6 Hotels That Serve Healthy and Delicious Food
Great hotels offer so much more than lame (and unhealthy) room service menus and boring continental breakfasts. In fact, these 6 hotels offer incredible food with options as healthy as they are text-home-about-good. Whether you’re craving farm-to-table fare or a delicious vegetarian meal, these delicious hotel foods are worth traveling for.
1. L’Auberge de Sedona in Sedona, Arizona
Best for: Farm-to-Table Fare
Nestled in stunning Sedona, Arizona, this stunning property has undergone a true culinary revival. After a multi-million dollar summer renewal, the renowned luxury retreat offers three revamped restaurant concepts in Etch, Cress and 89Agave Cantina. Overlooking beautiful Oak Creek with floor-to-ceiling windows and a handsome custom bar (or find comfort on the exterior deck with welcoming chairs and fireside tables), Etch offers hits like Smoked Local Burrata with L’Auberge Apricot, Tiny Vegetables, and Dill-Pea Purée that you’ll want to savor slowly.
At Cress, expect sophisticatedly-plated, locally-sourced seasonal cuisine and year-round favorites, where you can load up on vibrant veggies. For a more laidback option, try 89Agave, with Sonoran-style Mexican food. Start your meal with Chicken Tortilla Soup (soup helps to fill you up while staying on the low side in calories) to get your taste buds happy and keep things nutritious. Next, steer clear of the nachos offerings and instead unwind after your day of fun and scenic strolls with a filling Kale and Quinoa salad or Sizzling Fajitas served in an iron skillet with char-grilled peppers and onions.
2. Hilton Los Cabos in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Best for: Too Much Guac is Never Enough Types
Brimming with healthy fats from the avocado, there’s no need to feel guilty about diving into seconds of the inordinately fabulous fresh guac you can indulge in at the Hilton Los Cabos. What’s more, you can eat guilt-free, knowing that the hotel sources the freshest, local, and seasonal ingredients available and homemade green juice or a tantalizing smoothie, is never more than a quick stroll on the property away.
With no shortage of delectable ceviche options, you’ll love this raw and refreshing, traditional Mexican dish (you can even learn how to make it in an on-site cooking class) that’s also loaded with protein and good for your waistline. Healthy eaters will also especially appreciate poolside spot Mio (one of the hotel’s seven dining establishments), where you can pick up light bites like yellow fin tuna lettuce wraps, pineapple with chamoy (a traditional jam-like condiment) and chile, washed down with an organic, sugar-free margarita.
3. Washington School House in Park City, Utah
Best for: Breakfast Enthusiasts
Washington School House serves up next-level breakfast where they locally source ingredients as much as possible. Washington School House’s culinary team helmed by Executive Chef Ernesto Rocha has crafted a menu featuring a modern and organic approach to classic American fare (and it’s included in the price of your stay). Guests delight in sweet and savory seasonal selections each morning, and healthy options abound.
Try a simple fresh fruit platter (poolside, if you’d like) or a market scramble with zucchini, squash, kale and goat cheese washed down with local herbal teas to help adjust to the altitude side effects. Enjoy your food at the table or slink into a comfy couch in the living room surrounded by the 10-foot tall antique mirror from an opera house in the south of France and the stunning antler chandelier, lacquered in white and layered with crystals. It might just be difficult to convince yourself to leave and journey on to your next adventure, but hiking or skiing and other calorie-torching activities call…
4. Chatham Bars Inn in Chatham, Massachusetts
Best for: Seafood Nuts
Lean and high in protein, you’ll love all the wholesome seafood offerings this inn, situated on idyllic Cape Cod in Massachusetts, has to offer. Prepare to have all of your crustacean-infused fantasies blown away. Here, your moments of pure gastronomic delight can’t be booked through a reservation desk or on OpenTable. Instead, at the Chatham Bars Inn, the oceanfront resort’s luxury fleet stands ready to whisk guests to sea for big game sport fishing (you can also choose among other leisure pursuits).
When opportunity strikes, Executive Chef Anthony Cole will greet your boat at the shore and immediately filet fish for fresh sashimi, served gratis to guests on the beach (with the fisherman’s OK; don’t worry conscious-vores). Clam fan? Chef Cole personally greets guests and cooks ‘em beachside in a clambake on a regular basis (with a schedule during the summer) for you to enjoy fresh. Go easy on the potatoes and load up on plenty of corn for an added nutrient boost.
5. Vivenda Miranda in Algarve, Portugal
Best for: Vegetarians and Vegans
Plant-junkies, rejoice! Follow organic spa treatments and strolls on the beach with the best of the freshest organic and locally-sourced ingredients at every mea with healthy, vegetarian and vegan options available (even the breakfast buffet has healthy choices). This April and October 2016 will also see the hotel play host to healing, plant-based nutrition “wellness weeks” where you’ll learn about a raw food lifestyle, practice yoga, and take charge of your health and well-being. The retreat will be hosted by Gabriela Lerner, Raw Nutrition & Integrative Health Coach and Raw Food Chef and founder of Radiant on Raw. We’ll raise our wheatgrass shot and say cheers to that!
6. White Barn Inn
Best for: Chefs-in-Training
If Portland, Maine is the new Portland, Oregon, than Kennebunkport is the new Brooklyn of the New England seafood-scape. Known for its lobster, in the fall the property offers foodies the experience of a lifetime as they bike through the Maine foliage during the Crustacean Crawl. Chef Derek Bissonnette, who was recently appointed executive chef, at this AAA Five Diamond restaurant,and his team offer a private cooking class, where you’ll get a custom-created class based on your personal interests and dive into the kitchen for two hours, preparing dishes for the evening’s meal alongside kitchen crew (We won’t tell if your dicing skills are a little rusty).
Curious as to what kind of dishes that might entail? Recent menus from the restaurant included Seasonal Salad Greens, Herbed Goat Cheese, Orange, Candied Pecans, Beet Root Carpaccio & Vinaigrette Wild Mushroom Strudel, Local Ricotta & Cous Cous, Stuffed Baby Bell Peppers and Burgundy Truffles. Yes, Chef. Yes.
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