Memories of a wonderful meal, eating alfresco on a balmy evening with the moon glistening across a midnight-blue sea – it’s a holiday experience that stays with you months, even years, after your relaxing break in the Med.
Traditional meze washed down with a cool beer or a decent bottle wine has always been one of the real delights of holidaying in the sunshine but now the choice is even greater with many hotels introducing Michelin-starred chefs to create wonderful dishes so dining just gets better every season.
Mouth-watering cuisine is very much part of going on an Olympic Holidays’ break to Greece and Cyprus, from freshly-caught fish to organic local produce there is always a wonderful choice and here’s a few tempting tasters:
Five Senses Art ‘Kouzina’, Lindos Blu, Rhodes
Imagine yourself dining under the stars with the sea glistening in the moonlight on your dream holiday. Add to that the culinary delights created by the Five Senses Art ‘Kouzina’ executive chef and his team to make your holiday at the sophisticated adults-only hotel a place rekindle romance. See the Lindos Blu hotel in Rhodes.
Santorini Secrets Suites & Spa
The multi award-winning Black Rock restaurant at the Santorini Secrets Suites & Spa takes diners on a gastronomic journey between old and new recipes. With exceptional menus from chef Sifis Manouselis and his team guests can enjoy traditional Greek cuisine with a delicious, contemporary twist at this stylish hotel.
Sani Club, Halkidiki
Can you imagine working your way round the 22 restaurants at Sani Club in Halkidiki? Try them all or stick with a few favourites on the half-board Dine Around programme. Choices include themed buffets at the Poseidon Restaurant to Greek cuisine at the Alexis and international menus from Italian to the Asian fusion.
Seasons Oriental, Four Seasons Hotel, Limassol
Experience authentic Chinese cuisine by Hong Kong executive chef Kenny Keung at the elegant and intimate Seasons Oriental, Four Seasons Hotel, Cyprus. The contemporary a la carte restaurant served in one of the finest hotels on the island is perfect for a special holiday treat, especially for a birthday, engagement or anniversary.
Ikos Dassia, Corfu
Tempting menus are prepared by Michelin-starred chef Lefteris Lazarou with the finest local cuisine. There are six à la carte restaurants and the Dine Out experience which introduces guests to the best local restaurants. Choose from 300 wine labels from the cellar. See the Ikos Dassia in Corfu.
Constantinou Bros Asimina Suites Hotel, Cyprus
Choose from four restaurants including the Kymata Mediterranean beachfront à la carte restaurant. The adults-only hotel is perfect for romantics who can watch the sunset and dine by candlelight. For special occasions, private dining for two on the pier can be arranged. See the Asimina Suites hotel in Cyprus.
Domes Noruz Chania, in Crete
The sea breeze increases your appetite and resident chef Dionissis Pliatsikas ensures nobody is hungry when he creates mouth-watering dishes with new ingredients and flavours. Fine dining is paired with a list of more than 160 wines from local wineries for a perfect dining experience next to the sea. See the Domes Noruz in Crete.
Ikos Aria in Kos
Elegant, contemporary and beautifully prepared, the all-inclusive menu by Michelin-starred chef Ettore Botrini presents a dining delight for guests. Enjoy la carte Italian cuisine in a sophisticated alfresco setting knowing the innovative creations are prepared with the freshest market produce. See the Ikos Aria in Kos.