Stepping foot on uninhabited Motu Tapu, you’ll feel like a castaway washing ashore on a secret paradise. And you are. Except there’s a bartender and a gourmet meal. For the next few hours this Tahitian islet is all yours. Lunch is a traditional Tahitian welcome, a picnic feast elegantly laid out under the palms: fresh sashimi, poisson cru (the ceviche-like native dish of raw tuna, coconut milk, onions, cucumbers and tomatoes), grilled lobster, lagoon fish and tropical fruits. Legend has it Motu Tapu was once the private retreat of a Polynesian queen, forbidden to everyone else, her personal sanctuary. And that serene feeling remains, mai tai in hand. When the boat comes to take you home – hide in the bushes. Gourmet lunch including transfer from $150. hilton.com/frenchpolynesia
Can you taste it? A 14-course meal in Japan. A Caribbean beach barbecue with fresh-caught lobster. And, for the meat and potatoes lover, Portuguese fare steamed all morning in an active geyser. But don’t let the food distract you too much. This meal isn’t just about the delicious eats. Look around – you’re on an uninhabited Tahitian motu; atop one of Europe’s largest glaciers; cruising through Marlborough Sound in New Zealand. After this meal, you won’t just leave with a full, happy stomach. You’ll leave with a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Photo by: Brown W. Cannon III