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Anguilla: Romancing the Palate

Words by John Roark
Photos courtesy of CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa

Stunning villas and award-winning accommodations, sugar-sand beaches and championship golf are just the beginning. At Anguilla’s CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa you’ll also discover – hands down – some of the best food the Caribbean can offer.

Inspired by the colors and architecture of the Mediterranean, CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa is embraced by the turquoise crescent of Anguilla’s Rendezvous Bay. Whitewashed villas are caressed by lush, tropical landscaping and the relaxing lap of sea against sand is always just a few barefoot steps away.

Earning a place on Condé Nast's 2013 Readers' Choice Awards' list of “Top 25 Resorts in the Caribbean,” the five-star CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa is one of the Caribbean’s most celebrated destinations – and a favored retreat for discriminating palates. Every meal is an experience; every event is unforgettable, making CuisinArt a top choice for exceptional romantic travel.

Just over a year ago, CuisinArt welcomed celebrity Executive Chef Jasper Schneider to re-imagine the resort’s cuisine and bring his trademark style to its five signature restaurants – and guide guests to new culinary heights. Schneider reinvented the resort’s existing menus and added two new venues: Anguilla’s first authentic Japanese restaurant, Tokyo Bay, and Italia, serving a gourmet selection of artisanal pastas, meat dishes and local seafood specialties. The result: fresh, distinctive cuisine to delight virtually every taste and craving.

One of the reasons CuisinArt’s foods are so fresh and undeniably unique is because the produce is grown in the resort’s comprehensive 18,000 square-foot hydroponic greenhouse. On-site gardens burst with organic bounty. Tour the greenhouse with world-renowned resident expert, Howard Resh. You’ll see towering vines heavy with picture-perfect produce and learn how to find the best organic fruits and vegetables back home.

DON’T MISS:

Chef’s Table: This spectacularly intimate food and wine experience features a six-course menu showcasing the executive chef's inspiration, presented in a private dining room by him and his team. All courses are paired with wines specially selected from the resort's extensive wine cellar.

Cooking Classes: Perfect for couples, the wedding party or an all-girls event while the guys are on the links, learn how to make sushi and traditional Japanese fare or another of the resort’s signature favorites. Our class discovered the secrets of Chef Jasper’s incomparable gazpacho, then we practically licked our lunch plates clean.

Without a doubt, the CuisinArt experience goes far beyond the food. The resort’s 18-hole Greg Norman-designed golf course attracts the world’s top players and has been selected for the prestigious 2016 Great Golf Resorts of the World Annual Meeting. The award-winning Venus Spa incorporates the property’s fresh and organic ingredients into a full menu of indulgences. And of course, the resort’s on-site wedding planners are standing by to inspire, assist and delight you with a picture-perfect celebration.

INSIDER TIP:

With a quick stroll to the beach, you’ll find Bankie Banx’s Dune Preserve. Named for, owned and operated by “the Anguillan Bob Dylan,” this laid-back, open-air beach bar was named “The Coolest Place in the Caribbean” by MSNBC, and was CNN’s number one pick for “Top 50 Beach Bars in the World.” They say it’s “The only beach bar in the world where you are likely to run into a former president, a former pirate and a former Wall Street bigwig in the same day.”

Experience VIP Treatment: Specializing in private Caribbean charters, Tradewind Aviation whisks you through security, customs and even accompanies you to your connecting terminal. Schedule your own luxury flight to and/or from Anguilla by visiting tradewindaviation.com.

This article first appeared in Destination I Do's Fall/Winter 2014 issue. You can order a copy here.

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