Lung King Heen at Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong
A British luxury website has created a once-in-a-lifetime epic travel itinerary that will take one couple to all 109 three-Michelin-starred restaurants around the world, for the cool sum of about US$275,000.
The six-month culinary odyssey will take two people to the world's top dining addresses across 12 countries, including Lung King Heen in Hong Kong, Sushi Yoshitake in Tokyo, Per Se in New York and Le Meurice in Paris.
Created by VeryFirstTo.com in collaboration with www.holidaysplease.co.uk, participants will sample some of most iconic, famous and avant-garde dishes in contemorary gastronomy, such as "salmon poached in a liquorice gel" at Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck and "pineapple bubbles" at Juan Mari Arzak’s Basque restaurant Arzak. Visits will average one restaurant every other day.
Michel Bras' Bras restaurant in Laguiole, France
According to the Michelin ranking system, restaurants that boast all three stars represent dining destinations which are “worth a special journey". Dishes are nothing short of exceptional, distinctive and precisely executed, and use superlative ingredients.
Between sampling the finest foods in the world, participants will stay at five-star luxury hotels such as the Trump International in New York; the Conrad in Tokyo; the Hotel de Paris in Monte Carlo; and Claridge’s in London. The package also includes the cost of flights.
“This is a truly exceptional and sensational gourmet travel experience, it is by far the most lavish we have ever organised,” said Charles Duncombe of Holidaysplease.
Thomas Keller's The French Laundry in California
The around-the-world eating tour comes from the same luxury website that recently launched a US$71,000 package for pooches that includes a personal chef, surfing lessons, spa treatments and a stay at the luxurious Paw Seasons hotel for dogs in Bristol, England.
They also sold a luxury vacation package worth US$1.5 million to a wealthy Chinese man this past spring that will take him to all 962 UNESCO World Heritage Sites over two years.
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