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2015 Hotel Food Awards Announced by Jetsetter
April 22, 2015
Throw in some fun categories (like Most Instagram-Worthy Hotel Restaurant) and the list encompasses some of the worlds best dining experiences.
And, in an effort to provide better direction to its members who value food as part of their travel, Jetsetter contributors ate their way from St. Martin to Southeast Asia, sampling cuisine poolside, in the African wild, inside a private cave and in their hotel rooms - among other notable experiences.
Behind the Awards
The Jetsetter editorial team sent categories to more than 200 travel correspondents globally, then compiled their suggestions along with the Jetsetter team's. A final committee of senior-level editors selected the final winners in each category based on each category's criteria. The Jetsetter Hotel Food Awards celebrates hotels and resorts that make food an essential and integral part of their guest experience.
Most Romantic Dinner for Two:
The private cave at Belmond La Samanna, St Martin (pictured above)
La Cave, the wine cellar and private tasting room at Belmond La Samanna, is next-level romantic. The 12,000-bottle selection spans New World Carmenere and Beaune Premier Crus Clos des Mouches.
Most Instagram-Worthy Hotel Restaurant:
The G Hotel, Ireland
Celebrity milliner Philip Treacy combined sleek chrome, curved banquettes and brightly colored velvet to create the mod world at gigi's, the chic restaurant at Galway's g Hotel.
Hotel Restaurant with food as pretty as the people:
Rose. Rabbit. Lie. at The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas
It's a supper club. It's an avant-garde performance venue. The Cosmopolitan's hippest hot spot defies categorization and expectations, combining an experimental floorshow with killer eats, stiff libations and a catwalk-ready crowd.
Hotel Restaurant Where Locals Outnumber Tourists:
The Breslin, Ace Hotel, New York
The six-year-old Breslin at the city's inaugural Ace Hotel remains one of the hottest tables in town – and not just with tourists. Locals crowd the front bar, sipping cocktails named for punk songs, while the dimly lit dining room is filled with well-heeled downtowners tucking into April Bloomfield's Michelin-starred menu.
Hotel Breakfast Worth Waking Up For:
Le Royal Monceau, Paris
Each weekend, the Philippe Starck-designed La Cuisine restaurant is abuzz with comely hotel guests and chic Parisians. Complement your bakery feast with seasonal cheeses, Lebanese meze platters and air-dried sausages from Auvergne.
The Godfather of Hotel Restaurants:
Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten
With nearly 30 restaurants worldwide, the Alsatian sensation began his career at the Mandarin Hong Kong and Le Meridien Singapore, and revolutionized ho-hum hotel dining stateside with the 1997 opening of his three-Michelin-starred eponymous restaurant in Manhattan's Trump International Hotel and Tower.
Favorite Place to Brush Up on Your Cooking Skills:
The Belmond de Casa Sierra Nevada, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Sazon is the cooking school acquired by the 16th century Belmond de Casa Sierra Nevada in 2006. Coursework spans regional recipes, seasonal sopes, and instructors include local chefs as well as Michelin-starred toques from international restaurants and Belmond hotels.
Room Service that Delivers on the Cool Factor:
The Line Hotel, LA.
Mobile maestro Roy Choi and The Line deliver such freewheeling fare as pork fried rice and thermoses filled with instant ramen to guestrooms via hand-pulled wagon.
More Award Winners (full list here):
The All-inclusive that Makes Us Reconsider the All-inclusive:
Casa De Campo, Dominican Republic
Favorite Poolside Menu:
The traditional snackettes at Six Senses Yao Noi, Phuket
Hotel Restaurants where Food is as Stunning as the View:
Club del Doge Restaurant, The Gritti Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Venice
Best Food-themed Spa Treatment:
The chocolate-infused treatments at Boucan by Hotel Chocolat, Saint Lucia
Favorite Meal in the Wild:
Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Resort, South Africa
Favorite Turndown Treats:
S'mores at The Farmhouse Inn and Restaurant, Sonoma
Best Welcome Treats:
The Thai fruit basket at Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok
Favorite Place to Fish or Forage your Own Meal:
Oyster digging at Saffire Freycinet, Tasmania, Australia
Favorite Food Ritual that Keeps us Coming Back:
Oysters on the lawn Castle Hill Inn, Newport, Rhode Island
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