Phu Quoc (Vietnam) – June 26, 2017 (travelindex) – With the growing popularity of culinary-based travel and self-professed foodies, it’s no surprise that food-inspired accommodation is also on the rise. Tropical Asia is arguably leading the way with an array of unique and flavorful destinations, from hotels offering modern fusion cuisine to boutiques offering unique food themes. We share four of the best resorts for foodies in South and Southeast Asia.
Taste Local Cuisine at a Spice-Trader’s Family Home
Cassia Cottage – Phu Quoc, Vietnam
Originally intended as a private holiday home for a spice-trader’s family, Cassia Cottage was designed with serenity – and proximity to Phu Quoc Island’s legendary pepper fields – in mind. When the Phu Quoc boutique resort opened its doors to the public, it quickly became known for not only putting the island on the international beach resort map but also for its flavorsome Vietnamese cuisine. Today, The Spice House is considered one of the best restaurants on Phu Quoc and proudly serves “Vietnamese dynamism with Mediterranean sensibilities”. All food is prepared using slow food methods with no artificial flavorings, and many of the spices used come from the owner’s private stock.
Follow Centuries-Old Tea Trails
Ceylon Tea Trails Resort – Hatton, Sri Lanka
The Ceylon Tea Trails Resort is not just inspired by local flavors; it’s surrounded by it. The unique resort is made up of colonial era bungalows once lived in by local tea planters. Since then, the rooms have been restored and transformed into luxury suites. Still hidden in the depths of lush green tea trees, visitors can enjoy tours of the surrounding tea trails as well as delicious gourmet meals.
Taste Fresh Coffee Straight from The Plantation
Sinouk Coffee Resort –Champasak Province, Laos
This unusual resort is a coffee-lover’s dream, boasting three comfortable chalets overlooking the riverside, garden or, most appealingly, the surrounding coffee plantation. Guests are free to wander around the operational plantation, observing every part of the coffee-making process, from seed to cup. There’s also an on-site café where both Western and Lao style coffee can be sipped on the pavilion.
Sample Food from All Over The World
Kurumba –Vihamanaafushi, Maldives
Karumba doesn’t just provide one kind of dining experience, the impressive resort has more than ten restaurants and bars, each with a different theme and cuisine. To name a few, the ‘Al Qasr’ restaurant serves Middle Eastern cuisine, ‘Hamakaze’ is a Teppanyaki restaurant, and ‘Vihamanaa’ offers an International Buffet. The resort also has a culinary calendar where guests can find out the special flavors and dishes available for the entire month.
If your travels are as inspired by cuisine as they are culture, there’s no better place to go than a food-inspired hotel. Satisfy both your wanderlust and your appetite with one of these amazing culinary heavens.