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Brac Reef Resort, Little Cayman (Info Needed)

06 August 2014 - 05:39 PM

Does anyone have any experience w/ the Brac Reef Resort on Little Cayman?



M/v Cayman Aggressor Iv

18 March 2014 - 04:31 PM

I had a great week of SCUBA diving aboard the M/V Cayman Aggressor IV in the Cayman Islands the week of 3/1 to 3/8.


Kingsley Grant was the chef for the week and he did a wonderful job ensuring my meals were all gluten-free.  Additionally, he prepared delicious desserts as well as gluten-free snacks between dives. 


Gluten-free products are becoming more available in the Cayman Islands.  This provided Kingsley additional options, such as gluten-free flour for baking. 


As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I have found live-aboard dive boats to be a better option for dealing with a gluten-free diet than land-based resorts.

Copthorne Hotel, Dubai

04 February 2014 - 04:02 AM

On the way back to the U.S. after my trip to the Maldives, I had a 13 hour layover in Dubai.  Due to the length of the layover, Emirates Airlines provided me a hotel voucher which included airport transfers, a hotel room and 2 meals at the Copthorne Hotel.


The meals were buffet and there was enough of a selection that I could select enough to have both variety and a filling meal.  There were no problems with glutenings.

Traders Hotel / Male, Maldives

04 February 2014 - 03:57 AM

The last night of my trip to the Maldives, I stayed at the Traders Hotel in Male.  It was a great hotel and I really loved the room.


I ate twice in the hotel restaurant, once for breakfast and once for lunch.  Both meals were buffet.  Lunch had the option of buffet with the choice of one entrée from the menu.


Breakfast was easy because which buffet items I could and could not eat were easy to determine.


For lunch, I talked to the chef to determine which entrée selections were gluten-free.  He listened to me describe the diet and then selected an entrée from the list. 


Both meals were gluten-free and I had no problem with glutenings.

Sala Boutique Hotel / Sala Thai Restaurant

04 February 2014 - 03:48 AM

When I planned my recent trip to the Maldives, I tacked on an extra day to the beginning and end of the trip.  It turned out that the extra initial day was a good choice because my checked baggage decided to spend an extra day in Dubai and did not arrive in Male until the second day.


I spent the first night at the Sala Boutique Hotel.  Associated with the hotel was the Sala Thai Restaurant.  Both were excellent and I cannot say enough in praise.


I ate in the Sala Thai Restaurant twice that first day.  The meals were so good that I went back to the Sala Thai the last night, even though I was booked in a different hotel.


The chef was not fluent in English so I ended up talking to the manager prior to the first meal.  He initially seemed skeptical when I described my diet.  In particular, he didn’t seem it be buying my concern about soy sauce.  After talking to me, he left to talk to the chef.  Turned out, he also went to his computer and googled gluten-free and soy sauce.  He returned after a brief period and said that based on his Internet searches he understood what I was talking about.  He said his searches pulled up info about soy sauce and how some brands were gluten-free and some weren’t. 


This extra effort really impressed me.


We discussed my diet a bit more and decided the chef could simply alter ingredients a bit and leave out something questionable like soy sauce.  There was recognition that the dish might not be as fully flavorful but that was entirely acceptable to me.  As a result, I ended up with very tasty meals that I was completely comfortable eating.


The dessert I had deserves special mention since, as they say, it was to die for.  It consisted of mangos, sticky rice and a sesame sauce.  It was, temperature-wise, both warm and cool.  Saying it was memorable is an understatement.  Truth be told, that dessert was the main reason I went back to the Sala Thai on the last night.


If you are ever in Male, go to the Sala Thai Restaurant.  You won’t be disappointed.