Spark an Interest in Foodways
The more kids understand what they’re eating — where it comes from, how it was harvested, how it fuels their bodies — the more interested they’ll be in trying new things. For this reason, learning about the origins and preparation of local food plays a major component in the Ritz Kids program at The Ritz-Carlton Sanya, Yalong Bay. During the program’s sushi making classes, guests discover how to prepare their own fresh sushi under the direction of the resort’s sushi master, and also learn about the bountiful array of sea life that exists around the island province of Hainan. In the “Things We Eat” course, kids are introduced to the range of ingredients specific to the Hainan region — seafood, spices, tropical fruits and more — and learn the nutritive value of their daily diets. And during the winter and summer holidays, the coconut trees in the resort’s green gardens become virtual climbing walls for young campers, who are safely harnessed before ascending the trunks using brightly colored grips, with the goal of ringing a bell at the top. Once back on the ground, they’re instructed by Hainan coconut butlers about how to open and enjoy this exotic drupe.