Travel is full of amazing places to see and adventurous things to do, but there’s more to seeing the world than just hitting the usual travel haunts. Add a new and delicious layer to your journey by including some of these amazing culinary experiences to your bucket list.
The Tree Life
Remember climbing trees or wishing you had a treehouse as a kid? Well, you can relive those memories adult style while dining at Soneva Kiri in Koh Kood, Thailand. At this eco-friendly island oasis, guests can enjoy a Treepod Dining Experience that takes you to new heights while being gently lifted in a bamboo pod into the tropical foliage of Koh Kood’s ancient rainforest. Once there, enjoy the spectacular ocean view and nosh on gourmet dishes delivered to you by your waiter via zip-line.
Ice Ice Baby
Want a change from the usual hot and humid destinations? Head over to the SnowRestaurant at the LumiLinnis Snowcastle in Kemi, Finland. This frozen delight is carved out of ice annually and opens around the end of January. The temperature in the restaurant is a crisp -5 degrees, so dress warm and snuggle into the reindeer hides on your seat while you dine on dishes like cream of smoked reindeer soup, smoked salmon and strawberry mousse.
Cave Love Under the Stars
When most people think of Kenya, they think of safaris and pictures of the “Big 5” (lions, leopards, elephants, buffalos, rhinos), but there’s more to the country than what’s on the surface. Situated 32 feet below ground in a cave thought to be between 120,000 and 180,000 years old sits Ali Barbour’s Cave Restaurant. The restaurant, located just south of Mombasa, is a series of interlinking chambers with natural holes in the cave ceiling that are open to the stars. Enjoy oysters straight out of the Indian Ocean, savory mushroom crepes and piri piri prawns while you get lost in romance under the Kenyan sky.
Check any travel vision board and I’m sure you’ll find pictures of this bucket list dream. At the Villa Escudero in San Pablo City, Philippines, there’s no need to choose between the crystal clear waters of the beach and your appetite. The Waterfall Restaurant gives diners a unique experience by allowing them to eat at the base of Labasin Falls, a thundering wall of spring water which flows across their feet as they enjoy the local cuisine. Afterwards, guests can even take a dip, enjoying the best of both worlds.
—Danielle T. Pointdujour
Danielle T. Pointdujour is a proud Howard University grad and Brooklynite living the passport life to the fullest. With over 70 countries under her belt, you can always find Danielle traveling the globe in search of new experiences and the hottest luxury hotels. You can follow her writing, musings and global adventures on Twitter and Instagram.