Best Farm-to-Table Hotel Restaurants in the World
Nothing tastes as good as fresh, organic produce. That's a fact. Yet, sadly, fresh food is difficult to find, even in luxury hotels.
If eating well is important to you, look for a hotel with its own farm-to-table restaurant on your next trip. You'll get some of the best meals of your life while also nourishing your body and protecting the environment. We love a win-win.
Wondering where to start? These are the 10 best hotel farm-to-table restaurants in the world.
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10. Harvest Restaurant at Castle Hot Springs
Location: Morristown, Arizona
Mineral water draws people to Morristown in the breathtaking Sonoran Desert. Those who can afford it don't hesitate to stay at Castle Hot Springs, where they can feel rejuvenated inside and out. Besides soaking in the water, you can nourish your body by eating at the resort's on-site Harvest Restaurant.
Much of the produce found on the menu comes from an organic farm located just a few steps away from the restaurant. The soil is irrigated with spring water, which provides nutrients but also unique flavors to the 150 varieties of fruits, vegetables, herbs and florals. Tour the farm before dinner — it'll make the food taste even better.
Book it: Castle Hot Springs Resort
9. Heckfield Place
Location: Hampshire, England
Take a Georgian estate, turn it into an idyllic escape from modernity, add numerous sustainable measures, and you get the magical Heckfield Place. One of the most eco-friendly resorts in the world, the property offers various dining options to guests, including the open-fire restaurant, Hearth, and the elegant Marle.
Wherever you dine at the property, you'll savor the rich flavors of ingredients produced on the biodynamic farm. Orchards, gardens and livestock contribute to the ever-changing menus. They also provide beautiful scenery for a relaxing stroll.
Book it: Heckfield Place
8. Turtle Island
A private island in Fiji already sounds like paradise. But a private island committed to solving social and environmental issues? Now, that's a place you want to support. Turtle Island harvests 80 percent of its products from the property's garden, while eggs and milk come from their own animals. Local fishermen provide fresh fish native to the area.
And the resort's efforts aren't only for the benefit of wealthy tourists. Islanders have also benefited from not having to rely so heavily on exports.
Guests love the unusual communal table where they dine together rather than staying in their own bubbles. The dinner parties change location every night, so you'll get to explore the island while enjoying Fijian cuisine in good company.
Book it: Turtle Island
7. Henry's Restaurant at Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa
Location: Milton, New York
Hidden within the peaceful slopes of the Hudson Valley, Buttermilk Falls Inn and Spa boasts a garden, an orchard and beehives. This allows it to offer guests homemade honey, freshly picked fruit and cocktails garnished with organic herbs.
Guests also love walking around the farm and seeing its resident animals. The chickens are cute, of course, but the llamas and alpacas take home the popularity prize.
Book it: Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa
6. Belle Mont Farm
Location: Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis
Four hundred acres of farmland and forest provide delicious ingredients to Belle Mont Farm's varied eateries. Whether you're having brunch at the Kitchen, cocktails at The Mill Bar or a fancy dinner at Farm Table, you can rest assured that the food will be nothing short of excellent.
Whatever this five-star St. Kitts resort can't provide on its own, it sources from nearby farms and responsible fisheries. The hotel's restaurants emphasize Caribbean food, fully aware that it is one of the best cuisines in the world.
Book it: Belle Mont Farm
5. SLO Brasserie at Hotel Cerro
Location: San Luis Obispo, California
Hotel Cerro's SLO Brasserie is one of the most recognized farm-to-table restaurants in the area. Its Edible Garden provides a gorgeous place for a stroll, where guests are encouraged to pluck and enjoy any fruit they see — no need to wait for dinner reservations!
You'll still want to make reservations to enjoy the imaginative concoctions that the restaurant's chefs make with the produce. Try the garden pasta. Its ingredients change with the season, but its deliciousness remains constant.
Book it: Hotel Cerro
4. Celajes at Hotel Belmar
Location: Monteverde, Costa Rica
Owned by a local family who is greatly invested in the well-being of Monteverde, Hotel Belmar has numerous projects that seek to reduce impact while nourishing the community. Two onsite gardens work along the hotel's Finca Madre Tierra (the first carbon-neutral farm in Costa Rica) to create a heavenly menu at Celajes Restaurant.
Indulge in housemade pesto, cheese, bread and coffee as you wait for seasonal vegetables that accompany responsibly sourced meats. Complement your meal with a beer made at the hotel's microbrewery or a cocktail garnished with herbs from the garden.
Book it: Hotel Belmar
3. Barn8 at Hermitage Farm
Location: Goshen, Kentucky
Farm-raised is the norm at Hermitage Farm's Barn8. You can see how the working farm grows and harvests ingredients before sitting down in a rustic chic farm setting and enjoying some of the best food in Kentucky.
Of course, bourbon also has a starring role in the farm's cuisine. Within Barn8, you'll find Bourbon Bar & Lounge, where guests can indulge in bourbon sampling.
Book it: Hermitage Farm
2. Babel at Babylonstoren Farm and Hotel
Location: Cape Winelands, South Africa
Most people don't want to do any work on vacation, but Babylonstoren Farm encourages travelers to go against the default. Guests are invited not just to tour the farm but to work on its 1,400 acres. You can pick fruits, bake bread, harvest honey or press olive oil.
Of course, no one is obligated to do this. You're just as welcome to simply sit at Babel and enjoy its delectable menu. But food indeed tastes better when you've worked for it.
Book it: Babylonstoren
1. Pru at Trisara Resort, Thailand
Location: Phuket, Thailand
Trisara Resort's Pru restaurant is the perfect marriage of sustainability and fine dining. The one Michelin-star restaurant offers everything you can expect from a farm-to-table concept: quality, increased flavor and genuine freshness. But it also brings in innovation with creations that often incorporate parts of vegetables that are discarded and even soil. Yes, soil.
Another exciting addition to the menu comes from the surrounding forests, as the chefs make it a habit to forage the area for ingredients that simply can't be grown.
Book it: Trisara Resort