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Eat 'n Sleep Anguilla :: Relax in Solitude at CoveCastles

Where: Anguilla
October 18, 2007 at 11:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Our Eat 'n Sleep feature profiles a restaurant in a random city and a hotel nearby. It's kinda like that old show "Dinner and a Movie" but you know, with restaurants and hotels. And better jokes.

When it comes to escaping the winter chill and finding the ultimate relaxation, it's gotta be Anguilla. The tiny island in the middle of the Caribbean is the perfect place to unwind with white sand beaches and delicious fruity cocktails. (The fact that celebs descend on the island in winter has nothing to do with our fascination, really!)

For those in search of solitude with their sunshine there's CoveCastles. The private villa resort sits on its own secluded cove and offers the perfect combination of beauty, luxury and peace and quiet. In addition to four-star accommodations, CoveCastles has complimentary tennis courts, bicycles, snorkeling and Sunfish sailboats. Guests can also sign on for deep sea fishing and scuba diving trips.

The best part about this low profile, high class joint? It's got it's own world-class restaurant too. CoveCastles Restaurant serves French-Caribbean cuisine prepared by Executive Chef Dominique Thevenet. The menu combines haute-cuiseine with organic produce and local fish. Guest can dine in the restaurant, in its garden or for an added degree of privacy, in their villas. As one guest says, "I thought I died and went to Heaven." Sounds good to us.

Related Stories:
· CoveCastles [Official Site]
· CoveCastles Restaurant [Official Site]
· Eat 'n Sleep coverage [Jaunted]
· Eat 'n Sleep Map [Jaunted]
· Anguilla Hotels [HotelChatter]

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Eat 'n Sleep Dominica :: Pirates and Beer Near Roseau

Where: Victoria Street , Roseau, Dominica
October 16, 2007 at 12:00 PM | by | Comment (1)

Our Eat 'n Sleep feature profiles a restaurant in a random city and a hotel nearby. It's kinda like that old show "Dinner and a Movie" but you know, with restaurants and hotels. And better jokes.

Dominica, as we've already told you, is a real up-and-comer, with a bit more of an adventure feel to it than some other Caribbean islands. And its lovely capital, Roseau, is the perfect place to hide away and live out your pirate fantasies.

A good hotel option in Roseau is the Fort Young Hotel tucked away on the outskirts of the city. You can get a winter special there with the seventh night free after you pay for six nights; you can also get the "Pirates Trail" special for $95 a night, including breakfast and a welcome rum or fruit punch, plus options for a bunch of pirate-like tours.

After all that swashbuckling gets your appetite growling, a short drive takes you to the Tamarind Tree Restaurant (also part of a hotel complex if the Fort Young is fully booked). The Tamarind Tree is full of local meals but is most famous for being the only place that serves Kubuli Draft beer.

Related Stories:
· Fort Young Hotel [Official Site]
· Tamarind Tree Restaurant [Official Site]
· Dominica Is The New Saba [Jaunted]
· Caribbean Travel coverage [Jaunted]
· Dominica Hotels [HotelChatter]

[Photo: majorbonnet]

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Eat 'n Sleep St. Kitts :: (Almost) Your Own Island

October 15, 2007 at 3:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

Our Eat 'n Sleep feature profiles a restaurant in a random city and a hotel nearby. It's kinda like that old show "Dinner and a Movie" but you know, with restaurants and hotels. And better jokes.

To bolster its typically slack fall season, the St. Kitts Tourism Authority is offering four nights in a hotel for the price of three and other unbeatable deals this fall.

Our pick? The Frigate Bay Resort, with its Olympic pool and swim-up bar. What can we say? We like a lot of real estate for our aquatic fun. And its posh condo suites ensue that--should a rainy day arise--you'll never feel cooped up. (And if you hate pools, you can choose to face hillside, not poolside.)

When dinner time rolls around, you won't have too far to go. Right at the resort, Jasmine's Restaurant has garlic conch, tiger shrimp and key lime pie. Just wait 30 minutes before hopping back into the pool!

