The Planet's Five Most Amazing Water View Dining Experiences






by Paul Kent


Beach vacations have so many things going for them. Sadly, premium restaurants are often not one of them. As the sun sets down and the cool evening air starts to move in, the search for the holy grail of restaurants commences - an establishment that provides a combination of fine food, remarkable service and beautiful location.

Like the legendary search of old it can all too often end in disappointment. To avoid joining the ranks of long-lost dining patrons here is our 'Guide to the Top 5 Water View Restaurants'. These restaurants - notwithstanding their (frequently) remote location - provide cuisine that fantasically complements their miraculous surroundings. Romantic dining gifts that treat all your senses.

Ambrosia, Santorini, Greece

Given its location atop Santorini's volcanic crater with dream-like views of the Aegean Sea it is not exactly surprising this restaurant specializes in local seafood and Mediterranean meat dishes. Sitting on the tiny terraces, with sail boats passing underneath and the stars above your head it is difficult to imagine a more amazing setting. During summer, be absolutely certain to order a patio table at least five weeks ahead.

Bann Rim Pa, Phuket, Thailand

After a day out chartering your very own luxury yacht why not maintain the sense of exclusiveness at one of Thailand's most celebrated restaurants? Baan Rim Pa is a two-story teak house with wide ranging views across to the Bay of Kalim. Enjoy a cocktail in the piano lounge before taking a terrace table and enjoying the Royal Thai menu including Panaeng Ped (duck curry with lycee) and Goong Sarong (prawns hand-wrapped in vermicelli).

Bay Bistro, Grace Bay, Turks & Caicos Islands

Grace Bay Beach is considered one of the great 'undiscovered treasures' of the Caribbean. As a part of the boutique Sibonne Beach Hotel - The 1st hotel on Grace Bay Beach - Bay Bistro has benefitted from having first pick of location overlooking crystal blue waters. This is a casual affair, where local government ministers rub sunburned shoulders with global holiday makers walking straight off to the beach. Keep an eye out for the 'Turks & Caicos Coffee '...

Bora Bora Yacht Club, Faanui Bay, Bora Bora

Featuring local timber frames overhead and an open deck out across the calm blue waters of the tropical lagoon permitting a gentle breeze to caress your face, it is easy to hark back to an easier time. Decline the western dishes for the wonderfully presented local delicacies and imagine that one of the boats floating in front of you is yours!

Rosellinis, Ravello, Italy

This Michelin-two-star trattoria is only open for dinner from mid-March through October with tables provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Get there in good time and watch the nightfall over the Amalfi Coast from one the terrace tables perched 1,000 feet above the Mediterranean. Executive Chef, Pino Lavarra, learnt his trade at Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons under Raymond Blanc and it shows with his passion for contemporising Southern Italian dishes.




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