Earning a Michelin-star is a gold metal accomplishment for any chef. Receiving the most distinguished award in fine dining means everybody wants a piece. Indulgent foodie travelers flock from around the globe to taste world-class creativity while food critics swarm, eagerly awaiting their chance to voice an opinion.
Place one of these top-rated eateries in a world-class hotel and you’ve got a killer combination. Visit one of the properties below, and we doubt you’ll ever want to leave. After all, when the best dining in town is just an elevator ride away, why would you?
The Yeatman / The Yeatman Restaurant
A luxury wine spa hotel surrounded by Portugal’s famous vineyards hardly needs an introduction to entice its guests. With its prime location overlooking the World Heritage town of Porto and the Douro River, The Yeatman’s contemporary good looks and cultural charm are rivaled only by its two-star Michelin restaurant. Cheerful décor and graceful style outfit each individually crafted room, and the outdoor infinity pool provides the best panoramas of Porto. The spa — featuring restorative wine-based treatments — houses an extravagant sanctuary equipped with yet another infinity pool. The cherry on top is The Yeatman Restaurant, where Portuguese cuisine peaks with Chef Ricardo Costa at the helm. Sourcing the region’s freshest produce and renowned seafood favorites, the 8-10 course tasting menu toes the line with outlandish modern-day twists on traditional favorites.
Marina Bay Sands / CUT by Wolfgang Puck
The unmistakable twinkling tri-towers — crowned with a ship-shaped platform and an outrageous infinity pool — scrape across Singapore’s skyline, symbolizing the exquisite sophistication found throughout the city. Marina Bay Sands boasts two theaters, a museum, a skating rink, a casino, and 10 restaurants – two of which are Michelin-starred. Waku Ghin, a two-star joint, is temporarily closed for renovations, but there’s a number of other celebrity-helmed restaurants, including CUT by Wolfgang Puck. Meat-lovers rejoice over the hearty offerings of first-rate beef selections, grilled over coals and apple wood embers and served with house-made sauces and scrumptious sides. Cap the night with a hand-crafted cocktail at the bar or the inviting lounge.
Hotel Rossa Alpina / St. Hubertus Restaurant
San Cassiano, Italy
Owned and operated by the Pizzinini family for three generations, Hotel Rossa Alpina’s location in the Dolomites attracts nature-lovers with a taste for the finer things in life. Hiking, biking, and skiing opportunities abound, tempting guests off the glamorous, ski resort-esque property and into the wild. Those who prefer to enjoy staying indoors can opt for days filled with anti-aging spa treatments, yoga, and swimming on the hotel grounds. However you choose to spend your time, everyone can agree the hotel’s three-starred Michelin restaurant is the perfect way to cap the day. The cozy, nine-table restaurant oozes exclusivity, with one table offering a kitchen-view for a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the magic. The menu, dictated by the season’s bounty and perfectly paired with regional wines, spawns from chef Norbert Niederkofler’s sophisticated imagination.
The Inn at Little Washington / The Inn at Little Washington
Washington, Virginia, U.S.A.
The nation’s capital is flush with Michelin star restaurants (18 to be exact), and The Inn at Little Washington is the crème de le crème. Although its location 90 minutes west of D.C. is a haul, locals and tourists agree with the Michelin Guide that The Inn is “worth the special journey.” Self-taught chef and Inn owner, Patrick O’Connell, offers three tasting menus of sumptuous American cuisine, one of which caters to vegetarians. Instead of driving back to the city after a delectable meal, most patrons prefer to check into a room at the Main Inn; the exterior of which exhibits old country charm, while the antique furniture and heavily draped windows lend an age-old European feel to the interior.
Park Hotel Vitznau / Prisma Restaurant
On the shores of Lake Lucerne, a fairy-tale castle sits regally overlooking the sparkling water with emerald hills rolling in the background. The setting alone is enough to earn prominent ratings, but Park Hotel Vitznau doesn’t stop there. Capitalizing on the lakeside location, the heated infinity pool perched on the property’s edge serves as an opulent viewpoint of the surrounding landscape. The highly-rated spa offers a buffet of treatments and experiences like a caviar-infused facial or a dip in the ice grotto. The icing on this extravagant cake is Prisma, the hotel’s one-star Michelin restaurant. The spiced-up European classics owe their exotic flair to east-Asian influences ingeniously fused by Chef Philip Heid. You’ve never had anything like this before.
The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong / Tin Lung Heen
Merging together for an unparalleled experience, traditional Cantonese cuisine clashes beautifully with Hong Kong’s contemporary spirit at Tin Lung Heen. Housed on the 102nd floor of Hong Kong’s most prestigious hotel, the sky-high restaurant’s jaw-dropping views over the city take a backseat when the food starts to arrive. Seafood and beef dominate the menu at Tin Lung Heen, each plate prepared with the sort of elaborate splendor worthy of a Michelin rating. For the final flourish, Tin Lung Heen’s very own Dim Sum Chef serves up reinvented versions of the delectable bite-sized morsels. As if dining on 102nd floor wasn’t enough, the hotel itself continues to impress. The 103rd floor lounge features creative cocktails and famous DJs ramping up for nightly dance parties. Think you can’t get much higher? Guess again. The 116th-floor spa combines an epic water and skyline view of Hong Kong alongside cutting edge skincare treatments and massages. And the best part of this Ritz-Carlton? You don’t need to sacrifice your privacy to enjoy the views; each room is outfitted with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the spectacular city below.