In a world of endless distractions and the constant buzz of alerts and updates on our phones, it’s easy to eat well in a special place. Getting away from all the “noise” can give us real and lasting benefits. The glow of the sun on the plates, the taste of what chefs create and the setting of the experience combine to shape powerful memories of moments that matter.
While great food is, of course, at the heart of every dining experience, the addition of a view adds richness to the joy of dining out with friends, family or colleagues. Whether it’s the sea, the lakeside or a fascinating cityscape, these places can often spark the question even years later: “Do you remember that time when we went to? …? “
Here are hotels across Europe that take your dining experience to the next level, where the feeling upon arrival is to be completely engrossed in the place and how everyone connects and interacts with their own unique surroundings.
The elite of the Roman world used to relax in Capri. At Jumeirah Capri Palace up there in Anacapri it is possible to do just that and fully enjoy the expansive and elevated views of the sunset over the Gulf of Naples. Being away from the hustle and bustle of the harbor and being surrounded by trees and greenery adds to the feeling of escaping the pressure and having a quiet place to relax. At the restaurant of the hotel L’Olivo, 2 stars in the Michelin guide, executive chef Andrea Migliaccio draws on his vast experience and knowledge of the region’s cuisine to develop menus such as “L’Olivo Undiscovered” which reveals the extent of his culinary efforts over ten years Italian cuisine in an original way with the greatest attention to detail in taste and presentation.
Switzerland never disappoints with its landscapes of lakes and mountains. On the sixth floor of Eden at Lake La Réserve in Zurich, the restaurant La Muňa offers the best cuisine and a 360 ° view from its tree-lined roof terraces. Located directly on the lake and with mountains framing the horizon, it also offers an aerial view of the city center below, no matter what time of day or night. Philippe Starck led the transformation of the restaurant space with an offbeat and captivating design that reflects the pleasure of time spent on the lake. Chef Domenico Zizzi takes a bold approach to the show kitchen – he uses local ingredients to present a fusion of Japanese and Peruvian dishes.
Il Sereno Lake Como couldn’t really be closer to the water and all of its enchanting light patterns. The place to eat here and discover all the beauty of Lake Como and its surroundings is the Ristorante Berto Al Lago. Here, chef Raffaele Lenzi presents authentic regional dishes with a contemporary twist. He has a passion for sourcing locally and doesn’t want to use ingredients that have been “trucked in from afar”. Its menu says “Trust me … nine courses”. Sitting on the part of the terrace that extends above the water, you feel that you certainly can. The color, taste and balance of the food presented is the perfect complement to the natural landscape that surrounds it.
History, heritage and location seem to be summed up Hotel de Crillon on the Place de la Concorde in Paris. This 18e The Century Palace has retained all of its atmosphere following a major restoration program completed in 2013. Its non-flashy refinement makes it one of the must-see addresses in Paris. Go up to the sixth floor on the terrace that surrounds the famous Bernstein Suite and suddenly you are right in the center of one of the city views with landmarks at almost every angle. What better time to enjoy classic cocktails or a drink or bottle from the carefully selected French wine list? To accompany the aperitif, you can choose from a few distinctive savory dishes as the Paris drama unfolds below.
Being close but not in the city defines the Four Seasons Astir Palace Athens Hotel a part. Although only 30 minutes from all of the city’s history and vibrancy, the hotel is a true seaside getaway on the Athenian Riviera. It is located just at the end of its own peninsula and you feel the scent of pine trees and the freshness of the sea air from the moment you arrive. It sits right next to the Saronic Gulf which is part of the Aegean Sea and is one of the places to view and admire the sunset. Settle in at the Mercato Terrace restaurant, browse the cocktail menu and wonder which Italian themed dish to choose and it’s hard to imagine being better.
Located in a landscape that could only be Provence, Chateau Saint-Martin & Spa hugs a hill and sits so comfortably in its 34 acres of private gardens. Here is an area where the unique quality of light has inspired generations of artists. It is a place where lush green landscapes meet rocky outcrops and sunlight dazzles on the sea. Surrounded by olive groves, filled with fresh air and with a view elevated and extended to the Mediterranean, the restaurant terrace Saint-Martin is where Michelin-starred chef Jean-Luc Lefrançois presents a range of gastronomic options. These include its six-course L’Instinct Gourmand menu – designed to delight the palate with its technical expertise and sheer panache.
At Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco in the heart of the Tuscan countryside, you immediately feel the character and authenticity of traditional architecture. From the weathered masonry to the terracotta roof tiles, there is both a sense of history and continuity. Enjoying an elevated rural position and with views framed by cypress alleys, it is so restful to the soul. Seasonal produce straight from the ground finds its way from the organic vegetable garden to Osteria La Canonica. The emphasis here is always on creating dishes that combine the freshest ingredients with the most daring ideas. Contemplating the intense greens of the landscape and enjoying the proximity to nature creates time to be savored.