At Sandals, Luxury is Included… Even for Celiacs!

You may have noticed that the blog has been a bit quiet recently. That’s because we were fortunate enough to spend some time at Sandals Grande Riviera in beautiful Ocho Rios, Jamaica! Normally, when we go South, my plan is to pack lots of snacks, eat grilled chicken and rice, and (of course) consume as many pina coladas as humanly possible.

At Sandals, I ate just as good (if not better) than I do here at home. My gluten-free questions and requests were always answered kindly and helpfully. I came home with my entire stash of snacks still intact!

Here are a few of the highlights from our trip.

  • At both China Doll and Kimonos (which is Teppanyaki-style), they prepared a special four-course meal for me.
  • Valentino’s, the Italian restaurant, featured gluten-free bread and pasta.
  • Bello Napoli (the outdoor pizzeria) offered a gluten-free crust not listed on their menu. They also prepared the pizza on special paper in the wood-fired oven to minimize cross-contamination. It’s best to request the pizza the day before as they make the dough separately. (I think that the other pizzeria, Dino’s, offers the same options.)
  • At both buffets (Bayside and Sabrina’s Marketplace), there are plenty of gluten-free options and staff to answer your questions. We even saw desserts labeled gluten-free!
  • Lunch options at The Beach Bistro, Mariner’s Grill, and Neptune’s are a bit more limited, but there are plenty of salads. The jerk chicken and French fries were also safe.
  • The Reef has an amazing menu with lots of options, and a beautiful view.
  • If you like, you can meet with the executive chef on arrival. Each chef in the individual restaurants is also happy to speak with you at the time of your meal.

A final tip: It’s always handy to have Celiac travel cards on hand. This site offers them in 54 different languages!


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  1. #1 by Ashley Craig on April 5, 2013 - 10:32 am

    Sounds like a great trip! Maybe I will let my Mom talk me into going some place after all! She has been hounding me about going with her to some warm nice “down south” location for a while now, this makes me less nervous about going elsewhere.

    • #2 by glutenfree4hfx on April 5, 2013 - 11:02 am

      Absolutely! Sandals has a lot of different locations, and it appears that they are all as gluten-friendly as the resort I visited. Their resorts also feature personal butler service for some rooms, which would make things even easier!

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