Budapest, Hungary

Hungarian State Opera House

The Details:

This 19th century neo-Renaissance building plays a spectacular backdrop to a meal where the soundtrack is provided by a private orchestra.

The Setting: A cupola fresco, three levels of gilded filigree, and a three-ton bronze chandelier decorate the hall.

The Dress Code: Three days of preparation on the Opera House’s behalf requires you to look the part. In this case, only an Oscar gown will do.

Insider Tip: A dinner here can only be booked through the Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest.

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Michanwi Pingwe, Zanzibar

The Rock Restaurant

The Details:

This intimate seafood restaurant, a converted fisherman’s post in the middle of the Indian Ocean, is best accessed by boat.

The Vibe: Rustic, low key chic.

Perfect for: The woman whose idea of the perfect night is one where she doesn’t have to wear heels to dinner.

What to Order: Freshly caught seafood, served with local spices.

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Havana, Cuba

La Guarida

The Details:

Only a few blocks back from the Malecón lies this spectacularly dilapidated restaurant that evokes the faded grandeur of old Havana.

Star Power: This romantic setting was first seen in the Academy Award-nominated film Fresa y Chocolate; Beyonce and Jay-Z have also celebrated an anniversary here.

What to Order: Polished takes on Cuban classics, such as suckling pig or cheese ice cream with guava.

Insider Tip: After dinner, head upstairs to one of Cuba’s most buzzed-about bars.

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Zighy Bay, Oman

Sense on the Edge at the Six Senses Spa

The Details:

A dinner under the stars takes on whole new meaning at this mountain-top restaurant at the Six Senses Spa in Oman.

The Setting: Majestic mountains, the Gulf of Oman, and a clear-cut view of the stars.

Insider Tip: Take the mood to the next level and book the Starlight Table, a truly secluded space slightly further up the mountain.

The Dress Code: Desert-cool separates… that lend themselves to statement heels.

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Zwolle, The Netherlands

De Librije

The Details:

Escape Amsterdam, via a one-hour train ride and , for this renowned three Michelin-starred restaurant in the charming Dutch town of Zwolle.

The Setting: The former library of a 15th century Dominican abbey.

The Dress Code: The setting may be medieval, but the interiors are distinctly modern. Dress for the occasion in elegant, minimalist pieces.

What to Order: The seven-course dining menu—chef Jonnie Boer is known for his farm-focused menus with a distinctively quirky touch.

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Bangkok, Thailand


The Details:

In the heart of urban Bangkok, walking through a twinkle-lit pergola into a charming colonial building sets the foundation for an unexpectedly romantic dining experience.

The Cuisine: Chef Gaggan Anand, a protégé of El Bulli’s Ferran Adria, delivers “progressive” Indian dishes with a molecular twist.

The Dress Code: The soft surroundings/hues lend themselves to a brighter cocktail piece.

The Accolades: True gourmands will appreciate knowing it was twice named Asia’s Best Restaurant.

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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia

Table 131° at Longitude 131°

The Details:

Get back to nature with this dining experience, where the pre-dinner prep literally involves placing your table in the middle of the Australian outback.

The Setting: The stars, the desert, and the majestic landmark of Uluru, the world’s largest stone monolith.

The Vibe: Save your stilettos and bring the conversation; this far out, there’s little else to distract.

Insider Tip: Have post-dinner drinks at the Dune House or brush up on your astronomy with a lesson from the lodge’s in-house expert.

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