For many, as long as there is sunshine and sea, little else matters when booking a holiday. However, for the foodies amongst us, picking a resort or hotel that offers an array of exciting cuisine is an integral part of any relaxing break. To make things easier, we have rounded up some of the world’s most celebrated culinary resorts.
Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic
By far the Dominican Republic’s most famous resort, Casa de Campo is a sprawling 7,000-acre estate on the south coast of the island. Whilst many head to the luxury resort to enjoy a round of golf on one of the three championed courses, it is the seven delicious restaurants that many have fantastic memories of.
Enjoy al fresco dining on Minitas Beach, enjoy fresh seafood at tapas at La Casita or indulge in Mediterranean fare at La Cana. Those who want to try traditional Dominican cuisine will love Lago or SBG, whereas Pubbelly Sushi serves up incredible Asian dishes and the aptly named La Piazette is a rustic Italian eatery.
Sandals LaSource, Grenada
Nestled on the south westerly tip of the West Indian island of Grenada is the Sandals La Source resort. Opened in 2014, this relatively new resort has established itself as one of the culinary highlights of the Caribbean. With the resort’s philosophy being ‘Discover Dining’ who could be surprised?
Visitors are blessed with 10 restaurants around the resort. Spices serves up traditional Caribbean fare. The restaurant’s signature dish, Red Pea Soup, is an aromatic medley of sweet and spicy West Indian seasonings. Flavours of Asian can be enjoyed at Kimonos and Soy, whereas European flavours of France, Italy, Paris, and the UK can be experienced at other restaurants.
Tordrillo Mountain Lodge, Alaska
Sitting in the beautiful Alaskan wilderness with a fresh water lake on your doorstep, Tordrillo Mountain Lodge is out of this world. Just 40 minutes from Anchorage, the lodge is easily accessible and was opened by Olympic gold Medallist Tommy Moe. His vision was to allow visitors unbridled access to the flora and fauna of Alaska.
Of course, there are countless outdoor pursuits to be enjoyed at the lodge depending on the time of year. What is better than heading home to a freshly cooked meal after a day of exploration? The lodge boasts private chefs who serve incredible local fare, from Kachemak Bay oyster and Alaskan king crab, to elk and pheasant. Every morsel prepared is organic and each meal is paired with delicious wine.
Barcelo Aruba, Aruba
The Dutch Caribbean island just shy of the Venezuelan coast is home to Barcelo Aruba. Despite its size, Aruba is a West Indian island that is famous with foodies looking for locally inspired culinary creations.
There are six restaurants dotted around the resort. Kyoto is a popular choice as many visitors love to watch their dishes being prepared one the teppanyaki tables and indulge in the sushi bar. There are also two private tatami tables, were diners must remove their shoes and sit on the floor in a traditional manner.
The Palm is a very popular choice for breakfast, lunch, or dinner as it is an international buffet restaurant and all palettes are catered to. Arubian Seafood is the place the place to enjoy Caribbean dishes and there is also Italian, Mexican, and grill restaurants too.
Nestled on Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays is the private luxury resort of Qualia. Exclusively for guests aged 16 or over, there is a tranquillity and calmness to Qualia that many find captivating. Qualia, translated from Latin, means ‘a collection of deeper sensory experiences’, and the resort is just this.
There are two restaurants at Qualia, as well as a room service option. Each guest pavilion has indoor and al fresco dining facilities and the premium in-pavilion menu is perfect for those who want to enjoy sunset form their own ocean lodge.
Pebble Beach and Long Pavilion are Qualia’s two restaurants. Long Pavilion boasts a menu rich with ocean-fresh flavours of the South Pacific, whereas Pebble Beach is a celebration of Australia’s diversity of culture, produce, and cuisine.