Rain­for­est Hide­away

One of the TOP TEN fine Din­ing Restau­rants in the Caribbean

Tropical Traveller Magazine - - RESTAURANTREVIEWS -

Rain­for­est Hide­away in Marigot Bay won a cov­eted TripAd­vi­sor ’Trav­ellers‘ Choice‘ award for 2013, list­ing it as one of the Caribbean‘s Top Ten Fine Din­ing Restau­rants, The award puts Rain­for­est along­side such fa­mous restau­rants as The Cliff in Bar­ba­dos, L’Es­traminet in St Maarten and Pikayo in Puerto Rico - and it’s not for the first time! Rain­for­est made the same list five years ago and the team is de­lighted to have done it again.

But ac­cord­ing to Jean-Rene Du Boulay, Rain­for­est’s Man­ager for the last seven years, Rain­for­est is not about awards and cer­tifi­cates. ‘It’s nice to be Num­ber One, but our mo­ti­va­tion is mak­ing peo­ple happy. For us it’s about de­light­ing and sur­pris­ing our guests, it’s about ex­ceed­ing their ex­pec­ta­tions and giv­ing them an en­chanted evening with fab­u­lous food, fine wine, im­pec­ca­ble ser­vice and a mag­i­cal am­biance.‘

And even the lit­tle ferry that brings guests across the bay (free to din­ers) makes the two minute trip a part of that magic . As one guest re­cently said ‚‘we had seen pic­tures on the in­ter­net, but when we ac­tu­ally stepped on the boat and the twin­kling restau­rant lights were com­ing nearer and nearer, we felt like we were be­ing trans­ported

into a dif­fer­ent world. And then when we ar­rived on the dock with the Maitre D wait­ing to greet us we felt like VIPs!‘

Many reg­u­lar vis­i­tors to Saint Lu­cia, es­pe­cially the ones who have their own mo­tor yachts and sail­boats, make an an­nual pil­grim­age to Rain­for­est; they look for­ward to greet­ing the team they’ve got to know over the years and Jean Rene, Tessie the bar­man, Rachel and Chef My­ron love to see old friends re­turn­ing. Vis­it­ing celebri­ties who come into the bay on their mega yachts al­ways add a touch of glam­our too, but Rain­for­est, right from the be­gin­ning, has been a favourite hide­away for St Lu­cians and vis­i­tors alike.

Rain­for­est has a lovely water­front bar, right on the la­goon, so drop in for a drink while you browse the so­phis­ti­cated In­ter­na­tional/Caribbean fu­sion menu pre­pared by our im­pres­sive kitchen crew - who are al­ways cre­at­ing new and ex­cit­ing dishes. Right now, Rain­for­est is one of very few lo­cal restau­rants do­ing its bit to save the reefs by serv­ing li­on­fish; a de­li­cious, del­i­cate white fish which is be­com­ing very popular, es­pe­cially with din­ers from New York. And when you’ve made your choice, you can take a lit­tle more time to re­lax, watch the fish danc­ing in the lighted la­goon and sip cham­pagne un­der the stars – and some­times with the stars. Rain­for­est is open ev­ery night in the win­ter sea­son and on Wed­nes­days and Satur­days there‘s live jazz with Emer­son and the Em­press, a cool and very un­usual mu­si­cal duo.

Call 451 4485 or 286 0511 for reser­va­tions at Rain­for­est Hide­away.

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