Related Stories:
· Frigate Bay Resort [Official Site]
· St. Kitts Tourism Authority [Official Site]
· Caribbean Travel coverage [Jaunted]
· St. Kitts and Nevis Hotels [HotelChatter]

[Photo: cdorian]

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Eat 'n Sleep Grenada :: Bel Air Plantation and Coconut Beach

October 3, 2007 at 11:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Our Eat 'n Sleep feature profiles a restaurant in a random city and a hotel nearby. It's kinda like that old show "Dinner and a Movie" but you know, with restaurants and hotels. And better jokes.

Bel Air Plantation revels in, rather than hides from, Grenada's colonial roots. All we know is this means daily tea time and impeccable service. (And we're okay with that.) The resort is located on a hillside overlooking a secluded bay and the Caribbean Sea. Eleven private villas and cottages comprise the plantation, so this place is ideal for honeymooners or anyone planning to make lots of noise while walking around naked.

Once you throw some clothes on, The Coconut Beach Restaurant offers Creole cuisine along Grand Anse Beach. The open-air restaurant is painted West Indian lime green and purple, and visitors have their pick of fresh local fish. Look for dishes like lobster thermidor, lambie calypso and coconut pie. It's open every day but Tuesday.

Related Stories:
· Bel Air Plantation [Official Site]
· Caribbean Travel coverage [Jaunted]
· Grenada Hotels [HotelChatter]

[Photo: Masala Cha]

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Eat 'n Sleep Trinidad :: Kapok Hotel and Bois Cano Bistro

Where: 16-18 Cotton Hill St Clair, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
October 1, 2007 at 3:30 PM | by | Comment (1)

Our Eat 'n Sleep feature profiles a restaurant in a random city and a hotel nearby. It's kinda like that old show "Dinner and a Movie" but you know, with restaurants and hotels. And better jokes.

The island of Trinidad boasts not only scenic vistas and a gorgeous waterfront but also two Nobel Prize winners, Derek Walcott and V.S. Naipaul who both frequent the island. Maybe you'll be inspired by a stay in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad's capital and largest city.

The Kapok Hotel offers a plethora of choices--suites or rooms? Pool or sauna? Shopping in the hotel or shopping downtown?--but there's only one choice for dinner. The hotel's own Bois Cano Bistro is the place to go. Be on the lookout for its tropically inspired dishes like coconut shrimp and sweet chili chicken samosas.

Related Stories:
· Kapok Hotel [Official Site]
· Caribbean Travel coverage [Jaunted]
· Trinidad and Tobago Hotels [HotelChatter]

[Photo: Mikko Rauhala]

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Eat 'n Sleep Heilbronn :: Enchilada and the Ibis Hotel

Where: Schulgasse 5, Heilbronn, Germany,
September 28, 2007 at 11:05 AM | by | Comment (1)

Our Eat 'n Sleep feature profiles a restaurant in a random city and a hotel nearby. It's kinda like that old show "Dinner and a Movie" but you know, with restaurants and hotels. And better jokes.

No trip to Germany is complete without at least a stop in the southwestern region and towns like Stuttgart, Heidelberg and Karlsruhe. There's plenty to see in this area, and a handy mid-point is the town of Heilbronn: You'll see a bit more of the real Germany and your back pocket will be happier too.

Once you've had enough of sausages and sauerkraut (and trust us, you'll soon be feeling heavy enough to want a change), you can spend a Heilbronn night in the Enchilada restaurant and pub, a Mexican-inspired franchise that offers lighter foods and a fun atmosphere. In Heilbronn you can find the Enchilada tucked away not far from the town hall. Take a map, though, because it's super-easy to get lost in the town's maze of alleyways.

