January 9, 2017

Winter Travel Adds Many New Kosher Options

New York - Travel to vacation destinations in many parts of the world has become infinitely easier for the kosher traveler. Elan Kornblum, "The Restaurant Guy," President of Great Kosher Restaurants Magazine and a leading expert on kosher destinations, said that kosher options are now available in many new locations including Cancun (Kosher Luxus which operates the Red Heifer Grill and is open all year round). The network of Chabad organizations in the Caribbean has also added kosher offerings in places like the Bahamas, St. Marten, St. Thomas, and other places in the Virgin Islands. At Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Resort in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, there is a full kosher kitchen, a kosher restaurant with a buffet and an a la carte menu, orthodox synagogue, and a planned kosher villa environment. Lifestyle Holiday Vacations also has a kosher program in Puerto Rico. Atlantis, the massive Paradise Island resort, is partnering with Glatt kosher tour provider Kosherica to offer on-site kosher catering services for the first time The Atlantis is also touting special “cultural touches,” including a “beautifully decorated chuppah overlooking the crystal-blue Bahamian waters” and a locally-based rabbi. In Europe, some of the latest additions are Hotel Mirabeau in Crans Montana, Switzerland (kosher package), and Hotel Hollern in Bruck Austria. Venice has added Ghimel Garden to the well-known Gam Restaurant. The Arlington Hotel in Bethlehem, NH has undergone a major facelift and is quickly becoming a getaway for kosher travelers in the Northeast. Although the days of packing tuna fish into a suitcase may be history, many travelers still resort to shipping frozen meals ahead of time, prepared by many well-known caterers. In Europe, London-based Hermolis ships to destinations all over the continent. Koshwhere, an on-line kosher travel caterer, ships to all corners of the globe. Thousands of kosher-observing Jews are expected to travel this winter and take advantage of the added kosher options.