For a smallish hotel such as Sea Breeze, we were pleasantly surprised to discover three different restaurants on-site. The Mermaid is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner each day; lunch is always a buffet service, whereas dinner is a mix between buffet and à la carte services. This open-air restaurant takes full advantage of the spectacular views of Oistins Bay, with both indoor and outdoor tables. The buffet lunch is neatly presented and we tasted quite a variety of both fresh salads and hot dishes. The wooden columns and strategically placed white curtains add intimacy to a relaxed dining space. The piano lounge bar next door to Mermaid also tends to draw a crowd in the evening. Meanwhile, a separate lounge area found on a wooden deck is used for daily afternoon tea and at night, is transformed into a dance floor with DJ when the guest occupancy is high. During this time, there is some form of entertainment at the hotel every evening.
Down by the beach, the Prezzo Beach Bar is open daily from 10:00am until 9:30pm for lunch, dinner or that mid-afternoon hunger craving. Right next to the family pool, Prezzo has a casual vibe and fantastic views of the beach, and serves up a variety of international cuisine. With its own pizza oven, Prezzo lets guests create their own pizza, an option that has so far proven to be very popular with diners.
The jewel in the crown though, is Azul, Sea Breeze's new, gastronomic restaurant, which has already cultivated a loyal following. And no wonder; forget the cheap and cheerful pub grub of St Lawrence Gap, if you're looking for a gastronomic meal in a romantic setting then Azul is a convenient choice. The all inclusive meal plan allows guests to dine here twice during their stay. Open for dinner only, the décor is low-key Caribbean chic, with contemporary furnishings, a host of giant blue vases and urns and clever use of blue mood-lighting. A separate lounge area is a great place to sample the canapé menu and enjoy an aperitif, while the open grill allows diners to witness the chefs at work. Beside the fine food and intimate atmosphere, diners will no doubt delight in the view over Oistins Bay by night, with thousands of lights twinkling in the distance.