Bay Gardens Resorts in St. Lucia is supporting local eateries by including their food offerings in the resorts’ Dine Around program.

The group of locally owned and operated hotels in St. Lucia’s Rodney Bay Village resumed operations in July. The island’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) protocols only allowed for takeaway or delivery at independent restaurants during the tourism sector’s first phase of reopening. Since its reopening, Bay Gardens Resorts has facilitated the delivery of more than 300 food orders to the resorts from top local restaurants contributing over $13,000 into the local restaurant sector in the past two months.

“Bay Gardens has excellent restaurant choices for guests to enjoy, such as our Hi-Tide restaurant, but we wanted to ensure our local partner restaurants could share in the benefits of our unique brand of ‘all-inclusive’ tourism that truly includes everyone,” said Sanovnik Destang, executive director, Bay Gardens Resorts, in a press release statement. “Our well-trained staff ensure the food and meal delivery process is carried out with careful attention to COVID-19 protocols and guidelines to protect the health and safety of our valued guests, team members and the local public.”

Guests who book for seven or more nights under Bay Gardens Resorts’ All-Inclusive Experience have access to the Dine Around program. For three nights out of their stay, they are offered a choice of fine dining restaurants that include Indian, Italian, French, seafood and sushi. Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner at the resorts’ restaurants are included as well as all drinks, including premium alcoholic beverages.

The program not only expands menu options for Bay Gardens guests, but provides a cross-training opportunity for chefs to sharpen their skills and encourages the exchange of favorite recipes among the food preparers and the sharing of best practices.

“We have added exciting fusions of Caribbean and international dishes to our menus. All restaurants in the program will offer cross-training as a requirement, along with staff discounts to further foster the spirit of village tourism,” said Destang.

Some of the new Bay Gardens menu items, which have been inspired by the Dine Around program, include Breadfruit Arancini, Kingfish Rice Cake with Avocado Aioli, Seafood Mofongo, Butter Chicken, Dasheen Vichyssoise, and Soursop Cheesecake.

Under the All-Inclusive Experience, guests also receive one free spa treatment per room each day, unlimited complimentary passes to Splash Island Water Park, complimentary non-motorized water sports, an in-room starter pack featuring refreshments and snacks, and complimentary Wi-Fi.

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