Whenever I stay at an all inclusive, people always ask: How’s the food?
While the food isn’t the most important part of the vacation for me, it does influence memories of the trip. I remember staying at a lovely all-inclusive in Cuba – beach was great, side trip to swim with the dolphins awesome! The food – well, it was food. I am happy to say that this was not the case on my last trip to Jamaica – staying at the Grand Palladium. There were more than enough places to choose from – grand buffets and themed restaurants. My favourite every morning was the omelette and fresh juice bar! This is vacation living! Everything was so fresh and full of flavour. Each morning also saw an array of fresh fruit laid out, as well as pastry and traditional breakfast items (bacon, hash browns, oatmeal etc…). A feast for the eyes and stomach.
While spending the week at the Grand Palladium, I was able to try most of the themed restaurants, with the exception of Bubba’s Grill (steak house) – the lines were just too long. Must have been a good sign! The Creole was delish, but I could have skipped the Mexican theme – it was fine, just didn’t think it was anything special! The Indian restaurant was also quite good. The waiters were a lot of fun, delivering food on their head, doing magic tricks for the kids at the table next to us and telling stories! Friday night – Beach BBQ – what fun! Time to kick off your shoes, enjoy the music and live shows, and chow down in the fresh air. The hotel put on a fabulous feast in the sand with coconut drinks on arrival, a wide variety of grills, stir fry, curry and a boat load of salads (literally – a kayak filled with ice and turned into a salad bar!
How’s the food – I have to say, it was excellent. There was always a good assortment of fresh salads, local flavours, and a crazy assortment of desserts! It was a challenge to limit myself to just one choice! Needless to say, I will have to hit the gym after a week of all the food! I thought I was doing quite well on not eating too much until the day they put out the rum balls! The picture does not do them justice, but let’s just say – they were little balls of rum soaked chocolatey goodness!
Restaurants at the Grand Palladium
3 Buffet Restaurants
Mo’ Bay Restaurant
The Blue Lagoon Restaurant
A la carte dinners- Reservation required
Lotus House Restaurant
El Mariachi Restaurant
Poseidon’s Sunset Cove Restaurant
So, in answer to the question “How’s the food?”, I would have to say, pretty darn good!
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