The Wine Shutter
Traveling is a delight for all of the senses, but some of the best sensory experiences are the delightful things you get to taste.
Hotels around the world have long cornered the market on delicious foods, including some that house several Michelin-starred establishments under one roof, but another way they're setting themselves apart is by creating something you can only sip and savor on-site. Here are five hotels where you can drink in the local flavors.
Half Moon: Montego Bay, Jamaica
Half Moon, located on two miles of private beach, is as idyllic as they come. The destination is a full-service paradise, with traditional hotel rooms, suites, cottages, and even seven-bedroom homes. It also sports a spa, equestrian center, golf course, and more to keep everyone entertained. But what makes it even more remarkable is its exclusive rum blended just for the resort. Half Moon has partnered with Worthy Park to create the blend, selected from a cask-aged rum crafted with all local ingredients and distilled using the artisanal pot still method. In total, it made just 306 bottles, making it truly limited edition.
Blackberry Farm: Walland, Tennessee
Blackberry Farm, which sits in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, is a 4,200-acre working farm that welcomes guests to come and experience its sublime tranquility. The farm not only has multiple accommodation options to choose from but is also home to several food and beverage offerings as well. That includes getting to taste its craft beer brewed on-site. The farm produces four styles of beer, including an IPA, lager, India pale ale, and Saison. Guests can come for a tour and purchase a few cans to take home with them to savor the vacation a little longer.
Hotel Bennett: Charleston, South Carolina
The Wine Shutter
The Hotel Bennett in Charleston is where Southern charm and luxury collide, offering rooms filled with plush furnishings and soft finishes. It's a place where you really do want to relax into the atmosphere. The only addition you need for this picture-perfect scene is a bourbon, neat. And that's exactly what you can do with the hotel's Single Barrel Select Bourbon thanks to a partnership with Firefly Distillery, the city's oldest working distillery. The specialty release is offered exclusively at the hotel as its house bourbon and is featured in its specialty cocktail, Honey, I'm Comb, which comes with the bourbon, smoked peach puree, lemon juice, and egg white garnished with a lightly "torched" honeycomb.
Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa: Hawaii
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The Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa delivers two pieces of good news: One, a stay here means you're getting to vacation in Hawaii, and two, a stay here means you can taste its signature beer, the Aka'ula Golden Ale. The Aka'ula, which means "Red Sunset" in Hawaiian, is made with fresh blood orange, tangerine, and pineapple to give it a crisp, fruity finish that tastes just as you'd imagine the islands would. The ale is in partnership with Maui Brewing Co. Though it's brewed for the hotel, visitors can also find it in a few other spots Maui Brewing Co. is sold.
Acre Resort: San Jose del Cabo, Mexico
Acre Resort is a Bohemian oasis tucked inside Cabo. It's a spot where visitors can come to glamp like a pro in its treehouse accommodation, built out of thatched walls to allow the soft sunlight to stream in. There are plenty of upscale amenities here too, like a glistening pool, spa services on request, and the ability to order the resort's signature mezcal, La Tierra de Acre. Handcrafted in Oaxaca and Durango, the hotel offers four distinct drinks, Espadín, Cenizo, Tobalá, and Tepeztate, which you can taste and bring home a bottle with you when you leave.