With award-winning restaurants starring farm-to-table ingredients, stunning views, and chilled out ambience, foodies won’t be able to resist these off-grid resort destinations. You might not be able to post an Instagram story of your stunning cuisine at these tech-free zones, but that’s the whole idea: to savor each mouthful, soak up the surrounds, and give full attention to your company without the distraction of digital devices.
Fiji’s Turtle Island has everything a foodie could possibly crave. An onsite organic garden and an array of dining options immersed in gorgeous views. Choose from a sunrise breakfast, private beach picnic, candle-lit dinner on a floating pontoon, or dinner under the stars. Every meal is an unforgettable experience at Turtle Island, including the unmissable weekly “lovo” – a traditional Fijian underground oven that cooks up a shareable feast of local meat, fish and vegetables.
Originally built as a restaurant, River’s End Inn is a celebration of food and fine Sonoma wine in spectacular nature surrounds. Breathtaking views of the sunset over the Russian River are the highlight of this dining experience, but the food could just as easily be the star of the show. Based on what local purveyors can provide, Chef Martin Recoder curates an eclectic, seasonal menu that celebrates the local region. Located in wine county of Sonoma, California, connoisseurs and casual drinkers alike will be delighted with the extensive wine selection to accompany their meal.
Meals at Miraval are designed for health-conscious foodies. Fare here is always fresh, local and nutritious. Miraval’s “Conscious Cooking” philosophy encourages guests to be mindful of the production, preparation and consumption of the food they’re eating. At the resort’s restaurant, Hilltop Crossing Kitchen, deliciously healthy meals come with soothing Lake Travis views. For guests eager to maintain healthy eating beyond their stay, workshops at Miraval’s educational culinary facility teaches guests to create healthy meals that don’t compromise on flavor.
With an award-winning restaurant simply called “The Dining Room,” along with private beach dinners, and charming gazebo meals, the Little Palm Island Resort knows how to appeal to food lovers in the mood for romance. Executive Chef Belie and his team are known for their contemporary tropical-modern cuisine that perfectly fits the exquisite surrounds. The resort invites guests into the kitchen with the five to seven-course, Chef’s Table experience that many deem a must. Starry night skies, turquoise water daytime views, and exceptional attention to detail ensure every Little Palm meal will linger in your memories forever.
Executive Chef Michael Pataran and his team have created a menu of contemporary, sustainable cuisine at The Cookhouse, at British Columbia’s Clayquot Wilderness Resort. Created almost entirely from locally foraged and harvested ingredients, meals truly allow diners to ‘taste’ this pristine region of Canada. For more adventurous eaters, the nine-course “Faith” tasting menu is a journey for tastebuds, in conversation with the chef.
For exquisite coastal Southern fare, get to the Greyfield Inn on Georgia’s Cumberland Island. Menus are guided by the season’s and whatever is flourishing in the onsite, organic garden. Lunch is provided as a picnic for guests to take with them to any location on the island. When the dinner bell rings, guests flock to a shared table for a sustainably-sourced, three-course meal bursting with local flavor – and the opportunity to mingle. The Cocktails are crafted to perfection and inspired by Southern heritage, and wine pairings are available.
Led by Chef Maria Cordero, is the Las Ventanas Restaurant at El Silencio Lodge and Spa, hidden away in the lush Costa Rican mountains. The vibrant menu is combines Costa Rican flavors and seasonal ingredients organically grown in the lodge’s own mini farm and 5,000-square-foot greenhouse. A true escape for the senses, diners can gaze through floor-to-ceiling windows to the cloud tropical forest surrounding the lodge.