Top Outdoor Picnics To Try This Year

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Considering the current state of world affairs at the moment, what better way to stay safe and enjoy some delicious food and drink than by indulging in a picnic? They’re timeless, traditional yet modern, and at this present moment, one of the safest ways to enjoy company and good grub in the great outdoors.

From a carefully curated sunset picnic in the heart of Costa Rica to a magical private boat picnic in the glistening Lake Orta, grab a blanket, load up a basket with tasty delicacies and discover some fantastic picnics organised by some of our fabulous HIP Hotels members.

The Cowley Manor Picnic Experience

For a quintessentially English staycation in the UK, look no further than the magnificent Cowley Manor. Nestled within the enchanting landscape of the Cotswolds in Gloucestershire, this Curious Hotel is inviting its guests to try out their magnificent ‘Cowley Picnic’ experience this September — perfect for a relaxing yet socially distanced afternoon.

Available everyday between 12pm and 3pm, find the perfect spot in one of their gorgeous picnicking locations and savour a quintessentially British al fresco feast. You are invited to build your own hamper and will be spoilt for choice with the delicious array of treats available. Anything from small picnic plates including pork, apple & sage scotch egg with pickled walnut and cider sauce, Chapel & Swan hot smoked salmon with rye bread and lemon yoghurt, and Cotswold gold rapeseed and rosemary focaccia, to stone-baked sourdough pizza and traditional scones served with jam and clotted cream. There are also many vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options available!

Not only are these picnics fully recyclable, but you can also book your own private bell tent to enjoy if you’re looking for the icing on top of the cake.

Where: Cowley Manor, Gloucestershire UK

When: Every day until the end of September 2020

For more information, please click here.

Please note: Following the strict COVID-19 safety guidelines, all food and drink will need to be ordered from their Curious App. Social distancing between tables and chairs (as well as the rest of the hotel) has also been put in place, to ensure both guests and staff remain safe.

Picnic under the trees at Masseria Susafa

Escape to the enchanting Sicilian countryside and surround yourself with gorgeous rolling hills and a tranquil atmosphere at Masseria Susafa. Nestled within the heart of Sicily, this family-run farmhouse always has an array of magnificent activities available for its guests, but be sure not to miss out on this month’s picnic under the trees.

Starting your late morning with a walk along the grounds, exploring the local flora and fauna, discover everything you need ready for the picnic. From your own basket filled with delicious local produce and an excellent collection of local wines, to comfy beds to relax in. What better way to spend the perfect Friday afternoon than by tantalising your tastebuds with a tasty yet magical picnic experience with your loved ones under cherry trees, whilst you take in the breathtaking views of the natural surroundings? We certainly can’t think of one! Or if you’re looking for something a little more relaxing, why not lounge under the trees with a book and a glass of wine whilst you immerse yourself in nature’s soothing sounds?

Where: Masseria Susafa, Sicily

When: Fridays at 11:30am - 3pm

Price: €60 pp

For more information, please click here.

Please note: Social distancing as well as deep cleans and temperature checking have been put in place for both the guests and the staff’s safety.

Golden Hour Picnic with Casa Chameleon Las Catalinas

What better way to enjoy all the simplicity of a picnic than by watching a gorgeous sunset in Costa Rica? This September, Casa Chameleon Las Catalinas are offering an intimate, golden hour picnic where guests can experience the magic of a Costa Rican sunset from a magnificent and private viewing spot. Their incredible in-house Chef Jose has carefully curated a picnic basket of tasty food and drink that will not only take you on a tantalising journey, but also delight all the senses.

Situated in the decade old town of Las Catalinas, along the pristine Guanacaste peninsula, this luxury adults-only boutique getaway is the perfect place to escape and relax. This romantic hideaway is ideal for those looking for surreal solitude, a personalised experience and a refreshing, free-thinking atmosphere.

From magical plunge pools to rain showers, the unprecedented views at Casa Chameleon Las Catalinas are nothing but out of this world. So relax, enjoy some tasty delicacies and some new world wines, and be at one with the unrivalled ocean expanse as your backdrop as you enjoy this magical golden hour picnic.

