5 Resorts for Food Lovers

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    The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

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    Acclaimed Chef Eric Ripert is at the helm of The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman’s signature restaurant, Blue by Eric Ripert, a AAA Five Diamond dining experience that celebrates local seafood and the world’s finest wines (over 700 of them, to be exact) through an intricate series of prix fixe and tasting menus.

    And that’s just the start of what this luxury oasis is cooking up: The property boasts five other restaurants and lounges where the menus are just as drool-worthy. Try homestyle Italian recipes al fresco at Andiamo,  dig into steakhouse favorites at SEVEN (also known for its extravagant champagne brunch), and snack on sushi galore at Taikun. For a light lunch on the beach, order a piña colada and a plate of grilled Mahi tacos from Bar Jack, and after a day spent in the sun, head to the sexy Silver Palm where adventurous cocktails and fine wines are aplenty.

    Also worth mentioning: There’s a culinary studio on the property where guests can take part in cooking classes and demonstrations taught by the resort’s chefs. And, in January, Ripert hosts the resort’s annual Cayman Cookout, which brings together chefs and food personalities for a weekend of dining and interactive activities each January.

    Guests come to the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman from all parts of the world. Its large convention facilities draw corporate meetings and retreats, while its laid-back elegance welcomes vacationers looking for something upscale, yet comfortable. The island’s only luxury resort, the Ritz-Carlton has been awarded the prestigious AAA Five Diamond Award.

    The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman is ideal for visitors looking for a resort that is:

    • Casual by day, swanky by night
    • Directly on one of Grand Cayman’s most beautiful beaches
    • Has plenty of daytime activities, including golf, tennis, and water sports
    • Known for its fine-dining restaurants
    • Walking distance to Camana Bay, the island’s largest shopping and dining complex, including the island’s only multi-plex movie theater
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  • 02 of 05

    CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa, Anguilla

    Anguilla’s CuisinArt Gold Resort & Spa is a foodie destination that appeals to every palate—whether you’re craving Japanese (try Tokyo Bay), Italian (Italia’s got all the classic dishes) or Mediterranean (dine poolside at Café Mediterraneo), or you’re in the mood for a taste of the local fare (reserve a seat at Le Bistro at Santorini), the restaurants here have all of your bases covered.

    At the center of CuisinArt’s culinary direction is the resort’s hydroponic farm—the first of its kind in the Caribbean—where fresh fruits, vegetables, edible flowers, and herbs are grown in water without the use of soil. A majority of the produce used in the restaurants comes from the 18,000-square-foot farm, which guests are welcome to tour during their visit.

    Also on the menu here are a variety of cooking classes and the option to create your own custom dining experience either on the beach or on your suite’s private balcony.

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    Jumby Bay, Antigua

    When vacationing at Jumby Bay, guests have their pick of a handful on-site restaurants, which are serving up everything from local Caribbean favorites (think lots of locally-caught seafood) to international dishes like paella and chicken tikka masala. You can’t go wrong spending breakfast, lunch and dinner at the resort’s beachside eateries, but if you really want to take advantage of Antigua’s food scene, sign up for one (or two or three) of Jumby Bay’s unique dining excursions.

    Hop aboard a private sport fishing charter and troll the Caribbean for fresh Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Marlin, Tuna, and King Fish—whatever you catch will be artfully prepared for dinner that evening. Or, venture off the property for a day-trip to Antigua’s black pineapple farms—the resort’s Executive Chef Sylvain Hervochon will tell you all about the world’s sweetest pineapples—and a behind-the-scenes tour of how the famous Susie’s Hot Sauce is made. Rum tastings are also a must.

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    Grace Bay Club, Turks and Caicos

    Situated on the north shore of Providenciales, the most developed island in Turks and Caicos, Grace Bay Club is a food lover’s paradise complete with inspired, oceanside restaurants and the first-ever infinity-edge bar in the world (at 90 feet, it’s also the longest bar in the Caribbean).

    When hunger strikes, head to Krave for gourmet comfort food; grab a seat at Grill Rouge, where the focus is on casual bistro fare; or sample the innovative menu of savory and sweet cones at the resort’s pop-up restaurant, Kone. Then, once the sun goes down, stop by the sultry lounge for tapas and cocktails before enjoying a sophisticated dinner at the Infiniti Restaurant & Raw Bar. (Insider’s tip: Take a trip off-property to Da Conch Shack, a colorful little eatery that’s whipping up the most delicious fresh conch dishes and the sweetest rum punch around.)

    One of the main attractions that draws food-focused guests to Grace Bay Club: the annual Caribbean Food and Wine Festival. Each year, culinary heavy-hitters and wine experts from all over the world flock to the resort for this showcase of Turks and Caicos’ flavorful cuisine and talented local chefs.

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    Eden Rock, St. Barths

    There are a few key reasons why elite travelers sneak off to St. Barths’ Eden Rock: Its location on its very own promontory overlooking St. Jean Bay offers the utmost in privacy and seclusion; the impeccable service makes everyone feel like a celebrity; and world-renowned Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten has created two gourmet restaurants that alone are worth the multiple flights (or one flight and a ferry ride) it takes to get there.

    The Sand Bar plays double duty: By day, it’s a bright beachside retreat with a fresh menu of international plates (watermelon gazpacho, black truffle pizza, pretzel-dusted calamari, and a caramel ice cream sundae) and by night it transforms into a cozy island lounge where the cocktails are always flowing.

    Then there’s On the Rocks, the resort’s fine-dining option, which sits atop Eden Rock and boasts the most spectacular views you could ever imagine. While you’re taking in the breathtaking scenery, you’ll nosh on creative hors-d'oeuvres (hello, marbled foie gras terrine) and bold entrees like sake caramelized black cod and house-made fettuccini with lobster bolognese.