UNESCO established its list of Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2008, which now includes 429 elements encompassing music, dance, craft and food. SLH is well placed to support these local experiences through the diverse locations of over 500 hotels around the world. 

Here are some examples of places where guests can enjoy a taste of intangible heritage:

Neapolitan ‘Pizzaiuolo’

The art of Neapolitan ‘Pizzaiuolo’ originates in Naples, Italy, where 3,000 Pizzaiuolo now live and perform this culinary practice relating to the different phases of preparing and baking dough in a wood-fired oven.

Where to stay: Grand Hotel ParkersRomeo Hotel

Beer culture in Belgium

Beer culture in Belgium, including the craft beer scene and festive occasions. Almost 1,500 types of beer are produced in the country. Beer is also used in cooking including products like beer-washed cheese.

Where to stay: SLH hotels in Belgium

Turkish coffee culture

Turkish coffee culturecombines special preparation and brewing techniques with a rich communal traditional culture – a symbol of hospitality and friendship.

Where to stay: SLH hotels in Turkey

Flat Bread making in Turkey

Flat Bread making in Turkey involves at least three people and is central to the community culture.

Where to stay: SLH hotels in Turkey

Kimchi

Kimchi is an essential part of meals in South Korea, transcendingclass and regional differences. The making and sharing of Kimchi, or preserved spiced vegetables, is called Kimjang.

Where to stay: Hotel28 Myeongdong

The Mediterranean diet

The Mediterranean diet encompasses everything from the traditions of growing produce and harvesting to communal tradition of eating together, emphasising hospitality and social exchange.

Where to stay: SLH hotels in Croatia

Where to stay: SLH hotels in Spain

Where to stay: SLH hotels in Greece

Where to stay: SLH hotels in Italy

Where to stay: SLH hotels in Morocco

Where to stay: SLH hotels in Portugal

Gingerbread Craft in Croatia

Gingerbread Craft in Croatia has evolved from the tradition of gingerbread making in monasteries during the Middle Ages. Each craftsperson decorates the gingerbread in a different way, often with pictures, small mirrors and verses or messages and is one of the most recognisable symbols of Croatian identity.

Where to stay: SLH hotels in Croatia

Traditional Mexican Cuisine

Traditional Mexican Cuisinehighlights everything from the foundation elements of corn, beans and chili to the unique farming methods (eg milpas), cooking processes used (eg nixtamalization) and native ingredients such as varieties of squash and vanilla.

Where to stay: SLH hotels in Mexico

Washoku in Japan

Washoku in Japan refers to traditional dietary cultures based on skills and traditions and is closely related to the sustainable use of natural resources. This is especially evident during the symbolic preparation of food during celebrations like New Year with regional traditions passed down in the home at shared mealtimes.

Where to stay: SLH hotels in Japan

Gastronomic Meal of the French

Gastronomic Meal of the French respects a strict structure of aperitif, four courses, and digestif and marks the celebration of important moments in the lives of individuals and groups.

Where to stay: SLH hotels in France