Fuel Up at These One-of-a-Kind Dining Destinations

Dinner in the sky

Looking for culinary thrills? these venues take destination dining to a whole new 
level.

Have dinner in the sky

Strap yourself in for a meal around a custom-made table suspended in the air by a crane. Since it started in Belgium in 2006, this marriage of gastronomy and vertical hijinks has attracted the world’s top chefs, including Heston Blumenthal and Alain Passard. The truly movable feast has spread to more than 45 countries (Abu Dhabi, UAE, pictured above).

Savour the highlights

At five-star Soneva Kiri resort on the Thai island of Koh Kood, have dinner overlooking the ocean in a bamboo pod hoisted into the treetops 
of lush tropical rainforest. The waitstaff use zip-lines to serve each course of your two-hour meal, deftly balancing food and drinks as they zoom in and out.

Sip and snack on the fly

Every evening from 5pm, the working helipad on 
the top of Kuala Lumpur’s 36-storey Menara KH building is transformed into the rocking Heli Lounge Bar (Jalan Sultan Ismail). Arrive early for 
free access to this rooftop bar serving classic and aeronautically themed cocktails against the best sunset views in the city. Don’t stray too close to 
the edge but do order the sliders and chicken wings.

Dine under the stars

Ali Barbours

An atmospheric, candlelit eatery in an open-air 
grotto carved by erosion over many millennia, Ali Barbour’s Cave Restaurant at Diani Beach in Kenya has been 180,000 years in the making and more than 30 years for the taking.

Image credit: Courtesy Ali Barbour’s Cave Restaurant

Get your feet wet

Leave your shoes behind 
on dry land for a traditional buffet lunch eaten with your hands at Labasin Waterfalls Restaurant 
at Villa Escudero resort in 
the Philippines. The man-
made falls cascade just metres from diners, with water swirling under the bamboo tables. And yes, postprandial splashing about is an option.

Rock up to the island

The Rock Restaurant

It’s not an island restaurant so much as a restaurant island. The Rock 
is perched on a coral outcrop in the clear waters of the Indian Ocean, just off a beach on Zanzibar’s east coast. Depending on the tide, you can wade out or take a boat. And the menu? Mostly seafood, of course.

Eat at a volcanic grill

Take an active volcano, build a grill over a hole in the ground where lava bubbles two metres below and let nature do the rest. The appropriately named El Diablo restaurant (+34 928 84 00 57) overlooks the stark red landscape of Timanfaya National Park on Lanzarote in the Canary Islands and 
is the last word in energy-conscious cooking.

Dive in over your head

Rangali undersea restaurant

Dine among fish, sharks, stingrays and turtles at 
Ithaa Undersea Restaurant at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island. At five metres below sea level, with 
a rainbow of aquatic life flitting all around, this glass-encased restaurant specialising in local 
seafood is a truly 
immersive experience.

Rise to the top

An exclusive, private dinner on the Sky Bridge – the steel structure spanning the top of the Kingdom Centre skyscraper 
in Riyadh – offers a panorama of Saudi Arabia’s capital glittering 300 metres below, courtesy of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.

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