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June 2, 2020 Resort News No Comments Email Email

It is (always) a busy time of year for the culinary, garden and landscape teams at Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas. As a brand that champions food that is homegrown, seasonable and sustainable, there is a lot of work going on at all properties.Around the world, all properties follow the Eat With Six Senses philosophy, while offering a signature twist according to what’s pushing up through the soil or dropping from the vine. Taking a tour around the world is also an opportunity to share this color, variety and abundance with a few best kept recipe secrets to try at home.

Vegan in Vietnam

Where resorts are open, such as Six Senses Ninh Van Bay in Vietnam, the culinary team is foraging, sourcing, preparing and cooking up a mouthwatering array of dishes. The resort’s organic garden, which extends over 20,000 square meters, grows more than 40 different types of herbs, fruits and vegetables. In 2019 alone, nearly 4,000 kilograms of fresh produce were harvested. Mangoes and bananas are particularly ripe and juicy this time of year, delighting Executive Chef Ozgur Bozgurt as he prepares his favorite Tapioca Pudding (Chè Chuối), which is both dairy-free and vegan.

Pepper in Portugal

Whilst Six Senses Douro Valley prepares to open to Portuguese residents on June 1, it is also supporting relief efforts and donating its fresh produce to a nearby retirement home. It is a good month to enjoy the Made in Douro cocktail, which is a favorite of Chief Bartender David Pinto. All ingredients are either produced in-house or by Douro wine estates (quintas). When mixed, the cocktail is full of freshness with citrus hints and aromas and a little spice provided by the black pepper (one of the most sought after ingredients when Vasco da Gama arrived from India back in the late 15th century).

Dates in the desert

It is also all hands on deck at Six Senses Zighy Bay in Oman. People say that it’s impossible to grow crops in the desert, but with the organic garden on site, and organic farm nearby in Dibba, nearly 40 different crops are grown including vegetables, salad ingredients, herbs and edible flowers. Menus are tailored around what crops can grow the best including dates harvested from 1,300 date trees in the resort, which are used in cooking and turned into syrups and jams.

Mushrooms on the mountain tops

High in the mountains at the picturesque gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage site in Dujiangyan lies Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain in China. The Zi Qi Yuan Chinese Restaurant uses ingredients grown in the on-site organic garden. Year-round staples such as pak choi, cauliflower, carrots and garlic as well as summer produce including cucumber, okra and fennel and winter harvests of chilies, broccoli, potatoes and beetroot provide abundant options for the Chefs to get creative. A particular favorite is a signature soup of black truffle and five types of local mushrooms in a nutritious stock. The restaurant is open and guests can take a turn in the kitchen to learn the fine art of Sichuan cooking

Lettuce in Laamu

With year-round sunshine in the Maldives, Six Senses Laamu is blessed with natural plants blooming throughout the year. The resort tends 60 beds for herbs and lettuces, 24 chili beds, a mushroom hut and also forages the island’s plentiful harvest of coconuts, lemongrass, pandan leaves, ginger galangal, moringa and aloe vera. Executive Chef, Stefan Goehcke’s favorite signature dish is his All Island Salad. This raw plant-based appetizer is inspired by the island’s unique ingredients, which are harvested from the resort’s organic Leaf garden. The dish is as virtuous as it is tasty, as it is zero carbon and plastic free, with Six Senses Laamu making every effort to become the first fully plastic free island in the Maldives.

Their easy-to-follow cooking and cocktail classes are streamed live via our Facebook and Instagram channels. Check out @SixSensesHotelsResortsSpas and @SixSensesSpas for the weekly schedule.

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