Food Lovers Island is in the Cayman Islands With a Chefs’ Event hosted by Celebrity Chef Jose Andrés and Chef Daniel Boulud Cooking For You!
by Stefanie Michaels
A new year is just around the corner and it’s filled with possibilities! And, if you’re like me, those possibilities definitely include travel. So, when the luxury travel company – Zicasso recently released its findings about what to expect with 2024 travel plans, I took notes.
Zicasso starts with the notion that high seasons are being extended because of an increase in bookings during low and shoulder seasons. The data also found that off-the-beaten path destinations offer better opportunities to immerse ourselves within a single place. Known as slow travel, it’s the pinnacle of what a vacation really should be – a time to recharge and rejuvenate.
Calling all Food Lovers!
I can’t think of a better place to recharge than soaking up the sun with a cool ocean breeze, and a true taste of island luxury. Hosted by acclaimed chef Eric Ripert, the annual Grand Cayman Cookout happens each January at the Ritz-Carlton- Grand Cayman, and offers just that.
The all-star chef line-up gives attendees a chance to learn from top culinary talents such as chefs Jose Andrés and Daniel Boulud, all while being wined and dined at one of Grand Cayman’s most luxurious beachfront properties.
If you weren’t able to make this year’s cookout, The Ritz Carlton- Grand Cayman still should be on your list for your favorite island getaway of the year. Located on Seven Mile Beach, the luxury hotel offers such a host of amenities that you may not even want to leave the property.
Opt for a day at the beach with kayaking, sailing, and snorkeling included in your stay. Or, take part in the family-friendly Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment program which introduces guests to the natural wonders and cultural traditions of the Cayman Islands.
There are also basketball, tennis, and pickleball courts, along with The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club. Finally, the resort’s spa offers ESPA and III Skin treatments for the ultimate in relaxation.
To enjoy the freshest Caribbean cuisine on the island, Veranda and Vivo are two island restaurants to try. Although, the six restaurants within The Ritz-Carlton – Grand Cayman offer a culinary adventure all on its own. For example, Blue by chef Eric Ripert features local seafood presented in the three-Michelin-starred quality you’d expect from Ripert. Or, savor fine Caribbean rums from one of the most exclusive collections on the island with hand-picked cigars at Silver Palm which features nightly live entertainment.
Finally, if you were to experience the island with only one off-property adventure, swimming with stingrays at Stingray City should be the one. You’ll head out about 25 miles offshore by boat to a series of sandbars where you can swim and even feed these friendly creatures in three-feet of water. It’s truly one of those once-in-a-lifetime opportunities that you’ll never forget. There are several companies offering customized outings. So, check with your concierge for recommendations.
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