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Eat 'n Sleep Douro :: Quinta do Silval and CS Vintage House Hotel

Where: Lugar da Ponte, Pinhao, Portugal
September 27, 2007 at 3:15 PM | by | Comment (1)

Our Eat 'n Sleep feature profiles a restaurant in a random city and a hotel nearby. It's kinda like that old show "Dinner and a Movie" but you know, with restaurants and hotels. And better jokes.

The Douro region in northeastern Portugal is known for its wines (you've heard of Port, haven't you?), and the hilly countryside has a few great hotel restaurants perfect for long, wine-soaked lunches. You won't have to sell the rental car to afford a meal at Quinta do Silval a winery/hotel/farm/country escape that also serves up meals for non-guests. Northern Portuguese cuisine is of course the specialty, and you'll want to watch for the roasted baby goat and potatoes, the ultimate local dish.

After feasting like a king on a pauper's dime, we suggest booking a room at the CS Vintage House Hotel just down the road. The 18th-century estate is a four-star hotel with a luxurious pool and lush gardens. After saving some dosh on nosh we figure you can afford to throw down on the fancy lodging--after all, out here in wine country, you won't have to budget for nightlife.

Related Stories:
· CS Vintage House Hotel [Official Site]
· Quinta do Silval [Official Site]
· Portugal Travel [Jaunted]
· Portugal Hotels [HotelChatter]

[Photo: Luxury Link]

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Eat 'n Sleep Brindisi :: Ristorante Menhir and Hotel Venezia

Where: Via Marco Pacuvio 18, Brindisi, Puglia, Italy, 72100
September 26, 2007 at 11:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Our Eat 'n Sleep feature profiles a restaurant in a random city and a hotel nearby. It's kinda like that old show "Dinner and a Movie" but you know, with restaurants and hotels. And better jokes.

If you're traveling through Italy and hopping on a ferry to somewhere like Croatia or Greece, chances are you'll spend a night in the not-really-hip-yet port city of Brindisi.

One advantage Brindisi really does have is the availability of fresh fish that comes with the territory of being a major port. At the Ristorante Menhir there isn't even a regular menu--the dishes of the day depend on the catch of the day, and perhaps the whim of chef Ernesto Palma, who has this to say:

My cuisine is born from instinct and passion. It is vivacious. It is influenced by the weather and the seasons. It's modern, for modern people who eat less but better!!!

According to all reports, it's also delicious, so we've already turned your boring evening in Brindisi into a feast for the stomach.

Where to sleep in Brindisi can be a tough choice, but we recommend the Hotel Venezia not far away on Via Pisanelli 6. It's right next to the city market and can get noisy early, but at least you'll get to feel a bit of the Brindisi atmosphere. Rooms start at only €36 ($51) per person, so you'll still be able to get a good night's sleep knowing you outsmarted the pricey Euro.

Related Stories:
· Ristorante Menhir [Official Site]
· Hotel Venezia [TripAdvisor]
· Brindisi Hotels [HotelChatter]
· Italy Travel coverage [Jaunted]

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Eat 'n Sleep in Montpellier :: Roule ma Poule & Hotel du Parc

Where: 8, rue Achille Bg, Montpellier, France
September 25, 2007 at 10:20 AM | by | Comments (0)

Our Eat 'n Sleep feature profiles a restaurant in a random city and a hotel nearby. It's kinda like that old show "Dinner and a Movie" but you know, with restaurants and hotels. And better jokes.

According to American study abroad students, Roule ma Poule is one of the best restaurants off the beaten path in Montpellier. The restaurant, set in a tranquil and sunny square, is ideal for warm fall afternoons. Inside, motorbike paraphernalia lines the walls. Visitors can choose from a selection of salads and other dishes. And with a mainly student/faculty clientele from the University of Montpellier, the food is cheap.

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Eat 'n Sleep Car: El Cielo de Car

Where: Car, Spain
September 24, 2007 at 4:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

Our Eat 'n Sleep feature profiles a restaurant in a random city and a hotel nearby. It's kinda like that old show "Dinner and a Movie" but you know, with restaurants and hotels. And better jokes.

