Kudos to these four all-inclusive resorts for turning up the heat in their kitchens to offer guests elevated culinary experiences. They’ve tapped into star chefs, farm-to-table ingredients and current dining trends (like vegan and gluten-free options) to bring their A-game cuisine.
This oceanside retreat was formerly under the Rosewood Resort umbrella and reopened as an Oetker Collection property in October 2017. The resort offers Bespoke Dining, a customized dining experience in which guests consult with a private chef to create a personalized Caribbean dinner menu using ingredients from local farms. After a private cocktail reception, guests then enjoy the meal at secluded table beachside. The Estate House, a charming resto set in an 1830s colonial home, is another dining option at the resort, offering dishes like black sea bass with potato confit or rum baba with berry compote.
This property has made a big splash by going places no other Sandals has gone before. It boasts Sandals’ first-ever Indian restaurant, Bombay Club, complete with an authentic clay tandoori oven. Sous chef Vinoth Venkatapuram Gajendiran, shows off his expertise with dishes like lobster butter masala and chicken tikka. Another stand-out is Butch’s Chophouse (named after Sandals’ charismatic owner, Gordon “Butch” Stewart), where carnivores can rejoice over the chef’s surf and turf, pairing filet mignon with Caribbean lobster.
At this popular Dominican Republic resort, stars shine brightly in the sky at night, and in the dining rooms. Passion by Martin Berasategui showcases the Basque chef’s flair for innovative cooking techniques and eclectic tasting menus that unfold like symphonies: light bites first, then a gradual build-up into a crescendo of flavour. He also happens to be Spain’s most celebrated culinary talent, with eight Michelin stars. Elsewhere on the property, Fuego highlights Latin American flavours in dishes like ceviche, a robust marriage of zingy citrus and seafood.
With James Beard Award-winning chef Allen Susser shaping menus inspired by Caribbean flavours, guests of this ultra-luxurious resort can expect great things from the Jade Mountain Club. It has its own organic farm on the island, so the fresh factor is superb. If you’re a chocolate connoisseur, the resident pastry chef will escort you on a bean-to-bar excursion to visit the resort’s own cocoa pod plantation, the source of the restaurants’ superb chocolate. Buy a few bars to take home, but it’s likely they won’t make it there: to resist eating them is a futile effort.
This story was originally published in August 2015 and was updated on January 16, 2018.
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