Eating Expeditions

When finding the best restaurants just isn't enough, these cool, food-centric hotels have what you want—from cooking classes on a sprawling South African countryside estate to bean-to-bar chocolate-making in Belize. Here, six getaways to satisfy the hungriest of travelers.

If you're the type of traveler who drafts a sightseeing itinerary around restaurants, then it's time to consider a more immersive food vacation. These getaways offer everything an intrepid eater could want out of a travel excursion, a.k.a. days filled with world-class eating—all while reveling in five-star pampering treatment, too.

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The Location: Simondium, South Africa

The Vitals: Located on a historic eight-acre Cape Dutch farm, Babylonstoren is a modern hotel and spa that takes agro-tourism to the next level.

The Experience: Perfectly situated in the heart of South Africa's wine country, the resort offers high-end dining on site, expert-led workshops on everything from mushroom foraging to beekeeping, and endless opportunities to get your hands dirty harvesting produce straight from the farm—which will likely make an appearance on your dinner plate that very evening. If you want to opt for something a little less hands-on, sign up for a class on making herbal teas, have a sun-soaked picnic in the farm's greenhouse, or spend the day in the bamboo-enclosed spa.

For pricing and availability, see +27 21 863 3852

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Blackberry Farm

The Location: Walland, Tennessee

The Vitals: Set on a 9,200-acre estate on the foothills outside of the idyllic Smoky Mountains, this all-encompassing destination offers the quintessential, American farm-to-table adventure.

The Experience: If you've always dreamed of living on a farm (but don't want to actually live on a farm), this route is the way to go. The resort offers culinary and farmstead experiences including cooking classes, tours of the fields, and visits with the chickens, ducks, quail, turkeys, and sheep that roam the grounds.

All of these farmer-led activities are a big part of Blackberry's educational component, which is why guests leave with a grasp of why heirloom seeds are important to sustainability, or why livestock plays such a big role in the farm's ecosystem. And did we mention spending some time truffle-hunting with Blackberry Farm's Lagotto dogs?

For pricing and availability, see (865) 984-8166

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Soho Farmhouse

The Location: Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

The Vitals: Soho House, the members-only club with 15 locations worldwide—including New York, London, Chicago, and Berlin—went to the countryside for this luxe venture in Oxfordshire.

The Experience: Soho Farmhouse should really be called Soho Village, because it essentially runs as a self-sufficient town. The 100-acre property is a veritable playground for members of the club. They can explore the main barn filled with restaurants; drink a local brew at the country pub; clock time sunbathing near one of the lakes; catch a movie at the on-site cinema with daily screenings; or grab gourmet ingredients from the deli if they'd prefer to cook for the evening. Soho Farmhouse chefs also offer classes covering a range of skills, like rolling out perfect pasta, at-home butchery, and knife 101.

For pricing and availability, see +44 (0) 160 869 1000

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The Prachack Residence

The Location: Udon Thani, Thailand

The Vitals: For a more intimate getaway, the Prachack Residence in Udon Thani gives guests the opportunity to live with a Thai family in a stunning village.

The Experience: The family-run residence offers a tranquil escape where guests can start their morning by picking bananas, papaya, or mango for breakfast—right outside their door. The days can be filled with dips in the private saltwater pool, riding local buffalo, or spending time in the kitchen learning more about authentic Thai flavors, the cooking techniques, and regional dishes.

For pricing and availability, see (347) 708-1598

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The Location: Punta Gorda, Belize

The Vitals: 3,000 of Belcampo's 15,000 acres of jungle are dedicated entirely to sustainable farmland. Guests leave with a well-rounded understanding of what goes into producing sugar cane, cacao, coffee, and vanilla.

The Experience: The lush Belize surroundings make a stay at Belcampo one of the most satisfying for curious eaters. Guests can learn how to transform high-quality organic cacao into a chocolate bar, they can roast their own coffee beans and leave with their own custom blend, and, best of all, they can even go out diving with Belcampo's chef to source lobster, conch, or crab for that night's dinner.

For pricing and availability, see (888) 299-9940

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L'air du Temps

The Location: Éghezée, Belgium

The Vitals: The French-speaking countryside of Belgium is where you'll find this Michelin-starred getaway.

The Experience: Under the careful watch of chef Sang-Hoon Degeimbre, L'air du Temps has received two Michelin-stars for its ambitious tasting menus—the ingredients of which are sourced directly from the seven-acre garden outside the kitchen. If you manage to snag one of the five rooms in the farmhouse, you'll be able to experience this garden-to-plate dinner quite intimately.

For pricing and availability, see +32 (0) 81 81 30 48

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