These Amazing Caribbean Resorts will Delight Us with Their History, Scenery, and Cuisines When We are Able to Travel Once Again
Walking on pristine beaches getting sand between your toes. Scuba diving in crystal clear water in beautiful reef-diving sites. Dining in stellar restaurants where you can explore delicious gourmet dishes from another land. Or just lazing the day away doing nothing at all. In fact, the hardest thing you may do all day is work on your tan. These resorts in the Caribbean offer it all and more!
Jamaica is known for it’s diverse topography. With lush rain forests, mountains and reef-lined beaches there is always something new to see and do. Having been inhabited by Spanish, Indian, British and Chinese over the years, their cuisine is most definitely a true fusion of flavors. And as is typical of most Caribbean islands, there is a wide variety of fresh seafood, tropical fruits and meats available. The Thyme and Scotch Bonnet Braised Cabbage & Bok Choy recipe is an example.
Thyme and Scotch Bonnet Braised Cabbage & Bok Choy
Hailing from: Jamaica’s Couples Resorts
- 1 cup shredded cabbage
- 1 cup roughly chopped bok choy
- 2 tbsp chopped onion
- 1 tsp finely chopped garlic
- 2 tbsp chopped scallion
- 1 sprig fresh thyme
- ¼ fresh scotch bonnet pepper (habanero chili) – finely chopped
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp salted butter
- Salt & black pepper to taste
- In a heavy saucepan, heat the olive oil and butter.
- Add onion, scallion, garlic and thyme.
- Add scotch bonnet pepper and saute for 1 minute.
- Add cabbage and bok choy and saute for another minute.
- Add 1 tbsp water, and salt and pepper.
- Cover and cook for about 5 minutes or until cabbage and bok choy are soft. Enjoy!
About Jamaica’s Couples Resorts
Quite simply the best all-inclusive luxury resorts in Jamaica. Begin the journey – or write the next chapter to your love story – at Couples, Jamaica’s favorite all-inclusive luxury resorts. From Ocho Rios to Negril, their four oceanfront hotels were built on one idea: true love is the trip of a lifetime.
Aruba, unlike most other Caribbean islands has a dry climate and an arid, cactus-strewn landscape. In fact the average temperature is 82 degrees offering more sunny days than any other Caribbean island. This makes it extremely popular for tourists looking for a warm, sunny spot to vacation. No wonder it is known as “One Happy Island”.
The cuisine in Aruba is like a history lesson in time with blends of South American, Spanish and Dutch dishes. Pastiche is akin to a Spanish Empanada, a half moon pastry usually filled with a savory meat and cheese which is then deep fried. This is a favorite snack on the island. The recipe below uses the Dutch cheese, Gouda.
Hailing from: Aruba Marriott Resort
- 4 cups flour
- 4 tbsp soft butter
- 4 tbsp Crisco
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 medium egg
- 1 ¼ cups cold water
- Gouda cheese for filling
- Vegetable oil for frying
- Add flour, butter, Crisco, sugar, salt, egg and 1cup of cold water to a stand mixer with the paddle attachment. Knead the dough until it’s totally smooth and not sticky (mixed for about 10-15 minutes) let the dough rest for about 30 minutes .
- Make balls of 3 ounces each out of the dough. Roll the balls to create a flat, thin circle out of every ball.
- Flat each circle with shredded Gouda cheese. About 1.5 ounce of cheese for each pastechi
- Fry the pastechis in hot vegetable oil 350*F to 375*F . Until is golden brown. Enjoy while they’re hot.
- The filling can vary, with different fillings like Chicken filling, beef filling, ham & cheese, vegetarian.
Aruba Mule recipe:
1.25 oz Vodka
2 oz Aloe Vera Juice
0.25 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
0.25 oz Simple Syrup
4 oz Ginger Beer
Fill a copper mule mug or a rocks glass with ice. Add vodka, aloe vera juice, fresh lemon juice, and simple syrup to the glass. Top with ginger beer and stir gently. Garnish with mint leaves.
About Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris® Casino
Overlooking the Caribbean sands of Palm Beach, their hotel boasts spacious accommodations on the sunny beaches of Aruba with exceptional resort amenities. Try your luck at their 24-hour Stellaris Casino or take a swim in tranquil ocean waters. Sip on specialty cocktails in private cabanas at their adults-only pool or pamper yourself with a soothing massage in their spa. Soak away all your cares in their resort’s relaxing sauna and whirlpool or savor superb onsite dining at Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Atardi and La Vista. In the evening, retreat to spacious hotel rooms with plush designer bedding, private balconies and picturesque views.
Saint Lucia is a tropical island that is part of the Lesser Antilles which was first inhabited by South American native people and later went back and forth between both French & British rule. Today it is a sovereign island country. St. Lucia is an island with diverse sides. One is ideal for bustling nightlife and beach parties, while others offer opportunities to get away from it all and explore dense jungles and quiet vistas.
The cuisine on the island is a combination of French, East Indian and British dishes using many fruits and vegetables as well as seafood native to the area like the recipes below.
Lionfish Ceviche with Mango and Lime
- 1 pound lionfish *lionfish can be substituted for any fresh, mild, white fish!
- 1 tbsp kosher salt
- 1 ¼ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1 cup white vinegar
- 2 medium jalapenos (minced)
- 1 large sweet red pepper (julienned)
- 1 large firm mango (finely julienned)
- 1 medium red onion (shaved)
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- ½ tbsp freshly ground black pepper
- ¼ tsp crushed red chili flakes
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- ½ cup freshly picked cilantro leaves
- Cut lionfish into short, thin, julienned pieces. Place in a stainless steel bowl and season with 2 teaspoons of salt.
- Pour lemon and lime juice over fish, cover, and refrigerate for half an hour
- Drain citrus juices using a colander. Pour the vinegar over the fish while tossing lightly
- Using a large bowl, add jalapenos, peppers, mango, onion, garlic, salt, pepper, and chili flakes. Toss lightly and cover with olive oil. Cover and refrigerate to let set for at least half hour.
Jade Mountain and Anse Chastanet / Saint Lucia
Mango lovers can tap into the tastes of the island Saint Lucia with a delicious blend of fresh mango, lime juice and rum.
- 1 ½ oz Bounty Rum
- 3 oz Fresh Mango Puree
- 1 teaspoon Lime Juice
- 1 teaspoon Simple Syrup
- 1 dash of Bitters
Put the rum, mango puree, lime juice and bitters in a shaker. Cover and shake quick and hard. Strain into a large tumbler filled with ice. Garnish with a fresh mango slice.
About Anse Chastanet Resort
What were Caribbean hotels like before trade winds were replaced by blasts of air conditioning, when morning exercise was a walk on the beach and when you sat watching the sunset instead of cable TV? You can still find that Classic Caribbean at Anse Chastanet Resort on St. Lucia’s quiet southwestern coast where two magical peaks, the Pitons, leap from the sea and the mountains are covered with luminous greenery.
About Jade Mountain Resort
Rising majestically above the 600 acre beach front resort of Anse Chastanet, Jade Mountain Resort on St. Lucia’s south-western Caribbean coastline is a cornucopia of organic architecture celebrating St. Lucia’s stunning scenic beauty.
Architect owner Nick Troubetzkoy has expanded upon his philosophy of building in harmony with Caribbean nature in his creation of Jade Mountain St. Lucia. The bold architectural design – individual bridges leading to exceptional infinity pool sanctuaries and rugged stoned-faced columns reaching towards the sky – makes Jade Mountain St. Lucia one of the Caribbean’s most mesmerizing resort experiences.