Belmond has debuted a new series of guest experiences called The Art of Gastronomy, building on the growth in culinary tourism and consumer demand for authentic gastronomic experiences.
The series aims to bring guests closer to the land and the people who keep the culinary traditions and food of provenance alive.
For the first time, experiences have been tailored to individual travel motivations; whether seeking cultural enrichment, adventure, wellness or celebration, Belmond has created a menu for all tastes: from breakfast in the wild, getting close to the elephants in Botswana; to sensory travel across plentiful landscapes in Asia or Peru; tequila rituals on a Mayan beach and slow cruises through Champagne; to nourishing the body and mind through sustainable soul food and Michelin-starred cuisine.
AN ADVENTURE IN GOOD TASTE
For those seeking complete cultural immersion with a taste for adventure, there are two new culinary journeys crossing land, rail and river in the aromatic landscapes of South East Asia and Peru.
The Grand Culinary Tour of Asia – A 14-night epicurean adventure encompassing the continent’s vast array of gourmet highlights, available only through Belmond’s unique portfolio of hotels in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Indonesia, river cruiser and hotel in Myanmar and luxury train travelling through Thailand through Malaysia to Singapore.
Highlights include: discovering the traditional art of Laotian rice farming; a mystery dinner safari by tuk-tuk in Cambodia; floating cookery classes on the River Kwai; and ‘Art’ernoon’ teas celebrating the emerging artists of Myanmar.
Prices for the 14-night Grand Culinary Tour of Asia includes seven nights at a minimum of two hotels on bed-and-breakfast basis, combined with seven nights’ fully inclusive aboard Eastern & Oriental Express and/or Belmond Road to Mandalay: starts from US$14,499 / £11,160 per couple, inclusive of culinary excursions, excluding domestic and international flights. Terms and conditions apply.
The Great Food Adventure: Peru – A 10-night tour throughout the culinary paradise of Peru, from the cosmopolitan buzz of Lima, to basking in the soaring, rugged beauty of the Andes, to uncovering the secrets of the floating islands of Lake Titicaca. Peru is a land of inspiring contrasts; its culinary identity is just as diverse.
Highlights of the journey include: the traditional art of Peruvian Ceviche making in Lima; experiencing the ancient hot stone ‘Pachamanca’ ceremony on the shores of the mighty Urubamba River; harvesting some of the 4,000 varieties of potatoes with the local communities near Cusco; the ultimate sparkling champagne moment on a private island in the middle of Lake Titicaca and ‘Breakfast with the Condors’; a private dining experience in Colca Canyon.
Prices for the 10-night The Great Food Adventure: Peru including all hotel accommodation on a bed-and-breakfast basis and two fully inclusive train experiences starts from US$7,340 / £5,674, with curated culinary experiences, excluding domestic and international flights.
DINE IN THE WILD
At the newly imagined Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge in Botswana, guests seeking a ‘wild awakening’ can have a front-row seat as the art of nature rises at dawn and breakfast is served from the new viewing hide. A tented oasis set beside the mysterious Savute Channel has reopened following a complete renovation, celebrating the ‘Timeless Art of Exploration’; the lodge has been designed to connect guests with the abundant wildlife of this rich region of Botswana. Taking a thrilling seat on the viewing platform, guests have a privileged and uninterrupted view of nature’s drama as elephants, lions, leopards and antelope gather for their morning rituals.
A three-night package at Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge starts from US$3,395 per person based on two sharing on a fully inclusive basis, including regional flights from Johannesburg from Maun, inter-camp flights and all safari activities.
Raising a glass to traditions in France and Mexico, Belmond takes guests on delicious discoveries of the drinks that are an integral feature of local celebrations, from tequila to champagne.
Belmond Maroma Resort and Spa celebrates its Mexican culinary traditions with ‘Noches de Cantina’, a newly introduced celebratory dinner centred on the ritual of savouring tequila. It is inspired by Mexico City’s popularisation of cantinas in the 1950s, where friends and family would gather to socialise and drink tequila paired with complementary small dishes (‘botanas’).
The Art of Gastronomy package, including breakfast and ‘Noches de Cantina’ is priced from US$475.00 / £368 per night based on two people sharing a Deluxe Garden View Room.
Belmond Afloat in France launches new and exclusive slow cruises on the rivers of Champagne, exploring the spirit of the region. Following the trace of liquid gold along the river Marne, guests are transported in ultimate style as they are invited to taste and discover the history and future of champagne. Visiting world class institutions and artisanal houses and passing through picturesque landscapes, the gentle pace and elegant setting of the river echo the way in which champagne should be enjoyed: in relaxed indulgence.
Aboard the elegant new addition to the fleet, Belmond Pivoine, guests explore Champagne’s iconic towns from Ay to Epernay, as well as Dom Perignon’s tomb at Hautvillers. A private guide ensures that no treasures are left unexplored, while an on-board chef prepares to spoil guests with local delicacies. A heated pool on the deck is the perfect spot to unwind with a glass of local bubbly.
Prices start from €5,200 per person for a six-night cruise on a fully inclusive basis based on eight guests travelling, excluding flights.