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    April Baxter

    Gluten Free Travel to Nassau, Bahamas

    Reviewed and edited by a celiac disease expert.

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    This article originally appeared in the Summer 2010 edition of Celiac.com's Journal of Gluten-Sensitivity.

    Celiac.com 07/17/2010 - My husband and I recently returned from a trip to the Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort in Nassau, Bahamas.  What a wonderful experience! The resort itself was beautiful but the people working there made the vacation special. Prior to our arrival, I contacted the General Manager, Jeremy Mutton, advising him of my dietary requirements. He promptly responded that I would be taken care of without any problems and had informed the appropriate staff.

    Upon our arrival, I was greeted by the Executive Sous Chef, Seanette Brice, and the Food/Beverage Manager, Sieon Wintz, who catered to all my dietary needs. I was so impressed by their knowledge of celiac disease and how they took the necessary precautions in having all of my meals prepared.  There are 9 or 10 restaurants on the property – most of them we dined at and they all were aware of my gluten free needs – the chefs would actually come out to speak with me prior to each meal – they often made a little something extra for my plate. The Italian Restaurant carried gluten free pasta; the pizzeria on the beach had a special pizza made for me with no cross-contamination; French fries were made in a dedicated fryer; desserts were made especially for me. Fresh fruit was plentiful as well every day. All meals/snacks were excellent. Seanette even offered to pack me a lunch the day we went into town to shop!

    I highly recommend visiting this resort for a relaxing, gluten-free travel experience. I did ask if all Sandals resorts catered to gluten-free needs, but they could not speak on their behalf – each destination would have to be contacted.

    The website is: www.sandals.com  (Resort – The Royal Bahamian)


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    Thank you for this! I am currently planning trip #5 to the Bahamas (my second gluten free) and have some other suggestions: 1) The Poop Deck (there are two locations, but the one on Sandy Port was very knowledgeable) 2) The Fish Fry-This is a line of restaurants along the beach with local cuisine. I don't remember the name of the particular place, but it is the last one on the right if you are facing the fish fry. They broiled me a lobster tail with veggies and rice and it was yum! 3) The steakhouse in the Wyndham on Cable beach-fabulous filet, table side made Caesar dressing 4) The restaurant in the Atlantis casino-great seafood salad and knowledgeable staff.

     

    I hope this helps as I know how challenging travel can be!

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    More updates from our last trip to Nassau: steakhouse @ Wyndham was AMAZING-filet, table side ceasar, mashed potatoes; Poop Deck-broiled lobster tail; Graycliff-has gluten free pizza options; Dune on Paradise Island-had gluten free bread for lobster burger; Amicci @ Sheraton made seafood rissoto gluten-free with Jasmine; Cafe Kalik @ airport rotisserie chicken with jasmine; Compass Point-grilled Mahi, yum! City Market grocery store also carried guten-free crackers! I am celiac and had yet another amazing trip to Nassau Bahamas with no problems! I hope this helps with your travels to the most beautiful place on earth!

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