Sink your toes into the sand as you enjoy a delicious meal.
What experience is a better purveyor of that delicious “I’m on holiday” feeling than dining with your feet in the sand?
Whether you’re craving a long, lazy lunch with a sultry ocean breeze on your skin; or dinner underneath a canopy of stars, we’ve found six world-class resort restaurants that invite you to shed your shoes and sink your toes in the sand.
Don’t be fooled by their relaxed, open-air settings. These restaurants promise you a culinary journey that will tantalise more than just your tastebuds.
Home to a plethora of innovative dining options – including full moon dinners at Zuhair’s Beach, a private sandbank in the middle of the Indian Ocean – Soneva Jani’s latest mouth-watering food offering is an eco-luxe restaurant aptly named The Crab Shack.
Offering an irresistible combination of crab, seafood dishes, wine and sunsets, this á la carte restaurant and bar is open for lunch and dinner, and is home to an upstairs deck with tiered daybeds perfectly poised to watch the sun melt into the ocean.
Downstairs, guests are able to dine barefoot with their toes in the sand, in line with Soneva’s ‘No News, No Shoes’ ethos. The Crab Shack is open-air, allowing for the cool sea breeze to flow through and uninterrupted views out across the lagoon.
Try the Sri Lankan mud crab curry, or the succulently sweet Alaskan and Kamchatka crabs that rotate through the week. Mediterranean dishes and seafood platters make up the rest of the menu, while the highlight of the drinks menu is a wide selection of rosé wines.
The hub of social activity at Nihi Sumba is the sandy-floored Ombak (meaning wave front) restaurant and bar lounge.
Ombak, an exquisitely crafted open-air restaurant, serves á la carte breakfast and dinner daily with a relaxed convivial atmosphere. During the week chefs create special dining experiences including spectacular beach BBQs.
The large outside deck, cantilevered over the ocean, offers relaxed lounge seating. For a spectacular private dining experience, The Nest, perched on the crest of the ocean is perfect for a romantic dinner or an intimate group meal.
The Boat House is Bawah Reserve’s gorgeous beach bar; a little slice of paradise on the shores of the island’s east beach that oozes a relaxed ambience. The venue is at one with its surroundings – boasting panoramic views overlooking the lagoon, with a contemporary, bohemian vibe punctuated with chilled lounge melodies.
Enjoy lunch, dinner and drinks here and a fresh, creative and modern à la carte menu. A great BBQ venue or spot to relax in a swing chair with an ice cold beer.
QAMEA RESORT & SPA
Guests at Qamea Resort & Spa – the jewel of Fiji’s northern islands – can look forward to cuisine that rivals top restaurants anywhere in the world and a relaxed, elegant ease of dining.
The resort’s team of skilled chefs pride themselves on using both the finest local and international ingredients to create an irresistible fusion of Fijian Pacific Rim cuisine.
Exquisite private dining is available for lunch or dinner in the resort’s private dining gazebo, or at a table set up directly on the beach where you can indulge in an intimate and exceptional dining experience looking out to the Pacific Ocean.
SINALEI REEF RESORT & SPA
By returning to nature and invigorating the senses through culture and cuisine, Sinalei Reef Resort & Spa is an oasis to truly recharge. A refined yet relaxed dining experience awaits you, where the resort embodies its farm/ocean to plate philosophy by growing and sourcing food locally wherever possible.
Sinalei’s wish is to foster relationships with local farmers, their families and local people as part of their commitment to the development of the local environment. In doing so, their direction, way of life and culture combine to bring you the best dining experience imaginable.
For the ultimate in romantic settings, Sinalei Reef Resort & Spa offers an array of pristine locations to choose from for your special arrangement. From a romantic sunset meal in the sand to a private picnic beneath a waterfall, chat to the resort staff about what your dream dining experience entails and watch them bring it life in front of your eyes.
MURI BEACH CLUB HOTEL
When eating a meal away from one’s home environment, the expectations of a meal evolve from pure necessity to a culinary celebration of the taste buds. At Muri Beach Club Hotel, you can enjoy this experience while also being provided with the best service the Pacific has to offer, entertainment and the opportunity to simply relax.
Enjoy a variety of meals with the added flavours of the Cook Islands – from the bounty of the sea to the abundance of the land. Each dish has been created to infuse the right flavours for you to embark on this culinary adventure. Feast your eyes on our menu and allow your tastebuds a journey through paradise.
Muri Beach Hotel’s restaurant, SilverSands, has tables both by the pool and in the sand, overlooking one of Rarotonga’s most outstanding natural features – Muri Lagoon, where you can enjoy a delicious meal to the soothing soundtrack of waves gently lapping against the shore.