Escapes for Foodies & Winos
Meals worth flying for. Also, many of these are on working farms that champion sustainability, so you can experience the whole production line (without necessarily getting your hands dirty).
Flora FarmsLas Animas Bajas, San Jose del Cabo | +52.1.624.355.4564
If you're into more of a vacation enclave with a farm-to-table bent then head to Baja California to check into one of the ten charming Culinary Cottages at Flora Farms: a twenty-five-acre organic working farm in the foothills of Sierra de la Laguna Mountains in San Jose del Cabo. Renters and owners can submerge themselves in harvesting the heirloom vegetables–and cooking meals in the fully equipped cottages. Although access to the private beach club, family pond, pool, and spas is exclusive to owners and renters, The Field Kitchen (where the ingredients are often picks minutes before they are served), Farm Bar, and Flora Grocery (which sells sustainably raised meats, handmade breads, and organic vegetables), are open to all, expanding its culinary experience beyond the cottages.
Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve100 Dorado Beach Dr., Dorado | 787.626.1100
This Puerto Rico outpost of Ritz-Carlton’s super opulent offshoot, Reserve, takes its glitzy past as Laurance S. Rockefeller’s passion project back in the 1960’s very seriously. The most vivid throwback is the five-bedroom Su Casa plantation which was painstakingly rehabilitated to its former glory—antique furniture, cigar veranda, plunge pool, and all. In lieu of cramped hotel rooms, guests can choose from indoor/outdoor suites and beachfront residences. The Spa Botánico’s enticing menu focuses on healing treatments, which can all be enjoyed on suspended treetop platforms. Among several on-site eateries, Positivo Sand Bar (come here for freshly caught sushi, traditional ceviche, and really good cocktails) and Mi Casa by José Andrés (try the asopao de langosta, a traditional Puerto Rican rice stew with spiny lobster) are a must.
The Ritz-Carlton, Grand CaymanSeven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman | 345.943.9000
This far-reaching property offers all the trappings one might expect from a Ritz-Carlton resort, plus access to the azure waters and white sands of not one, but two coasts—the North Sound on one side and Seven Mile Beach on the other. While the kids soak it up at the on-site water park or participate in one of many eco-adventure activities (supervised, of course), adults can improve their backswing at the Greg Norman-designed golf course or book a treatment at the La Prairie Spa. There are five restaurants on the property (ranging from casual to swanky), but only one is run by Chef Eric Ripert. The seafood-centric Blue by Eric Ripert has a particularly well-curated tasting menu and is considered by many to be the best dining experience in the Caribbean.