The Beach Tent at The Royal Pink Plantation House
Sand, Sea and Scrumptious Island Food
One of the best kept secrets on Reduit Beach nestles in the sand in front of the grande dame of island resorts, the Royal St Lucia by rex resorts. This rustic little beachside restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, but regardless what time of day you settle down on one of its comfortable rattan chairs, the views are compelling and the hospitality is truly Saint Lucian.
Although it is part of the resort, the Beach Tent is open to all hungry beachgoers so whether you're taking a welcome shade break to enjoy a healthy salad, or filling up with hearty Lucian fish broth after a strenuous swim in the crystal blue waves, the Royal's rustic wooden shack with the thatched roof is a perfect spot to dine and watch beach-life go by.
With menus created by the resort's Executive Chef Eike Lauff, you might expect this to be an expensive outing, but the reasonable prices are great value for the quality and location. The Royal's elegant Pool Bar is also a wonderful place to chill out with a Happy Hour sundowner—in fact cocktails are two for one from 5pm until 7pm every day, and there's an endless list of tropical blended inventions and classic international favourites to choose from.
White cotton table-settings feel casually chic and the wine list is simple but top class as the sunset captivates your attention, dipping below the horizon in front of the bay, and often throwing vivid orange and pink brushstrokes across the fading blue sky. Depending on the night of the week, the Beach Tent menu offers either a steakhouse or Italian theme, and both choices are impressive.
Choosing fish on steak night might seem contrary as Mary, but the Royal's culinary team make it very hard to refuse the pescatarian alternatives like Grilled Kingfish on Wild Mushroom Ragout or Herb-Crusted Mahi Mahi with Spiced Pumpkin Puree. Meat eaters will love the choice of steak cuts accompanied by fresh local side dishes and classic sauces, cooked to your preference and always melt-in-the-mouth. There's even a tuna steak which is wonderful cooked rare, paired with sweet potato mash and Creole butter.
Appetisers include a zesty watermelon salad and crispy local-inspired fishcakes, and portions are hearty so be sure not to fill up too much for dessert because the chef's rum baba custard concoction is absolutely unmissable, although the chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream is a definite contender too!
Open for lunch and dinner, we think you'll love discovering the secrets of the Beach Tent, so take a walk down Reduit Beach and give them a try.
Call 457 3131 for information or reservations.