Resorts around the world are ensuring that their guests get a taste of the culture while enjoying their stay. Here’s how three favorites are giving their guests a little local flavor.
Kona coffee is legendary, and enjoying a freshly brewed cup is certainly part of the Hawaiian vacation experience. The Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka'upulehu takes the experience one step further by offering guests the chance to meet coffee farmers, sample their brews, and learn about the Kona coffee-making process at special breakfasts at the hotel. In addition, the hotel will arrange for guests to visit nearby coffee plantations such as Green Gecko Coffee, a small farm favored by the resort’s executive chef, James Babian, who sometimes joins guests for the tour. fourseasons.com
At the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island, you’ll no doubt take in the sea-salty air of this beachfront property. But sea salt also makes it way onto the menu at the AAA Five Diamond Award-winning — and aptly named — Salt restaurant. More than 30 exotic natural and infused salts add a little spice to the menu and make their way into some of chef de cuisine Richard Laughlin’s dishes, such as the Painted Hills beef tenderloin with pure ocean horseradish salt. ritzcarlton.com
Perched on the Pacific coast, the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach & Spa serves up constant reminders of its “Surf City USA” location, from views of the ocean in each room to the beach decor and memorabilia in “The Village,” the resort’s eclectic shopping plaza. If the waves entice, you can opt for surf lessons, while young future surfers can catch a wavy ride on a water slide at the water playground. But to really complete the beach party theme, the hotel offers a s’mores kit and will secure a fire pit for a beach bonfire on which to roast marshmallows. Cowabunga! huntingtonbeach.hyatt.com