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Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Puerto Rico

From a new farm at a luxury hotel in Puerto Rico to yet another pop-up restaurant opening up in Turks and Caicos, Travel Agent breaks down the latest culinary news for your foodie clients heading to the Caribbean this spring and beyond.

Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve to Open 500-Acre Farm, Restaurant

Travel Agent was on hand last Thursday for a lunch hosted by George M. Sotelo, general manager of the Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Puerto Rico, where we learned that the four-year-old luxury resort will soon be opening a new 500-acre farm and restaurant.

Sotelo told media the resort recently acquired 500 acres of land that will be used to build a farmhouse that will produce the resort's own vegetables, as well as a farm-to-table restaurant, which has not been named yet.

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Sotelo says the farmhouse and restaurant should be up and running 18 to 24 months from now. 

Once a plantation, Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve is now a private estate resort in Puerto Rico inspired by the legacy and memorable vacation experiences of its original developer, Laurance S. Rockefeller. 

Visit www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/puerto-rico/dorado-beach

Sonesta Ocean Point Resort in St. Maarten to Host Culinary Event

Sonesta Ocean Point Resort // Photo by Joe Pike

Located on the westernmost point of St. Maarten, the all-inclusive, adults-only Sonesta Ocean Point Resort is hosting "A Chefs Night," a culinary event founded by Swedish Chef Görgen Tidén.

A package is being offered in conjunction with this exclusive series of culinary events, including dinners designed by a team of acclaimed visiting Swedish Chefs, shopping excursions, cooking classes and more. 

A Chefs Night was born of the notion that a gastronomic experience should be shared and enjoyed amongst family and friends. After a successful event in Sweden last year, Sonesta Ocean Point is bringing the Chefs Night concept to its tropical shores from May 24-26.

Sonesta Ocean Point will offer A Chefs Night package with exclusive culinary themed events and amenities, including dinner on May 24 and May 26, showcasing the chef’s Scandinavian-French-Caribbean fusion culinary creations taking place at the resort’s premier restaurant, Azul, which sits atop a cliff overlooking Maho Bay. St. Maarten-based Mix Italia will sponsor and provide a selection of Italian wines for the dinners.

Rates for the package will be starting at $235 per person, per night based on double occupancy. Reservations can be made online at www.sonesta.com/oceanpoint using group code 2697 or by calling 721/545-3100 and quoting booking code 2697 or “Chefs Night.”

Grace Bay Club Unveils New Pop-Up Restaurant, Kone

Grace Bay Club, a five-star luxury hotel in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos recently announced the opening of its new pop-up restaurant, Kone. 

Located directly on Grace Bay Beach, the latest culinary concept features a playful menu of contemporary dishes served in cones, complemented by an assortment of creative cocktails.

Kone is the fourth pop-up dining experience to arrive at Grace Bay Club. The limited-edition eatery follows the success of Biere et Boules in 2015 and the original Stix, which now operates as a permanent dining venue at Grace Bay Club’s sister property, West Bay Club.

Curated by Wolfgang von Wieser, group director of food and beverage for Grace Bay Resorts, the innovative menu offers a unique perspective on contemporary Caribbean cuisine and exciting combinations of fresh fish, local spices and comfort foods with a twist.  

Menu highlights include Turks & Caicos Lobster, Spicy Ahi Tuna Tartare with Juicy Pear, Avocado Chicken Salad with Peppered Ricotta and Prime Angus Beef with Polenta Fries.

Guests with an insatiable sweet tooth can indulge in Valrhona Chocolate Mousse with Fresh Raspberries and Grand Marnier Rice Pudding with Candied Orange and Cinnamon Raisins. Additionally, Kone offers an exceptional selection of local and international beers, wines and cocktails, including Spiked Sangria, Tips Arnold Palmer, Provo Swizzle and Blueberry Lemonade. 

The restaurant space, which is updated each year to reflect the new concept, features refined décor and an open-air layout to take in the natural beauty of Grace Bay Beach. The bar is situated within a palm-tree-leaf thatched hut adjacent to a lounge area with oversized sofas, where guests can enjoy cuisine and cocktails, all while admiring ocean views.

Kone is open daily from 11 a.m. to sunset through November.

Visit www.gracebayclub.com and keep visiting www.travelagentcentral.com for all your latest culinary news. Be sure to follow Travel Agent's Joe Pike on Twitter @TravelPike.

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