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Follow us on facebook Food is changing the way we travel. Part of any vacation is sending your diet on a holiday of its own and indulging your taste buds with the epicurean delights of the world. But today, more than ever, cuisine connoisseurs are globe trotting specifically for authentic gourmet cultural adventures of the palate. Good food has become the very inspiration for travel itself.

This ‘Global Gourmet’ edition is solely dedicated to the active culinary traveler, those foodies in search of exemplary culinary travel experiences which savour fine dining and the local flavours, produce and tastes of destinations. Travel ingredients of good taste, pun intended. We recommend these 9 gourmet travel treats paired with sweetened exclusive deals. Whether it's a classic gourmet getaway to Napa paying homage to the sustainable farm-to-table movement, a pilgrimage to the great dining city of Paris to 'Virtuoso's 2014 Best Restaurant' or Florence to truffle hunt or an off-the-beaten track voyage to sample the spices of Mexico, I imagine your palate is watering already. Discover secrets of the kitchen revealed at Raymond Blanc's cooking school in Oxfordshire, meet the first female Grand Chef of Relais & Châteaux in foodie mecca Franschhoek or cycle Bordeaux's countryside on a heavenly food and wine tour. Degust at the world's first Chinese restaurant to be awarded the coveted Michelin 3-star rating in Hong Kong or tour India with one of Australia's most celebrated chefs...

Appetite for a taste of the good life? Or shall we say, the gourmet life.

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Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons Le Quartier Français

OXFORDSHIRE, ENGLAND

Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons

No globetrotting gourmand’s bucket list would be complete without a stay at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons. This quintessentially English hotel, a converted 15th-century intimate manor house with 32 individually designed rooms, is surrounded by gardens nestled in the Oxfordshire countryside. Le Manoir is the brainchild of Frenchman Michelin 2-star Chef Raymond Blanc. In addition to its much lauded restaurant, the property hosts one of the most respected cooking schools in the country to top off Britain's finest gastronomic indulgences. The free-flowing champagne? Well, consider it a school supply.

Escape to Oxford - 2 night gastronomic package includes one dining experience dinner for 2, daily English Breakfast, one à la carte dinner for 2, a copy of Raymond Blanc's 'Kitchen Secrets' cookbook and a tour of the hotel's kitchens.

Bellini Club exclusive – guaranteed upgrade upon booking of 'Escape to Oxford' package

Edge Exclusive – 20% off all Raymond Blanc Cookery School classes until March 31, 2015 including Bakery & Confectionery, Nutrition, Evening & Short Courses, Seasonal Dinner Party and more

Raymond Blanc Cookery School VIDEO

FRANSCHHOEK, SOUTH AFRICA

Le Quartier Français

Forever French but located in the heart of South Africa's charming food and wine mecca Franschhoek Village, just 45 minutes outside of Cape Town, Le Quartier Français is an exclusive boutique country inn tucked away amongst peaceful blue and white scented gardens literally steps away from town and an ideal base to explore the wonders of the Winelands. Specialising in gastronomy, Le Quartier Français's world-renowned restaurant The Tasting Room (voted one of the top 50 restaurants in the world) offers a carefully crafted African-inspired surprise tasting menu paired with wines. The Tasting Room is the kingdom of Margot Janse, the first female Grand Chef for Relais & Châteaux in Africa. Bread & Wine, located on the family farm, is a relaxed and rustic lunchtime experience where the most delectable dishes are prepared using only the freshest seasonal ingredients.

Foodie Heaven - 2 night package includes 8 course surprise dinner in Tasting Room plus paired wines and lunch at Bread & Wine

PLUS Virtuoso amenities – daily full breakfast for 2, room upgrade upon arrival* and seasonal amenity which highlights the unique experiences of Franschhoek

Tasting Room VIDEO

Bordeaux Food & Wine Biking Central Mexico Food, Wine & Tequila Tour

BUTTERFIELD & ROBINSON

Bordeaux Food & Wine Biking

On Butterfield & Robinson's ultimate food and wine journey, cycle from Bordeaux eastward into the Dordogne Valley, the land of medieval castles, Cro-Magnon cave paintings and exquisite cuisine. Prep your senses for succulent feasts, almost daily wine tastings and some of France’s best biking. On your first day, bike the famous Route des Chateaux and dine on gastronomic specialities of the area with 2-star Chef Jean-Luc Rocha. Then move from the Left Bank to the Right, across the Gironde Estuary for a breathtaking ride through vineyards, tour a hidden gem of a wine cellar then sip fine French wines with your new sommelier friends...

6 day Bordeaux to Dordogne Food & Wine Biking Tour from USD 5,995 per person (based upon twin share)

JOURNEY MEXICO

Central Mexico Food, Wine & Tequila Tour

Delve deep into Central Mexico's rich culinary, wine and tequila heritage with Journey Mexico's custom 5 night itinerary that provides a journey for all the senses. Learn about Mexico's cacao heritage and taste artisanal chocolate, discover the famed San Juan market followed by a 5-course cooking class paired with wine and experience an exclusive tequila tasting of Casa Dragones, one of Mexico's finest labels. Take a vineyards tour and taste wines from the oldest wine producing region in the Americas with a private sommelier, indulge in a farm-to-table experience with a market tour and private cooking class in San Miguel de Allende as well as tour two boutique wineries trying limited editions. Luxurious accommodations include stays at the St. Regis Mexico City and Rosewood San Miguel de Allende, voted 'Best Hotel in Mexico' by Conde Nast Reader's Choice Awards.

