Are these the most impressive gastronomic places in the world?

Diners enjoy a candlelit meal for two at a pop-up restaurant set up on a sandbar in the Maldives as they watch the sun go by

Holiday dinners away from stress and the stresses of life are always a delight, but these dazzling places certainly put the hotel's average buffet firmly in the shade.

A new book by Small Luxury Hotels of the World has revealed some of the most impressive dining venues in the portfolio of brands from more than 520 hotels in more than 80 countries.

From a pop-up restaurant on a secluded Indian sandbank in the Maldives to a candlelit dinner for two in the Sahara desert where you can watch the stars descend on a sand dune, these fancy restaurants will produce snapshots that envy envy for social networks

Diners enjoy a candlelit meal for two at a pop-up restaurant set up on a sandbar in the Maldives as they watch the sun go by

Diners enjoy a candlelit meal for two at a pop-up restaurant set up on a sandbar in the Maldives as they watch the sun go by

Snow covered picnic, Austria

The Hotel Kristiania Lech in Austria offers culinary experiences, such as a romantic picnic in the snow organized by a ski valet.

In the snowy countryside near the hotel you will find an Arab-style carpet with soft colored pillows, romantic candles and warm fur blankets, so that guests can enjoy Austrian delights, aperitifs and champagne in the midst of spectacular scenery.

  The Hotel Kristiania Lech in Austria offers curated dining experiences, such as a romantic picnic in the snow organized by a ski valet, complete with Austrian delights and champagne

  The Hotel Kristiania Lech in Austria offers curated dining experiences, such as a romantic picnic in the snow organized by a ski valet, complete with Austrian delights and champagne

The Hotel Kristiania Lech in Austria offers curated dining experiences, such as a romantic picnic in the snow organized by a ski valet, complete with Austrian delights and champagne

Sandbank pop-up restaurant, Maldives

Baros Maldives has installed a pop-up restaurant on an isolated sandbar on the outskirts of the resort's lagoon in the Indian Ocean.

Guests are taken to the sandbar by boat to be greeted with a glass of champagne in time to watch a magnificent sunset.

Seven chefs are available to prepare guests' choices from the a la carte menu of a Maldives, Mediterranean or Tandoori seafood dish for two, or a mixed grill plate of foie gras, beef, lamb and chicken. There is also a salad bar and a sushi and sashimi station.

  Baros Maldives has installed a pop-up restaurant on a secluded sandbar on the outskirts of the resort's lagoon in the Indian Ocean, where guests can enjoy the culinary experience of seven chefs as they watch the sunset.

  Baros Maldives has installed a pop-up restaurant on a secluded sandbar on the outskirts of the resort's lagoon in the Indian Ocean, where guests can enjoy the culinary experience of seven chefs as they watch the sunset.

Baros Maldives has installed a pop-up restaurant on a secluded sandbar on the outskirts of the resort's lagoon in the Indian Ocean, where guests can enjoy the culinary experience of seven chefs as they watch the sunset.

Dinner in the Sahara desert, Morocco

Dar Ahlam in Ouarzazate offers personalized dining experiences in private settings so that guests never eat at the same place twice during their stay.

One of the scenarios available to guests is an intimate candlelit dinner for two in the Sahara desert, where you can see the beautiful landscape and the canopy of stars that surrounds them from the top of a sand dune .

The meals are cured from 450 gourmet recipes created by the tastes of Frédérick Grasser-Hermé, Philippe Conticini, Frédéric Eyrier, Cédric Nieuvarts and Thierry Alix, with desserts from the incomparable Pierre Hermé.

Guests are led to dinner by their waiters and a road of lanterns dotted along the sand before joining their table located next to a roaring fire pit.

After dinner, guests can sleep in a canvas tent with African cane rugs, Berber cushions and vintage camp decor, plus a bathroom with toilet, mirror and sink.

Dar Ahlam in Ouarzazate offers its guests an intimate candlelit dinner for two in the Sahara Desert, where they can see the beautiful landscape and the canopy of stars that surround them from a sand dune

Dar Ahlam in Ouarzazate offers its guests an intimate candlelit dinner for two in the Sahara Desert, where they can see the beautiful landscape and the canopy of stars that surround them from a sand dune

Dar Ahlam in Ouarzazate offers its guests an intimate candlelit dinner for two in the Sahara Desert, where they can see the beautiful landscape and the canopy of stars that surround them from a sand dune

Forest BBQ, France

Domaine Des Etangs, located on 1000 hectares of a protected natural environment that includes forests, pastures and ponds, serves Chef Fabien Beaufour's cuisine with Michelin star in a variety of stunning surroundings.

One of the most outstanding experiences is having a barbecue in the heart of a forest under the branches of the ancient and magical tree of a thousand trunks where you can enjoy a menu of succulent meats and grilled vegetables.

