According to the 2016 Food Travel Monitor, a global study conducted by the World Food Travel Association, 95% of American travellers are interested in unique food experiences when they travel. Holidays are definitely made even more remarkable by exploring local cuisine and trying tasty new dishes. How do you create a culinary holiday you won’t forget? Simply keep these three easy tips in mind.
Head to hot foodie destinations
Some of the most sought after food scenes in Asia are also conveniently home to Anantara Vacation Club Resorts, such as Bangkok and Chiang Mai in Thailand, or Seminyak in Bali. You certainly can’t go wrong when you head to a foodie hotspot like Bangkok, known not only for its vibrant, 24/7 street food culture but also upscale dining that showcases world-class Thai fusion, Indian, French and Mediterranean cuisine.
Take advantage of local gastronomy and specialties. Slurp bowls of pho in Vietnam, try delectable dim sum in Hong Kong or sip a freshly brewed flat white in Australia. Food gives different destinations their local flavour – literally! When spending time in a specific spot, make an effort to look up some of the destination’s tastiest meals and popular restaurants. Local lifestyle outlets and lists, such as the lauded Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list, are an excellent way to find gourmet recommendations. Of course, a resort’s concierge will be more than happy to make suggestions on where to dine, while in-house dining venues and experiences, such as dinner along the Chao Phraya River with Anantara’s Manohra Cruises in Bangkok, will ensure unforgettable meals.
Indulge in private dining
Naturally, holidays are often a time of well-deserved indulgence, particularly when it comes to food. Give in to your taste buds while also enjoying an experience you would never have at home by taking a local cooking class or satiating your appetite with a special private dining experience. Anantara’s exclusive Spice Spoons cooking courses put you right in the kitchen with personal instruction from the resort’s chefs, while Dining by Design allows you to tailor an intimate dining experience to your liking complete with the option of having a personal chef in the location of your choice, such as a romantic dinner for two on the beach or family-friendly meal in the convenient privacy of your villa.
Bon voyage and bon appétit!