5 night Food, Wine & Tequila in Central Mexico - from USD 2,889 (based upon double occupancy)

Il Salviatino Napa Wine Country Adventure

FLORENCE, ITALY

Il Salviatino

If you've ever romanticized the thrill of a truffle hunt, look no further than the 5-star Il Salviatino in Florence which offers guests the unique opportunity to partner with a certified truffle hunter and his fungus-sniffing pup to embark upon a bona fide truffle-hunting expedition. You'll learn the basics of this sought-after ingredient and how to properly clean and cook it. After the hunt, you'll be pampered with a truffle-filled afternoon feast. Truffle hunting can be done year-around but the "main" month is November.

Florentine Food for Thoughts - 3 night package from EURO 1679 for 2 people includes truffle hunting experience, private guided 3 hour walking tour to discover the excellence of Florentine street food, one 3-course dinner at the hotel, breakfast daily and one 3-course dinner at Tuscan cooking institution Il Cibreo

Virtuoso 2015 amenities  - room upgrade*, 30 minutes Spa per person, complimentary packing & unpacking (upon request), early check-in & late check-out*, for 3 night stays or longer receive luncheon for 2 (excluding alcohol)

VIVIANI

Napa Wine Country Adventure

Experience 2 days and 3 nights in America's legendary wine capital Napa Valley a mere hour drive outside San Francisco, California on this 'green' adventure of viticulture, cuisine, flight, cycling and Platinum LEED certified luxury. A region home to over 650 wineries, this bespoke Napa journey takes you deep into the world of wine. Stay at the luxurious Bardessono
in Yountville and rise early to hot air balloon over the countryside, then take a bike tour of bio-dynamic wineries after a catered picnic lunch at a winery overlooking the vineyards. Continue your culinary delights with a farm-to-table excursion on a historic ranch learning about its organic farming system - extra virgin olive oils, grass-fed beef, heirloom fruits and vegetables from their gardens. Explore the ranch by day and by night be treated to the ultimate seasonally inspired dinner.

Sustainable Wine Country Napa Adventure - 3 night package from USD 6,260 for two people

While you are in Yountville, dine at world-renowned French Laundry which takes reservations 2 months prior to the day.

Shangri-La Hotel, Paris Four Seasons Hong Kong

PARIS, FRANCE

Shangri-La Hotel, Paris

Former home of Napoleon Bonaparte’s grandnephew, Prince Roland Bonaparte in 1896 and today awarded the coveted “Palace Status,” Shangri-La Hotel Paris
offers an incomparable fusion of Asian hospitality and French “art de vivre” in its unique position in Paris, located just across the Seine and a few steps from the Eiffel Tower in the prestigious 16th arrondissement.

Royal treatment is assured at Michelin 2-starred L'Abeille, Virtuoso's 2014 Best Restaurant, which shows off Chef Philippe Labbé’s classic savoir faire with such dishes as hen with foie gras, wild pigeon, and two courses of Brittany blue lobster (steamed claws, roasted tail). Or put yourselves in the chef’s hands by ordering the tasting menu, which simply states each course’s main ingredient like Iberian suckling pig.

The hotel’s Shang Palace serves genuine Chinese cuisine, while La Bauhinia brings together French and Asian flavors.

4th night FREE until February 28, 2015

PLUS Virtuoso amenities - daily American breakfast, bottle of champagne, room upgrade*, early check-in & late check-out* and 85 EURO food credit

HONG KONG, CHINA

Four Seasons Hong Kong

With two restaurants that have received Michelin stars, Four Seasons Hong Kong puts the best in Hong Kong dining under one roof. Chinese restaurant, Lung King Heen with its spectacular harbour views, is the world's first Chinese restaurant to be awarded the coveted Michelin 3-star rating. Seafood and dim sum are amongst the specialities at this exquisite authentic Cantonese treat. A taste of France in China, Caprice's innovative Michelin 2-star restaurant offers an extensive selection of wines from the Bordeaux and Burgundy regions along with a full artisanal of French cheeses.

In the Footsteps of a Dragon - Discover unique local flavours during an exclusive experience from Four Seasons Hong Kong guided by one of the hotel’s expert Chinese Culture Ambassadors and follow in the footsteps of Lung King Heen’s Executive Chef Chan Yan Tak on a culinary exploration of the city. Enjoy a behind the scenes kitchen tour, cooking dim sum demonstration and a vibrant Kowloon epicurean afternoon followed by a specialty dinner by Chef Tak himself.

Stay Longer in a Suite - 3rd night FREE through February 28, 2015

PLUS Edge's Four Seasons's Preferred Partner amenities - room upgrade*, daily breakfast for 2, HKD 780 spa treatment credit & welcome VIP amenity

Culinary stories at Four Seasons properties worldwide - global flavours, fresh ingredients, talented chefs...

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