Luxury Hotels


Every single person to whom Girlahead has talked in what is now ten days aboard Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ SS Splendor has raved about the food. Even a sceptical pair of no-nonsense German speakers had to admit ‘the food is outstanding’. Look at one of the appetisers above. Skate wrapped in seaweed. Totally divine. Destination restaurants offer carnivore heaven (Prime 7), superlative French (Chartreuse) and pan-Asian (Pacific Rim). Reservation-free, there are Italian, or international options. Much to her amazement, the last, Compass Rose, is slowly becoming her all-time favourite for dinner: for breakfast and lunch, her ideal is outside on the terrace of 11th deck La Veranda. Some, by the way, rave about the cooking classes, in the up-to-the-minute multi-station glass-walled culinary classroom.

Let’s go on land for a minute. It’s good news for at lease one hotel restaurant: a recent CNN assessment of the world’s best eating places kicked off with THE DOLDER RESORT, above Zurich: ‘It has attracted the likes of Winston Churchill, Albert Einstein and the Rolling Stones as past guests. Filled with a collection of contemporary art, it’s a home away from home for Swiss high society and well heeled international travelers.

‘It may have a simple name, but The Restaurant is a culinary tour de force from chef Heiko Nieder, home to two Michelin stars as well as multiple other accolades. Dishes such as beef brisket with snails, horseradish and cabbage, and “chili con carne” made with tomato, coffee and kidney bean ice cream, show culinary creativity and innovation at work, while one of Switzerland’s finest wine cellars makes for the perfect pairing.’

WOW.  Elsewhere. Zuma has arrived at JUMEIRAH CAPRI with such  highlights as marinated black cod wrapped in hoba leaf and roasted lobster with shiso ponzu butter. There are also dishes using Capri lemon. Try sliced lobster with lemon and oscietra, or lemon mochi for dessert, alongside a refreshing lemon cocktail.