While private dining is hardly a new concept in the restaurant and hotel worlds, ever-changing pandemic restrictions have forced businesses to get creative when it comes to how they can best accommodate guests, help them feel safe and still provide a memorable hospitality experience. In cities, this challenge has translated to purpose-built sidewalk and curbside structures (with varying degrees of insulation) that afford restaurants more outdoor seating. But at hotels and resorts—which enjoy the luxury of more space and, often, scenic locations—necessity has resulted in a slew of inventive set-ups.
Many luxury resorts already offer “dine anywhere on property” options (think torch-lit dinners on the beach or on a pier), but these pandemic-born opportunities take a slightly different approach by aiming to adhere to current guidelines while still feeling like some type of “normal” shared dining experience, with all the bells and whistles that we miss. From transformed guest suites and a European-inspired hidden alley to a bourbon-fueled homage to Middle-earth, here are 11 dining venues that are both fun and Covid-compliant.