Long ago, luxury travelers wanted epicurean delicacies prepared for them. Not anymore. Nowadays, customers of the most prestigious hotels in the world are asking not for the best place in the restaurant, but inside the kitchen. As properties play deep-pocketed millennials who appreciate unique, priceless dining experiences, we take you on the tastiest and most exclusive dining moments currently offered at resorts around the world. After all, why just order your food when you can pay to cook it yourself?

Joali | Maldives

On the island of Muravandhoo in the north of the Maldives, in Raa atoll, Joali Maldives [pictured above] emphasizes the culinary arts by providing clients with numerous opportunities to learn and develop their culinary skills. At the resort’s Her Kitchen, foodies of all skill levels are invited to cook locally inspired recipes with sustainably sourced ingredients in the luxurious setting of a professional kitchen, while being guided by the team of expert chefs from the island. Visitors will master a variety of culinary tools and taste new recipes and cuisines. Book now

La Loren at Pink Beach

Every Friday last summer, this Miami-meets-Malibu Bermudan hideaway where Steve Jobs was known to hide featured a series of popular guest chefs featuring bold names like Dan Kluger and Ryan Hardy. They hosted intimate four-course dinners for a select group of guests showcasing the island’s seasonal and sustainable dishes, with a focus on local farms. A portion of the proceeds from the series was donated to the Loren Roots Initiative, a new sustainability project led by Loren founder Stephen King, managing director of c12 Capital Management, born in Britain and based in New York. The guest chef series also gave back to the island itself by providing interactive cooking experiences for local schools and educating Bermudan students on the benefits of healthy eating. Book now

The Loren at Pink Beach in Bermuda.

Courtesy of Loren

Aurora d’Anguilla

Conceived by Best Buy founder Richard M. Schulze, this five-star resort with a Greg Norman-designed golf course and its own fleet of private jets executes a culinary vision designed by Executive Chef Abram Bissell, formerly of ‘Eleven Madison Park. Guests can visit the 10,000 square foot hydroponic garden and enjoy nibbles along the way. They will then venture into the kitchen for a variety of cooking classes, where beginners and experienced cooks alike can whip up traditional Johnny Cakes, treats or homemade wood-fired bread. They can also choose a variety of Anguillan salts (once the island’s main export) to enjoy with the dishes. Book now

The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

This historic cliffside property, minutes from the Bay Area tech scene, draws epicureans with its “Global Cuisine Series”, a weekend retreat where up to 18 budding cooks can participate in intimate and hands-on cooking classes with a famous chef. Such recent masters include Michelin-starred Koka’s Johan Björkman in Sweden teaching modern Nordic cooking, while two-Michelin-starred Acqerello’s Suzette Gresham in San Francisco teaching guests innovative Italian cuisine, a rarity among sophisticated NoCal foodies. Book now

The Ritz Carlton, Half Moon Bay
A cooking class at the Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay.

Courtesy of Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay

Troutbeck

In the preeminent Hudson Valley hideaway, a favorite among all of Brooklyn Heights, the 2021 Guest Chef Residency program pairs Executive Chef Gabe McMackin with a growing list of ‘endearing, like-minded chefs who bring their point distinctive culinary outlook and passion at Troutbeck ”, such as Amy Chaplin, cookbook author and two-time James Beard Award-winning chef, among others. Book now

Puro Vik

In the 11,000-acre Chilean retreat, guests can experience a culinary journey amid the vineyards of the Millahue Valley. La Huerta is the property’s new outdoor organic restaurant, where, in partnership with Vik’s two-acre garden, featuring 250 different varieties of fruits, vegetables, herbs and eggs throughout the year, visitors are invited to look for their own food which is then cooked and served by their side in the open air. They can also enjoy tastings led by a chef, cooking classes, wine pairing, specialty tastings, and more. Book now

Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal
A view of the Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal.

Courtesy of Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal

Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal

Earlier this year, Waldorf Astoria’s newest outpost located on Mexico’s west coast in the tony town of Los Cabos, kicked off a series of culinary weekends, where world-famous chefs descended on the resort. seaside resort to team up with Executive Chef Gustavo Pinet. Once there, chefs like Brian Malarkey from Excellent chef fame and Nathan Rich, executive chef at Vermont’s Twin Farms, bring their own culinary aesthetic to the desert. Weekends begin with a welcome cocktail on the beach followed by a ‘chef takeover experience’ before ending with a private dinner at a chef’s table, with a multi-course menu . Book now

The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island

Guests of this North Florida resort can take monthly cooking classes with the establishment’s new chef, Okan Kizilbayir, former sous-chef at Bernardin. Each class at its upscale restaurant, Salt, highlights a specific theme and is followed by a wine pairing and tasting. Guests will also have the option to follow Chef Okan in the kitchen for a few hours for a behind-the-scenes tour. Book now

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