Take advantage of "back to school" flight offers to explore some of Europe's most exciting hotel restaurant openings.

Try prawn sushi under the stars at Amo.te restaurant, Pine Cliffs Resort, Pinhal do Concelho, Apartado 887, 8200-912 Albufeira, Algarve (00 35 1 289 500 100; pinecliffs.com).

Acclaimed chef Paul Flynn has helped to transform the former La Stampa brasserie into Balzac, La Stampa Hotel, 35 Dawson Street, Dublin (00 353 1 6774444; lastampa.ie). Expect a refined take on Irish classics such as crispy crubeens (pig's trotter).

Enjoy sophisticated Lebanese-French cooking at Byblos, Four Seasons Hotel Alexandria at San Stefano, 399 El Geish Road, Alexandria (00 20 3 581 8000; four seasons.com).

Chef Alvaro Garce's inventive menu at Scratch restaurant in the Radisson SAS El Marques Resort & Spa, Avenue Gran Bretaña, s/* Urbanizacion Mijas Golf, 29650 Mijas Malaga (00 34 9529 22110; radissonsas. com), includes cod wrapped in seaweed.