A tour of the best of Colombian gastronomy with Marriott Bonvoy

The region stands out for its abundant variety of fresh fruits and seafood. Some of the traditional dishes are cayeye, fried fish accompanied by coconut rice and a variety of fried foods such as carimañolas

(Source: Marriott International)

Santa Marta Marriott Resort Playa Dormida, part of the Marriott Bonvoy portfolio, hosted the first edition of a Marriott Bonvoy Moments with Michelin Star Chef in Colombia, a luxury culinary experience from the hand of Marriott Bonvoy Moments and the Michelin Star chef Edwin Rodriguez.

This fascinating gastronomic journey offered participants the opportunity to immerse themselves in the colors, flavors and aromas of Colombian cuisine at the hands of chefs Edwin Rodríguez, who has been recognized with the coveted Michelin Star and awarded the Repsol Guide, and the talented Alirio Rodríguez of the Santa Marta Marriott Resort Playa Dormida.

"For Marriott International, Latin American gastronomy is an immense treasure to discover, a promise of authentic and exciting flavors. Colombian cuisine is strongly emerging as the next great revelation of Latin American cuisine, its recognition is a tribute to the ingenuity and passion of the chefs who, inspired by the country's legacy, have taken Colombian flavors to new horizons. We proudly present two exponents, the talented guest Chef Edwin Rodriguez, and the Executive Chef Alirio Rodriguez, who together with the team of "The hotel's kitchen has given life to each dish with passion and dedication. In each flavor, in each aroma, the history of this land has been woven," commented Thomas Rebler, vice president of Food and Beverage at Marriott International for the Caribbean and Latin America.

Marriott International, through its properties and the Marriott Bonvoy Moments experience platform, is constantly creating attractive gastronomic proposals, understanding that this is precisely a factor that motivates travelers to explore new destinations. According to a company survey on travel trends in the region, gastronomy, along with history and outdoor activities, are the experiences most desired by travelers.

In the case of the culinary experience at Santa Marta Marriott, it was guided by Edwin Rodríguez's tasting menu—recognized for his contemporary and elevated interpretation of Colombian cuisine—and highlighted the authentic flavors and ancestral traditions that make Colombia a destination world-class culinary, and one of the most outstanding cuisines in Latin America.

Colombian gastronomy has experienced an astonishing evolution in recent years, establishing itself as one of the next emerging stars of Latin American cuisine. From the Caribbean beaches to the Amazon jungles and the Andean heights, each region of Colombia contributes its unique ingredients and traditional techniques.

As the nation celebrates its cultural and geographic richness, its cuisine is a feast of flavors, colors and traditions rooted in the country's history. In particular, the Colombian coast, bathed by the warm waters of the Caribbean, has witnessed a culinary legacy that dates back to ancient times with dishes that carry the aroma of a colonial era in which European influences merged with local ingredients. Over time, flavors from other parts of the world have also been added, due to its cultural melting pot.

Tropical sanctuary

The Santa Marta Marriott Resort Playa Dormida is located a few minutes from the airport, the historic center and other attractions of Santa Marta. It is emerging as a tropical sanctuary of quiet sophistication, offering the perfect combination of high-tech services and world-class amenities. The green essence of the tropical landscape of the Sierra Nevada and the indigenous tradition are the
main point of inspiration in terms of design, the plays of light, the use of wood, stone and gold and ancestral fabrics accompany the spaces of the hotel so that the guest can transport yourself to its tropical jungle, its beaches and its ecological wealth.

The hotel is part of Marriott Bonvoy, Marriott International's travel program, which offers multiple benefits to travelers, from exclusive member rates to unique experiences around the world available on the Marriott Bonvoy Moments platform.

Using Marriott Bonvoy points accumulated on travel and other activities, members can gain VIP access to unique experiences around the world. Experiences currently available on the platform include private dining with renowned chefs at some of the most exclusive restaurants in the world and VIP access to sporting events, concerts and cultural experiences.
Other recent examples of Marriott Bonvoy Moments in Latin America include Formula 1 in Mexico City and the Argentina Open 2022.

About The Pearl of America
Located in the Colombian Caribbean, Santa Marta is known as The Pearl of America. It was founded in 1525 by the Spanish Rodrigo de Bastidas and owes its name to the patron saint of Seville. It is one of the must-see destinations in Colombia for the beauty of its landscapes, the flavor of its food and the joy of its people.

Santa Marta is home to, among many, two imposing natural beauties: the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta – a mountain system that has the snow-capped peak closest to the sea in the entire world –, ideal for those who enjoy hiking, and the Tayrona National Natural Park with beaches. of crystal clear waters. 

The visit to this paradisiacal place is completed with a tour of the Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino – site where Simón Bolívar spent his last days –, the Taganga viewpoint and the historic center where you can see buildings of colonial architecture, shops crafts and a boardwalk ideal for a bed at sunset.

In the gastronomic part, the region stands out for its abundant variety of fresh fruits and seafood. Some of the traditional dishes are cayeye, fried fish accompanied by coconut rice and a variety of fried foods such as carimañolas.

The city is a must-see destination for those eager for adventure, gastronomy and nature.


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