Tourists go to Granada, Spain, to see the Alhambra (one of the new seven Wonders of the World) and hurry off to the next destination. Real travelers linger a while in this corner of Andalusia, where they can see the Mediterranean from the peaks of the Alpujarra Mountains.

You may not find racks and racks of "authentic" gypsy shawls and toys in Car, but the stunning views and warm hospitality of this town southeast of Granada should more than make up for it. Plan to tarry at least a night at El Cielo de Car, a five-room hotel on rambling grounds complete with pool, gardens, fruit trees and vineyards.

The on-site restaurant takes full advantage of the bounty, using the locally-grown produce in the nightly set menu, shared in the hotel dining room. Being such a small place also makes this a thrifty alternative for families or hostel-averse groups. Just think of it as a full-service villa rental: A full week will only set you back a paltry €530 ($750) per room.

Go straight to our Eat 'n Sleep Map.

Related Stories:
· El Cielo de Car [Official Site]
· Spain Travel coverage [Jaunted]
· Spain Hotels [HotelChatter]

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Eat 'n Sleep Berlin :: unsicht-Bar and Hotel Kastanienhof

Where: Gormannstr. 14, Berlin, Germany, 10119
September 21, 2007 at 4:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

Our Eat 'n Sleep feature profiles a restaurant in a random city and a hotel nearby. It's kinda like that old show "Dinner and a Movie" but you know, with restaurants and hotels. And better jokes.

If you want to dine with a difference in Berlin then it's the unsicht-Bar that you should head to. The name translates to invisible bar, and that's what your food is here--they've skimped on decor costs and made the restaurant pitch black the idea being that the rest of your senses will enjoy your meal for your eyes. You'll get a bit of coaching on where to find everything in the dark, and they arrange everything like a clock so you can know that you'll find your spoon at 12 o'clock and your fork at 9. The menu is short--you can choose from a 3 or 4 course meal, with a theme like fish, poultry, lamb, veal or vegetarian. The rest is a mystery until it gets into your mouth.

After being in the dark all evening, it's just a short stroll--even blindfolded--to the Hotel-Pension Kastanienhof at Kastanienallee 65. Both spots are close to the Rosenthaler Platz U-Bahn station and the Kastanienhof has that quaint wooden German look about it. You can get anything from a single room up to a two-room apartment suite at prices starting at around €100 ($140), including a typically burdensome German breakfast. (You can even invite your pals in for breakfast at €9 a head). That gives you plenty of eating in Berlin, just don't forget that it's also a city with plenty to see, too--once you've opened your eyes.

Related Stories:
· unsicht-Bar [Official Site]
· Hotel-Pension Kastanienhof [Official Site]
· Dark Dining [Jaunted]
· Berlin Travel coverage [Jaunted]
· Berlin Hotels [HotelChatter]

[Photo: HeideKlein_OrangenKopf]

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Eat 'n Sleep in Paris :: Parraudin and Hotel Sezz

Where: 157 rue St-Jacques, Paris, France
September 20, 2007 at 10:15 AM | by | Comments (2)

Our Eat 'n Sleep feature profiles a restaurant in a random city and a hotel nearby. It's kinda like that old show "Dinner and a Movie" but you know, with restaurants and hotels. And better jokes.

A trip to Paris requires the consumption of strange animal products. From escargot to frog logs to foie gras to steak tartare, the French love weird meats. Or at least we love that stereotype. And Paris' crowning achievement when it comes to culinary Fear Factor: The city's ability to choke down sweetbreads. Yep, that's cow brains. And it's the specialty at Perraudin in the Latin Quarter. According to Frommers:

Everything about this place -- decor, cuisine, prices, and service -- attempts to duplicate an early-1900s bistro. This one was built in 1870 as an outlet for coal and wine. It evolved into the wood-paneled bistro you see today, where little has changed since Zola was buried in the Panthéon nearby.

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