Favourite Dining Experiences
Amantaka, Luang Prabang, Laos
An incredible dining experience that I’ll never forget was during a stay at the beautiful Amantaka in the picturesque Laos town of Luang Prabang. Along with a delicious restaurant in the hotel, they also offer unique dining experiences around Luang Prabang, which is a great opportunity to see some of the sights and meet the locals. My guide took me to a local’s house where we picked fresh produce directly from his garden, including herbs, mushrooms, bamboo shoots and other vegetables, before a gentle trek up to the top of the Kuang Si waterfalls. Once at the waterfall, after a refreshing dip in one of the pools, I helped prepare a truly local Laos lunch with the chef, whilst the other guides set up a lovely table by the waterfall. This was certainly one of the best meals I had in the country.
Belmond Afloat in France
I was so lucky to enjoy the most fantastic gourmet escape on the waterways in Burgundy on-board the charming Amaryllis barge by Belmond, which boasts four generous size cabins, lovely outdoor and indoor dining areas and a plunge pool for relaxing dips on warmer days. As well as the food being creative and delicious, I loved the way our itinerary allowed us to hop off to visit some of the finest French markets and impressive vineyards, sampling local artisan cheeses and truffle-tasting along the way. My favourite meal was a pretty cycle along the canal, through local villages before reaching a stunning vineyard, where a gourmet picnic lunch of the most delicious local specialities and wines had been set up just for us.