Nothing says summer more than a relaxing picnic in a beautiful location, an assortment of delicious meals surrounded by sunshine and good company. Picnicking is a naturally fun way to get to know a new place, and with travel resumed, this activity has the added benefit of being outdoors. It is a socially distanced activity that can capitalize on the unique flavors of a destination without being restricted to the confines of a restaurant.
All over the world, an increasing number of hotels are offering picnic packages to their guests for all of the above reasons and more. While not everyone includes the classic gingham blanket and lemonade pitcher, there are more than enough options for everyone to find the perfect picnic for them.
Here are 14 picnic packages offered by hotels around the world.
Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
This idyllic 400-acre resort in the North Sound region of the British Virgin Islands offers an organized picnic package that allows guests to explore the island while enjoying a gourmet picnic in nature. The hotel either offers a packed packed lunch or guests can prepare it before their excursion. Picnic destinations include the Wild Side Lookout, perched atop a platform overlooking Berchers Bay. Their rich menu includes decadent dishes like lobster rolls, cheese platters and goat cheese dip.
Santa Monica, California
Shutters on the Beach is a Southern California town reminiscent of the quintessential Cape Cod cottages. Their classic picnic package, Happiness by the beach, take advantage of the kilometers of sandy beach in front of the complex gates. This luxury beach picnic features chic coastal decor, including pillows for seating, a small table, and a sun umbrella. The menu features dishes such as Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps, Mediterranean platters, cheese deli meats, and mini lobster rolls.
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
For a more personalized picnic experience, Sesuit Harbor House asks its guests to complete a pre-arrival questionnaire sharing details of their favorite breakfast items. Then each morning, the hotel drops personalized picnic baskets outside the rooms filled with a selection of menu items that can be enjoyed on the hotel’s 2.5-acre lawn.
The white-gloved butler service at this 9-story, 9-suite luxury boutique hotel in the heart of Waikiki can provide you with a bespoke, chef-prepared picnic outing that includes small farm-to-table bites accompanied craft beers and rare wines from the hotel’s $ 5 million wine collection. Picnics can be organized on a secret beach or on the manicured lawn of the historic Iolani Palace after an exclusive visit behind the Velvet Rope. Those seeking adventure can explore at their own pace with the private use of ESPACIO’s luxury car and enjoy a gourmet picnic from their location of choice, from mauka (mountain) to makai (sea).
Los Cabos, Mexico
The Chileno Bay Resort & Residences is located right on the beach, providing an active and engaging environment to create the perfect escape. Pericu-Nic is Chileno’s perspective on a traditional picnic with an organized menu that nods both to local vendors and to the Pericúes, who mostly lived off the abundant waters of the Gulf of California, diving in search of fish and shellfish on wooden rafts. The menu also includes cheeses made by a fourth generation cheesemaker from the Guadalupe Valley, a lobster tostada with chipotle and grilled onion vinaigrette, and a sweet potato roll stuffed with marinated yellowfin tuna. Finish with mini gorditas de nata flavored with local organic honey butter or chocolate with roasted agave bars.
The JL Bar Ranch spans 13,000 acres of off-grid luxury in West Texas for those looking to reconnect with themselves and the great outdoors. Their Cowboy kitchen takes picnics to a new level, as guests ride horses across the resort area in Texas Hill Country, watch the sunset over the hills while enjoying a team-hosted picnic culinary experience of the JL Bar and the sommelier on site.
Langham’s gastronomic destination offers seasonal picnic baskets for guests to enjoy outside the restaurant throughout the summer. New this year, Travelle offers menu-oriented baskets, so customers can choose from menu items such as spreads and dips, gourmet sandwiches, savory salads and delicious sweets. Plus, guests can assemble the perfect summer picnic basket by adding drinks and choosing from exclusive bottled cocktails, assorted wine selections, champagne and sodas. Visit Travelle’s knock page for more information.
