There is a myth about the Caribbean – that farm-to-table dining doesn’t exist there.
But in fact it does exist, and in some places, it’s thriving — a fact that comes in handy when contemplating Thanksgiving options this year.
If you’re not necessarily a fan of tradition, football or dedicating a day to the art of being a couch potato, there’s an increasingly sophisticated variety of options to make Thanksgiving something slightly more colorful and adventurous.
From a candlelit Thanksgiving dinner at a luxury lodge in the Belize jungle to chartered yachts with gourmet chefs onboard preparing your holiday feast in the British Virgin Islands, there are countless unorthodox options. The only limit is your sense of adventure (and your budget).
Which brings us back to that myth about the lack of locally cultivated fruits and veggies, a misconception that actually applies to far more than just Caribbean island countries. It really encompasses all tropical destination dining and our preconceived notions about what such meals might include.
An increasing number of islands around the world are now touting their organic gardens and locally sourced food as a major selling point.
At the Ka’ana Luxury Resort in Western Belize, for instance, the Thanksgiving meal will include ingredients freshly harvested from the property’s two-acre organic garden. (Add to that the resort’s setting, amid a magnificent jungle and a stone’s throw from ancient Mayan ruins, and you’ve got a holiday filled with culture, style and adventure.)
Le Soleil d’Or, meanwhile, bills itself as the Cayman Islands’ first and only farm-to-table destination and is inviting families to escape the chores of Thanksgiving this year. Instead it asks guests to sit back, relax and enjoy the resort’s organic offerings.
Locally sourced meals on tropical islands, however, are just one of many memorable possibilities to consider.
Also among the most intriguing is dining al fresco in Okavango Delta. This option, offered by Rothschild Safaris, is organized by Chitabe Camp in Botswana, and includes a traditional Thanksgiving dinner (for as many as 16 of your nearest and dearest) served family style under the stars, in one of Africa’s last remaining great wildlife habitats.
Experiences this unique may even bring your family closer together.
“There’s nothing I love more than spending time in the African bush with my family,” says Leora Rothschild, founder and president of Rothschild Safaris. “While the holidays are always a time for love and gratitude, sometimes getting away with the ones we love most, lends a unique perspective on everything for which we have to be thankful.”
While the holiday is just a few weeks away, it’s not too late to break from tradition and try something different this year. Think about it, Thanksgiving is a long weekend – four full days to add to a getaway…Why not make the most of it?
Here’s a look at some additional Thanksgiving options that combine a picturesque location, with a Thanksgiving meal to remember.
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