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Dasheene, Ladera Resort, St. Lucia
A panoramic view of the island's famed pitons turns a single meal here into one of life's "wow" moments. The restaurant prides itself on a menu stocked with locally sourced ingredients, many from small area farms. Flavors are eclectic (think jerked meats, Indian-inspired curries, and French sauces). ladera.com
What to order: The Dasheene Lucian Lamb Curry, a grilled rack of lamb seasoned with fresh local spices and served over coconut risotto with curry sauce.
What to do nearby: Soak in the soothing hot baths at the Diamond Botanical Gardens, a lush tropical conservatory, in the town of Soufriere. There's also a camera-ready waterfall and walking trails that peacefully wind through vibrant greenery and flora.
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Dune at the One&Only Ocean Club, Paradise Island, Bahamas
With renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten as its creative force, this high-end dining room plates up French and Asian fusion with a dash of Bahamian spice. After dinner, bring a nightcap out to the patio and watch the waves roll in under the moonlight. oceanclub.oneandonlyresorts.com
What to order: Beef sirloin with gingered mushroom and soy caramel emulsion.
What to do nearby: Take a walk around the One&Only's terraced gardens. They hold an elegant 12th-century Augustinian cloister brought over piece by piece from France and reassembled here.
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The Cliff, Barbados
This island classic, which is built right into boulders at the edge of a beach, has a setting that's just as impressive as its Continental cuisine. With three open-air levels, there isn't a bad seat in the house, but for a table right on the rails, book months in advance. thecliffbarbados.com
What to order: Open ravioli with scallops and tomato fondue.
What to do nearby: Catch a match at the Barbados Polo Club; it was first formed in 1884 by British officers stationed on the island.
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Pikayo, Conrad Condado Plaza Hotel, Puerto Rico
This bustling hot spot is Puerto Rican celebrity chef Wilo Benet's flagship restaurant. It's a local favorite for the city's best avant-garde food, serving a blend of island staples with eastern European and African flavors in a modern setting. condadoplaza.com
What to order: Sauteed shrimp with saffron broth and bacon mofongo, a traditional island dish made with mashed plantains.
What to do nearby: Meander through the blue-hued cobblestone alleyways within the fortified colonial walls of Old San Juan.
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Blue by Eric Ripert, The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
Ripert, famed chef of Le Bernardin in New York City, is the visionary behind this delicious culinary experience. He works his magic on sustainably caught seafood, enlisting both French epicurean techniques and traditional Cayman preparations. ritzcarlton.com
What to order: Cobia (a firm, tasty fish) with avocado-coconut cream, sunflower-sprout salad, and lime-slice sauce vierge (a citrus-based French sauce).
What to do nearby: Stop by Horacio Esteban's studio to pick out a necklace or bracelet made from Caymanite, a rare semi-precious stone found only in the Caymans. (To schedule an appointment, call 345-926-2787.)
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