So Fly: 5 Incredible Restaurants You Can Only Get to By Floatplane or Boat
There's nothing like swooping into a secluded restaurant by plane or boat to make anyone feel like a celeb.
Chances are you don’t own a private island like Johnny Depp or Leonardo DiCaprio. Fortunately, you don’t need to be famous to feel like an A-list celeb at these secluded restaurants—so out of the way they're reachable only by floatplane or boat. And trust us, these places are good for more than just a cool Instagram post and killer view; they also offer world-class cuisine cooked up by some seriously talented chefs.
Zori, Sveti Klement, Croatia
Set on the Croatian island of Sveti Klement in the Adriatic Sea, Zori is so out of the way that you can only reach it via a boat ride from Hvar—another island 10 minutes away. Run by husband-and-wife team Iva and Renato Tomlinovic, the 60-year-old restaurant uses local, organic ingredients in simple but expertly prepared Croatian dishes. Though the seafood is as excellent as you’d hope for at a coastal restaurant, don't miss out on the insanely good steak.
Little Palm Island, Florida Keys
The exclusive, adults-only resort of Little Palm Island off the Florida Keys is a playground for the rich and famous, in part because it's accessible only by seaplane or boat. The French-Latin restaurant serves extravagant, innovative tropical dishes like foie gras with jalapeño pesto, caramelized bananas, Spanish peanuts and sherry reduction.
Berowra Waters Inn, Sydney, Australia
Forget the opera house: If you’re visiting Sydney, dinner at the Berowra Waters Inn should be at the top of your list. Catch a seaplane, boat, or the Inn's own private ferry and be transported to the bushland in the middle of the Hawkesbury River. Repeatedly named one of the best restaurants in the country, Berowra Waters is helmed by local celebrity chef Brian Geraghty. His tasting menus are a progression of six inventive dishes that show off the best local ingredients, like pork with coconut and nashi pear.
Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, Tofino, Canada
Accessible only by a 45-minute floatplane or 30-minute ferry ride, the Clayoquot Wilderness Resort—near Tofino in British Columbia— is the definition of seclusion. The glamping resort places equal emphasis on luxury and sustainability, and those principles carry over to the restaurant’s local and ethically sourced menu items. Chef Ryan Orr highlights regional Cascadian cuisine; be sure to try the chowder made with grilled Clayoquot Sound oysters, one of his specialties.
Willows Inn, Lummi Island, Washington
Just off the coast of Washington between the U.S. and Canada sits Lummi Island, a sleepy beach destination with loads of charm and spectacular views. The upscale Willows Inn is one of the island’s biggest draws, not least because of its dazzling restaurant run by Blaine Wetzel, a protegé of star chef Rene Redzepi (of Noma in Copenhagen) and a winner of Food & Wine’s Best New Chef award as well as two James Beard Awards. Expect hyper-local ingredients (as in, sourced within a few miles) that were fished or foraged earlier that day, gorgeously presented in Wetzel's tasting menus.