Barbados is a destination loved by celebrities and jet setters the world over – with the likes of Simon Cowell and Coleen and Wayne Rooney owning property on the Island.
Yet, for all its infamous glamour and prestige, Rihanna’s hometown is a rather simple place, filled with people with a passionate love for their country and its local traditions.
The air is filled with the faint sounds of tropical music and the lapping of waves, while the streets are habited with smiling locals and inspired tourists.
And while it may be the jaw-dropping beaches and year-round sunny weather that usually gets those tourists flocking, this year – it’s the foodies turn.
Sandals Resorts have created the ultimate trip for the food and drink lovers amongst us, and it looks set to be on the top of every one’s list this year.
Aptly named The Rumantic Culinary retreat, it offers an exclusive opportunity to learn how to cook authentic Caribbean cuisine as well as trying your hand at making cocktails and rum tasting – all while soaking up the rays at the luxurious all-inclusive resort.
Celebrity chef, Shivi Ramoutar – who appeared on Masterchef in 2013 – is on hand to show you how to cook authentic cuisine from scratch, including her signature dish of foil-baked jerk snapper with breadfruit chips.
While the world’s leading rum ambassador and RumFest founder, Ian Burrell, will take you on a visit to a local rum distillery before indulging you in a rum tasting session, where guests will be taught all there is to know about the Island’s favourite tipple.
Also included in the retreat is a visit to the local food markets, giving you the opportunity to discover the fresh produce available on the Island and a cocktail-making class with Ian, where you can create a cocktail to your own, personal taste.
And while your food and drink needs are being met by Shivi and Ian, guests are also able to enjoy all the amenities at the luxurious Sandals resort, including a rooftop infinity pool, bowling alley, several restaurants and, of course, the beach front.
Of course, there is a plethora of other activities to do while you’re on the Island – with many not to be missed, including snorkelling with turtles, experiencing the infamous fish fry (try Oistins) and off road jeep tour of the Island.
But whatever you choose, be sure to indulge in the exquisite cuisine the paradise has to offer -while, of course, washing it down with a tasty rum cocktail.
Sandals’ Rumantic Culinary retreat package costs from £1,875 per person and includes seven nights’ all-inclusive accommodation at Sandals Barbados in a Caribbean Village Grande Luxe level room from 17-24 November 2018. The package includes two cooking and rum masterclasses with rum ambassador Ian Burrell and chef Shivi Ramoutar as well as a visit to a local distillery and food market.
Price also includes return Virgin Atlantic flights from Gatwick, transfers, a welcome cocktail reception and a farewell gala dinner (0800 022 3030, sandals.co.uk/specials/rumantic).
The Barbados Tourist Board has information on the island’s culinary calendar, including the Barbados Food and Rum Festival which is held this year from 18-21 October and events during the Year of Culinary Experiences.
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