Belmond Introduces New Guest Experiences, Celebrating Food Provenance with a #TasteofBelmond
September 13, 2018 – Belmond launches a new series of guest experiences where travel, art, and food collide, aptly titled The Art of Gastronomy. For the first time, experiences have been tailored to individual travel motivations – from cultural enrichment, adventure, wellness or celebration – with a curated menu for all tastes.
With the growth in culinary tourism and an ever-increasing demand from consumers for authentic gastronomic experiences, Belmond introduces unique moments that go beyond the expected – taking guests closer to the land and people who keep culinary traditions and food of provenance alive.
Guests can enjoy breakfast in the wild, getting close to the elephants in Botswana; a multi-day sensory travel experience across plentiful landscapes in Asia or Peru; tequila rituals on a Mayan beach; slow cruises through Champagne, France; and nourish the body and mind through sustainable soul food and Michelin-starred cuisine.
For those seeking complete cultural immersion with a taste of adventure, Belmond introduces 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 is a 14-night epicurean adventure encompassing the continent’s vast array of gourmet highlights. The package features a seven-night stay at a minimum of two hotels through Belmond’s unique portfolio in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Indonesia, and Myanmar combined with a seven-night river journey onboard Belmond Road to Mandalay or train itinerary with Eastern & Oriental Express from 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 Grand Culinary Tour of Asia including a seven-night 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 $14,499 (£11,160) for two people, inclusive of culinary excursions and excluding domestic and international flights. Terms and conditions apply.
In South America, The Great Food Adventure: Peru tours throughout the culinary paradise on a 10-night itinerary from the cosmopolitan buzz of Lima to the soaring, rugged beauty of the Andes to uncovering the secrets of the floating islands of Lake Titicaca.
Journey highlights include the traditional art of Peruvian Ceviche making at Belmond Miraflores Park; experiencing the ancient hot stone ‘Pachamanca’ ceremony on the shores of the mighty Urubamba River with Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado; harvesting some of the 4,000 varieties of potatoes with the local communities near Cusco; indulging in the ultimate sparkling champagne moment on a private island in the middle of Lake Titicaca and ‘Breakfast with the Condors’ on Belmond Andean Explorer; and a private dining experience in Belmond Las Casitas, Colca Canyon.
Prices for the 10-night The Great Food Adventure: Peru include all hotel accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis and two fully inclusive train experiences starting from $7,340 (£5,674) with curated culinary experiences, excluding domestic and international flights.
At the newly imagined Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge in Botswana, guests seeking a ‘wild awakening’ can have a front row seat as nature rises at dawn with breakfast served from the new viewing hide. This tented oasis set beside the 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 an uninterrupted view of the elephants, lions, leopards, and antelope as they gather for their morning rituals.
A three-night package at Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge starts from $3,395 per person based on two people sharing on a fully inclusive basis, including regional flights from Johannesburg from Maun, inter-camp flights, and all safari activities.
A champion of sustainability and zero waste and placing fresh, seasonal produce at the heart and soul of his cuisine, Raymond Blanc OBE oversees the Gardening School at Belmond Le Manoir aux’Quat Saisons, Oxfordshire – sharing his secrets and knowledge of what feeds the soul of the Michelin-starred restaurant and hotel.
On his vision for the hotel, Raymond Blanc, OBE states, “My Mum told me – you shall waste not! And that, is the beating heart of Belmond Le Manoir aux’Quat Saisons.”
The Micro Herbs and Edible Flowers course takes place on October 3, 2018; Grow Your Own Autumn Vegetables on September 25 and 26, 2018 and October 4, 2018; and Grow Your Own Mushrooms on October 5, 2018. Prices start from $143 (£110) per person.
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 centered on the ritual of savouring tequila. This tasting experience is inspired by Mexico City’s popularization of cantinas in the 1950s, where friends and family would gather to socialize and drink tequila paired with complementary small dishes, or ‘botanas’.
The Art of Gastronomy package, including breakfast and the ‘Noches de Cantina’ experience start from $475 (£368) per night based on two people sharing a Deluxe Garden View Room.
Meanwhile, Belmond Afloat in France launches new and exclusive slow cruises on the rivers of Champagne with Belmond Pivoine. Following the trace of liquid gold along the river Marne, guests are transported in ultimate style as they taste and discover the history and future of champagne. Visiting both 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 will 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 and onboard chef prepares local delicacies. A heated pool on the deck is the perfect spot to unwind with a glass of local bubbly.
Prices start from $6,045 (€5,200) per person for a six-night cruise on a fully-inclusive basis based on eight guests traveling, excluding flights.
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