All-inclusive resorts have developed a bit of a reputation for not having the most top-notch dining options. This reputation may or may not entirely be deserved, but one thing for sure is that there are many resorts out there that stand out as quality destinations for the foodies among you.
Can all-inclusive resort food really be that good? Absolutely, and right now, we’re going to show you where to find some of the best all-inclusive resort food, from top-notch resorts featuring menus loaded with delicious meals.
Saffire Freycinet, Tasmania, Australia
Okay, this one isn’t exactly around the corner unless you live in the South Pacific, but if quality dining is the driving force behind your getaway decisions, this just might be worth the trip. They’ve got their own restaurant called Palate, which is regularly ranked among the best in all of Australia, but they have other options that pack a little more adventure into the dining experience.
Saffire Freycinet features plenty of fun an exotic ways to get your culinary fill, including visiting the vineyards at local wineries, attending cooking demonstrations with some of the resort’s top-flight chefs, and wading into the water to go hunting for oysters. This resort is both an enjoyable destination and a refreshing experience rolled into one.
Grand Velas Los Cabos
If you’re looking for something a little more luxurious, this Mexican resort at the very southern tip of Baja California just might be the destination for you. While most people probably won’t want to spend the $25,000 they charge for their gold-encrusted taco (it’s actually cooked into the tortilla and layered on top of the finished product), there’s plenty more to tingle your taste buds at a more reasonable price.
The restaurants feature a variety of tasty seafood dishes, including their trademark fresh-caught sushi, as well as a range of international meals that include house-made pasta, and drinks like their trademark mezcal cocktails. And as good as the food is the scenery, including the bonfires along the edge of the Sea of Cortez, just add an extra element of ambiance that will make you enjoy the food that much more.
Belle Mont Farm, St. Kitts
This luxury resort not only provides guests with a range of gourmet dishes, it actually makes most of their ingredients right on site. This eco-friendly farm has six different restaurants and bars to choose from, and there’s something for everyone on the menu with options ranging from fruit-based dishes to lamb stew, to international cuisines, and everything else in between.
Twin Farms, Vermont
This 300 acre getaway in southern Vermont has a lot of things going for it: the scenery is beautiful, you can quickly lose yourself in the 18th-century structures around the property, and it was even once the home of a Nobel Prize-winning writer by the name of Sinclair Lewis.
On top of all that, Twin Farms is also known for its top-notch dining, featuring its famous and award-winning multi-course dinner feast. Starting off with a champagne cocktail hour, the meal itself includes locally sourced ingredients both from the farm itself as well as other nearby sources. As if that wasn’t enough, Twin Farms sends its guests home with a gourmet lunch box so you can take one last meal with you (and anticipate the next time you get to visit).
Paws Up, Montana
Another rustic getaway tucked up in the Blackfoot Hills in the great state of Montana, this ranch offers a whole host of activities you’d expect to find in such a setting, as well as plenty of food to rave about.
Their S’moreologist is a true artist known for the creative ways in which they enhance the tried-and-true delight in ways you’d never imagine, and you can even get certified as a moreologist yourself. Breakfast includes huckleberry pancakes and house-made scones, and dinner is replete with hand-cut meats and other ingredients culled from local sources.
Blackberry Farm, Tennessee
You wouldn’t expect to find a culinary hotspot on a rural farm outside of Knoxville, Tennessee, but that’s exactly what you’d discover at Blackberry Farm. They’ve got their own on-premise brewery, bakery, creamery, charcuterie, and even a humongous wine cellar that contains nearly 200,000 bottles of wine.
The base package includes meals served in a beautiful, 19th-century outbuilding, but for an extra fee, you can take tours of the farmstead and vegetable garden before wrapping it up with a glass of whiskey and a cheese tasting in the barn.
Staying at an all-inclusive resort doesn’t have to mean a series of unsatisfying meals, because the resorts above are just some of the many options available to visitors who want quality dining options as a part of their vacation package.
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Laura Lynch, creator and writer of Savored Journeys, is an avid world traveler, certified wine expert, and international food specialist. She has written about travel and food for over 20 years and has visited 70+ countries.