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5 amazing culinary experiences

Are you the type of person who looks forward to the food when you go on vacation? For all those foodies out there who prioritize their taste buds, we’ve got a list of top-rated tropical resorts with amazing cuisines. Plus, many of these resorts are included in the Signature Collection by Sunwing which offers exclusive perks and value-added benefits like unlimited á la carte dining and more. After all, we all know a great trip is made even better with delicious meals. Read on to plan your perfect foodie getaway.

Couple dining in a lit-up romantic wine cellar
Avant-garde creations

Experiencing new cuisine isn’t just about how it tastes, it’s also about presentation. Le Chique restaurant at Azul Beach Resort Riviera Cancun is a AAA Five Diamond award-winning restaurant that creates a multi-sensory dining adventure that will impress even the most discerning of foodies. Chef Jonatán Gómez Luna serves up artistic and inventive dishes that combine new flavours, textures and shapes. Foods are deconstructed then reconstructed to resemble something entirely different— where cocktails and entrées might masquerade as desserts. It’s not only a feast for your taste buds, it’s a feast for your eyes.

There’s more food: Included in the Signature Collection by Sunwing, this resort in Riviera Maya is all about food, so when you stay here you enjoy its Gourmet Inclusive® concept, where you can take advantage of unlimited reservation-free dining at specialty restaurants, 24-hour room service to enjoy gourmet cuisine at any hour of the day, fun character breakfasts for kids and free activities such as cooking classes and wine and tequila tastings.

Outdoor patio at the steakhouse with palm trees in the background
Expertly paired wine and steaks

Few things compare to a juicy, mouth-watering steak and fine wine. At Hunter’s Steakhouse in Royalton Saint Lucia Resort and Spa, expert chefs and sommeliers work together to create the perfect wine and steak pairings for all tastes. Simply choose your cut of meat and the chef will cook it in a delicious marinade to the rareness you prefer. Your steak is accompanied by garlic-roasted potatoes and steamed vegetables. Plus, as part of Royalton’s All-in Luxury experience, these delicious steaks are included with your stay.

There’s more food: Royalton Saint Lucia offers a wide array of cuisine from steakhouse to Italian, Japanese and more, but it also features a fine dining experience. For a fee, you can elevate your dining with C/X Culinary Experience Chef's Table, where your personal chef will create a seven-course tasting menu that is pleasing to the eye and the palette while music plays in the background to complement your meal.

Indian-themed restaurant with candle votives and gold décor
Spice up your vacation

At Riu Palace Paradise Island in Nassau, Bahamas, you’re sure to be hungry as soon as you smell the aromatic spices from the Indian restaurant. Recently added to the resort’s extensive lineup of specialty restaurants, this gourmet venue will tantalize your taste buds with rich and savoury dishes and decadent desserts—all included in your vacation package. Choose from a variety of dishes such as vegetarian or lamb samosas as appetizers, Rogan Josh lamb curry or Tikka Tandoori chicken for your main, and Genoise with coconut or sweet potato pudding for dessert—just to name a few.

There’s more food: Also included in the Signature Collection by Sunwing, this resort lets you mix up your cuisine options with an array of delicious gourmet restaurants where you can enjoy international favourites, grill specialties, creative Japanese dishes and much more. And since hunger can strike at any time, you can satiate your grumbling stomach any time with unlimited reservation-free dining.

Couple watching a chef grill Teppanyaki style
Dinner and a show

Remember the days when your mom told you not to play with your food? You can throw that idea out the window while dining at Iberostar Grand Rose Hall’s Teppanyaki restaurant, Kiniro, in Jamaica. Teppanyaki is a style of Japanese cuisine that uses an iron griddle to cook your food and your chef might put on an awesome show while they’re cooking it. You’ll forget how hungry you are as you watch the chefs twirl and flip their spatulas and set off roaring flames on the griddle. While the show may be very entertaining, your chef is always making sure the food is top priority so that you can enjoy sumptuous seafood, beef or chicken seasoned in flavourful Japanese marinades.

There’s more food: Stave off those hunger pangs any time of day with the resort’s 24-hour room and butler service. Plus, you don’t have to worry about planning your activities around your meals as you’ll also enjoy unlimited à la carte dining at the international and buffet restaurants. There’s even a special breakfast menu available.

Person eating finger-food in a contemporary restaurant
Science meets haute cuisine

Benazuza is a AAA Four Diamond award-winning fine dining restaurant at Grand Oasis Sens resort in Cancun, Mexico, and its molecular gastronomy experience was created by the resort’s executive chef and two-star Michelin recipient, Rafael Zafra. The menu features innovative dishes that constantly evolve to showcase Mexican flavours in creative new ways. To break things down, molecular gastronomy experiments with the physical and chemical transformations of ingredients while they’re cooking; Benazuza begins this experience with inventive cocktails that are followed by more than 20 courses featuring unique culinary creations with Mexican influences.

There’s more food: From international dishes, to traditional Mexican meals and favourite Italian comforts, this resort offers an array of gourmet cuisine to indulge on your vacation. Another unique experience this resort offers is its restaurant Black Hole, which blindfolds its guests so they can focus more on the delicious combinations of flavours in their dishes.

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