We’re concluding today’s spotlight on great hotels by bringing you a few options with a bit more pep. These boutique hotels are much smaller, more personal, and have a little bit more jive, if you know what I mean. Here’s what Katie’s found for us in the way of unique resorts:
Adorable. Charming. Inviting. No words can quite capture Jake’s Hotel in Treasure Beach. It is located on the quieter Southern side of Jamaica. Their mantra is “Eat what you grow, grow what you eat” and they do just that. Enjoy Jamaican food with plenty of fresh seafood, fruits and vegetables. And don’t miss the Rum Punch at Dougie’s Bar!
Stay in the Honeymoon Suite which has a upstairs patio with a daybed, lounging area and dining area, all right above the ocean.
For dining, Carrie recommends:
When it comes to local lusciousness, Jake’s has it “growing” on! Located in the parish of St. Elizabeth the surrounding area is known for its fruit, vegetable and cattle farms as well as its sustainable fishing community. Committed to the mantra, “Eat what you grow, grow what you eat.” The hotel’s menu changes daily and reflects the seasonal selections of Jamaica’s southern coast.
With so many options to choose from, I asked the Executive Chef to pick his personal favorite:
Ackee & Saltfish for Breakfast – Considered to be Jamaica’s “national dish” it is unlike anything many people have ever tried before. When cooked, the ackee (fruit) develops a consistency comparable to that of a scrambled egg. It is then mixed with saltfish to provide a salty, yet sweet flavor combination. The taste, texture and flavor are each an experience in themselves. A delicious way to start the day!
Tabacon Grand Spa and Thermal Resort is located at the base of Arenal Volcano. It has an award winning spa in the heart of the thermal springs. They have amazing treatments such as Hot Stone Massage with Lemon and Rosemary Oils, Shiatsu, Reflexology, Thai Massage, Mud Body Wrap, Body Scrubs, Hydrotherapy, and skin care treatments and therapy.
The Honeymoon Suite features a handcrafted canopy king bed and a private deck with Jacuzzi surrounded by tropical plants and view of the garden.
Carrie offers up some information about what the Tabacon kitchen offers:
Although a honeymoon often signifies reckless abandon when it comes to R & R, some couples choose to use it as a time to truly “detox” from the stress ensued during the final weeks of matrimonial madness. Tabacon’s natural surroundings & spa cater to an overall sense of rejuvenation but so does their healthy cuisine. From the option of having Ayurvedic meals — a philosophy that infuses the five elements: ether, air, fire, water and earth — to indigenous Tandoori dishes that will cleanse your palate of impurities (and possibly the memories of your drunk uncle dancing at the reception) as you healthfully begin your new life as husband & wife. P.S. Don’t worry if stuffing your face (and raiding the mini-bar) is what you truly desire–they also offer a 4-course Gala Dinner that is world-renowned.
Malaga is a great Spanish town located right on the Mediterranean. It is a very exciting, vibrant city offering great culture, culinary exploits, with plenty of both fun and sun!
When visiting Malaga, make Room Mate Lola your home. From the second you see it from the street, you can see that Room Mate Lola is different than your average hotel.
For you foodies, of course you’d know that Spain is an epicenter for culinary innovation and gastronomy. No matter where your hunt for good eats leads you, your destined to be pleased with all that Spain has to offer. Carrie’s suggestion, which I love, is a Spanish mainstay that you really can’t miss:
Two words I could love more than my husband (when I have one!) = CHOCOLATE CHURROS. When in Málaga run, do not walk, to Casa Aranda. Situated in a narrow street in the heart of the city the town’s sweetest institution has been open since 1932 serving the country’s popular pastry. The hot chocolate served on the side is not for drinking, it’s for dipping! You’ve vowed to share your life together but I’d make an exception when it comes to your churros.
Churro image by Cannelle et Vanille