As the chilly embrace of winter descends, it beckons the perfect time for intrepid travellers to embark on long-haul journeys to the enigmatic Far East.
With a growing number of adventurers heading back to Asia this winter, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts is unveiling a range of new initiatives designed to captivate discerning gourmands and simultaneously give back to local communities.
Exploring Thailand’s Coffee Culture
Thailand’s coffee culture has long remained a well-kept secret, hidden away from the world. However, the confluence of unique geographical features, climate, fertile soil, and traditional farming techniques has bestowed Thailand with some of the world’s most exquisite Arabica coffee beans.
In recent times, coffee aficionados have been flocking to Thailand to discover this hidden gem of the coffee world. Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok at Chao Phraya River, recently acclaimed as the third-best hotel globally by 50 Best, has been at the forefront of this movement. The hotel has forged a remarkable partnership with Left Hand Roasters, a Thai coffee collective deeply committed to sustainability and empowering local communities.
This novel collaboration introduces Thai Terroir Drip Coffee to the bustling streets of Bangkok. Sourced meticulously from small-scale farmers in northern Thailand, every cup of this aromatic elixir tells a tale of sustainability and community upliftment. The blend’s unique flavour profile is a testament to the region’s geography, climate, and traditional farming methods, all converging to create a coffee experience like no other.
Each sip of Thai Terroir Drip Coffee at Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok becomes a meaningful journey this autumn. The aroma and taste resonate with the dedication of local farmers, ensuring that your coffee indulgence is not just a sensory delight but also a contribution to the livelihoods of these hardworking individuals.
Indulging in Michelin-Starred Extravagance
For those travellers who measure their experiences in Michelin stars, Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong beckons with an irresistible proposition. Until the culmination of December 2023, guests have the exclusive opportunity to secure reservations at two of the city’s most coveted dining establishments – Lung King Heen (two stars) and Caprice (three stars).
Lung King Heen, renowned for its traditional Cantonese delicacies, promises an unforgettable evening curated by Executive Chef Chan Yan Tak, the world’s first Chinese chef to clinch three Michelin Stars. The moment you step into this gastronomic haven, you are enveloped in an ambience that exudes elegance and culinary mastery. From delicate dim sum to sumptuous seafood, every dish reflects the skill and creativity of Chef Chan.
On the other hand, Caprice enchants guests with the pinnacle of French cuisine. Nestled within the luxurious embrace of Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, this Michelin three-star restaurant is a testament to the art of gastronomy.
Dishes here are crafted with precision and an unwavering commitment to excellence. Whether you choose the tasting menu or select à la carte options, each plate is a work of art that delights the palate.
What makes this experience truly exceptional is the exclusive package that Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong offers. It guarantees reservations at both Lung King Heen and Caprice, ensuring that you can savour the best of both worlds. For travellers seeking a culinary journey that transcends the ordinary, this is an opportunity to indulge in Michelin-starred extravagance.
Crafting Cocktails with Heart
At the heart of Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay beats a passionate commitment to sustainability and community engagement. Embodying this ethos, the resort’s reimagined cocktail bar, TELU, seamlessly blends the art of modern mixology with the rich heritage and natural splendour of Bali.
Nestled within an enchanting hidden aromatic herb garden at the resort’s core, TELU stands as an open-air sanctuary constructed entirely from repurposed and upcycled materials. The very essence of TELU embodies sustainability, showcasing how beauty and functionality can coexist harmoniously with the environment.
The atmospheric arak cellar within TELU adds an intriguing dimension to the experience. Here, you can explore the depths of this ancient rice wine, known not only for its delightful taste but also for its potent medicinal benefits and its role in traditional Balinese religious ceremonies.
However, what truly sets TELU apart is its unwavering commitment to sustainability. The bar’s vibrant menus not only tantalize the taste buds but also extend a helping hand to local charities and artisans. Committed to a zero-waste philosophy, more than 80% of TELU’s ingredients are either homegrown or thoughtfully sourced from within the Indonesian archipelago.
Bali’s cultural tapestry includes arak, an ancient rice wine known for its potent medicinal properties and significant role in traditional religious ceremonies. This autumn, TELU’s cocktail bar rekindles the age-old practice of clay-pot aged arak, inviting guests to immerse themselves in the heritage of this beloved drink through the TELU Sustainable Cocktail Bar Workshop.
Head Bartender Jan Jurecka, a maestro of mixology, leads participants on a captivating 90-minute journey into the world of eco-conscious cocktails. Surrounded by the serene ambience of the herb garden, you’ll learn the art of crafting zero-waste libations, all while delving into the rich history of Arak.
It’s a hands-on experience that not only offers a deeper understanding of Bali’s traditions but also equips you with the skills to create sustainable cocktails in the comfort of your own home.
Conclusion: A Season of Unique Experiences
As winter casts its spell, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts beckon travellers to embark on a journey to the Far East filled with unparalleled experiences. From savouring the hidden treasures of Thailand’s coffee culture to indulging in Michelin-starred gastronomy in Hong Kong and crafting eco-conscious cocktails in Bali, these initiatives not only tantalize the senses but also underscore Four Seasons’ commitment to sustainability and community enrichment.
This winter, travellers are invited to savour the magic of the Far East with Four Seasons as their guide, where every moment is an opportunity to create meaningful memories and give back to the local communities that make these destinations shine. Whether you’re an avid coffee enthusiast, a connoisseur of fine dining, or a cocktail aficionado, Four Seasons’ winter offerings promise to elevate your travel experience to new heights, all while leaving a positive impact on the places you visit.