(Hotels with their own line of alcohol or an “in” to experience local alcohol)
We’re presenting thrilling ideas that speak to the art of living well and having an “in” to immerse yourself in local culture.
No matter what your cup of tea or shot of liquor is, trying local alcohol will spice up your travel and give you a taste of the destination’s flavors. For every type of alcohol, there are always places rumored to be the best to try it and the experiences are definitely worth traveling for. Whether it’s an alochol specific to a certain region, winery, distillery, or even bar, these hotels offer an “in” for you to experience local alcohol, and some have their very own exclusive line of alcohol.
Choose your insider booze experience:
Booze: Craft Beer
With trendy craft breweries popping up all over Florida, a few of the Opal Collection hotels offer guests a taste of local beer through a partnership with Sea Dog Brewing Company based in Clearwater, Florida. This local brewery created an exclusive line of craft beers for the Opal Collection hotels, with two brews, the “Deep Blue IPA” and “Deep Blue Tangerine Wheat”, available on tap at Opal Sands Resort, Sandpearl Resort, and Lido Beach Resort. The Deep Blue IPA is a medium-bodied crisp, triple-hopped IPA with citrus and floral spices and the Deep Blue Tangerine Wheat is a light, fruity, and earthy ale. For a chance to check out the local brewery scene along the St. Pete / Clearwater Craft Beer Trail, Sandpearl Resort offers a Craft Beer Trail Chauffeur Service, where up to 14 beer lovers get their own VIP ride for the day or night and a map of the all the best hotspots.
Booze: Coecoei (Aruban liquor)
Where to have it:Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino – Aruba
Sure to ease you into vacation mode, when you first arrive at Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino’s tropical oasis, you’ll be greeted with the One Happy Island’s signature cocktail, an Aruba Ariba. While to first-time visitors, it may just look like a tropical rum punch due to its vibrant red-pink color, but it’s so much more than that. The Aruba Arriba features 3 juices including pineapple juice, orange juice, and cranberry juice as well as 5 liquors including rum, vodka, banana liquor, Grand Marnier, and Coecoei – a centuries-old Aruban liquor first made by Indian tribes and derived from the sap of the kukwisa agave plant and then mixed with rum and cane sugar.
Where to have it: The House – Barbados
The island of Barbados may only measure 166 square miles, but this eastern Caribbean locale (aka the birthplace of rum) has no shortage of lively spots to ‘lime.’ The most iconic: the Mount Gay Rum Factory where travelers can sign up for distillery tours and tastings, complete with a few sips of the limited edition 1703 Master Select blend. For rum lovers looking to imbibe on the beach (because when in Barbados, right?), head toThe House, the chic, adults-only boutique hotel on the island’s platinum west coast. Not only can the property arrange private Mount Gay tastings, but the friendly staff will help keep the party going at the on-site 1703 Mount Gay Rum Bar. When the iconic sunset calls for a drink to complete the ultimate Insta story, look no further than the Bajan Rum punch, best enjoyed from the comfort of the bar’s plush, oversized lounge chairs.
Where to have it: CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta – Mexico
At the epicenter of tequila culture you’ll find CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta — one of the few resorts in the world that grows its own agave azul onsite and produces a proprietary brand of tequila. The resort offers 114 tequilas by the glass, an in-house Tequila Sommelier, and weekly tasting classes for guests as part of the “CasaMagna Secretos de la Familia” program to help increase their knowledge of and appreciation for the most famous product of the resort’s home State of Jalisco: Tequila. Try their signature tequila mixed in the Margarita Magna – tequila cuervo gold, controy (Mexican orange liqueur), freshly squeezed lemon juice, mango & coconut cream. Oh boy!
Where to have it:JW Marriott El Convento Cusco - Peru
Cusco is one of the world’s top destinations for gastronomy. Beyond native dishes, their national spirit, Pisco, is a big part of the culture, and a must-have when visiting Peru. JW Marriott El Convento Cusco invites you to join Executive Chef Thais Rodriguez behind the bar for a hands-on tutorial on how to make the perfect Pisco Sour – the national drink. During the lesson, guests learn the origins of Pisco, the different ways to enjoy it, and the secrets to mastering Peru’s classic cocktail, while personalizing their Pisco Sours with macerated varieties of pisco like passionfruit, ají picante — a hot chili pepper — or the hotel’s signature drink, the Camote Sour. Made with juiced sweet potatoes, the cocktail is loaded with nutrient-rich health benefits and served exclusively at the JW Marriott Cusco. Not only will you leave with lasting memories, but also with a pretty useful party skill that’s sure to impress.
Where to have it:Il Salviatino – Tuscany, Italy
Among the rolling Tuscan hills you will find Il Salviatino, a hand-restored, 15th century villa just 15 minutes outside of the pulsing city of Florence. As one of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world, Il Salviatino makes it a priority to connect guests with the area’s most cherished wine makers by arranging tours and tastings at private, family-owned wineries… so it’s less about the crowds, and all about the vino. A favorite among the hotel’s Service Ambassadors isColle Bereto, a hidden gem in the Chianti country offering beyond-belief views and private tastings within its 11th century, 148-acre property, which is owned by the Panzauti family. Here, guests encounter a variety of Sangiovese grapes, Pinot Noir, and Merlot. After touring the vineyard and cellars, they are treated to a wine pairing lunch – al fresco – with the simplest, but most delicious Italian specialties – cheeses, meats and homemade pastas — on the menu.
Booze: Blue Curaçao
Where to have it: Willemstad, Curaçao
Curaçao, the “C” of the ABC islands in the Caribbean, is known for its blues music, its 35+ ocean-blue beaches, and most importantly, its Blue Curaçao liqueur. This famous drink is distilled and bottled at Landuis Chobolobo, an estate built in the early 19th century, located in the heart of the island, Willemstad. The refreshing bright blue liqueur is crafted from dried Laraha orange peels exclusively grown in Curaçao. Want to try the different flavors of The Genuine Curaçao Liqueur? Take a guided tour of the Chobolobo factory and witness how the famous “Blue Curaçao” has been distilled using traditional methods for more than 100 years while enjoying the different flavors including tamarind and chocolate.