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The Best Foodie Destinations to Visit by Superyacht

The Best Foodie Destinations to Visit by Superyacht

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Istanbul, Turkey

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If you're a food-lover looking for your next superyacht cruise destination, head to these foodie destinations to satiate your cravings for the world's best food on-shore.

Istanbul, Turkey

Food stalls are found on every corner of Istanbul's streets. The abundance of chewy Turkish ice cream, coal-grilled corn cobs and pistachio-stuffed baklava in the historic centre of Sultanahmet reflect the inherent importance of food in the local culture. Located at the point where East meets West, Istanbul's food scene is a fusion of European, Mediterranean and Asian flavours and chefs enjoy a plentiful supply of fresh seafood from the city's surround waters.

Speciality dish: Any visitor to Istanbul is eager to try Turkish Delight from the source. At the Spice Bazaar hawkers sell a variety of these traditional treats, from cranberry-studded sweets with a nougat centre to powdered cubes in every flavour imaginable; pomegranate, rose, mint, pistachio, chocolate, ginger, almond... the selection is endless. Shop owners will allow you to taste test before purchase and, per tradition, will offer their customers sweet apple tea to change the taste between samples.

Where to eat: Ulus 29 on the European side of Istanbul serves high-end Turkish dishes in an atmospheric setting. High above a hill on the fringes of the city, looking over at the continent of Asia, dine on grilled kebab meat served with a super creamy side portion of whipped goats cheese.

How to visit by superyacht: Ataköy Marina, which is about half an hour from Old Istanbul, can berth yachts up to 100 metres.

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Jamaica

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The combination of ultra fertile land and waters plus a varied history and fusion of cultures means that Jamaica has a wide mix of foods and cuisines, from tropical fruits and spices introduced from the East Indies in the 18th century to fresh fish pulled straight from the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea. And while the rum is not secret, make sure you don't miss Jamaican Coffee either. The mist-enveloped Blue Mountain range in the far east of Jamaica is the only place in the world where arabica beans are grown, producing a rare alkaline coffee with no bitter aftertaste and a milder caffeine hit. Follow the winding road from Kingston high up past the cloud line to the Craighton Estate, which has been a working plantation since 1765 and is now owned by the Japanese Ueshima Coffee Company, to stock up on roasted beans to grind on board.

Speciality dish: Escovitch fish. Fillets of fresh fish such as grey snapper are seasoned and pan fried until crispy, then slathered with a sweet sauce made from thyme, onion, bell peppers, pimiento and sugar, finished with a touch of notoriously fiery Scotch Bonnet chilli. It's usually served with with bammy, a flatbread made from fried cassava.

Where to eat: The dinner offerings from the kitchen of Jamaica Inn in Ocho Rios change daily, but there’s always a fresh catch of the day, served grilled, blackened or jerked, and eaten on the al fresco terrace under the stars. Famous diners here have included Princess Margaret, Sir Winston Churchill and Marilyn Monroe. Head chef Maurice Henry sources fresh ingredients from nearby farmers’ markets, so if you want to bring a taste of Jamaica home, send your yacht’s chef St Mary’s on Fridays to pick up avocados the size of grapefruit, apple bananas (fruit that looks like a banana but tastes like an apple), fresh young coconuts and those scorching Scotch Bonnets.

How to visit by superyacht: Errol Flynn Marina on the northern coast of the island can host superyachts up to 106 metres.

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Phuket, Thailand

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Far from the bustle and chaos of Bangkok, Phuket offers an idyllic island stop-off for superyachts travelling in Southeast Asia. Leaving the turquoise waters behind, head to the heart of the city to indulge in fragrant curries, spicy soups or tasty titbits from street vendors. As the old trading port of Thailand, the local food has been flavoured with the culinary traditions of its neighbouring countries, Malaysia and China.

Speciality dish: There are plenty of flavoursome, savoury dishes that are native to the island, but desserts and sweet treats are particularly popular in Phuket. A local favourite is Bee Go Moi, a packet of sweet and salty black glutinous rice flavoured with coconut milk.

Where to eat: Blue Elephant restaurant, located in the former governor’s mansion, serves typical Thai dishes in a romantic, historic setting. Royal Phuket Marina is 25 minutes away and has berths for yachts up to 35 metres.

How to visit by superyacht: Phuket is one of the best chill-out spots to visit in Thailand, and a blossoming hub for superyachts. Ao Po Grand Marina is well endowed with 300 berths for yachts up to 100 metres. Located in the north, just under Phang Nga is Phuket Yacht Haven, which has berths for yachts up to 110 metres.

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