4 Fantastic foodie hotels

Most people determine where they’re going before they decide on the hotel. But there exists a rare breed of hotel – a destination hotel, the most exciting of which are often carefully guarded cult secrets among savvy travellers. For my wife and I, travel invariably revolves around gustatory experiences – we will literally go anywhere for a great meal. Luckily, some of the best places to eat in the Asia Pacific also happen to be housed in some pretty sexy digs. I love visiting these B&Bs – all the better if there’s lunch and dinner thrown in. The lazy gourmand in me certainly relishes being able to roll from dining table to bed, and vice versa.

Royal Mail Hotel

The most exciting cult destination dining hotel of the moment has to be the Royal Mail Hotel. Situated at the foot of the Grampians Ranges in Victoria, Australia, this member of the Mr & Mrs Smith collection of swish boutique hotels (www.mrandmrssmith.com) houses Dan Hunter, formerly head chef of the two Michelin-starred Mugaritz in San Sebastián, Spain. In just three years, his exquisite menus have turned the hotel into a bona fide foodie pilgrimage site that’s been cited as Australia’s answer to Ferran Adria’s highly acclaimed El Bulli in Barcelona (98 Parker Street [Glenelg Highway], Dunkeld, Victoria 3294, Australia; Tel: +61 3 5577 2241; www.royalmail.com.au).

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