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This month, we bring you a One&Only Insider Guide, sharing our top travel tips, must-try regional cuisine and favourite local hotspots from One&Only experts. From the best local dishes and cocktails to recommendations on KidsOnly activities, spectacular wines and exciting locales to visit - our General Managers, KidsOnly experts, Bar Managers and Sommeliers will ensure you’re “in the know” before your next One&Only holiday

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Eat like a local - get your taste buds "in the know"

Get to the heart of the destination and broaden your International palate by sampling local cuisine during your next One&Only holiday. From light salads and spicy soups in the Bahamas and Mexico to hearty curries and fragranced fare in the Maldives, Cape Town and Dubai, these are the must-try regional dishes as recommended by our well-travelled General Managers.

Bahamian conch salad as recommended by Alex Kim, General Manager at One&Only Ocean Club.
Bahamian conch salad is by far one of my favourite native dishes from the Bahamas. It's made with fresh raw conch, lime juice, cucumber, hot pepper, tomatoes, green pepper, salt and onion. So refreshing and spicy, it is perfect to eat along with a cold beer while watching the beautiful ocean by the Dune restaurant by Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

Sautéed foie gras and prawn on brioche in a black pepper vanilla bean butter sauce as recommended by Mark Hehir, General Manager at One&Only Reethi Rah.
As a former chef, I love experimenting with flavours. This dish is created using my favourite fragrance of all time, Vanilla, which is readily available in the Maldives. The succulent combination of sautéed foie gras and prawn may sound unusual but when married together with vanilla and black pepper butter sauce creates the perfect balance of sweetness and bitterness.

Chicken and prawn curry as recommended by Clive Bennett, General Manager at One&Only Cape Town.
This is my favourite dish without a doubt. I first sampled and fell in love with it when I worked as a hotelier in Durban, the hub for curries in South Africa. Local chefs always use home-grown spice and local produce, giving the curry an even more flavoursome and authentic taste.

Spicy Tortilla Soup as recommended by Peter L. Bowling, Managing Director at One&Only Palmilla.
One&Only Palmilla's spicy tortilla soup is one of my favourite traditional dishes; a blend of exquisite local ingredients specially created at Agua Restaurant by Executive Chef Larbi Dahrouch. This delicious soup is prepared with avocado, fresh cheese, coriander, tortilla and shredded chicken.

Heart of palm salad as recommended by Charles De Foucault, General Manager at Le Saint Géran
Heart of Palm Salad is my favourite dish and is very popular in Mauritius. It is made using the inner core of palm trees; a very versatile ingredient which is low in cholesterol and has a truly unique taste. Add avocados and tomatoes for a fresh salad or try adding mango and pineapple to give the dish an exotic twist. It gives me a sense of place every time I have it.

Only for the kids
From the sand dunes of Arabia to the crystal waters of the Indian Ocean and Caribbean, here are some of the best KidsOnly activities for our younger guests to enjoy during their travels, hand-picked by our KidsOnly experts.

Aqua tots – One&Only Ocean Club
Now even the youngest guests on Paradise Island can dive into the experience of feeding exotic marine life in a shallow water lagoon. At nearby Atlantis, kids can discover marine life with a 20-minute fish feeding adventure.

Ice Cream without asking "when?" – One&Only Palmilla
Along with complimentary access to our KidsOnly Club, with all day daycare, snorkeling, tennis and cooking classes, One&Only Palmilla now offers complimentary unlimited ice cream for kids.

Snorkel adventure with the resident Marine Biologist – One&Only Reethi Rah
The in-house Marine Biologist teaches the children (9-11 years)about the most common sea life species found in the Maldives, and explains how to properly interact with sea creatures while in the water before taking the children on a snorkelling adventure at a nearby reef.

Little Gardeners – One&Only Le Saint Géran
Dressed as mini-gardeners and equipped with watering cans, children (3-8 years) can explore and discover local flora through the Garden programme. With instruction from the resident gardener and under supervision of the KidsOnly Coordinator, children are invited to indulge in an afternoon of gardening and discovery at the resort's Kids Only herb garden.

Sandart – One&Only Cape Town
Using their creativity and imagination, kids can create unique holiday masterpieces including bookmarks and postcards using coloured sand. Sandart postcards and bookmarks are created by peeling an area of the picture and then pouring on the coloured sand, which sticks to the card. The finished product makes a perfect gift for a friend back home or a holiday keepsake to remember their trip to Cape Town.

Dubai Marine Mammal Lessons – One&Only Royal Mirage and One&Only The Palm
Conveniently located at our nearby sister resort, Atlantis' Dolphin Bay offers dolphin education programs specifically tailored for children including basics of dolphin training, feeding strategies, behaviours, conservation and more.

Go where the locals go

Visit these local hotspots to get a real taste for local living. Explore these gem like locales as an alternative to the typical tourist excursion - we can guarantee you won't be disappointed.

