Best Food & Wine Getaways for Gourmands
If your idea of a perfect getaway involves indulging in the world’s best food and wine, look no further than these villa vacations in Italy, France and the Caribbean.2015-12-28
If your idea of a perfect getaway involves indulging in the world’s best food and wine, look no further than these villa vacations in Italy, France and the Caribbean. With on-site cooking classes, private vineyards and personal chef service, these foodie-friendly homes will deliver an experience your taste buds won’t soon forget.
Learn to Cook Authentic Tuscan Cuisine
Villa Valente, an eight-bedroom home in the famous Val d’Orcia wine region, is an unbeatable destination for aspiring Italian cooks or anyone who appreciates fresh, traditional cuisine. Guests can pick vegetables from Valente’s own garden, take cooking lessons from the in-house chef, and sample authentic fare in the charming village only three miles away.
Beautifully decorated with a mix of antiques and eclectic furnishings, Valente offers stunning views of the rolling Tuscan hills surrounding the property, as well as a private pool, hot tub, sauna, gym, and wellness area in the garden where guests can enjoy massage treatments. And the cultural treasure troves of Florence, Siena, and Rome are all within an hour’s drive away.
Stay on a Working Vineyard in France
Situated on a 250-hectare working vineyard in the heart of the Var wine region, Chateau Varois is an authentic Provencal chateau with an elevator, seven luxurious bedrooms, and an additional bergerie and guesthouse. Villa guests can sample the wine produced in their very own backyard, choose other varieties from their private wine cellar, and dine al fresco on the kitchen terrace, in the garden courtyard, or by the private pool.
The location of Chateau Varois is spectacular: in the heart of Provence, equidistant from the French Riviera and the foothills of the Alps, surrounded by tiny cliffside medieval villages, and overlooking verdant woods and rivers. There is no better place to sample the world’s best wine, indulge in traditional Provencal cuisine, and relax in the serenity of the countryside.
Five-bedroom Great River House is set on five beautiful acres in Montego Bay, Jamaica, and comes fully staffed with a private chef, butler, housekeeper/laundress, gardener, and night manager. Candlelit dinners are served in a gorgeous dining room where guests enjoy a view over the pool and its infinity edge to the sea beyond, or served al fresco on the 2,400-square-foot pool terrace. The gourmet chef treats guests to fresh fish, grilled lobster, and everyone's favorite, jerk pork and chicken prepared on the villa’s own Jamaican jerk drum.
In addition to a private saltwater pool, Great House guests enjoy exclusive access to a private tennis court with a pro on call, a Jamaican fire pit for bonfires, and a large lawn for badminton, croquet, and bocce ball. Guests also enjoy Round Hill Club membership, granting them access to world-class beaches, a kids club, water sports, beach parties, and more.