Whether it’s a birthday surprise, a proposal or just a little treat while you’re away, there’s nothing quite like a fabulous dinner in a jaw-droppingly beautiful setting. Arranging the kind of experiences you’ll be talking about for years to come is something our Trusted Advisers do particularly well – so we asked them to come up with their favourite romantic dining experiences from around the world. Prepare to extend your holiday wishlist…
Sunset views in Santorini
Mystique, a Luxury Collection Hotel will set up a table on a private cliff-side terrace in time for a spectacular sunset over the caldera. Sample Grecian specialities (accompanied by a bottle from the hotel’s wine ‘cave’) and watch as the sun slowly sinks into the Aegean, the stars come out and the lights of the cruise ships and yachts far below start to twinkle.
Candlelit waterfall dinner in Thailand
The Sarojin’s candlelit jungle waterfall experience has real wow factor. You’ll be taken to a waterfall hidden away among jungle greenery and lit by hundreds of flickering candles. A private table will be set up next to the cascade ready for you to sample delicious dishes like aromatic red curry with river prawns, steamed snapper with chilli lime and garlic, and spicy rock lobster.
Supper and stargazing in Bali
Feel on top of the world at the Four Seasons Sayan in Bali’s lush centre. Opt for their signature Dinner Under the Stars experience and you’ll dine on a lantern-lit deck that floats on a rooftop lotus pond. Enjoy views of the forested Sayan Valley as you tuck in to a five-course menu personalised to your tastes; once the sun has set, gaze up at the starry night sky with the hotel’s state-of-the-art telescope.
Cosy cave in La Gomera
Spend the night in a sea-view cave on the rugged Canarian isle of La Gomera. The Hotel Jardin Tecina’s ‘La Cueva for Two’ experience gives you the (metaphorical) keys to an atmospheric cave, set up with a linen-dressed table for two and a comfy bed. Dine on pork with Canarian potatoes and Malvasia wine sauce (followed by a deliciously sticky local honey pudding), with views out across the ocean. After dinner, retreat to your cave ‘bedroom’ and snooze to a soundtrack of crashing Atlantic waves.
Secluded sandbank in the Maldives
“We had a private sandbank dinner by candlelight under the stars on the final night of our holiday. It felt like a really special and decadent experience, unlike anything we have done before. We chose the seafood menu and were dedicated our own personal waiter, who made sure our champagne glasses were topped up while we tucked in to two of the biggest lobsters I have ever encountered.”