Calling all foodies who love to dine al fresco!
Celebrate National Picnic Month
July is National Picnic Month and what better way to celebrate than with a trip somewhere incredible? Breathtaking views, delicious food, and refreshing outdoor breezes are just a few reasons to enjoy a summer meal al fresco at a number of beautiful destinations around the world. From boho beach vibes in Puerto Vallarta to a picnic on two wheels that overlooks the charming Italian city of Lucca, these hotels and resorts offer the ultimate picnics for foodie travelers to check off their bucket lists.
Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve Puerto Rico | Rainforest Views for Days
Picnics pair best with panoramic views of Puerto Rico. Picture this: you pick up your picnic backpack from the lobby of Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve Puerto Rico and hop on a golf cart for a short ride to the highest point on the property. This beautiful, expansive resort is located on a natural reserve at the foothills of the El Yunque rainforest, so your picnic spot is surrounded by breathtaking ocean views and cloud-breaching mountain views – the perfect place for catching a Puerto Rican sunset. The backpacks are filled with a selection of Chef’s favorite dishes and string lights line the air as the day turns to night, which comes together for a truly unforgettable picnic experience.
Quintessence Anguilla | Picnic With a Postcard-Perfect View
Bask in the Anguilla sun on the secluded Long Bay Beach for the perfect beachside picnic. Perched right above the shoreline, the five-star Relais & Châteaux hotel, Quintessence, also known as “The Tropical Grand Mansion,” features all the amenities of a full service resort with a private-villa like feel. Guests can opt for a postcard-perfect picnic complete with a customizable gourmet spread by Executive Chef Dominique Thevenet, who draws inspiration from the local surroundings and his French heritage. In addition to menu items such as grilled lamb chops with pesto and a delicious Caribbean fish and chips, guests can indulge with wines from the hotel’s award-winning Tuscan wine cellar. A museum-quality collection of Caribbean artwork and onsite art gallery, a sprawling infinity pool, private beach access and butler service are the perfect complement to a day of snacking on the sand.
The Westin Resort & Spa, Puerto Vallarta | Boho Beach Picnic
Live the beachy boho moment worthy of any mood-board at a private seaside picnic with a curated menu, plenty of bubbly and a view of the sparkling Banderas Bay. Located on a former palm tree farm, The Westin Resort & Spa, Puerto Vallarta is a wellness oasis for all ages set in one of the friendliest cities in the world. Guests can disconnect from the hustle and bustle on the serene property home to over 600 palm trees (some living in the pool!), a private beach with endless chaise lounges, a world-class spa and on-property dining with health-conscious and plant-based options for foodies of all kinds. The resort’s private sunset picnics are the cherry on top of the perfect getaway.
Thompson Zihuatanejo | Smoke & Fire on the Beach
Hidden away along the swim-friendly waters of Playa La Ropa on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, is the sophisticated 56-room beachfront boutique hotel Thompson Zihuatanejo. Once the sun starts to set, guests are invited to head down to Thompson Zihua sand to enjoy the resort’s newest culinary experience, the ‘Smoke on the Beach’ picnic setup. Picnickers will be welcomed by an open-air tent structure, a comfortable lounge area on the sand with earth-toned blankets and pillows, and a cozy bonfire just for them. The experience is complete with a DIY meal kit to prepare over the open fire, a selection of alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages, and everything needed to make the ever-so-tasty sweet treat – s’mores. Picnic is available upon request, with 48-hour notice.
Sheraton Kauai Coconut Beach Resort | Sunrise Family Picnics in Paradise
This idyllic resort nestled in the eastern coast of Kauai is designed to be a tropical oasis for the entire family. The Sheraton Kauai Coconut Beach Resort offers a number of immersive experiences including a unique and recently launched Sunrise Menu to help guests get their day started off on the right foot, at first light. One option on this fun new menu includes the “We Were Up Anyway” experience (because who isn’t with little ones on mainland time) which offers families of 4 a beach blanket, crafts and snacks for the keikis (kids) and coffee for the parents for just $65 — who can also add on Island Mimosas for an additional cost, because why not? Say goodbye to chasing sunsets (so last season) and aloha to greeting the sunrise with the best view on the island, only at the Sheraton Kauai Coconut Beach Resort.
Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino | Picnic Like It’s 1959
Take a step back in time with the retro picnic experience at the Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino. Located on Palm Beach, the resort is surrounded by white sand beaches and turquoise blue waters. The serene setting offers the perfect reprieve from everyday life, allowing you to unplug and immerse yourself in another decade where times were simple. The retro picnic includes a wicker picnic basket filled with beach food, candy that was popular in the 1950’s, TIME Magazines from the 1960s, a red and white gingham blanket, Coca-Cola cups, the iconic Coppertone sunscreen, and 1960’s-inspired cat eye sunglasses with headscarves to tie up that chic vintage look. Sure to be fun for the whole family, the package includes yo-yo’s, magic 8 balls, Wooly Willy magnetic hair designs and gumby toys, reminiscent of how kids used to entertain themselves long before cell phones or iPads. Sit back, relax, and spend an afternoon leaning into the nostalgia of the old days.
Grand Universe Lucca | Picnic With a Birdseye City View
What’s better than a summer picnic? A summer picnic in Italy. Lovers of sweet Tuscan sun should make their way to Grand Universe Lucca, a 55-room luxury boutique hotel situated in the quaint city of Lucca. Known for its historical walls that surround the outside perimeters of the area, this delightful town offers beautiful views and public parks to enjoy with a rich history to explore. Luckily, guests of the hotel can experience this area with the unique ‘Bikes and Bites’ package which includes an hour bike rental and packaged Italian sandwiches to enjoy on their bird’s eye tour of the walled-city. Also included in the picnic, are small bottles of champagne to cheers to a perfect summer afternoon outside.
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