Best Hotel Picnic Experiences for Summer

Best Hotel Picnic Experiences for Summer

Travelers can take in the outdoors with bubbles and charcuterie in Jackson Hole, dine amongst 470 lush acres in the English Countryside, and enjoy a post-picnic cruise in a Porsche in Hawaii.

Beaverbrook Estate | Surrey, England

The stunning, countryside surrounds of the estate and beyond create an outstanding backdrop for an enchanting English picnic at Beaverbrook this summer. Guests can hop in a Moke, or one of the classic motors available to rent, to embark on a Downton Abbey inspired picnic adventure, with all the necessities provided by Beaverbrook. From picnic blanket and basket, to a picturesque spot and exquisite food and beverages, guests can create a picture-perfect picnic moment. With hampers featuring classic British sandwiches - think cucumber and cream cheese - and scones, jam and cream handcrafted in house at The Garden House, along with Beaverbrook branded pre- mix cocktails, guests will want for nothing more as they relax into hazy afternoons in the Surrey Hills.

Beaverbrook Town House | London, England (pictured)

Embrace the Great British summer in Chelsea with a quintessential picnic in the exclusive Cadogan Gardens. Hosts at Beaverbrook Town House will supply guests with a key for the gardens, as well as the essentials for a perfect picnic: blanket, hamper, bubbles and beautiful Japanese dishes to enjoy as they relax in a serene pocket of nature within the city.

The Virginian Lodge | Jackson, WY

The Pendleton Picnic Experience at The Virginian Lodge includes a Pendleton Yakima Camp Throw in Green Heather Mix colorway, a retro-inspired cooler in green (customized with The Virginian Lodge logo), a set of two Virg’ enamel camp mugs, a custom curated cheese and charcuterie box by local vendor @theholeboard, and Ginny’s Cocktail Club Kit for two with 375ml bottle of local spirits (for reference, Ginny’s is the onsite wine & spirits shop). The Virginian Lodge unveiled a complete transformation in January, encompassing 165 all-new guest rooms and suites, a large central courtyard with pool, a new welcoming lobby and rugged yet refined amenities. The property’s new food and beverage concepts will debut this summer, including Billy’s Burgers, a local favorite that will be coming out of retirement and finding a new home at The Virginian alongside The Virginian Saloon, an iconic watering hole.

Hotel Wailea | Maui, HI

You won’t find a better island picnic than the one packed by the culinary team at Hotel Wailea, Hawaii’s first and only Relais & Chateaux property – a designation reserved for the top culinary destinations in the world. Hotel Wailea, whose owner is a partner in acclaimed restaurant Senia, specializes in fresh meals that incorporate Maui-grown ingredients, including those from the hotel’s own organic garden. Gourmet picnics paired with Laurent-Perrier champagne can be enjoyed from various outdoor vantage points, including an intimate waterfall nestled in the hotel’s tropical 15-acre property, a scenic stop-off made while cruising in one of Hotel Wailea’s vintage ‘57 Porsche replicas, or high up in a private tree house suspended within a canopy of mango and avocado trees.

Mission Pacific Hotel | Oceanside, CA

This summer, check out the Mission Pacific Hotel’s vintage Rambler camper, which provides guests with beverages and snacks, sand toys, water activities, umbrellas, towels and lounge chairs for the ultimate beach picnic. If a day of soaking up some sunshine isn’t in your plans, families can also capture a California sunset while cozying up to a beachfront fire pit with a side of s’mores!

Adare Manor | County Limerick, Ireland

A spellbinding 19th century castle hotel unmatched anywhere in Europe, Adare Manor is located in the charming Adare Village in the lush greens of Ireland – an enchanting backdrop idyllic for a proper picnic. Guests can choose from three specialty curated picnic menus to their liking for any occasion. Selections include ‘The Wyndham Quinn Picnic To Go’, ‘The Earl of Dunraven Picnic Basket’ served in a wicker basket, or the ultra-luxe ‘Picnic Beyond Everything’ which is set up and served at any location of choosing on the manor. Picnic items include savory and sweet treats and of course bubbly and refreshments. Guests can leave it all to Adare Manor’s concierge to make any picnic dream come true.

Cliveden House | Berkshire, UK

Cliveden House, a lavish Relais & Châteaux country house hotel in Berkshire, UK, offers “Boat Picnics”, an over-the-top quintessentially British picnic experience, along the famed River Thames. Guests can take one of the property’s exquisite vintage launches and privately cruise down the River, famously following the steps of Queen Victoria (back when she used to visit the property!). The truly unique culinary experience is curated by the Head Chef, who creates a selection of fine picnic offerings suited to different times of the day.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi | Malé, Maldives

Known as the crown jewel of the Maldives, the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi’s island paradise provides an idyllic backdrop for the dreamiest of picnics and Maldivian adventures. Guests can immerse themselves into the natural beauty of the Maldives with their own private Beach Picnic -- a tranquil beach day escape with a picnic basket full of delectable bites and a bottle of Rose Wine to enjoy on the specially set up spot on the powdery white sand. For guests seeking a picnic with a side of adventure -- the Sandbank Escapade excursion transports guests to be surrounded by the Indian Ocean with a gourmet picnic basket along for the journey. Once on the sandbank the adventures are endless and up to guests desires whether relaxing under the gazebo, swimming in the sparkling waters, snorkeling, strolling the bank -- the day is truly theirs.

