Fine dining is alive and well in swanky hotels across the globe, as this rash of recent openings proves.
Watch the chefs from your seat overlooking the lagoon at Ambar, Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya, Playa Del Carmen, Mexico (00 52 984 877 3295; mandarinoriental.com), as they whip up some deli-cious Latin-Asian fusion dishes, such as kobe beef carpaccio with jalapeno peppers and coriander.
Talented chef Ollie Couillaud is a native of southwest France. Try his versions of duck confit with pommes sarladaises and entrecote grillee bordelaise at Bord'eaux, Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London (020-7399 8460; bordeaux.co.uk)
Philippe Starck has evoked the spirit of Salvador Dali for his design of Le Dali, Le Meurice, 228 Rue de Rivoli, Paris (00 33 1 44 58 10 10; lemeurice.com), where three Michelinstarred chef Yannick Alleno's menu includes langoustine ravioli.
Chef Dean Fearing's cuisine puts a sophisticated spin on Tex-Mex food at Fearings, Ritz Carlton, 2121 McKinney Ave, Dallas (001 214 922 4848; fearings restaurant.com), where maple-black peppercorn-soaked buffalo tenderloin on jalapeno grits and crispy butternut squash taquito is on the menu.
Jason Atherton and Gordon Ramsay bring their modern French take on tapas to central Europe with Maze, Hilton Prague Old Town, V Celnici 7, Prague (00 420 221 82 23 00; gordonramsay.com), where desserts include peanut and cherry jam sandwich with cherry sorbet.
There's authentic Cantonese cuisine on offer at Yan Ting, St Regis Hotel, 29 Tanglin Road, Singapore (00 65 6506 6888; star-woodhotels.com), where chefs cook and serve Sunday dim sum to order.