Hawaii & French Polynesia: A Luxury Honeymoon of Pacific Island Hopping

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Perfectly formed, volcanic specks in the ocean, so remote you could easily skip over them on a scan of the map, the Pacific Islands embody escapism unlike anywhere else. Cut off from the rest of the world, there’s no place for the everyday here. Instead, you make way for tropical adventure and sunkissed romance. Whether its the adrenaline fringed shores of Hawaii, the impenetrable luxury of French Polynesia – or both; there’s a luxury honeymoon to be had here. Making the most of a little-known flight route connecting Honolulu and Papeete, we’ll show you how to combine these isles in what is undoubtedly the ultimate island-hopping getaway. Spend 15-nights slowly bronzing your skin and exploring some of our favourite islands as you go from green sea turtles in Kauai to pearl farms in Tahaa and watching the sunrise over Haleakala – to watching it set again off the coast of Bora Bora.

Your Pacific indulgence starts on the island of Maui where you’ll settle in at the intimate Hotel Wailea and spend the next three nights indulging in standout local cuisine at the hotel’s hidden Treehouse restaurant after days exploring the island. Speaking of exploring, tomorrow morning you’ll join an expert naturalist guide on a hike through the island’s dazzling waterfalls and thick jungle, seeking out local flora and fauna, before snorkelling the Molokini marine reserve in the company of tropical fish and bright corals.

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Eater Journeys: Melbourne

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As experts in luxury travel, we know a thing or two about getting around the world in style.

That’s why we’ve combined our round-the-world travel expertise with the culinary insight of Eater. This slice-by-slice tour of Australian food, and the landscapes which gave rise to it, is the result, making use of our approach to truly bespoke, experiential travel. Scroll down to read the full itinerary or click the button below to browse more food-focused Eater experiences.

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The fourth itinerary in our co-curated trip series with Eater, this Melbourne trip takes the food authority’s piping-hot recommendations and blends them with Black Tomato’s global travel knowledge. The result? The ultimate food-focused itinerary to Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula. Read below to find out more or see our other Eater Journeys here.

Home of bohemian culture, creative hipsters and charming suburbs with no shortage of incredible dining experiences, Melbourne really does have it all. Australia’s trendiest city is a hotspot among coffee-fanatics and food-lovers alike, with every turn bursting with multicultural flavours from around the globe. For the next six nights, you’ll eat your way around Melbourne, before heading out to the coastal delights of the Mornington Peninsula and the vineyards of Yarra Valley to round up a truly tantalising Aussie adventure.

A true taste of Melbourne

Diving straight into the rhythm of Melbourne, the sleek QT Melbourne hotel will your base for the next two nights of food-focused exploration. Appetite ready, on day one your private guide will whisk you off for a Melbourne Food Trails tour, as you taste your way through five satisfying food stops. Layer by layer, we’ll peel away the highlights of food, architecture and history of a city bursting with community pride. Inspiring stories shared by your guide at the Immigration Museum will provide insight into how the migration of over 200 nationalities has evolved Melbourne and how food is celebrated as the heartbeat of its culture.

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EATER Journeys: Paris & Burgundy

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As luxury travel experts, we know a thing or two about getting around the world in style.

That’s why we’ve combined our round-the-world travel expertise with the culinary insight of Eater. This slice-by-slice tour of French food, and the landscapes which gave rise to it, is the result, making use of our approach to truly bespoke, experiential travel. Scroll down to read the full itinerary or click the button below to browse more food-focused Eater experiences.

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A bite of a single madelaine – France’s most delicate and buttery cake – was enough to send the narrator of Proust’s In Search of Lost Time into a 1,000-page-long reverie on life and love. And this, we think, says everything you need to know about the French and their food. On this extremely bon excursion around the land of haute cuisine and world-class wines, you’ll learn your Mille-feuille from your croque monsieur.

