“Food is symbolic of love when words are inadequate.” – author Alan D Wolfelt.
Maybe your toes were touching under the table, maybe you didn’t dare look up from your plate at the stars in his eyes, maybe you realised you were falling in love as you pushed the last sliver of dessert towards her… All love stories are nourished by tales of meals shared, in intimacy, in celebration, in secret.
WeddingSutra picks its favourite dining experiences from the wonderful map of the Shangri-La to list some of the most evocative combinations of space, time and cuisine guaranteed to be a feast for all your senses.
Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives
You’re spoilt for choice at the Villingili. Your hardest task will be picking from options like Dinner in the Jungle, Jungle Lagoon Dinner, In-villa barbeque, Spa Dinners, In-Villa Romantic Dinner, the Chef’s Garden Dinner, Lunch on the Equator, Golf Course Barbeque Pit or the Mount Villingili Dinner.
We have a favourite of course – Dinner on a Luxury Yacht. There’s nothing as mesmerizing as watching a tropical sunset on the open sea. This sublime yacht will pick you up early in the evening and set off with pre-dinner cocktails and appetizers. Your personal butler for the evening will then escort you to the yacht’s elegant dining room for a gourmet dinner accompanied by the finest of wine. Safe on your beautiful boat, you’ll be set adrift in bliss.
Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul
The Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul, is a sensual delight. Choose from three unique restaurants and lounges. IST TOO’s all day dining offers three winning cuisines – Asian, Mediterranean and a Japanese sushi bar. With its unbeatable view of the Bosphorus, it is a little mealtime paradise.
The heart of this hotel is the Lobby Lounge featuring a tea lounge and a bar. There’s entertainment in the evenings so you can relax in refined, romantic refuge.
Our favourite is The Shang Palace, an authentic Cantonese kitchen whose delicious menus, created by star chefs from China, are perfectly paired with Turkish and international wines selected specially by their sommelier. Its elegant dining area, booths and private dining room at both lunch and dinner make it the perfect choice for a large or intimate celebration.
The restaurant’s staff has an impeccable understanding of hospitality and ensures every diner’s experience is special.
Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa, Cebu
There’s a whole palette for your palate here – from contemporary Italian cuisine to family favourites. Get ready to kick back and enjoy the night away at the lively Waves Bar where a refreshing cocktail, cooling drink or light snack is never far from hand.
WeddingSutra loves the Cowrie Cove, an al fresco dining space by the expanse of the ocean. This seafood restaurant features a signature, modern menu that combines fresh, local produce and a wonderful selection of wine from around the globe. Plan a candle-lit dinner, with the ocean as the backdrop, and the finest food and wine for two.
Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa, Philippines
Plan your day flitting from one gorgeous space to another. Start at the Alon Beach bar with your toes in the sand, the warm sun on your face and tropical drinks and delicious snacks on call.
Then head to Rima, hidden amongst the tree-tops overlooking the resort, an intimate hideaway for the two of you.
And if you’re looking for something even more secluded, the resort will arrange a dinner for two down by the beach at your own villa or at the Sea Pavilion where you can dine under the stars. You can pick from a surf and turf or barbeque menu or enjoy a very special meal created by your personal chef.