Inspired by the laid-back sophistication of southern France and imbued with Californian soul, Auberge du Soleil is everything a trip to the wine country should be, with spectacular valley views, a Michelin-starred restaurant and spa exclusive. Their Picnic in the Park combines French-inspired cuisine like seasonal salads, fruit, cold cuts, cheese, with an incredible choice of house wines, all in a picturesque olive grove.
Commodore Perry Estate is located on a 10-acre estate in Austin’s Hyde Park neighborhood, blending privacy and character with Austin’s heritage and independent spirit. Their picnic experience offers a chef-prepared meal on Sundays on their expansive lawn overlooking seasonal flowers and ornamental water fountains. Dine on the classic gingham picnic blanket, sip champagne on ice, and sample delicious bites made with fresh, local ingredients by award-winning chefs Bradley Nicholson and Susana Querejazu.
Big Cedar Lodge is a lakefront retreat located on 4,600 acres in the Ozarks of Missouri, and is sometimes referred to as the “Outdoors Disneyland.” Backyard Baskets is a picnic program for guests staying in self-catering accommodation, many of which are equipped with outdoor barbecues and kitchenettes. Ozark Picnic Basket features Genny Morris Fried Chicken, House Potato Salad, Baked Beans, Cornbread, Watermelon Slices, Peach Cobbler and Vanilla Ice Cream , while the family mixed grill basket includes a 28-day aged tenderloin, all-natural pork chop, salmon or chicken breast, asparagus, buttered baby potatoes, fresh corn, soft buns and sticky butter cake. Apple. Finally, Uncle Buck’s Basket offers Angus Chuck Burger, Beef Hot Dogs, Buns, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion, Pickle, American Cheese, Chips, Onion Dip and Peach Cobbler.
Lake Como, Italy
Hotel Il Sereno combines luxury and modern design to breathe fresh air into the iconic bucket list item Lake Como. After a successful launch in June 2020, the ultra-private, all-suite hotel brings back the stylish picnic experience in partnership with Italian menswear brand Larusmiani for the 2021 season. Climb aboard one traditional motorboats Vaporina and Ernesto Riva from the hotel to enjoy the personalized picnic basket from the famous Milanese fashion house Larusmiani. It includes custom painted porcelain, fresh Bollinger Special Cuvée champagne or Rosé Love Léoube from Château Léoube, a selection of cold Mediterranean-style dishes from Michelin-starred executive chef Raffaele Lenzi and sparkling / natural water.
Lake Forest, Illinois
Invited to Auberge du chemin des cerfs can take advantage of the recently launched Picnic in the Park Package, which is a gourmet picnic experience in one of Lake Forest’s beautiful parks. You can customize your picnic basket from a selection of travel-friendly snacks and drinks. A 10-minute bike ride from Lake Forest Beach, travelers can complete the scenic picnic by taking advantage of the inn’s free bicycles.
Rochester, New York
the Hotel & Spa Woodcliff offers a local picnic package for guests looking to take in the views at a leisure pace while indulging in local delicacies, while encouraging guests to explore the Finger Lake areathe famous wine country of. The prepackaged luxury transporter includes a selection of fresh sandwiches, a deli board with samples of local artisan cheese, chocolate-covered berries, and a bottle of local wine. The basket also includes an insulated wine rack and wine key, bottled water, compostable disposable tableware, and a large blanket – all to keep, plus a Polaroid camera to borrow.
The Kimpton EPIC Hotel offers two picnic baskets for guests, each delivered in a chic take-out backpack or basket, which can be ordered through the hotel’s dining room. The EPIC Picnic Platinum is for four people and includes a mini mimosa and bellini kit, tropical fruits, a caviar, bagel and lox kit, pressed picnic sandwiches, tuna taco kits, cheese and cold cuts , as well as an assortment of macaroons and truffles. There’s also a standard two-person option that includes items from the old package, minus the kits.