EIFFEL IN LOVE WITH PARIS

Paris. A city of cute bistros, elegant restaurants, and revolutionary inclinations. Here, our guide will be your maitre’d, swooping you across to Grand Hotel du Palais Royal, your elegant 3-night oasis in the beating heart of Paris, an idyllic base for a Parisian eating adventure. Relax and unwind before getting out on the town, starting with pre-dinner drinks in the stylish Marais neighborhood. Swing by Aux Deux Amis, famous for its organic wines and top selection of tap beers, and Le Vin au Vert for their natural champagnes, before your reservation at La Bourse et la Vie; one of Paris’s finest bistros

BISTROS AND BRASSERIES

Rise and shine, it’s time to meet a local culinary expert for a tour of some of Paris’s most famed local markets, including Marché Montorgeuil and Rungis. Enjoy the sights and sounds of daily Parisian life as you learn how to source the best ingredients for a classic French meal, followed by a private cooking class near La Bourse. Belly full, it’s time to kick back and relax with an afternoon at leisure before taking a seat at the renowned Champeaux Les Halles, nestled beneath the renovated glass Canopée des Halles. This sleek brasserie revisits classic French dishes from green bean salad to steak frites and succulent lamb chops. The winning dish, however, is their signature soufflé. Sweet or savoury? The choice is yours.

THE CRÈME DE LA CRÈME

Cheese and wine are the ultimate pairing. And so, today’s lunch will be spent learning how France’s culinary traditions have handed them the crown as a world leader in producing rich, bold cheeses and sumptuous wines. A sommelier will coach you through the wine labels and food pairings while you indulge in France’s dairy delicacies. Your dinner reservation tonight is at Sellae, near the Gare d’Austerlitz, for some rustic contemporary French comfort food, including mussels cooked with vin jaune and chorizo, guinea hen in cream sauce with morels. Don’t forget to save room for dessert: a superbly rich chocolate mousse.

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EATER Journeys: Rome & Florence

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As luxury travel experts, we know a thing or two about getting around the world in style.

That’s why we’ve combined our round-the-world travel expertise with the culinary insight of Eater. This slice-by-slice tour of Italian food, and the landscapes which gave rise to it, is the result, making use of our approach to truly bespoke, experiential travel. Scroll down to read the full itinerary or click the button below to browse more food-focused Eater experiences.

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With a food scene liberally dunked in the olive oil of history, Italy serves up a truly incomparable eating experience. For Italians, cooking and wine are – well – their culture’s bread and butter, all of it farmed, grown and cultivated from the country’s alpine nose to its balmy tail. Tomatoes raised on rich volcanic soil; plump lemons pulled from the branches of Amalfi; focaccia freshly baked in the ovens of Florence. Good food is good culture. With the world-renowned culinary insight from our friends at Eater, we’ve brought together two of the most mouth-watering spots for you to tuck into; Rome and Florence.

WHEN IN ROME

Your gastronomic journey begins in the heart of Rome. On arrival, we will transport you deep within the city to Spalletti Trivelli, your base the next few nights. Set in a traditional Italian garden, this intimate hotel is the ideal spot for those who want to escape the bustle of the city without missing out on all the action. Once settled, tonight’s meal of classic cucina romana at Trattoria Da Cesare al Casaletto is sure to set the bar high. Here, you can check off most of your Roman food bucket list, from the rich cacio e pepe to tender lamb chops, washed down with a glass of classic Sangiovese. Or a few.

FROM BASIL TO BASILICA

Starting the day bright and early, your private guide will lead you out for a special tour of the Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica. Beat the crowds with early access to the Vatican Museum to fully take in that grand beauty of the Sistine Chapel, followed by St. Peter’s Basilica, filled with renowned works of art. Finish the day at a Roman trattoria dedicated to la cucina povera, Italian peasant food. This restaurant boasts true Italian form, showcasing a simple use of local ingredients at their seasonal peak.

BEEN THERE, WINE THAT

The following morning, the stories of the Roman Empire come to life. With a day spent among the iconic ruins of this once mighty (and well-fed) empire, you’ll be served up everything from panoramic views on the historic Capitoline Hill to the eye-opening Colosseum. After a big slice of sightseeing, you’ll be ready for a well-deserved trip to Rome’s most traditional enoteche (wine bars) to savour the best wines Italy has to offer. The tasting tour, led by a professional sommelier, pours a delicious tutorial on the styles unique to the Italian peninsula. From there, it’s on to dinner to sample the soulful simplicity of Rome’s classics at Cicolini’s dining room, based in the Appio-Latino quarter. Chef Sarah Cicolini is one of the hottest young chefs in Rome today, serving up hearty plates of carbonara and a sumptuous trippa alla romana.

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EATER Journeys: Mexico City & Oaxaca

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As luxury travel experts, we know a thing or two about getting around the world in style.

That’s why we’ve combined our round-the-world travel expertise with the culinary insight of Eater. This slice-by-slice tour of Mexican food, and the landscapes which gave rise to it, is the result, making use of our approach to truly bespoke, experiential travel. Scroll down to read the full itinerary or click the button below to browse more food-focused Eater experiences.

