The New Turks and Caicos Collection Introduces Culinary Tourism Experience at their Three Providenciales Resorts

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New hotel group focuses on culinary excellence in their Turks & Caicos properties.

Jerk snapper. Conch ceviche. Beetroot gazpacho.

They’re some of the top tourist attractions in Turks and Caicos. But these are not the names of beaches or historic sites – just local foods that delight the fast growing segment of culinary tourists that now make dining and enjoying local food the primary reason for taking a trip.

Culinary tourism is currently one of the fastest growing segments of the tourism industry. According to the World Food Travel Association and the report “The American Culinary Traveler (2013)”, over 39 million leisure travelers are “deliberate” culinary travelers and an additional 35 million are “opportunistic.”

In response to this growing travel trend, the Turks and Caicos Collection, which consists of three Providenciales beachfront resorts, invites Turks and Caicos visitors to experience a culinary tourism experience at their resorts in the bespoke Caribbean destination.

The three resorts – Alexandra Resort, Beach House, and Blue Haven Resort and Marina – invite guests to enjoy locally caught and grown food prepared by skillful chefs.

Mango Reef Restaurant is located at Alexandra Resort. This popular restaurant offers one of the few beachfront dining facilities on world famous Grace Bay Beach, as well as romantic barefoot dining on the beach at dinner. Chef Florent Sourmont offers an extensive menu of traditionally prepared French cuisine complemented by local flavors. When lobster is in season (normally from September until April), fresh lobster from South Caicos is featured in a variety of dishes on the menu.

The Beach House Restaurant offers sophisticated dining without pretension, and dishes where flavors and spices are the celebrities. Caribbean ingredients are prepared using French and Asian techniques by Chef Fred Cougnon from Belgium. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served seven days a week at the boutique hotel on Grace Bay beach.

One of the newest culinary addresses on Providenciales is Blue Haven Resort and Marina, which just celebrated a grand opening on December 6th.. The resort features Salt Bar & Grill, a casual yet elegant bar with a distinct nautical atmosphere overlooking the yachts docked at Blue Haven Marina. Designed as a bar for yacht crews and local residents, Salt is the ideal venue to mix and mingle while enjoying good drinks and comfort food. The Fire & Ice Restaurant recently opened at Blue Haven Resort. This new culinary venue provides a casual Caribbean dining experience with a traditional pig roast and clam bake as signature dishes. Fresh local fish, salads and jerk chicken translated into an elegant presentation full of flavor promise to make Fire & Ice an island favorite.

The Turks and Caicos Collection resorts are offering specials for summer travel from April 26 until December 18, 2014. It’s the perfect time to visit Turks and Caicos and enjoy one of the best culinary tourism experiences in the Caribbean. Upon request, patrons may take advantage of a convenient complimentary shuttle service between the restaurants.

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