The Ocean Club, A Four Seasons Resort |  The Bahamas

Situated on Paradise Island in The Bahamas, The Ocean Club, A Four Seasons Resort’s Versailles Gardens provide a glamorous picnic backdrop taking guests to a different time. The resort Concierge and team will prearrange a picnic setup with basket, pillows, and blanket to be surrounded by the lush gardens. Endless picnic views the multi-tiered landscape lined with purple bougainvillea is highlighted by a meticulously restored 12th-century Augustinian cloister. The Versailles Gardens takes guests back in time with its collection of European statues and fountains within each step. A picnic filled with rich history, iconic views, delectable bites and refreshments ensures a legendary experience for which the resort is famed for.

Hotel Château Du Grand-Lucé | Loire Valley, France

Hotel Château has unveiled a new Day Pass program, perfect for celebrating National Picnic Month this July. For the first time ever, the private estate will become accessible to the day traveler, seeking the sophistication, luxury and amenities of a world-class hotel, without booking overnight accommodations in a three tier pass program. Whether it be a Garden Pass, Pool Pass or Nobleman Pass, all come complete with the option of ordering a picnic to your exact liking, and meandering the 80 acres of finely manicured boxwoods, delightful topiaries and magnificent statues to enjoy a lavish picnic fit for royalty on the intimate French countryside.

The Chanler at Cliff Walk | Newport, RI 

Where the natural beauty of the New England coast meets a luxe culinary offering that’s the epitome of chic — The Chanler at Cliff Walk’s Menta Graze Picnic Experience. New this season, guests are invited to dine at an elegant picnic on one of the property’s grand lawns, overlooking stunning ocean views, or down by the water at the famous Brenton Point. Whether a romantic lunch, intimate celebration, or afternoon of fun with friends, enjoy a beautiful set up in the sun (or beneath an umbrella)  — a low table, centerpieces, cloth napkins, china, and more. Not to mention a curated picnic basket with a choice of artisanal sandwiches prepared by the culinary team. In Newport this summer: pristine picnics with to-die-for backdrops.

Twin Farms | Barnard, VT 

Over the past year, the adults-only haven has more than doubled the number of picnic sites to allow guests to enjoy casual-style dining that embodies the Farm's renowned culinary experience. All against the backdrop of the panoramic Green Mountains or lush vibrant forest. From a picnic deck built for two high in the trees (bringing a new definition to the word treehouse picnic), a converted Lift Shack (where you can find cozy interiors that play a nod to the chalet theme), a 3-wall Lean-To Adirondack (outfitted with pot belly stove, cowhides and cozy bean bags all paired with some of the best panoramic views of the Farm), a large tented deck built into the forest, and even a two-person glasshouse that overlooks the Farm's produce gardens.

Cavallo Point | Sausalito, CA

Nestled at the northern end of the Golden Gate Bridge within the iconic Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Cavallo Point is an award-winning bayfront lodge that beautifully blends Restored Colonial Revival Character with spectacular contemporary design and elevated amenities to meaningfully connect guests to the local landscape. With over 75,000 acres of lush national parkland surrounding the property, Cavallo Point encourages guests to explore and enjoy the great outdoors with the Headlands Picnic Basket, which is a bountiful picnic package for two that includes charcuterie, cheese and flatbread, chips and dip, Italian soda, fruit, petits fours, a bottle of pinot noir and water for $140 plus tax.

Four Seasons Resort Lanai | Lanai, HI

A private island paradise awaits at the secluded and tranquil Four Season Resort Lanai. Find a secret place to indulge in authentic Hawaiian flavors with their luxurious picnic basket offering in hand, featuring light bites, artisanal cheeses and charcuterie, and sweets for two. Whether it be a romantic spot on top of Sweetheart Rock as the sun sets, or on a boat ride exploring the scenic coastline, enjoy heavenly treats while taking in spectacular views. Or enjoy Dinner Under the Stars, where guests can reserve a private table for two overlooking Hulopoe Bay before the sun begins to set. As evening descends, enjoy a Champagne welcome followed by a customized menu prepared by their expert chefs.

Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach Resort & Club | Dana Point, CA

Nestled atop a 150-foot seaside bluff, Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach Resort & Club gleams panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, private access to the Monarch Bay Beach Club, and an assortment of dining options, including Part + Parcel Market where guests can pick up a curated Picnic Basket and set up across one of many gorgeous spots, such as the Grand Lawn. With three different options including Coastal Picnic for (2), Family Picnic and Sip, Swirl ’N’ Snack, baskets are packed with fresh baguettes, salads, sandwiches, cookies, caramel popcorn, and more, for a delightful picnic spread.

The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami | Key Biscayne, FL

The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami offers Tropical Trekking, a self-guided tour of Key Biscayne’s most memorable treks. Included in the Tropical Trekking package is a delicious full picnic set, including a beach towel, beach bag and a lunch including a choice of salad or sandwich, chips and a beverage, to be enjoyed on the island.