Club Meds Try Tapas Menus And Wine Bars

by Cheryl Rosen
Club Meds Try Tapas Menus And Wine Bars

A new Beach Lounge restaurant concept with tapas, a wine bar and airy, open spaces was introduced at Club Med.


Columbus Isle, The Bahamas – A new Beach Lounge restaurant concept – with tapas, a wine bar and airy, open spaces – was introduced at Club Med Columbus Isle in the Bahamas two weeks ago. It already had proven popular in the Punta Cana property where it debuted; the iconic all-inclusive chain now will bring it to Cancun in July, and likely to other properties as well.

Indeed, we've come a long way since Christopher Columbus planted the Spanish flag here, his first stop in the new World in 1492.

With a tapas menu, an eat-in wine cellar and a bar lounge, all in an open and modular floor plan touched by light wood, the new design and Mexican-themed menu is proving to be a hit.

A small wine bar that used to hold six wines was expanded to hold 150 bottles of mostly French and Italian wines, plus whiskeys and Grey Cliff Cigars – a popular option in an upscale resort where half the guests are French and the other half are North American, food and beverage manager Juan Espinal, from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, told a press group last week.

For a $500 minimum wine order, small groups of eight or less can have their own intimate dinner and wine pairing in the room itself, hosted by the sommelier. (The top wine choices are the Minuty, a rosé beloved by the French guests, and the Santa Cristina pinot grigio, more popular with the Americans.)


Eat-in wine cellar and a bar lounge at Club Med Columbus Isle.

Where the two restaurants used to draw 120 guests a night, the new one seats just 100 and is full every night, Espinal said.

Club Med Punta Cana already has adopted a similar layout, and in July 2017, Las Cazuelas restaurant at Club Med Cancun will be renovated the same way.

  3
  0
Tip of the Day
Daily Top List

Most Useful Twitter Accounts for Travel Agents

1. AskTSA

2. FlightRadar24

3. Department of State

4. CLIA Global

5. ASTA

Source: TMR

TMR THIS WEEK
http://services.travelsavers.com/AMGService.svc/REST/GetImage?ImageID=461e0cb1-8512-e811-9f33-782bcb66a2f2

Don't Miss the Boat on Potential Expedition Cruise Sales

Sponsored by Silversea Cruises

Expedition cruising is exploding, according to industry experts, with no signs of slowing down any time soon.

TMR Recommendations
Top Stories
IHG Takes Aim at Upscale and Luxury Markets
IHG Takes Aim at Upscale and Luxury Markets

Many consumers are looking for something other than the traditional big-box upscale hotel; they want a more unique experience, according to IHG's CEO.

Puerto Plata Finds Its Stride in Dominican Republic’s Growth Spurt
Puerto Plata Finds Its Stride in Dominican Republic’s Growth Spurt

It’s not Punta Cana. But for many travel agents and travelers, that’s the whole point of the Dominican Republic’s newest, and oldest, destination.

U.S.-Brazil Airline Flights Poised to Expand
U.S.-Brazil Airline Flights Poised to Expand

Flying to Brazil could get easier and cheaper in the coming year, as the country cuts red tape for American visitors.

Forbes Travel Guide Announces Prestigious 2018 Five-Star Hotel Rating List
Forbes Travel Guide Announces Prestigious 2018 Five-Star Hotel Rating List

Twenty-seven new hotels made the Five-Stars cut and 11 new destinations around the world were added.

Scenic Group Acquires Mayflower Tours
Scenic Group Acquires Mayflower Tours

Mayflower’s founders, John and Mary Stachnik, are retiring and passing the torch of the company they built nearly four decades ago.

Disney World’s Toy Story Land Comes to Life This Summer
Disney World’s Toy Story Land Comes to Life This Summer

The highly-anticipated land gets an official opening date.

News Briefs
TMR Report Cards
Advertiser's Voice
Advertiser's Voice: Regent Seven Seas Cruises