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Bon Appétit: the top 7 foodie destinations



Jamaica Foodie Destination

Although superyacht chefs can cater to almost any culinary desire on board, you won’t want to miss out on these gastronomic offerings. Satiate your cravings on-shore in these six foodie destinations.

1. Jamaica

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.

Curried goat served with rice and peas, salt fish and ackee, and spicy, crumbly patties are delicious local favourites – but there’s no shortage of lobster, jumbo shrimp and buttery-fleshed tropical fish, too.

You’ll already know all about the rum, of course, but also don’t miss the coffee. The mist-enveloped Blue Mountain range in the far east of Jamaica is the only place in the world where the eponymous 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: Escoveitch fish. Served with bammy – fried cassava – fillets of fresh fish such as grey snapper are lightly dusted in seasoned flour and pan fried until crispy, and served with a sweet and shiny sauce made from thyme, onion, carrots, bell peppers, pimiento, rice vinegar, sugar and butter, finished with a touch of notoriously fiery Scotch Bonnet chilli.

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 fruit and vegetables from nearby farmers’ markets – send your yacht’s chef to nearby St Mary’s on Fridays to pick up avocados the size of grapefruit, watermelon, apple bananas (fruit that looks like a banana but tastes like an apple), fresh young coconuts – and those 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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Sicily, Italy


Italy is world renowned for its food, and culinary delights culminate on the Island of Sicily. Sicilian cuisine is unique in that it has been influenced by the island’s colourful past. The Arab presence on the island during the 10th and 11th centuries is believed to be responsible for the introduction of marzipan fruits and candies, which are a traditional treat still eaten by locals today. With Mount Etna continuously bubbling away on the island, the volcanic soil has helped aid the abundant growth of local produce, meaning that only the best natural ingredients are used. The romantic coastline of Sicily is perfect for exploring by superyacht, but make sure you have time to stop on shore and sample the delicacies.

Speciality dish: Pasta alla Norma, made with sautéed tomatoes and aubergines, ricotta and basil is the staple dish. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a typical Cannoli pastry, finished off with a sip of Limoncello, the fluorescent liqueur produced from Sicilian lemons.

Where to eat: Villa Antonio in Taormina is reportedly the best restaurant on the island, both for classic Italian food and ambience. Try the risotto with red shrimp for a prime example of delicious Sicilian cooking.

How to visit by superyacht: Porto dell’Etna can berth yachts up to 40 metres, but for lager yachts there are anchorages around the Taormina harbour.

Words by Olivia Michel. Picture courtesy of Shutterstock.com / Marcin Krzyzak

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Phuket, Thailand


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.

Picture courtesy of Shutterstock.com / carlos castilla

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