There was a time when dining at an all-inclusive resort was something of an afterthought; it was included in the price and “surely the buffet will have something I’ll like.” Well no more, many resorts have gone out of their way to make their restaurants as much a part of the experience as the beautiful beach and glorious ocean. They’ve developed innovative menus, hired rock star chefs, and decorated with chic décor.
We call these places ‘resorts to dine for’ and we’ve put together a list of a few of our favourites – bon appétit!
This Gourmet Inclusive®, 438-suite luxury resort is home to Le Chique, a AAA Five Diamond award-winning restaurant and one of the top 10 restaurants in all of Mexico. Experience a multi-sensory dining adventure, spread out over eight courses, that is sure to transport you to another world… where fine cuisine takes on a whole different meaning. Utilizing inventive techniques, Chef Jonatán Gómez Luna and his culinary team have created an avant-garde tasting menu that will amaze you. “Cuisine this inventive deserves to be placed on a pedestal,” raved one reviewer (coincidentally, that is exactly how it is served… atop a pedestal). Open to adults only (18+).
This magnificent all-inclusive resort offers exquisite suites, lavish service, and of course, exceptional dining. One of the on-site restaurants at the Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit is Frida, a AAA Four Diamond award-winning restaurant named for one of Mexico’s most beloved artists, Frida Kahlo. Here, guests enjoy dishes that are reflective of the country’s colourful and flavourful culinary history – seared fresh tuna crusted in chili seeds, duck breast marinated in local honey, and more. Choose to sit in the dining room, or al fresco out on the terrace where you can also admire the stunning ocean views. Children are welcome.
Known and loved for its Luxury Included® vacations, Butch’s Chophouse at the gorgeous adults-only Sandals LaSource Grenada is just one of 10 amazing restaurants that are included with every stay here. The first of its kind for the Sandals brand, Butch’s Chophouse is an elegant steakhouse that features the finest cuts of meat accompanied by exquisite sides and flavour-booting sauces. Worthy of note, this property is making a significant push to source its food locally.
Located on beautiful Bavaro Beach in Punta Cana, the Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe is the perfect place for gourmands. Featuring a total of 11 on-site restaurants, at this resort you can explore the world through food! One restaurant of note is the Kyoto Japanese Restaurant, which serves up modern Asian fusion using the best quality and freshest products on the market. Entering through an impressive Zen garden, guests can enjoy sushi, teppanyaki and more. But it’s the teppanyaki tables that are the real highlight – with chefs that perform for you and invite you up to take part in the fun! Children are welcome.
When you stay at the sophisticated adults-only Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall in Montego Bay, one of the biggest decisions you’ll face is what epicurean delight to treat yourself to each day. You see, guests have access to an astounding 18 restaurants, bars and lounges, between this resort and its sister property, the family-friendly Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall located next door. Among all this choice is Petit Pariz, an upscale restaurant that features fine French cuisine, including the divine butter-basted lobster, paired with exquisite views of the Caribbean Sea. Seeing as this is Jamaica, you really should visit Barefoot Jerkz too, and try out their spiced and seared chicken and pork!
Nestled in the tranquil and idyllic setting of Curaçao’s West End, the Kura Lodge & Beach Club offers a luxurious ambiance coupled with a relaxing beachfront retreat and the seclusion of a unique island hideaway. Guests enjoy three on-site restaurants, including Christoffel Terrace, which specializes in the island’s local fare in a unique cliff-side setting. Enjoy panoramic views of the ocean and amazing sunsets too! Kids are welcome.