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Cigar Vacations
Written by James Payne

Monday, 28 December 2009

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1. Cigar Vacations
2. Graycliff
3. Cigars

The Cigar Package

The cigar package is pretty nice. They offer you a buy two days, get one free offer, making your stay a total of three days. The package includes a daily breakfast for two, a complimentary bottle of Rum at check in (way to get the party started), a cigar rolling lesson – which also comes with Rum, two dinners (we’ll get to these in a moment), and a classic spin on the turn down service. Instead of putting chocolate on your pillows, you get two different cigars each night. Rum and cigars. I like they way they think.

Dining

Two out of your three nights stay come with free dining under the package, which seems like a little of a let down; why not do all three nights? I have to imagine its because the resort only features two restaurants, and maybe going to the same restaurant twice in three days would get boring, but then, they could always offer a night of room service. With Rum. And cigars.

The first restaurant offering is the Churrascaria Humidor, which is a Brazilian restaurant complete with Gaucho waiters. The menu starts off with a variety of different salads and a so-so appetizer list, featuring a Sweet Pepper and Ham Hock Bean Soup and a White-Rice Tortellini in Cream Sauce – so far nothing spectacular, which is fine, because Gaucho-style dining is all about the meat anyway, and here it seems they do not fail.

The main event features just about every type of meat a carnivore could ask for without seeming too pretentious. From bacon-wrapped Filet Mignon to the tasty sounding Lombo (a spicy, “sizzling” pork with a parmesan crust), the meats are served “non-stop”, with the waiters slicing and serving the meat right in front of you.

You can also treat yourself to any of the Graycliff cigars after dinner in the lounge.

The second dining experience is at the Graycliff Restaurant, which apparently is the first (and only) five star restaurant in the Caribbean. It features a cocktail area, where you enjoy a drink (or two) while you look over the menu. After you order, you get relocated to one of four rooms, each themed after a different section of the original house (ie; a library, a sitting room, etc).

As part of the package you get a wine pairing, free cigars, and an after dinner cordial.

The menu is almost completely opposite of the Churrascaria, in that its offerings are anything but straight forward. The best looking item on the appetizer menu is Feuillete De Homard, which is essentially “Bahamian Lobster tail in a full cream sauce with perfumed rare fine Spanish saffron pistils”.

From there you are offered a course of one of two Iranian caviers or one of a pair of Foie Gras. After that, the menu just gets ridiculous, with offerings such as the “Grilled Milk Fed Veal Chop with Rosemary Butter” and the “In House 14 Day Aged Angus Beef Prime Center Cut Tenderloin with Highland mushrooms.”

I have to admit that I can’t pronounce half the things on the menu, but it somehow still seems good.

In addition to the wine pairings, they also have the award winning Graycliff’s Wine Cellar (you can do a lunch tasting here as well), where they boast some 250,000 bottles of wine, dating back as far as 1865.

Prices for the affair range from $1700-2300 in the Summer to $1850-$2500 in the Winter.






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