With summer on its way out, we’re dreaming of sunnier spots; these are the world’s best al fresco dining destinations where fabulous food meets spectacular settings
From bustling cities to safari camps, a memorable alfresco dining experience is the perfect way to discover your surroundings. Whether you enjoy a balmy summer evening with family and friends or are looking to celebrate with a loved one, below are our favourite outdoor dining experiences from around the world.
ROMANTIC DINING: CARLISLE BAY, ANTIGUA
Enjoy views of the sweeping bay while you experience Carlisle Bay’s two alfresco dining options, Indigo and Jetty Grill. The first sits on the beach and offers fresh, healthy cuisine prepared with a Caribbean twist. Or, for a more romantic experience, go for the adults-only Jetty Grill restaurant where you can enjoy local seafood accompanied by a glass of fine wine. An intimate dining for two option is also available for couples on the overwater jetty. Here you will enjoy an evening under the stars with private waiter service and a menu to suit any occasion.
Stay in a Garden Suite at Carlisle Bay from approx. £449 per person per night based on two sharing. Price includes breakfast and afternoon tea and excludes taxes and charges.carlisle-bay.com
ESCAPE THE CITY: LA RESERVE, PARIS
La Réserve Paris Hotel and Spa is the ultimate insider’s address. Discreetly hidden behind a curtain of trees, the hotel s the perfect location to escape the bustling city. Private terraces are open for al fresco dining at lunch and dinner, with menus from two-starred Michelin chef, Jérôme Banctel. The ideal setting to experience the true relaxed pace of Parisian outdoor living.
Stay at La Réserve Paris Hotel & Spa from £630 per room per night
RELAXED LUNCHING: CHEVAL BLANC, ST BARTH ISLE DE FRANCE
La Cabane de l’Isle offers stunning views of the island’s finest, Flamands Bay for a perfect feet-in-the-sand lunch. Alternatively, the place comes alive in the evenings and offers sunset cocktails or a private dinner party. Expect from the menu steamed lobster, parmigiana Reggiano risotto and Chilean sea bass.
Garden Rooms at Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France start from £572 per night. chevalblanc.com
ESCAPE TO THE CITY: THE GORING
‘A Taste of Cornwall’ has transformed the veranda at The Goring into a Cornish fish restaurant, bringing the Cornish Riviera to Belgravia. The best seafood, wine and chefs have travelled up the M5 in celebration of Cornwall. The Goring’s Michelin-starred chef Shay Cooper, along with Rick and Jack Stein have collaborated to create a Cornish-inspired menu bursting with the freshest fish imaginable. After a busy day exploring the sites of London, this is the perfect al fresco dining experience to enjoy with a glass of Camel Valley sparkling Rosé.
Available until mid-September 2017. Stay in a Delightful Queen room at The Goring from £615 per night based on two people sharing.
DINE UNDER THE STARS: ANDBEYOND PHINDA ROCK LODGE
Set into a cliff face overlooking spectacular Leopard Rock, guests can dine under the stars at the recently refurbished andBeyond Phinda Rock Lodge in South Africa. With only six suites, guests can enjoy private dining in any area of the camp – whether it’s on the outdoor deck, which have been reconfigured to allow plenty of space for al fresco dining, in the suite or on the new rooftop terrace – all dining venues provide a perfect setting for dining beneath the stars.
Rates from approx. £550 per person per night based on two sharing on an all-inclusive basis including two safari activities per day and transfers.