Delicious dining is part and parcel of an unforgettable vacation—check out these new culinary options we’ve rounded up that are sure to please any palate.
Culinary Options Abound on Icon of the Seas
Royal Caribbean’s new Icon of the Seas continues rolling out tantalizing videos of its many splendored wonders, and the eatery choices we’re reading about are truly off the charts. The first of the brand’s Icon Class ships has taken every single member of the family into account when it comes to dining options, creating over 20 spots to fill up on the good stuff, from walk-up windows in restaurants to show cooking and live music—with venues anywhere from casual to upscale. This is a veritable paradise for picky eaters of all ages.
Among the highlights: Surfside Eatery, a new buffet for families open for breakfast, lunch and dinner in Surfside, the neighborhood created for young families; Aquadome Market, the brand’s first food hall with five different food stalls that range from crepes to Asian and Mediterranean; and the swish Empire Supper Club, a high-end restaurant in the Central Park neighborhood with an eight-course dinner that’s an entire vibe, served with a side of music from a live three-piece band.
For more information, visit royalcaribbean.com.
The Mexican Caribbean’s Five-Star Dining
Kempinski Hotel Cancun has five a la carte onsite restaurants, including the AAA Five-Diamond Fantino and Casitas, a romantic enclave on the beach. To add to its unique offer, the hotel has added the new Omakase Experience. This is an exclusive meal serving small groups of 2 to 4 guests and available every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the D-Lounge with nonstop views of the coastline. This multi-course Japanese meal focuses on a selection of fresh fish, serving nigiri, sashimi and maki sushi, perfectly paired with traditional Japanese beer and sake.
The resort has also recently renovated the AAA Five-Diamond The Club Grill, where your clients can enjoy an upscale dining experience and live jazz. Don’t forget to recommend the mixology classes, where they can learn to make “The Club Grill Margarita” infused with Moet Imperial champagne or the signature “Margarita Kukulkan” with Don Julio Añejo tequila. Kempinski Hotel Cancun also offers guacamole-making sessions so they can replicate the flavors of Mexico at home.
For more information, visit kempinski.com.
Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun is celebrating its new dining outlets—Havanna Club Steakhouse and Latin Lounge, Chianti Il Consorzio and Torii, which officially opened this summer in the 40,000 sq. ft. of reclaimed space off the lobby—by debuting a new cocktail program created by mixologist Alejandro Moo. These three new cocktails pair perfectly with the ambiance of each of the three restaurants and can be enjoyed by your clients before, during or after dinner.
Summer in Tuscany
- 1 oz Limoncello
- 1 oz Stregga
- 1 oz passion fruit puree
- .25 agave honey syrup
Mix the ingredients in a shaker and shake vigorously, strain, add ice to taste and garnish with dried fruits.
- 1 oz Whiskey
- 1 oz Amaretto
- Cinzano to taste
- Dehydrated orange peel
Pour whiskey or bourbon into a glass and add the amaretto, top up with Cinzano, strain and add ice to taste, garnish with orange peel.
- 1 oz White Rum
- 1 oz of Sake
- Pieces of pineapple + macerated lime
- Mint leaves
- Dehydrated lime
In a glass, place the pineapple and the macerated lemon, and pour white rum and sake. Top it off with Midori liqueur and ice to taste. Garnish with mint leaves and dehydrated lime.
For more information, visit coralbeachcancunresort.com.
Grand Velas Boutique Los Cabos Set to Dazzle Palates in November
Velas Resorts’ newest addition to its gleaming roster of properties, the adults-only Grand Velas Boutique Los Cabos, is set to open in November of this year, and it recently announced a lineup of programming that includes culinary options like daily Tequila & Mezcal Tastings in the Agave Room, with selections of Mexico’s finest spirits; the Mexican Wine & Cheese Pairing highlighting Mexican wines and artisanal cheeses; the Mood Shot Bar, where your clients can start the day off right with a wellness shot; and the Mexican Chocolate Tasting, a private experience where guests will enjoy 12 flavors of Mexican designer chocolates (extra charge, min. of four people).
The resort also offers an oceanfront wellness program at night, with under-the-stars massage in a spa cabin, an adults-only game room and voluntourism experiences with local charities, among other programs.
For more information, visit loscabosboutique.grandvelas.com.