing organic farming for over ten years, and has a deep focus on the sensitivity and attention to the environment – envisaging a self-sufficient, zero-emissions way of life. Allow the chef to take you on a walk through the hotel gardens, where you will learn all about the evening menu, exploring the typical produce they use within their reinterpreted dishes of the culinary tradition. If you’re looking for something a little more tranquil and private, settle down beneath the cherry trees with a picnic filled with homemade jams, freshly baked breads, local wines and just-picked vegetables. Not to mention, Susafa also offers an array of cooking classes where you can learn how to prepare a selection of local delicacies.
Where sustainable luxury is concerned, the Dairy Flat Lodge & Farm gets everything right. A 38-acre regenerative farm set amid rolling hills in the hamlet of Musk, the lodge offers a unique retreat to immerse yourself in eco-luxury. Lying on 38 lush acres of red volcanic soil in Australia’s charming Daylesford, marvel at your surroundings of vegetable gardens, a 300-tree orchard, 250-tree olive grove and five-acre vineyard. For your own personal use, stroll through the sprawling gardens and watch the early morning harvest from your window, smell the delicious scents of loaves of bread being baked at the bakehouse and take a guided tour of the charming vineyards. With most produce and baked goods directed to the Lake House Restaurant for use, dishes present the chef's and gardener's delicious experiments with rare and interesting vegetables, fruits and herbs. All of the baking however, comes from the Dairy Flat, with regular sourdough baking classes for Lodge guests.
Housed within its own walled vineyard on the lesser-known island of Mazzorbo, Venissa is a Michelin-starred wine retreat set in a charming old manor house that allows guests to witness a different kind of Venice altogether. Its tranquil atmosphere is a welcome breath of fresh air. The villa itself is surrounded by two hectares of vineyards and gardens, and is the only one in the world to produce the indigenous dorona di Venezia grape variety which has now been recovered and thrives in the local area. It’s Michelin-Starred restaurant is famed in Mazzorbo, with a focus on local fish from the lagoon and produce from their gardens with meals enjoyed in the vineyards. Chef’s Chiara Pavan and Francesco Brutto create a cuisine known as ‘cucina ambientale’ – a tale that captures the lagoon landscape and its flavours while being attentive to the environment. It’s no surprise that the commitment of Ristorante Venissa towards sustainable practices has been awarded the Green Michelin Star!
Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Spa & Villas is the perfect mixture of sustainability and luxury. Nestled amongst the eastern coast of the archipelago of Tanzania’s charming Zanzibar, their aim is to preserve and enhance the island’s environment, with strict policies within the resort such as recycling, growing their own organic fruit and vegetables in their plantation and composting food waste. Each of their ingredients from their gardens are taken directly into the hotel’s kitchen, and are then transformed into some of the most incredible dishes in their restaurant Relais & Châteaux. Whether it’s fresh seafood or local Zanzibari flavours you desire, this eco-conscious hotel is definitely one of the most inspiring and incredible places to relax and indulge.
Fall in love with Bad Schörgau's vision to reconnect the visitor with the spirit and vitality of the undulating valley, and forge an unforgettable sensory attachment to the resort's charm. Nestled within the Val Sarentino valley, this alpine hideaway invites you to enjoy some fine, award-winning cuisine that incorporates some of the world’s famous delicacies with a characteristic and distinctive twist. With sustainability becoming ever more important within the hospitality industry, “sustainability in the kitchen” has certainly been at the forefront of the hotel’s director Gregor Wenter’s efforts in recent years. Hotel & Restaurant Bad Schörgau now has a new movement, La Fuga, where they strive to reconnect nature and people directly at the table. Wanting to improve the world through food, growing their ingredients and produce locally is just the beginning. To discover more, please visit here.
An utterly blissful hilltop retreat nestled in the Alentejo countryside, Paraíso Escondido is heaven on earth. Often referred to as the Tuscany of Portugal, with its beautiful sun drenched rolling landscapes dotted with sleepy villages surrounded with cork trees and olive groves, here sustainable living and being as eco-conscious as possible is at its forefront. “Our goal is to create experiences that spark joy. To inspire and encourage connection with food by experiencing unique flavours from locally-sourced and organic ingredients, partly collected from our organic garden”. Only serving vegetarian and vegan cuisine with Ayurveda influences, 90% of their produce has been locally sourced within a 35km radius to support their local suppliers and to reduce their carbon footprint. Breakfast and dinner menus are based on a ‘farm to table’ concept using locally sourced produce and seasonal vegetables from their organic vegetable garden. “Here, our guests will find pure nature, delicious food, and great company. Mix this together with enjoyable, inspiring and healthy experiences and our guests have a magical way to become grounded and enriched on a physical, emotional and spiritual level, leaving them feeling re-charged and in a much better place”.
Feel at one with nature as you step foot inside the enchanting UTSAV Camp Sariska. An extraordinary resort perfectly nestled by the Sariska National Park, this place encourages guests to develop their own personal relationships with the natural world, and reconnect with Mother Nature. Whilst the atmosphere is truly tranquil, the wildlife and location isn’t the only magnificent thing about this place. Following a zero-mile approach, here you can expect only the freshest, most nourishing ingredients. Using their own pesticide and chemical-free garden to provide fresh vegetables and herbs for their seasonal menus, sink into comfort with your favourite drink and take in the panoramic views of the expansive landscapes, as you dine outdoors amongst the trees or on the patio under the Forest Lounge.
A place where you can only describe as peaceful and serene, where the meaning of barefoot luxury thrives, disconnect from the rest of the world and immerse yourself in complete bliss here at Jashita Tulum. Perched on the edge of the beach overlooking the Caribbean sea, this resort is inspired by great culinary traditions; where food is a cure for the soul and every bite is a celebration of life. Their dishes at the Pandano Restaurant are handmade and freshly prepared with locally grown ingredients, providing the best of Italian and Mexican cuisines. Featuring fresh calamari, prawns, lobster and fish carpaccio, paired with homegrown garden vegetables and herbs to season, sustainability never tasted so delicious!
There’s nothing more romantic than wining and dining in a castle. Step foot into one of South Tyrol’s most romantic castles and discover the magical atmosphere of Schloss Hotel Korb. A family-run fairytale getaway amongst the Dolomite Mountains, this is a place for all the senses. It’s in-house restaurant is ready and waiting for you to embark on a culinary adventure you’ll never forget. Featuring a superb Tyrolean-Mediterranean menu full of only the finest and seasonal ingredients, as well as herbs grown in the castle garden, Chef Yuri Silvestri and his team will be sure to tantalise your tastebuds with only the best dishes. Not to mention, the castle’s wine cellar, which was once a symbol of World War II, is now home to over 35,000 bottles of fine wines created from the precious grapes of the family’s own vineyards. Pair one of these with your meal, and you’ll experience heaven on earth.
Venture off the beaten track and discover the hidden paradise of Plataran Borobudur Resort & Spa. Located within Central Java’s Menoreh Hills, your mind and body will sure feel completely relaxed in this atmospheric setting. Featuring three exquisite dining options, guests are spoiled for choice when it comes to sampling mouth-watering Indonesian cuisine. Whether it’s dining amid the colonial charm and sophistication of Patio Colonial Hall, sampling lavish splendour of royal European style in The Kastil, or indulging in front-row sunset panoramas across the Borobudur Temple at Langit Borobudur, the menu’s here are only made with ingredients picked fresh from the resort’s very own organic gardens – making the whole experience truly exquisite.
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