Arawak Cay in Nassau, Bahamas
Sample delightful local cuisine at Arawak Cay, a host of native seafood restaurants along Bay Street close to Paradise Island and One&Only Ocean Club. Arawak Cay, or "Fish Fry" as the locals call it, provides excellent outdoor dining and offers truly Bahamian delicacies from conch salad and conch fritters to steamed grouper with Bahamian peas n' rice, all paired perfectly with locally brewed Kalik beer. Be sure to mingle with Bahamian families as they shop for the fresh catch of the day as well as local produce in this laid-back and inviting area.

South Africa's best kept secret, the Swartland
Less than an hour's drive from Cape Town lies the Swartland, an ancient wine region that modern day experts like Luvo Ntezo, Head Sommelier at One&Only Cape Town, are claiming produces some of the most exciting and innovative wines in South Africa. Now home to some of the most dynamic and inspiring winemakers in the world, this lesser-known territory is fast becoming the must-visit wine destination for locals and tourists alike. Private full-day wine excursions to the Swartland can be coordinated via the concierge at resort. Private tastings of Swartland labels are also hosted by Luvo at the Sommelier's Table in Reuben's, with pairings by celebrated South African chef Reuben Riffel.

Luvo Ntezo's recommended Swartland wine list, available at One&Only Cape Town
  • Kloovenburg's White from Red Rosé - because it's dry and light, but with enough weight to go with food
  • Adi Badenhorst's Red Blend – a true reflection of its terroir and a blend of totally unique flavours
  • Sequillo - an easy-drinking, approachable wine
  • Eben Sadie's Columella - this is the Ferrari of wines – it really does showcase success in a big way
  • Mullineux White Blend - is such a perfect food partner and goes with so many things

A glimpse of a rare jewel 
One&Only is proud is to reveal its latest jewel in the luxury resort collection, One&Only Sanya, Hainan. Welcoming guests in early 2014, One&Only Sanya will live at the southern tip of Hainan Island, internationally renowned as the "Kingdom of Butterflies".

Hainan boasts lush rainforests, mountains, waterfalls and rivers, making One&Only Sanya an ideal gateway to the rare treasures of the land. Here, guests may explore ancient temples honouring officials from the Tang and Song dynasties, and the Nanshan Buddhist Cultural Park with its spiritual gardens and awe-inspiring statue of the bodhisattva Guan Ying emerging from the sea. More adventurous pursuits include trekking Wuzhi Mountain, one of the world's ultra-peaks, or riding the rapids down the Wanquan River.


Must-try tipples  

From honeyed pear and butterscotch flavoured wine in Cape Town to tropical cocktails in the Maldives, here are the 'must-try' One&Only tipples as recommended by our knowledgeable bar staff and sommeliers. Cheers.

Raats Chenin Blanc 2007 recommended by Luvo Ntezo, Head Sommelier at One&Only Cape Town.

Don Julio, 1942 recommended by Manuel Arteaga, Wine Director at One&Only Palmilla.

Bruce Almighty recommended by Bruce Richards, Bartender at One&Only Ocean Club.

Reethi Bay recommended by SK Chandrawewa, Bar Manager at One&Only Reethi Rah.

Applewood Smoked Margarita recommended by Balakrishna Lutchun, Bartender at One&Only Le Saint Géran.

Brigitte Bardot (non-alcoholic) recommended by Guru Prashanth, Bartender at One&Only The Palm.

Arabian Mirage (non-alcoholic) recommended by Aby Varghese, Bartender at One&Only Royal Mirage.


Maldivian char grilled lobster salad with Mango, Chilli and Basil from the Chef’s Garden menu as recommended by Joerg Unger, Executive Sous Chef at the Chef’s Garden, One&Only Reethi Rah.

One&Only Recipe of the Month
Char grilled lobster salad with Mango, Chilli and Basil


• 3 cups picked basil leaves

• 120 gm lobster meat

• 60 ml light olive oil

• ½ tsp each of sea salt, black pepper, chilli

Lemon and Mango Salad
• 2 cherry tomato, quartered
• 30 gm cubed mango
• 1 lemon, zested rind only
• 60g mixed lettuce
• 10 gm shaved fennel

Chilli and Basil Dressing
• ½ Spanish onion, thinly sliced lengthways
• 30 g chopped chilly
• 60 ml (¼ cup) extra-virgin olive oil
• 1½ tsp dijon mustard
• Lime juice

For the lemon and mango salad, combine the lettuce, onion, tomato, fennel, lemon rind and half the mango in a bowl and toss lightly to combine

For chilly basil dressing, combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth, season to taste with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper (makes 100ml)

Heat a chargrill or barbecue over high heat, cook lobster for 3-5 minutes

To serve, toss salad with three-quarters of the dressing, place into bowls and top with lobster and scatter with remaining mango. Drizzle with remaining dressing, season to taste and serve immediately

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