Look no further for travel ideas for the ultimate foodie!
Jacada Travel is a luxury travel agency that specialises in bespoke experiences. Jacada prides itself on the fact that they are able to curate unique and tailored experiences which enable travelers to better connect with the destination and explore their interests. These carefully planned itineraries are not only for the ultimate foodie but anyone who wishes to be enraptured by the sheer beauty and scenic marvels of their travel exploits.
South Africa possesses some of the finest dining experiences in Africa, perfect for epicurean explorers looking for culinary delights, adventures in the wilderness and spectacular safaris. Visits to award-winning vineyards, wine-paired gastronomic meals with culinary luminaries, and foraging with men of the land are just some of the experiences you can expect.
Accommodation that offers the best of luxury hardware and immersive dining experiences are also on offer. One example is the Bushmans Kloof, which is a wilderness reserve in the Western Cape Mountains known not only for its hugely famous restaurant, which made the Condé Nast 2012 Gold List, but the magical setting of its outdoor Boma.
There is no doubt New Zealand is on top of the list when it comes to wine with its rich soil and favourable climate. Embark on a 13-day culinary journey across both the North and the South Island, visiting beautiful vineyards, world-class wineries and artisan food producers.
New Zealand’s expansive land has given rise to many super luxury lodges on the archipelago, some literally an estate in itself, with its own farm and even bird sanctuary. An example is The Farm at Cape Kidnapper’s, which is home to the largest, most mainland colony of gannets in the world. Though the booby birds are strictly off limits, the food choices at the lodge are aplenty. The culinary team at The Farm aims to source produce as locally as possible, and with the Cape Kidnappers’ vegetable garden now fully established, the chefs can create daily menus based on the freshest ingredients.
CROATIA and VENICE
Beginning in Zagreb, Croatia’s capital city, this intimate travel adventure will take you on a private walking tour and a trip to Zagreb’s renowned markets with a local foodie. The second segment of the itinerary will see you exploring the town of Motovun, a picturesque settlement perched on the very top of the hill. Motovun is the biggest habitat of the famous Istrian truffle – a gem of Croatian gastronomy. Meet your licensed guide and with his trained dogs enjoy private truffle hunt experience. In Venice, you’ll learn how to prepare a five-course meal at the Venice Lido, and you’ll also have the option of shopping at the famous Rialto market, where you can buy fresh ingredients for your meal.
ARGENTINA and CHILE
Uncover the culinary secrets of Buenos Aires as you eat at top restaurants and with an expert chef during a private culinary exchange. You’ll also head to Mendoza, which is the heart of Argentina’s wine industry, to witness world-class Malbecs and Chardonnays being produced first-hand. Besides sampling the excellent wine, you can go rafting in the foothills and explore the land by bike or on horseback.
Located on a pristine beach in Vourvourou, in Greece’s Halkidiki region, Ekies All Senses Resort is an idyllic hideaway which constructed its landscape through the use of natural unrefined materials. The resort boasts a Treehouse fine dining restaurant which spoils guests while delectable local cuisine is served under the stars with unspoiled views across the Aegean Ocean.
WILD AND FREE
The Australian Spring will see COMO The Treasury offering the ‘Wildflower Experience’ – a culinary journey through the area’s freshest local indigenous produce, traditionally signified by Western Australia’s blooming native wildflowers.
Guests will be taken on an indigenous heritage tour showcasing the different species of wildflowers and how the tribes used these to forage for food. They will also enjoy a five-course menu designed by Executive Chef Jed Gerrard, which highlights the best of the country’s seasonal produce.
MANGO TREE TRAVELS TO TAIWAN
Innovative restaurant operator Mango Tree Worldwide is bringing its stylish brand of Thai food to Taiwan with the opening of two outlets in the capital Taipei in the second half of this year. The first outlet which opened in August is Mango Tree Seafood Bistro, a 105-seat restaurant located in the elegant Da Chi district, which will blend traditional and modern Thai, with Western dishes.
Cordis, Hong Kong is an upscale hotel situated in the vibrant heart of Kowloon. Rising above 42 storeys above Mongkok, the hotel boasts 665 rooms and suites, comprehensive workout facilities, state-of-the-art meeting spaces and a collection of vibrant restaurants and bars.
The hotel also houses Two Michelin starred Cantonese restaurant Ming Court, a modern European restaurant and bar Alibi – Wine Dine Be Social, an all-day dining restaurant The Place and a new outdoor food truck destination The Garage Bar.
Alila Anji has introduced its newest dining concept – Amber, an organic farmhouse experience named after one of the most precious gems in the world. Inspired by memorable personal travels to Argentina, Alila Anji’s General Manager, Marco den Ouden, brought the idea of year round outdoor cooking techniques to a previously abandoned farmhouse in the countryside, utilising salvaged materials to create “Amber”. Guests can enjoy unique and traditional open fire dining every weekend.
Thailand’s MANATHAI Hotels and Resorts has appointed Martin Selby as Executive Chef for MANATHAI Koh Samui and MANATHAI Khao Lak. At the Waterline Restaurant in MANATHAI Koh Samui, diners will be treated to the Blue Swimmer Crab Tian while at MANATHAI Khao Lak’s Colours Restaurant, the Australian Flank Steak with Rocket, Stilton and Quince is featured as the new signature dish.
Phuket’s luxury beach hotel The Nai Harn is enhancing its unique seaside dining experience for guests with the launch of Han-Sha – the island’s first rooftop Sushi & Sashimi Bar.
Specially appointed to source and prepare the finest imported Japanese seafood and ingredients, sushi specialist Chef Arnu will be showcasing his master culinary skills with live preparations of an array of delectable dishes at the custom designed Han-Sha bar.