A tropical, tree-house themed, all-inclusive and adults-only boutique hotel sounds amazingly inviting. How about one located in the paradise that is Negril, Jamaica? If that isn’t enough on its own to entice you to book a flight today for your next vacation, which is hard to believe, then maybe knowing that it is also foodie heaven may just be the final incentive you need to contact your travel agent about a stay at Sunset at the Palms.
This stunningly intimate resort doesn’t rest on its laurels but consistently seeks new ways to ensure that every guest who stays with them experiences the vacation of lifetime. They are recognized members of the Trip Advisor Hall of Fame and named by Trip Adviser and Oyster.com as one of the Top 10 most Romantic Resorts and one of the Top 10 All-Inclusive Resorts in the Caribbean. The resort is ranked as Best Boutique Hotel by Oyster.com and a 2017 and 2018 Top 100 All-Inclusive in Hotels.com’s “Loved by Guests” awards as well as being recognized by Expedia for the best customer service in Jamaica and as one of the Top 25 All-inclusive Hotels in the Caribbean by Business Insider.
Now, with all this you would think that it would be enough to simply maintain this level of excellence and be satisfied with knowing they have already set a standard that is pretty difficult to beat. Yet, this stunning property that makes you feel like you walked into a lush, tropical Garden of Eden knows that food is the way to a man’s heart, and a woman’s too!
With that in mind, last year, an innovative chef by the name of Conrad Moore, joined Sunset at the Palms in the position of Executive Chef. Chef Moore was already considered family as he had been working within the organization for five years across the island, which stays true to the feeling every guest experiences when they join the roster of those who have enjoyed all this resort has to offer.
Moore also spent time traveling the world as a chef on Celebrity Cruises, where he was introduced to a variety of local cuisine and products that inspired his continued creativity in the kitchen. He also worked at several other hotels over the years and this ability to adapt to a variety of locales and options has allowed him to apply his travel experience along with collaborations with many people into a culinary cultural experience all its own.
He and his staff of 24 at Sunset at the Palms get to step out from behind the scenes five times a week during Chef’s Showcase dinners, at which a limited number of diners see – and taste -- exactly how local ingredients are transformed into memorable meals. Though the Showcase is available at no additional cost, it does require an advance reservation. The dining experience is an intimate setting with limited seating and takes place in either the resort’s lush garden or (in the event of inclement weather) in a special area of the main dining room. Chef Moore believes that the Showcase Dinners are the environment in which his team not only get to demonstrate and develop their culinary skills, but also as an illustration of the art of guest service at its best as they interact directly with each person partaking in the experience, often receiving rave reviews in the moment. Each Showcase Dinner has its own unique feel, made up of not only the specially designed meals brought to the table but the distinctive blending of your dining companions for the meal.
While the Chef’s Showcase is perhaps the most special of the resort’s culinary offerings, guests are also invited to enjoy relaxing dinners in the Lotus Leaf, the resort’s signature restaurant, and breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Palm Grove, the buffet-style dining room that doubles as one of the resort’s social gathering spots.
Breakfasts include internationally renowned Blue Mountain Coffee and local favorites such as the National Dish of ackee and saltfish. Dinner buffets are themed differently every night, with delicious fare from the sea served up for Seafood Night and the island’s famous cuisine offered in the spread on Jamaica Night (the oxtail stew is not to be missed). As long as the weather is good, on Wednesday nights a BBQ Beach Buffet moves the festivities down to the water’s edge and often ends with strangers becoming friends, laughter and dancing on the sand to some cool tropical beats.
If you’re a foodie who is interested in taking some secrets back home with you, Chef Moore and his team at Sunset at the Palms has a particularly delicious treat for you. The resort offers weekly cooking classes so guests can learn to create a few culinary masterpieces of their own. If you’re inspired to get a taste of it yourself, begin planning your vacation to your own little slice of foodie heaven at Sunset at the Palms by visiting www.thepalmsjamaica.com
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