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Everyone wants to go to Mexico; where the guacamole is green, and the tortillas are plenty. This epic seven-night Mexico City and Oaxaca experience, inspired by EATER’s top dining recommendations, will serve up a culinary journey like no other. Stirring together hidden street-food spots, critically acclaimed restaurants, and enticing nightlife – this is all about the darkest mole, the freshest margaritas, and the most indulgent enchiladas. Hungry, yet?

TACO ‘BOUT GOOD FOOD

Welcome to great, bustling, heaving Mexico City. Roberto Bolano, the fiery literary prophet of this roaring country, summed it up in the simplest and most powerful way possible. “There are fourteen million people living in Mexico City.” And how can you begin to explain that? Well, via good food and drink. Kicking things off in the beautiful boutique of Las Alcobas hotel, in the vibrant Polanca district, you’ll get a crash course in Mexican cuisine with a mouth-watering walking tour. With a private guide in tow, you’ll satisfy your appetite in traditional food stores, beloved local eateries, and nestled away restaurants. 

MEXICO IS MEZCAL

The best way to understand Mexico City – or any city, for that matter – is to stroll where its locals hang out. Today’s culinary adventure takes you through local markets to learn about spices, produce, and the people who bring them for sale. Once the sun goes down it’s time for a private taco, beer, and mezcal tour around the streets of San Rafael, Anzures, and Condesa. Accompanied by a mezcal master, you’ll savour the smoky, sweet, and herbal flavours of Mexico’s beloved, trend-setting agave spirit. And sample the very best mezcal at La Botica, the city’s first mezcal bar.

A KAHLORIFIC EXPERIENCE

Next up is a tour of the city’s southern neighbourhoods, with lunch at Xochimilco’s market. Your guide will whisk you away to the picturesque cobbled streets and brightly-coloured houses of San Angel to explore the artisanal market of Bazar del Sabado. From there, you’ll experience the cultural hub of Coyoacán, including a visit to the Blue House, Frida Kahlo’s lifelong home, followed by a fresh and flavorful market lunch at Mercado Coyoacán. Once refuelled, traverse the Aztec canals of Xochimilco by boat and marvel at the famous works of fine art by Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo at the Museum of Dolores Olmedo’s. Wind down the day at Contramar, the groundbreaking, must-visit seafood restaurant from acclaimed chef and restaurateur Gabriela Cámara.

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Tasting Notes of England with Simon Rogan

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Though perhaps not the first destination that comes to mind for a gourmet discovery, there’s a lot more to England’s culinary scene than meets the eye. Eager to lift the lid on all that our home turf has to offer the gourmet traveller, we’ve teamed up with Michelin-starred, critically-acclaimed chef Simon Rogan to co-curate a week-long deep dive into British cuisine. Following a route that traces Simon’s career, you’ll go from an exclusive winemaking experience in Hampshire to innovative cooking techniques at Aulis in London before culminating at his signature restaurant, L’Enclume, up in the Lake District. Along the way, you’ll have the chance to get behind the pass with Simon as well as joining him on ‘Our Farm’ to learn more about the local produce that he has championed throughout his career. Highlighting flavours that are fresh, organic and incredibly innovative, this is our Tasting Notes of England.

A Hampshire Hideaway

Touchdown in the UK and we’ll whisk you straight out into the country surroundings of Hampshire and the refined luxury of Heckfield Place. A grand Georgian manor home set within hundreds of acres of rolling countryside, it’s the perfect place to shake off any weariness with an invigorating walk through the pleasure grounds, woodlands and walled gardens that surround you. If all you need is a good film and a cup of tea though, the screening room will sort you out.

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Hawke’s Bay, Marlborough & Nelson: Indulge in the Wines of New Zealand

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Wine and food lovers: you’re in for a treat. It’s no secret that New Zealand wine has a world-renowned reputation and this trip will take you to some of the most exclusive wineries the country has to offer, all set within stunning locations. Meet the experts, taste rare vintages and admire dramatic landscapes before ending up on curved white sand beaches for a final finale. Bottoms up…

Waiheke Island of Wine

Stepping off the plane at Auckland Airport, you’ll be whisked away by helicopter to Waiheke Island. Here, you’ll soon find yourself being warped into the slow-paced island life, and quickly transforming into the ultimate beachcomber while nestling in the luxury surroundings of the Boatshed. The Island lies on the same relative latitude as the southern tip of Italy, not only making it the perfect getaway for those escaping the winter chill, but it also means Waiheke benefits from ideal conditions to produce fantastic wine.

