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Food is an integral part of travel, and these three distinct culinary experiences make these getaways as unique as the destinations themselves.

New Culinary Experience at Viceroy Los Cabos

Already a star on Mexico’s map of gourmet go-to’s, the Baja’s Viceroy Los Cabos has debuted another feather in its culinary cap: Awacate, a casual eatery with Mexican dishes with the added twist of Baja street-style influences. The restaurant itself is in line with the striking architecture of the resort, complete with a mural by regional artist Fernando “Lelo” Juarez. Its open-air patio makes the most of the area’s stellar weather, where your clients can enjoy dishes like local oysters, al pastor-style fish and fresh, garlicky octopus. The mixology is up to par with the chef’s creations, meaning it’s a combination of hand-crafted cocktails using exclusively Mexican spirits plus a selection of regional wines. Live music adds an extra layer of enjoyment.

Viceroy Los Cabos’ rooftop Cielomar.

Awacate joins the unique Nido, which means “nest” in Spanish; Nidito, or “little nest,” serving light bites and cocktails beach and poolside; Casero in the lobby (which means “home made”); Otro Bar, or “another bar,” with its Tequila Library; and the rooftop bar and lounge Cielomar, which serves up its namesake view of sky and ocean with weekly entertainment.

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Belmond: Culinary Updates & More

White glove dining aboard the revamped Eastern & Oriental Express.

Lots of newsy items from luxury purveyor Belmond. For the champagne connoisseurs on your client list, the Eastern & Oriental Express has teamed up with Veuve Clicquot for a bespoke Solaire Journey by rail that will take them through Malaysia and an exploration of the 130-million-year-old Taman Negara National Park. This is, of course, a journey where culinary excellence meets one of the world’s finest bubblies, so they will have access to Veuve Clicquot’s Cellar Master, Didier Mariotti, to lead the champagne tastings, as well as the train’s Culinary Master, two-Michelin star chef Andre Chiang. The latter will be designing a bespoke menu to pair with the libation’s finest vintages, including the La Grande Dame series.

The Eastern & Oriental Express has been revamped and now has eight sleepers, two restaurants, a Piano Bar and an open-air Observation Car. All cabins are air-conditioned, with decor inspired by the area’s landscapes. The Pullmans are inspired by Kuala Lumpur, the State cabins pull their palette from Penang’s marine environs, and the Presidential Suites are all gold and embroidered elements. New in-cabin experiences are customizable and use scents, lights, playlists, premium bedding and teas.

This 3-night champagne experience runs from April 22-25, 2024.

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Upgraded State Cabin on the Eastern & Oriental Express.

Should your clients miss the Solaire Journey, this month, the Eastern & Oriental Express is also launching a new Wild Malaysia itinerary with an excursion to the Taman Negara National Park with a choice of activities that include a wildlife photography class, an educational tour of the park that’s home to the endangered Malayan Tigers or an exploration of ancient caves in the rainforest. In May, you can book them on a special Tiger Express journey in partnership with Save Wild Tigers that includes two nights at The Datai in Langkawi. The Wild Malaysia Journey runs every week from March through October, while the 6-night Tiger Express with Save Wild Tigers runs from May 5-11, 2024.

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New Vegan Menu at Nobu Marrakech

The perfect place for a vegan nibble at Nobu Marrakech.

Elevating palates comes easily to Chef Nobu Matsuhisa—and at Nobu Marrakech, the new vegan menu reflects his ethos of enjoying exceptional food. The Japanese vegan dishes include cauliflower jalapeno, tofu, eggplant miso, avocado crispy rice, an avocado taco, a mushroom taco, a beetroot carpaccio, pumpkin carpaccio and other tasty delights. These culinary specialties can be ordered in all of the hotel’s eateries, including Nobu Restaurant and The Rooftop and, of course, they’re available via room service.

Nobu Marrakech is also home to one of the brand’s largest spas, The Pearl, with treatments inspired by Japan and Morocco. It has 14 private treatment suites, a subterranean mosaic pool and a private Hammam area with a lounge, spa bath, steam bath and sauna. Its on-site fitness center—equipped with Technogym machines—is offering a new menu of wellness activities that include cross-training, boxing, stretching and yoga. Personal training is available, as well.

Of note: The hotel will have anniversary promotional packages this year to celebrate Nobu Worldwide’s 30th anniversary in October. If you’re thinking about booking groups, ask about future promotions for everything from wedding receptions to business meetings to anniversaries or more.

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