Where: Casa Chameleon Las Catalinas, Costa Rica

For more information, please click here.

Sunset Picnic within the mountains at argos in Cappadocia

Escape to Turkey’s magical mountain hideaway, Uçhisar, and discover one of the most out-of-this-world, authentic picnic experiences ever...

Nestled in the heart of some of the most stunning mountains in the world, this September, argos in Cappadocia is offering its guests the opportunity to enjoy an enchanting private picnic in its glorious garden, overlooking the Pigeon Valley of an ancient village. Made up of a series of terraces and tunnels that sit within the mountain, this incredible hotel won’t be like anywhere else you’ve stayed before. From cave suites and cave pools, to enchanting terraces and decor created by local artists and craftsmen, there’s no better place to enjoy an otherworldly picnic than in this ancient monastery.

With your own dedicated peaceful and private corner, indulge in a tasty picnic basket catered for your every desire and enjoy a divine selection of award-winning argos wines. Take off your shoes, get comfy and enjoy this tailor-made experience whilst you take in the panoramic views over the iconic rocks here within the ancient caves of argos in Cappadocia!

Where: argos in Cappadocia, Turkey

For more information, please click here.

Dreamy Boat Picnic with casaFantini/ Lake Time

A picnic on a private boat? Count us in!

Experience the magical seclusion of the small town of Pella beside the magical Lake Orta at casaFantini/lake time, and indulge in the peaceful atmosphere that surrounds you.

Serene and silent, this dreamy boutique hotel is offering its guests a magical picnic experience here in the heart of northern Italy. Jump aboard your own private boat and explore the secret corners and magic of the glistening Lake Orta. Indulge in the mystic aura that resonates from the lake’s surroundings and delight your palate with the tasty and nourishing treats of traditional Italian cuisine, carefully curated by their in-house Chef Paolo Bullone. Set out for the day, unwind with a delicious glass of sparkling wine or two and fully immerse yourself in the tranquil atmosphere, whilst you allow the calming water of the lake to relax you — a truly romantic experience perfect for two.

Where: casaFantini/ Lake Time, Lake Orta, Italy

For more information, please click here.

Please note: This experience has to be reserved in advance or during the stay (depending on availability).

Exclusive Picnics above the roofs of Salzburg

Escape to the historic city of Salzburg and enjoy an unforgettable picnic on your very own private terrace. From fantastic views over the Fortress Hohensalzburg to the city’s historic Old Town, two hotels from the Amadeus Hotel & Restaurant Group are offering fantastic picnic experiences to their guests.

Both Hotel Stein & Hotel Goldgasse are allowing you to enjoy a luscious picnic. Whether you decide to indulge in a bottle of Rosé Miraval Côtes de Provence with your picnic basket, or enjoy a bottle of Louis Roederer Brut Premier, the hamper will be filled with tasty delicacies including a small bundt chocolate cake, smoked trout sandwiches, ham sandwiches, tasty hummus & crudités, fresh berries in a glass with cream, a fresh green smoothie and refreshing infused water.

Whether you decide to relax with a magnificent picnic at Hotel Goldgasse, whilst overlooking the charming Fortress Hohensalzburg, followed by a stay in their Jedermann Suite; or be surrounded by a world of artistic elegance and luxury at Hotel Stein, whilst enjoying a unique picnic with amazing views of the Old Town of Salzburg, you’ll be completely spoilt for choice here in Salzburg!

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Please note: In case of bad weather, they may have to cancel the picnic and rebook for another time. However, both hotels will try their best to assure that the picnic will take place.

recommended HIP Hotels

Explore Cowley Manor Experimental Gloucestershire
Explore Argos in Cappadocia Uçhisar
Explore Susafa Sicily
Explore Hotel Goldgasse Salzburg
Explore casaFantini / lake time Lake Orta
Explore Hotel Stein Salzburg
Explore Casa Chameleon Las Catalinas Guanacaste