Post # 1
my fiancé and I are beginning to search for honeymoon destinations. Besides the fact I want to go to alaska and he wants to go someplace tropical, the deciding factor is going to be where can they accommodate allergies. We were looking at maybe a Sandals resort, but can’t find anything allergy related, we emailed but are waiting to hear back. I’d prefer not to eat lettuce the whole time on our honeymoon and am very afraid of what I might be served :-/. Does anyone have multiple allergies or dietary restrictions and have been able to be fed someplace??
in case it matters, my “top of the list allergic” list are: wheat, rye, barley, malt, oat, gluten, egg, dairy, sesame seeds, bananas, beans (chocolate/coffee), amaranth flour (popular gluten free flour), and yeast. This list includes most alcohols, but at least I got tequila?! Hahah 😉
also: what the heck does Fiance stand for? I assume fiancé, am I right or wrong?
thank you all for any input or help!!
Post # 2
husband and I have multiple food restrictions and allergies. We go out to eat anywhere we want and vacation where we want. We are educated consumers and ask what is in the meal, how it’s cooked and with what ingredants…and requests accommodations for a meal if/when needed and gracefully accept a decline when it’s not granted And order something else, maybe it’s not our dream meal, but it meets or requirments. Nonetheless, we’ve had plenty Of yummy dinners and vacations.
Post # 3
Yes, thank you for your input. I do the same thing as well but came across many issues in the past with being told it was safe while on vacation, and then being sickened. I’ve also experienced amazing meals while on vacation. I was just hopeful that someone had positive experiences while at a particular place, ie the waitstaff stated they would inform/remind the kitchen to change gloves etc. that has happened on more than one occasion and always made me feel a bit more comfortable.
Post # 4
Post # 5
I have a SEVERE allergy to milk and to coconut. If i go to a restaurant 10 times in a month, odds are, i will get sick 8 times, due to cross contamination.
With that said. ..
we went to sandals grande riviera, in ocho rios jamaica . We were there for 8 days. In 8 days, i didn’t get sick once. Not onCe. They were very careful to ensure that i was safe. Because of this fact, we have decided that sandals will be our go to resort.
I highly recommend sandals, especially for those with food allergies.
Post # 6
- Wedding: March 2016 - Surfer\'s Beach, Grand Cayman
I recommend somewhere where they speak English fluently, my last trip was to the dominican and the staff were lovely but they had a lot of trouble understanding our questions that weren’t standard, even asking for pretty common drinks that werent on their menu, I can’t imagine having to ask how the food was prepared. However they did have gluten free food options in all restaurants, it was a Dreams resort, so that brand in another country might be a good option for someone with food allergies/gf.
Post # 7
Oh no 🙁 I don’t have a food allergy but I have a contact allergy found in MANY detergents, soaps, and cleaners. It seems hotels particularly use products that contain this chemical (I am assuming its cheaper to be honest) but I was SUPER worried and didnt want to spend my honeymoon miserable. I contacted the resort ahead of time and they were incredibly accomidating. I encourage you to reach out and talk to someone at the resort.
Post # 8
thank you! Super helpful finally!
Post # 9
I feel you on the CC issues, It’s nice to know you got to enjoy your honeymoon there without being sick! thank you so much for the information, very helpful 🙂
Post # 10
Don’t limit yourself to only English-speaking countries. You can learn the local language before your trip– at least a few words to cover the basics– and make up some allergy cards to carry and give to waiters/bartenders/managers when the language barrier is too great. That is how I got around in Japan and Hong Kong. People appreciated that I at least tried to communicate in their language and everyone we encountered took fantastic care of us!
Post # 11
I have very similar food intolerances…gotta love tequila
Just commenting to follow since I’m in the same boat
Post # 12
Is this for your honeymoon?
I’ve been to Excellence hotels twice (Riviera Cancun once, and Playa Mujeres the other time), and they were great. We’d just let them know about FI’s allergies when we went to a restaurant.
At Sandal’s (we stayed at La Toc in St Lucia) they were actually better about allergies (we told them once, and they’d remember every time we saw them), but overall I preferred the Excellence hotels. That said, they definitely took allergies very, very seriously at Sandals.
Depending on your budget, the hotel we picked in Fiji for our honeymoon is super small, and they survey your food preferences ahead of time, so they’ll be amazing for allergies I’m sure — it’s called Remote Resort, and there are only 10 guests at a time, maximum.
Post # 13
My husband and I have a number of food issues as well (gluten, dairy, etc.) and we had a WONDERFUL food experience in Cancun, Mexico. We stayed away from the Americanized beach/strip area for eating and went to a lot of Mexican restaurants further in (toward the Mayan ruins and such). We also did a lot of our own cooking at our resort which was SO much fun with fresh Mexican mangoes, avocadoes, etc. The Mexicans cook so predominantly with corn that it seems like a very safe country for wheat-avoiders. I know you can’t eat eggs but their fresh corn tortillas are so good! Also, rice milk mmmmm!
If you are going to a non-English speaking country I would recommend printing out the gluten allergy cards that Celiac websites have available to download. It basically says “I can’t eat wheat, barley, rye, etc. ” in whatever local language you need. I used that a couple times in Mexico if I was unsure.