It was a tall tale.

Clive started telling his yarn over pan seared scallops at Zoetry Agua Punta Cana.  That’s how supper at Olena began with a legend, scallops and a classic Cesar salad.agua-zoetry-experts-travel-gourmet

By the time I was sampling the Cioppino, traditional seafood soup with tomatoes and pinot grigio, I learned this old timer was on a fishing charter in the Dominican Republic 8 years ago celebrating his honeymoon.

He lost his inscribed wedding ring diving on a coral reef.

11 months later a 400 pound Grouper was caught and cut up on a pier near Samana Bay.  Inside the Grouper, a fisherman found a Lionfish and inside the Lionfish was a Parrotfish, and inside the Parrotfish he discovered an inscribed ring.

By the time he was done I had finished off a plate of pan roasted duck breast, drizzled with sweet onion and balsamic marmalade and half a bottle of wine. The meal, the company, and the tale made for a wonderful supper.

Clive and his wife joined us at Amaya where the Chef whipped up a gluten and soy free meal for his wife.  All restaurants will do this and can even work around diners who are allergic to nuts.  I hit the fitness center earlier so I exercised their menu.

I kicked things off with mushrooms stuffed with organic lobster and cream of plantain soup.  I had the warm fresh bread with tepid salad of back-choi (Chinese cabbage), mushrooms, bacon and cashews with home grown local herbs. Yummy!

We got a little crazy sampling food from each other’s plates.

Picture bites of Caribbean wild lobster with vanilla butter and garlic, tenderloin of grass fed Angus beef with blue cheese and chipotle sauce, wild red snapper over steamed veggies with lime and poleo oregano vinaigrette, and a terrific organic chicken breast stuffed with spinach, Dominican cream cheese and smoked chili sauce.

I recommend lunch at Indigo by the sea.  The dress code is Casual so it’s okay to show up in Bermudas, long shorts or Capri pants. Sneakers or sandals are fine but no sleeveless shirts for the guys and no bathing suits.  Ladies must wear a fun wrap or cover-up.

Check out Piragua for a treat.  The Chef combines Creole cuisine with some of your favorite Latin American dishes.  My favorite is the coconut crusted black grouper served with roasted garlic mashed malanga (edible root with nutty taste), roasted zucchini and papaya butter foam.

Some quick tips!

  • No reservations are required at all 4 restaurants.
  • All meals are included in the resorts Endless Privileges program.
  • Ask about the Sip, Savor & See experience that allows you to book a table of 4 at nearby resort restaurants. A fun romp.
  • Coffee lovers must check out the premium java options at the Coco Café.

Zoetry Agua Punta Cana offers nourishment for your head and heart in luxurious surroundings.  The unlimited premium drinks paired with sumptuous and savory meals is heavenly. I swallowed every sinfully delicious drink and plate of food during my stay.

The only thing I didn’t swallow was Clive’s “ring in the fish” story … but as a fan of romance …

…  I wanted to