Never heard of, or tasted, the mouth-watering reds of Waiheke? That’s because most of Waiheke’s wine is only available for purchase on the island or at selected fine dining restaurants around the world. Quelle treat. Our expert wine guide will escort you to the most reputable vineyards and restaurants of Stoney Ridge, such as the internationally renowned Gold Water Estate and many more. Our advice? Pack light and leave room in the suitcase for a couple of bottles to bring home.

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St. Petersburg & Paris: A Luxurious Cultural Escape

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Europe is renowned the world over for its old-world glamour and timeless elegance. But St. Petersburg and Paris are two cities which epitomise this more than most. Each as jaw-droppingly beautiful as the other but each with its own unique sense of style and cultural tale, they make for the perfect combination. On this eight-night cultural escape, you’ll start off in St Petersburg with days filled by Tchaikovsky, Fabergé and the Tsars before heading west to Paris, the Louvre and private perfume blending and caviar tasting experiences. Staying in iconic hotels and dining at exclusive restaurants, this is a slice of Europe in all its glory.

A Night in St. Petersburg

Arriving into the old-world glamour of St. Petersburg, you’ll be collected in style from the airport and whisked off to one of the city’s most iconic hotels – Hotel Astoria. Dating back to 1912, the Astoria boasts an illustrious address, sitting just a stone’s throw from Palace Square and the Mariinsky Theatre. Ticking off another St. Petersburg institution, time your arrival for a Friday and spend your first evening experiencing Tchaikovsky night at the famed l’Europe restaurant, where dinner is served with a side of ballet.

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The Ultimate Summer in Iceland

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Ethereal. Hypnotic. Otherworldly. When it comes to Iceland, there is no shortage of words to convey the sheer might of its landscapes. This is a place where your eyes will widen and your jaw will drop with every glacier, lagoon and volcanic chamber you cross. By the end of this action-packed and discovery-filled nine-night trip, you’ll have quad biked across black sand beaches, descended deep into the centre of the earth and hiked across crevasse-riddle glaciers. It’s mile-a-minute in the best way possible. By night, retreat to luxury lodges nestled into sweeping landscapes and slip into steaming geothermal waters as we bring you the best of the best of Iceland – and then some.

Relax into Reykjavik

Touchdown in Reykjavik and we’re whisking you straight from the airport into the spa. No ordinary spa, the Retreat at Blue Lagoon is perched on the shores of the lagoon’s famously tempting waters. Better still, your luxurious suite for the night will open up onto your own private corner of the lagoon. For more pampering, head down into the subterranean spa where some of the world’s most innovative treatments await you. Once you’ve had your fill, spend the afternoon out on the Reykjanes Peninsula on a private tour filled with hot springs, tectonic rifts, volcanic craters, lunar landscapes and lava fields.

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South Australia & Victoria: A Gourmet Discovery

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Between the scorched sands of the Red Centre and the tempestuous waters of the Southern Ocean, Australia’s south coast offers up chic metropolitan cities, sprawling natural beauty and a world-class food and wine scene. Spend 10 nights tasting your way through Adelaide and Melbourne, Kangaroo Island and the Mornington Peninsula and discover why we just can’t stay away. Between boutique wine tastings in the legendary Barossa Valley, canapes with kangaroos down on Kangaroo Island and a tasting trail down Melbourne’s Flinders Lane, we’ll pepper your stay with luxurious lodges and boutique getaways and enviable restaurant reservations for every meal. Spotlighting homegrown produce every step of the way, this is a real taste of South Australia and Victoria.

Welcome to Wine Country

Kickstart your taste tour of South Australia in Adelaide where a toast at the rooftop Hennessy Bar at your base at The Mayfair Hotel will get your trip off to a stylish start. Settle into one of the charming rooms of this boutique hotel ready to explore the surrounding wine country tomorrow. In the morning, you’ll head out to one of Australia’s most well-known wine regions, the Barossa Valley. In the company of a specialist wine guide, we’ll arrange private tastings at boutique wineries and a tutored lesson in the well-known Penfold wines, to get your sommelier skills up to scratch. In the home of home-cooking matriarch Maggie Beer, we’ll then arrange a leisurely lunch at one of the top-notch local restaurants here before you swing by Maggie’s farmshop for a spot of afternoon tea.

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