Eat Like Royalty at These Rhone-Alps Golf Resorts
Rhone-Alps is obviously most well known for its mountains – it’s partly named for them, after all – and UK tourists are especially fond of it as a skiing destination. However, you might be surprised to learn that the region is also great for a luxury golf holiday… and ‘luxury’ really is the right word, as you’ll see in this blog post. Read on to learn more about the excellent dining options available at three of the area’s best golfing resorts
Fromthe mighty Rhone River to the snowy mountain peaks, this region has a lot ofvariety – and this is reflected in its cuisine. The city of Lyon is well known for its sausages and salami, while the Alps is home to rich, hearty fare like gratin dauphinois, fondue, raclette and more. You can also enjoy awide variety of great wines.
Hotel Royal is a five-star palace hotel in a luxurious setting surrounded by lakes and mountains, and its history matches its grand name. It has been catering to the needs of a diverse and high-class clientele for over a century since its opening in 1909. Few places would make a better site for a luxury golf holiday in France.
The cuisine at its restaurant is fantastic – the perfect way to refuel after a game on the green. Head chef Patrice Vander focuses on using local produce to design unique twists on traditional classics. Lake Geneva provides a variety of freshwater fish, while the hotel’s own garden gives access to perfectly grown fresh vegetables and herbs.
Eventhe so-called ‘family meals’ are gourmet, offering meals such as crayfish withtarragon, yellow wine and light sabayon. The ‘souvenir’ dishes, meanwhile, arewhere Vander and his team really shine. Foie gras ravioli with ginger, lemongrass and dried bonito shavings, for instance, elegantly marries French tradition with Asian flavours.
The Ermitage is located inanother stunning setting. Although it is perhaps less opulent than the Royal,it more than makes up for that with architecture heavily inspired by thenatural beauty around it. If you see sublime landscapes as a crucial part ofany luxury golf holiday, this is the hotel foryou.
Under Chef Alexandre Krizan, the Restaurant la Table matches the hotel’s sense of respect for nature with a focus on light, seasonal cuisine and wellness andvitality – the ideal way to healthily nourish your body so you’re in tip-top shape for that next golf game. With this in mind, guests are advised to try outa variety of small dishes to best appreciate the wide variety of complementaryflavours. The Sunday brunch comes especially highly recommended and Fridayevenings’ see the kitchen staff produce exquisite Italian delicacies.
Hotel Best Western duGouverneur
This three-star hotel mixes the modern and the traditional in a site close to the excellent 233-hectar golfestate, the Dombes. A truly unique location for a luxurygolf holiday, the resort is made up of a mix of Breuil Castle’s historic out buildings and a contemporary extension.
This sense of old-world grandeur with a modern twist is replicated in the cuisine on offer at the Bistro du Domaine du Gouverneur. Chef Fabrice Michel incorporates the local and authentic elements in his food, and serves up a variety of dishes including game and poultry, freshwater fish and even frogs. Once again, guestsare advised to sample a range of flavours at a buffet brunch. Whether you comebefore you head out for an afternoon of golfing or after a long day out on thegreen, this restaurant is sure to sweep you off your feet.
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