Top 5: The world's best outdoor restaurants
We're going al fresco
When the weather works in your favour, there's simply nothing better than heading outdoors for dinner – a simple night of great food can be made all the more memorable under the stars.
Aside from our selection of the five most breathtaking venues to enjoy dining al fresco – from a remote cliff top to the forest – restaurants in general are now opening up their gardens, expanding onto sidewalks, and transforming terraces into temporary ways to head outside.
Be inspired by our worldwide list below, now:
The Cliff at Cap, St. Lucia
The Cliff at Cap Restaurant was recently hailed by The New York Times and is already one of the most highly sought after tables on the island. Located on the North West coast in one of the Caribbean's most dramatic settings, the kitchen at The Cliff at Cap is overseen by Welsh born Executive Chef Craig Jones, a St. Lucian 'Chef of the Year' winner who serves a contemporary French West Indian fare.
Flames of the Forest, Australia
A ten minute drive into the rainforest from Port Douglas, and 50 minutes from Cairns, bar and grill Flames of the Forest is a world away from the everyday, in a completely intimate and natural setting – and it's like no other dining experience in Australia.
Sanctuary at Puku Ridge, Zambia
Perched on an escarpment overlooking a floodplain in the South Luangwa National Park, the Sanctuary at Puku Ridge Camp offers stunning vistas with perfect game sighting opportunities. Each of the seven safari tents on site has picture windows and its own viewing deck overlooking the plains – where game amble across for a drink of water while you enjoy your choice from a varied menu.
The sense of 'having arrived' at one of Bangkok's most iconic restaurants begins with the ascent to the 63rd floor and the walk down an artistically lit staircase, with the city below and the soothing strains of a jazz band welcoming you into a warm breeze. Then begins the authentic Mediterranean menu choices to make, painstakingly created with the freshest ingredients from the world's finest markets. A real gastronomic experience.
Embers, South Africa
The exclusive Bushmans Kloof resort provides a passionate service make for a quite unforgettable culinary journey, and five-star South African experience at Embers – thanks to its jaw-dropping location. Built into a natural sandstone amphitheatre, the restaurant is perched on a dramatic cliff and overlooks the spectacular valley below, and is lit by a roaring fire. Magic.