Eating on the water: how floating meals won over travelers
Take a dip in the sparkling infinity pool in the morning, and then savor a floating tray of treats served on-site while you soak up the water. ‘Floating’ meals have been all the rage on social media recently, mostly via posts from influencers appreciating the Maldives’ concerted efforts to attract tourists to the island nation.
While it all started with floating breakfasts on the menus of luxury resorts six or seven years ago, it picked up again during the pandemic as people prefer to stay away from the crowds and opt for personalized platters in their safe cocoons, in this case a private swimming pool overlooking the sea, mountains or valley.
The bonus is the lack of a dress code, or even complete dress code. And the stunning settings and delicious dining experiences provide great views, not to mention the clicks and likes on social media. Celebrities like Sara Ali Khan, Parineeti Chopra and Taapsee Pannu have also posted vacation footage of floating breakfasts during the pandemic, flaunting their sunny vacations.
Private and luxury resorts in destinations like Bali, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Thailand have been all over social media as favorite tourist destinations. As more people get vaccinated and travel restrictions are gradually lifted, pent-up travel demand emerges with destinations closer to home, stays and road trips, but at the same time the travel intention is gradually picking up for international travel. A list of the top domestic and international destinations on Booking.com by Indian travelers in August indicated an intention to travel. The United States, Russia and the Maldives are among the top three most popular international destinations in August. Closer to home, destinations like Lonavala and Leh are among the most sought after national destinations.
Breakfast is often served buffet style and is a not-so-private affair, but the idea of floating meals or breakfast in this case is becoming popular. According to a 2021 Booking.com study, 66% of Indian travelers believe that having breakfast delivered to their room is a very important feature of an accommodation for an enjoyable stay, while research data shows that “breakfast included “was the most used filter in research so far. This year.
Ritu Mehrotra, Regional Manager, South Asia, Booking.com, Says: “Floating Breakfast is becoming a popular travel trend in 2021 as travelers look forward to pampering while lounging in and around their private pools while breakfast platters with specialties float peacefully on the water. Many travelers want to indulge in relaxing experiences and are willing to go the extra mile for a relaxing experience.
Many resorts find the floating option very popular because it offers privacy, comfort and well-being. “The breakfast experience is unique and allows you to immerse yourself in the waters in the comfort of your own villa or suite. The idea is to relax, take your time and enjoy this unique floating indulgence. It’s creative and delicious, and customers love it, ”said Roshan George, general manager of Cape Weligama, a luxury resort in Sri Lanka, where a floating breakfast is a popular choice among guests.
Kandima Maldives, a private island resort in the Maldives, this year added a Maldivian floating lunch as a new experience to give an experiential dimension to private dining. It’s a sumptuous feast with a cultural touch at the villa’s private pool with a magnificent view of the Indian Ocean.