Domaine Des Etangs in France offers guests and outdoor barbecue in the forest prepared by the Michelin star Chef Fabien Beaufour and enjoyed under the branches of the ancient and magical tree of thousand trunks

Domaine Des Etangs in France offers guests and outdoor barbecue in the forest prepared by the Michelin star Chef Fabien Beaufour and enjoyed under the branches of the ancient and magical tree of thousand trunks

Domaine Des Etangs in France offers guests and outdoor barbecue in the forest prepared by the Michelin star Chef Fabien Beaufour and enjoyed under the branches of the ancient and magical tree of thousand trunks

Lunch of the Fiordland National Park, New Zealand

Available to guests of Hulbert House in New Zealand, the Milford Sound Luxury Day Cruise & # 39; takes travelers to the heart of the Fiordland National Park, known for its fjords carved in glaciers, by helicopter.

After leaving guests, they embark on a luxurious cruise with whirlpools where they can enjoy a delicious seafood lunch prepared by a private chef with crayfish, blue cod and oysters.

After lunch, guests can use a remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) to see the unique underwater creatures of the fjord or enjoy a little kayaking to get close to the many waterfalls that fall from the towering cliffs.

Enjoy Champagne before lunch on the snowy peaks in the Fiordland National Park in New Zealand, which is known for its fjords carved into glaciers, after being left by helicopter

Enjoy Champagne before lunch on the snowy peaks in the Fiordland National Park in New Zealand, which is known for its fjords carved into glaciers, after being left by helicopter

Enjoy Champagne before lunch on the snowy peaks in the Fiordland National Park in New Zealand, which is known for its fjords carved into glaciers, after being left by helicopter

Hot spring tea ceremony, China

Guests of Elite Spring Villas in Quanzhou, China can immerse themselves in the tranquil gardens and teas of the Anxi Mountains thanks to centuries-old tea traditions and the different tea infusible hot springs derived from mineral water that is about a thousand meters underground.

Each of the six infused hot springs comes with its own wellness properties, including the green tea spa designed to help reduce inflammation, the black tea spa to lower blood pressure or the Oolong tea spa that improves the loss of weight.

After immersing themselves in the tea, guests can experience an authentic tea ceremony using freshly picked Anxi leaves accompanied by the melodious rhythms of the Guzheng, a plucked Chinese zither.

Guests of Elite Spring Villas in Quanzhou, China can enjoy the hot springs with tea infusion and then enjoy an authentic tea ceremony with freshly picked leaves of Anxi and accompanied by the melodious rhythms of the Guzheng, a plucked Chinese zither

Guests of Elite Spring Villas in Quanzhou, China can enjoy the hot springs with tea infusion and then enjoy an authentic tea ceremony with freshly picked leaves of Anxi and accompanied by the melodious rhythms of the Guzheng, a plucked Chinese zither

Guests of Elite Spring Villas in Quanzhou, China can enjoy the hot springs with tea infusion and then enjoy an authentic tea ceremony with freshly picked leaves of Anxi and accompanied by the melodious rhythms of the Guzheng, a plucked Chinese zither

Fjord dining experience, Norway

Guests staying at the Storfjord Hotel can enjoy panoramic views of Storfjorden, one of Norway's largest fjords and the Sunnmore Alps, combining majestic mountains, alpine rock formations and lakes teeming with fish.

The menu features ingredients that have been hunted, fished and harvested in the surrounding forests and mountains and prepared with traditional techniques

It is particularly famous for its excellent collection of cheeses from local producers, and Storfjordbrygg, the locally elaborated Ale.

Guests staying at the Storfjord Hotel can enjoy panoramic views of Storfjorden, one of Norway's largest fjords and the Sunnmore Alps, combining majestic mountains, alpine rock formations and lakes teeming with fish.

Guests staying at the Storfjord Hotel can enjoy panoramic views of Storfjorden, one of Norway's largest fjords and the Sunnmore Alps, combining majestic mountains, alpine rock formations and lakes teeming with fish.

Guests staying at the Storfjord Hotel can enjoy panoramic views of Storfjorden, one of Norway's largest fjords and the Sunnmore Alps, combining majestic mountains, alpine rock formations and lakes teeming with fish.

Authentic Mayan cuisine, Belize

Guests at the Ka Resort in San Ignacio, Belize, can learn to prepare classic Mayan dishes such as tamales, corn tortillas and Mayan chicken soup called broth using the forgon, an authentic Mayan stove.

Classes are followed by a Mayan themed dinner with recipes imbued with thousands of years of history housed in authentic Mayan cuisine.

Guests at Ka & ana Resort in San Ignacio, Belize can enjoy a cooking class followed by a Mayan themed dinner with recipes laden with a thousand years of history housed in authentic Mayan cuisine.

Guests at Ka & ana Resort in San Ignacio, Belize can enjoy a cooking class followed by a Mayan themed dinner with recipes laden with a thousand years of history housed in authentic Mayan cuisine.

Guests at Ka & ana Resort in San Ignacio, Belize can enjoy a cooking class followed by a Mayan themed dinner with recipes laden with a thousand years of history housed in authentic Mayan cuisine.

The new cookbook for the Small Luxury Hotels of the World is available for purchase at slh.com/food and at participating SLH hotels for £ 40.

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