As the world continues to move back towards some form of normality post COVID-19 we are taking a look at some of the ways that venues and restaurants are using staycations and outdoor dining options to keep their guests safe. Below you can find some of the most amazing outdoor dining experiences to inspire your next adventure.
A Floating Maldivian Breakfast with Pullman Maldives Maamutaa Resort
Set amidst 18-hectares of tropical vegetation, stunning beaches, and landscaped gardens, as well as surrounding a natural lake, Pullman Maldives Maamutaa offers travellers a paradise setting. From a romantic escape to the ultimate family break, guests will find themselves in awe of the natural beauty that this island has to offer. With water temperatures slightly cooler than many other islands, the richness of the marine life and the colours of the coral are unparalleled, making this beautiful resort a top bucket list contender.
Pullman Maldives Maamutaa is the most generous all inclusive resort in the Maldives, meaning guests can dine whenever and as often as they like, at the six distinct food and beverage outlets available. For a truly unique experience, guests can start their day with a refreshing morning dip in the pool. After working up an appetite, they can enjoy a delicious Maldivian breakfast which is brought to them upon a floating tray – They won’t even have to leave the pool!
HOW: Floating trays are available upon request in any of the pool villas, prices start from £60. Stay from £935 ($1,222) based on two people sharing per night. Rates include All Inclusive meal plan, inclusive 12% GST, 10% service charge and green tax, excluding transfers from airport to the resort – http://www.pullmanmaldivesmaamutaa.com/
Property reopens 01 September
A Romantic experience at La Table du Souk, La Sultana Marrakech
Located on the landscaped Bahia terrace rooftop, La Table du Souk offers stunning views as far as the eye can see of Marrakech’s historical monuments, the Moulay El Yazid Mosque and the snow-capped Atlas Mountains. With traditional design aesthetics including Zellige tilework on the tables and soft green banquettes, La Table du Souk is an oasis of calm in the heart of Marrakech, a secret place for Medina lovers to enjoy a delicious lunch of simplicity and freshness served in an elegant and romantic atmosphere.
Guests can choose from two menus: The ‘From the Market’ menu showcases the chef’s creativity and curiosity in sourcing ethical and seasonal produce to create exceptional Moroccan dishes. Highlights include; Red beetroot cooked in a salt crust served with beetroot and orange soup flavoured with anise and cinnamon; and Beef rib steak with home-made potato puree with Argan oil. ‘The Street Food’ menu recalls Moroccan rituals and cultural traditions, offering many light options perfect for al-fresco dining including seasonal Moroccan salads, tagine and grilled fish and meats. Highlights include; cooked crust snails in broth Babouche mode; and Speciality of the neighbourhood charcoal grilled fish or meat.
How: La Table du Souk is open for lunch every day between 1200 and 1530 for guests and non-resident guests. Rooms start from £289, for more information visit www.lasultanahotels.com
Property reopens 01 September
An Isolated Feast Onboard Glenapp Castle’s Hebridean Sea Safari in Scotland
Glenapp Castle’s Hebridean Sea Safari offers guests the chance to experience a sumptuous feast in true isolation and surrounded by the stunning Scottish countryside. With a private chef on-board, guests can be sure to experience goodies such as lobster, oyster, indulgent racks of lamb and mackerel – these ambrosial delicates are fresh and delicious and are exactly what guests need on their boating adventure.
The Hebridean Sea Safari includes two nights exploring the Scottish coastline and two nights at the celebrated castle. With all the comforts of the hotel, The Sea Safari team at Glenapp Castle are one step ahead of the voyage, arriving in advance of the travelling team to pitch the luxury glamping tents and cook up a feast. Whilst sipping on a local dram, late evenings are spent looking out over the spectacular scenery and calming waters. After a well-earned rest, Glenapp Castle’s chefs are up early preparing breakfast, ready for the next leg of the journey. Guests will get the chance to experience incredible wildlife since the clear waters off the Ayrshire coast are teeming with marine life, from twenty-foot-long basking sharks to dolphins, minke whales, and seals.
HOW: from £2,950 per person, based on 7-8 people sharing on a full-board basis for 4 nights including 2 nights at Glenapp and 2 nights with the boat/Glenapp Camp. For further details, including information on bespoke trips, please see here. www.glenappcastle.com/ 01465 831 212
A Picturesque Picnic in the Parkland with Ellenborough Park
Steeped in over 500 years of history and heritage, Ellenborough Park is a jewel in the Cotswolds crown overlooking Cheltenham Racecourse. The former stately home is the perfect staycation destination this summer with 90 acres of private woodland in which to explore, as well as an outdoor pool, indoor spa and two restaurants with patios for guests to dine at.
To ensure guests feel even more comfortable this summer, Ellenborough Park is now offering their very own picnic hamper, allowing guests to find a secluded space within the grounds and enjoy handmade traditional finger sandwiches while taking in the beautiful views. Guests can choose from delicious sandwiches to a quintessentially British afternoon tea and can upgrade to add a bottle of house fizz to celebrate the occasion.
HOW: Rooms start from £164 per room per night and the picnic is from £25 pp, more details can be found at
A Quintessentially English Afternoon Tea on The Roseate Villa Bath’s Lawn
A world-heritage site, the city of Bath is one of the UK’s most beautiful attractions and is home to Roseate Villa Bath, a beautiful boutique hotel, comprising 21 rooms and suites. Roseate Villa Bath is located moments out of town overlooking Henrietta Park famed for its beautiful blossom trees.
To make of the beautiful sunshine this summer guests can enjoy an al fresco Afternoon Tea upon the hotel’s manicured lawn. Gather family and friends together for the occasion and be sure to expect freshly baked scones, scrumptious finger sandwiches and moreish cakes from the hotel’s very own baker. The Roseate Villa Bath’s Afternoon Tea symbolizes the quintessential English tea tradition with a few touches of modernity.
HOW: Rooms start from £150 per night and Afternoon Tea from £18pp. For more information visit www.roseatehotels.com/bath/theroseatevilla/
A Retro Food Truck at Lower Mill Estate, Habitat Escapes
Lower Mill Estate is a UK residential nature reserve, the perfect place to enjoy some fresh air and get closer to nature. Situated in the heart of the beautiful Cotswolds, the estate sprawls over hundreds of acres with eight lakes, two rivers and a huge expanse of prime, unspoilt countryside in between.
This is the perfect setting for an activity packed getaway with family or friends. Guests can hop on a bike, throw on a pair of wellies and ramble through the nature reserve or spend the day on the lake kayaking or paddle boarding. Every moment can be spent trying something new and exciting!
New for this summer, Lower Mill Estate have launched Bumble, the retro delivery truck offering snacks and coffees to all guests enjoying their staycation. It has also introduced the Ballihoo Open Air Market. The market will include local artisan produce and will run every Thursday throughout the summer months.
HOW: Book your next holiday at Lower Mill Estate with Habitat Escapes. Prices start from £375. For more information, please visit www.habitatescapes.com