Enjoy gourmet bites and top-notch vino at these hotels.
If your idea of a perfect vacation consists of excellent wine and cuisine, odds are a trip to Europe is on your bucket list. From Michelin-starred restaurants to on-site wineries and cooking schools, many of Europe's top properties offer something for the inner gourmand and oenophile in all of us. U.S. News rounded up 10 can't-miss properties featured on the Best Hotels in Europe ranking that stand out from the rest, thanks in part to their abundance of unique food- and wine-focused amenities.
The St. Regis Florence
Travelers who want to be in the heart of Tuscan wine country and Florence's legendary food scene will love staying at this St. Regis property. Here, guests have access to the Restaurant Winter Garden by Caino, a Michelin-starred eatery that serves classic Italian dishes with a modern twist (think: risotto with green tea and roasted cod with green apple jelly). If you'd rather sample some of the region's best wines, the hotel houses La Cantinetta Wine Cellar, where more than 300 varieties are available to taste with the on-site sommelier. Plus, The St. Regis Florence can arrange food and wine tours at the family-owned Castello di Nipozzano estate.
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Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons
Designed by chef Raymond Blanc, this Oxfordshire village property located in Oxford, England, features a lavender-lined walkway, a two Michelin-starred restaurant, a cooking school, an orchard and several gardens. In fact, the vegetables and herbs grown in the on-site gardens are featured in the restaurant's dishes, which can be paired with one of 600 wines found in the hotel's cellar. Guests can also take a guided garden tour (for a fee) to see all of the property's seasonal produce before it's picked for the restaurant. Gastronomy packages and cooking classes that focus on everything from bread-making to three-course meals are also offered through the hotel's Raymond Blanc Cookery School.
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Six Senses Douro Valley
Six Senses Douro Valley sits within a short drive of the vineyards in Porto, Portugal. But lodgers don't have to venture far to sample the area's vino. There's a wine library on-site where guests can try regional varietals with the hotel's sommelier as well as a spa with specialty treatments like grape-infused body scrubs. Plus, the property boasts an organic garden, a meat and fish-curing center and a chef's table dining experience. If you decide to visit in the fall during the region's wine harvesting season, consider participating in one of the resort's off-site activities, such as grape-stomping or a private wine-tasting tour of a local vineyard.
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Hostellerie de Levernois Relais et Châteaux
Located in the center of Burgundy, France's wine country, the Hostellerie de Levernois Relais et Châteaux offers guests prime access to some of the region's best wines. Plus, the property boasts a Michelin-starred restaurant that serves gourmet French dishes, such as poached goose liver and warm Grand Marnier souffle, along with a 1,000-bottle wine cellar. However, one of the property's more unique amenities is its wine and kitchen boutique. Housed within an 18th-century building, the shop sells a variety of food- and wine-focused souvenirs, including locally sourced jams, cooking oils, wine accessories, kitchen utensils and cookbooks.
(Arnaud Frich, Hostellerie de Levernois Relais et Chateaux)
At Cork, Ireland's Ballymaloe House, guests have access to a plethora of food and wine amenities. For oenophiles, the hotel offers tours and tastings in the property's wine cellars, plus specialty events, such as a sherry-focused dinner and the annual Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine, a three-day event that includes tastings and talks led by various experts. What's more, the hotel uses locally sourced produce and meat at its restaurant and cooking school. In fact, many of the dishes served here use eggs laid by the hotel's hens, pork reared at the on-site farm and vegetables and herbs grown in the property's gardens.
Visitors who love having options will appreciate the Bio-Hotel Stanglwirt's variety of dining venues. Five restaurants are available at this Going am Wilden Kaiser, Austria, property, and all of which serve traditional Austrian fare within one-of-a-kind locales, including a more than 400-year-old inn, a rustic yet elegant dining room and a cow shed. No matter which eatery you choose, you'll enjoy top-notch produce grown on the on-site farm or by regional growers. And during the summer months, you can participate in a two-hour hike to the hotel's Mountain Pasture, where cheese is produced for the property's restaurants.
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Though this property in Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal, boasts a Michelin-starred restaurant, it's all about the wine here. When visitors aren't touring nearby vineyards, they can pick from more than 1,000 wines available in the hotel's cellar. When it's time to relax, lodgers can take a dip in the outdoor pool, which is shaped liked a wine decanter, or indulge in wine-focused treatments like grape-infused baths in tubs shaped like wine barrels and merlot-infused body wraps at the spa. The wine theme continues into the guest rooms and suites, which are decorated with photographs of local vineyards. Some rooms also come equipped with a wine barrel-shaped bed.
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Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa
Situated along Italy's Amalfi Coast, this boutique hotel features just 20 rooms and suites housed within a former monastery. All of the property's accommodations are named after herbs grown in the monastery's garden that were once used for medicinal purposes. The hotel's food theme carries over into the property's outdoor space, which features tiered gardens with lemon trees and fragrant plants such as lavender and rosemary. Additionally, there's Ristorante Il Refettorio, the hotel's eatery that serves fresh Italian dishes made with produce from the on-site vegetable garden and specially sourced olive oil only found at the property.
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Hotel Arts Barcelona
Nestled within Barcelona, Spain's trendy La Barceloneta neighborhood, the Hotel Arts Barcelona features five restaurants, including Enoteca Paco Pérez, which has two Michelin stars and specializes in high-end seafood dishes that highlight local ingredients. Specialty tasting menus, like one that showcases white truffles in every dish, are also offered seasonally. Plus, the restaurant has a wine cellar with more than 700 bottles. Other dining options available on-site include Arola, which serves tapas-style dishes, Marina, a Peruvian- and Asian-inspired eatery, and Bites, where elevated comfort foods such as a foie gras hamburger and an upscale club sandwich are on the menu.
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Cour des Loges
Cour des Loges in Lyon, France, offers an array of culinary amenities, including a Michelin-starred restaurant and a spa with cassis- and cranberry-infused body treatments. But one of the more unique features of this property is its terrace gardens. In this space, the hotel houses several beehives, where bees produce all of the honey used in the on-site restaurants. Personalized dining experiences, such as chef's table dinners, private tea services, wine tastings and cooking classes, are also offered in the hotel's wine cellar.
(Cour des Loges / G. Picout, MPM, A. Rico, ME Brouet & DR)