I was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2000. I am married with two daughters, a step-daughter and step-grandson. Following a gluten-free diet is becoming easier. Thanks to the efforts of many, the awareness and knowledge of celiac disease has increased in the last 10 years.
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)