Luxury traveling used to mean traveling to the most expensive destinations, spending mass amounts of money. Glamourous spas, 5-star hotels, car services, the works. Now travelers are more about authentic experiences, especially amongst millennials. Investing in personalized vacation, taking in the culture and immersing themselves into diverse experiences.

Having a personal chef while you travel is a luxury that’s no longer reserved for the rich and wealthy. Travelers want a luxury vacation down to the dining experience, including a private chef. Nothing like an authentic food experience straight from the source.

Booking a private chef while on vacation rids of the possibly crowded restaurants and gives travelers more time to actually be on vacation. No need to wait in line, get dressed or even get in the car. Enjoy a freshly cooked meal and unique dining experience right from the comfort of your own villa/mansion or vacation rental property. Your chef will do the grocery shopping and prepare meals based on a customized menu crafted to your liking.

If you’re lucky, book an Airbnb that comes with a private chef similar to one of these private mansions or villa. There’s no need to lift a finger The live-in staff at this private beachfront house in San Pedro offers private chef services with daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner and specialty dishes featuring lobster, conch, and fish. The price might be a little outrageous, but it just might be worth it.

Normally, for $1,000 a night, you could book this private mansion in Acapulco, equipped with a private chef, bartender and house manager to ensure all of your needs. Now you can stay for just $95/a night, as part of their special. The chef cooks a variety of foods and recipes from Italian and Mexican to American, with vegetarian options as well.

Resorts/hotels around the world offer a complimentary chef during your stay as part of their all-inclusive packages.

The Grand Residences Riviera in Cancun recently hired a new Executive chef, Guido De La Mora. He studies cuisines around the world during his travels to Miami, Barbados, Barcelona, Dominican Republic and more. This luxurious resort also features several luxury amenities aside from a personal chef. Tennis lessons, deluxe Bvlgari bath toiletries, access to a personal concierge and more.

Learn about four different types of teas, where it comes from and how each blend is made by the resort’s onsite tea service team.

Various concierge services allow you to book a private chef to cater dinner or small or large parties.

Table at Home pairs independent private chefs with customers making your dining experience that much easier. Select your gourmet chef, set your budget and request your desired meal for an all-inclusive price including ingredients, cooking, serving and clean up. Choose wisely and quickly, the best chefs are always booked.

It doesn’t get more luxury than being on a yacht in the middle of the ocean under the sun. One of the most elite private chef agencies personally hand selects chefs from all around the world, including major cities like New York, D.C., Dallas, San Francisco, and even London and Hong Kong. The chefs specialize in everything from Mediterranean and French cuisine to Italian and Asian. Further accommodations are made for clients with special dietary needs (vegan, diabetic).

Congolese Chef Dieuveil Malonga raises awareness about Africa through his exclusive cooking experiences and his specialty Afro-fusion cuisine, blending western cuisines and African flavors, reflective of his African roots. He launched a similar site called Chefs in Africa helps travelers connect with various chefs in Africa for an exclusive dining experience, helping to change the narrative of African culinary arts.

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This luxury castle In Ireland provides experiences right on their 180-acre property. Go fishing, play tennis, or engage in medieval activities such as falconry and archery.

Now, if these resorts, hotels and concierge services are a bit pricey for you or still not up to your standards, there’s another option that requires you to do most of the research. Find one yourself. Instagram is a great place to start, using the hashtag #privatechef. Now, of course, you can’t exactly tell who someone’s food taste simply based on some satisfying picture of your favorite dessert or entree. Most have their personal website and booking information in their bio.

Don’t be alarmed by Dallas-based private Chef Gabrielle McBay’s less than 10K follower count. Her celebrity clientele and her unique twist to pastry cuisines led her to her establish Ellements Cuisine and Pastry Concepts, for catering and private chef services for individual clients, special occasions.