One of the greatest luxuries whilst on holiday is experiencing great, local cuisine. We have picked out some of our favourite resorts for food and wine holidays, where you can enjoy fine dining, organic produce, local dishes and excellent wines in some of the most beautiful (and unusual!) surroundings in the Caribbean and Maldives.
Real Authentic Cuisine at Ti Kaye, St Lucia
A small and friendly hillside inn, Ti Kaye resort and spa is a great base from which to explore St Lucia and for food and wine holidays. With their own world class Sommeliers and an extensive wine cellar boasting the widest selection of wines on the island – a 460 bin collection – it is the perfect spot for guests to attend wine and cheese tastings. Aside from the wine, the food here is a collection of original and indigenous dishes from the Caribbean using local produce. Monday nights play host to a 5 course seafood dinner at the Ti Maje Beach Bar and even the finest details are not overlooked – they have their own organic herb garden growing basil, lemongrass, coriander, mint and many others.
A Must For Foodies at Cobblers Cove, Barbados
This privately owned, English Country House style hotel is one of only 5 in the Caribbean to be invited to be a member of Relais & Chateaux, so is perfect for guests who are looking for food and wine holidays in complete luxury, a relaxed atmosphere and stunning food – dining here is truly a delight. The delicious menus include both French and International flavours with a Caribbean twist, using fresh local produce and accompanied by their extensive wine list.
Wine Lovers Heaven at Curtain Bluff, Antigua
Perfect for travellers seeking luxury accommodation for food and wine holidays, quality service and excellent cuisine! Here you will find some of the finest food in the Caribbean, prepared by an award-winning culinary team led by the resort’s French Executive Chef who has previously cooked in some of the finest Michelin star restaurants in France. Curtain Bluff is also home to one of the finest wine cellars in the Caribbean with over 25,000 bottles! Wine lovers are spoilt with over 450 different wines on the special list at dinner.
Home-grown, Organic Dream at Soneva Fushi, Maldives
The emphasis at this beautiful Maldivian resort is on understated barefoot luxury. The motto here is ‘no news, no shoes’ and upon arrival you are given a bag to put your shoes in… you won’t need them until you leave! Breakfast here starts with a market style selection of fresh fruits which you select yourself for the chef to prepare in front of you – but if you are not into a fruity start to the day don’t worry, the wide variety of cheese, hams and home-made preserves are sure to tempt you. Lunch and dinner are based around the resort’s organic produce from their very own herb and vegetable garden, prepared with a modern and contemporary twist! Dine outdoors, under the stars with your toes in the sand – an authentic and unique experience for unforgettable food and wine holidays!
Chocolate Lovers’ Paradise at Boucan Hotel Chocolat, St Lucia
Boucan by Hotel Chocolat is a boutique hotel comprising just 6 Lodges and 8 Luxe Lodges. The 140 acre Cacao Estate dates back to 1745 and is the oldest on the island. The cacao groves have been rejuvenated and the original Estate House restored. The Boucan restaurant offers an exclusive cacao cuisine, the menu is inspired by the rare cacao growing on the Rabot Estate – and explores both its sweet and savoury nature, sometimes as a spice, sometimes as an infusion, but always with a delicate touch. The award-winning chocolate is used throughout their range of irresistible desserts which are also influenced by local seasonal produce. Fans of all things chocolate might also like to take advantage of the Tree to Bar experience, unique to the Rabot Estate, which offers an exclusive opportunity for guests to create their own chocolate starting from a walk through the estate to select your ripe cacao pods, through to roasting, drying and culminating in the making of chocolate bars and truffles! Boucan is the place to go for truly unique food and wine holidays.
Famous Chef Restaurant at Calabash, Grenada
Set on the lovely Lance aux Epines (Prickly Bay) in eight acres of beautiful tropical gardens, Calabash has earned a fantastic reputation among the many who return year upon year to enjoy the quiet relaxed atmosphere and excellent cuisine at the Gary Rhodes restaurant, guaranteeing satisfying and enjoyable food and wine holidays. Breakfast here is a luxurious affair – served a la carte by your own personal maid on the terrace. Lunch provides the opportunity to select more a la carte dishes or maybe something from the new tapas menu at the Beach Bar. The famous Gary Rhodes restaurant – the only ‘personality chef’s’ restaurant in the Caribbean serves delicious, locally inspired cuisine. Highly recommended are the grilled lobster and the chocolate and banana pudding – both absolutely mouth-watering!
Underwater Dining at Conrad Rangali Island, Maldives
Situated on the two tiny tropical islands of Rangali and Rangalifinolhu, connected by a footbridge, the Conrad Resort and Spa enjoys a spectacular setting. Dine 16ft below sea level at the Ithaa Underwater Restaurant – the world’s first all glass under-sea restaurant! With 180 degree views of the reef and marine life you can enjoy fine fusion cuisine in a unique setting. Advance reservations are recommended for this amazing dining experience – an unmissable event for those seeking quirky food and wine holidays.
Tempted by our food and wine holidays?
To find out more about these fantastic resorts, or if you need some advice and inspiration for your next getaway, give our team of Caribbean and Maldives holiday experts a call on 01752 880 880!