How Sandals® Resorts has transformed all-inclusive, globally inspired cuisine

Since 1981, Sandals Resorts has established itself as a beacon of innovation in the all-inclusive realm.

The brand has brought Over-the-Water Bungalows and Villas to the Caribbean, introduced Tranquility Soaking Tubs™ for two and infinity pools in the sky, and perhaps most impressive of all—it has redefined all-inclusive dining through its 5-Star Global Gourmet™ dining programme.

Fusing culture into Culinary Concept

The Caribbean itself boasts some of the most sought-after ingredients, whether it’s sweet mangoes, bright papayas, starchy cassava, fresh fish, or essential spices. Staying true to its roots, Sandals Resorts has taken advantage of such abundance to present Caribbean-centric menus. The Jerk Shack is among the most popular restaurants of the brand, known for its speedy service and classic dishes, such as roasted breadfruit, festival and jerk-spiced-everything. The blend of flavour and flare are what instills the very soul of the Caribbean.

While Sandals continues paying homage to the islands, it also looks to the cultures of the world in order to fashion 23 global culinary concepts. From Japan—the art of sushi making. From Italy—how to pair wine with any family recipe. From India—the delicate blending of spices. From France—perfecting small plates that satisfy.

Although it may seem impossible, the list goes on. But, how exactly does Sandals guaranty every prepared dish lives up to its cultural origins? It’s simple—the Food & Beverage team finds the most talented, esteemed chefs and welcomes them into the Caribbean family of resorts. With these chefs in the kitchen, doing what they do best, the rest is icing on the cake.

The role of the culinary concierge is to meet with guests, understand their specific situation, formulate meal plans, and provide certainty of each ingredient going into a meal.

When in doubt ask the Culinary Concierge 

It’s no question that travelling with food allergies or restrictions can be challenging. Whether you’re gluten-intolerant, dairy-free or allergic to shellfish, there’s a level of attention necessary during any meal. Recognising the need for someone to assist guests in this situation, Sandals Resorts implemented Culinary Concierge. The role of the Culinary Concierge is to meet with guests, understand their specific situation, formulate meal plans, and provide certainty of each ingredient going into a meal. These services offer the peace of mind many guests look for, and it is the type of care Sandals is proud to provide.

Signature sips    

Ever dream about what it felt like to live, dance and party like they did in the films from Hollywood’s Golden Age? You know, the times of black and white movies where movie stars sipped on martinis and single malt Scotch whiskey? They’re the daydreams of the past, and Sandals has brought them to life at The Rabbit Hole—the trademark speakeasy bar at Sandals Ochi. Unlike ordinary bars, The Rabbit Hole requires a password, which you can acquire from any of the resort staff. Once you’re in, it’s a fusion of Great Gatsby meets Alice In Wonderland. The two-storey structure has ample seating room for guests and features high ceilings that are perfect for amplifying live musical performances that take place every night.

But Sandals doesn’t stop there when it comes to recreating some of the most popular bar scenes across the globe. Inspired by British pub experiences and late-night bites, The Tipsy Turtle, The Merry Monkey, The Wobbly Peacock, The Drunken Duck, Olde London Pub, and Cricketer’s are where you want to be once the sun goes down. These cozy spots are perfect for karaoke and sipping on imported or local island beers.

Stirring up something new! For all new bar experiences, Sandals Montego Bay—Sandals flagship resort—recently welcomed The Palms and Latitudes Overwater Bar of its own.

The Caribbean itself boasts some of the most sought-after ingredients, whether it’s sweet mangoes, bright papayas, starchy cassava, fresh fish, or essential spices.

Expanding the restaurant repertoire

Sandals Montego Bay has recently opened Butch’s Steak & Chophouse, Soy Sushi Bar and The Jerk Shack. These new additions are just another way the brand has enhanced its passion for innovation and international cuisine.

As Sandals continues revolutionising the all-inclusive industry, it is almost guaranteed to bring a wealth of fresh ideas to the 5-Star Global Gourmet™ dining programme as well.

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