6 of the best places to dine alfresco

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From Mallorca to Tanzania, these places do dinner with a view…

best alfresco dining mallorca

Tapas on the terrace – Mallorca
For those wanting to experience the ultimate in alfresco dining, Mallorca Farmhouses offers Es Castell, a grand five-bedroom stone-clad country villa, set in a small private estate in the heart of the s'Horta valley near Cala d'Or.

Affording undulating views across verdant countryside to the sea, this spacious property is full of charm with traditional stone archways, vaulted ceilings, terracotta tiles, exposed beams and Mediterranean pastel-coloured walls. Within the grounds is a small private vineyard and olive groves producing excellent wine and olive oil, while the gardens boast citrus, almond and even banana trees.

Prices in 2013 start from £1,079 per week based on 10 sharing. Flights not included. Car hire is essential. mallorca.co.uk, 0845 800 8080

best alfresco dining egypt

Jewel of the Nile style dining - Egypt
Home to some of the world's most iconic monuments and ancient civilisations, the alluring charm of Egypt is evident not just in its incredible sites and landmarks, but in its distinctive cuisine.

Encounters Travel offers a tour of this exciting and eclectic country, which includes an overnight Nile cruise on board a traditional felucca boat (above). As the sun sets on Africa's longest river, the boat's Nubian crew will prepare a delicious evening meal of traditional Egyptian delights.

Eight-night small group Nubian Adventure tour from £419 per person. Includes transfers and accommodation on a mixed board basis.
encounterstravel.com, 0800 088 6002

best alfresco dining dubai

Soaring city views - Dubai

Offering panoramic views of the Dubai skyline, dine in Italian elegance from the terrace of the world's tallest hotel, the JW Marriott Marquis in Dubai. Due to have its luxury grand opening in February, it is set to be a record breaker at a dizzying height of 355 metres (1,164 ft) and its plush Italian Positano restaurant is primed to offer horizon views to die for.

Spread across two iconic towers, the hotel also boasts another eight restaurants, five lounges and entertainment venues, a Saray Spa and Health Club, plus a huge sundeck with swimming pool and elegant cabanas.

Four nights at the JW Marriott Marquis, Dubai, from £799 per person. Valid for departures from 1 - 19 February 2013, the price includes flights and a deluxe room on a bed and breakfast basis.
dialaflight.com, 0844 556 6060

best alfresco dining maldives

Sand and stars - The Maldives

Bury your toes in the sand as you eat under a canopy of stars at boutique beach retreat, The Beach House at Iruveli, Maldives.

Situated on the northernmost atoll of the Maldives, this exclusive retreat boasts five-star accommodation, a lavish spa and a true paradise setting with the finest of powder-white beaches and coral reef lagoons. The outdoor Medium Rare restaurant offers lobster and Champagne buffets as well as Middle Eastern nights.

Rejuvenate post Christmas with seven nights for the price of four from £3,249 per person, valid for departure on 8 February. Includes accommodation with private pool, flights, seaplane transfers, watersports and a complimentary dive and massage.
tropicbreeze.co.uk, 01752 880880

best alfresco dining Tanzania

Into the wild - Southern Tanzania

For those dreaming of decadent Out Of Africa style dining, with the Tanzanian wilderness as a backdrop, The Selous Safari Company offers gourmet food in a rough luxe setting.

Comprising two remote safari camps, offering star-studded nights under canvas and thatch, and a secluded beach retreat on the Indian Ocean, guests can choose to dine on their private verandah, on a dry sand river bed or even floating on a croc and hippo-infested lake!

Nine-night safari and beach adventure in Tanzania from £3,652 per person. Valid for selected departures until March 2013. Includes flights, transfers, full-board accommodation and safaris.
cazloyd.com, 020 7384 2332

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