Hotel gardens are all the rage, with chefs, spas and mixologists sourcing freshly grown ingredients in their products. These five properties are getting guests involved by making the hotel garden experience interactive.
jdek at JW Marriott Grand Rapids
At jdek, the outdoor patio bar at the JW Marriott Grand Rapids, aspiring mixologists get to pick their own herbs, spices and fresh fruits to add to their cocktails, ensuring that each drink served is completely unique.jdek at JW Marriott Grand Rapids — Photo courtesy of JW Marriott Grand Rapids
AKA Virginia Square
At AKA Virginia Square, chic luxury serviced residences in Arlington, guests can head up to the rooftop herb garden to pick their own ingredients for use in preparing meals in each unit's fully stocked kitchen. Occasional resident events offer tips on how to incorporate fresh herbs into cocktails and dishes.Herb garden at AKA Virginia Square — Photo courtesy of AKA Virginia Square
JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live
With JW Marriott Los Angeles LA Live's "Farm to Fabulous" package, guests get to choose from a selection of fresh fruits, botanicals and herbs grown in the hotel's rooftop garden to incorporate into a customized body scrub. If you want a preview of what ingredients might be available, sign up for a tour of the garden ahead of time.
Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta
Instead of the ingredients and the guests coming to the chef, the chef and the diners go to the ingredients at the Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta's Garden Table. This unique dining experience takes place under the stars in the hotel's terrace garden, where the executive chef and his team pick and prepare ingredients table-side for the perfect night of interactive dining.
JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes
Primo Garden at JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes — Photo courtesy of JW Marriott Orlando Grande LakesFor the ultimate interactive spa experience, the spa at JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes has unveiled its Scrub Bar – a place where spa goers get to select from ingredients grown in the resort's own eco-garden and an assortment of essential oils to create a body scrub customized to each individual's preferences and skin type.
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