Your private chef will prepare your delicious meals in the villa’s beautiful granite kitchen. Our French executive chef is a skilled, experienced professional, and creates intricate beauty on your plate, with balanced nutrition and incredible, tantalizing flavors. You will be asked about your dietary requirements, preferences and restrictions during your consultation, when booking your accommodations. Our wellness menus are nutritionist-created and approved.
You can read about the cuisine provided here.
Between dining times, the Villa kitchen is at your disposal if necessary. We provide for your every need, and prefer you have your butler bring you everything you desire. However if you decide you want to prepare a snack, store some locally purchased groceries, or perhaps exercise your inner chef, you’re welcome. Some of you may prefer to create your own gourmet masterpieces in our beautiful granite kitchen.
To facilitate that, some basic items you might need have been thoughtfully supplied. We will add or remove any items at your request. While Hermes Estate is focused on whole-food, plant based eating, (the only lifestyle proven to reverse/ prevent heart disease and other modern day diseases like obesity and diabetes), a few goodies with which to indulge yourself can be provided upon request. (Available to non-wellness guests only).
While we are Vegan friendly, we’re not military-extreme or judgmental – You are free to consume what you like during your stay, unless you’re undergoing a wellness treatment. As part of many of the special wellness treatments offered, (should you partake of them), we will introduce you to high quality eating and thinking patterns to improve your current and long term health and vitality. There’s no point living longer if you’re not vital!
Side note; ‘Vegan’ is an ethical stance, not a diet. There are many, many types of Vegan eating styles, as long as it doesn’t include non-human animal products, derived from control of and cruelty towards animals. A Vegan doesn’t want to contribute to the use and abuse of animals. A Vegan lifestyle can still be unhealthy; potato crisps can be ‘Vegan’ (no animal product or secretions included), but they’re not exactly healthy. The eating plan for health, environmental care and Vegan alignment with protection of animals, is a whole-food plant-based diet. (Oil-free for the most part.)
Whole food, plant-based eating is the lifestyle that really works, unlike marketed money-making fad diets. Good, healthful food doesn’t need advertisements. Any choices or changes you make for your health must come from you, or they won’t last. So our qualified nutritionist give you all the information, scientific facts and studies, for you to draw your own conclusions for your own health.
Our clean lifestyle isn’t about our forcing beliefs onto others. It’s about educating and empowering others who want information, and questioning why we force our beliefs onto other sentient beings. An open mind is always number one, and there is no pressure whatsoever for those who are simply visiting to relax and eat their favorite dishes.
Subject to your dietary requests and requirements, we’ll provide appropriate dishes to support your system as you unwind and revitalize. Wonderfully organic, life-giving, tasty nutrients await you. Given that nutrient deficiency is thought to be the starting point for almost all non-genetic illness, nutrition is a subject worth giving a lot of consideration.
For those inclined towards culinary skills, we provide black pepper, cumin, oregano, fresh and dry rosemary, thyme, chili and local organic garlic. Other provisions can include organic extra-virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, red wine vinegar, virgin and refined coconut oils, and Himalayan salt, as well as fresh local milk*, cheese* and butter*.
(*Dairy products are contraindicated for those undergoing detoxification, weight loss, anti-ageing, skin repair or convalescing treatments. Please consider eliminating dairy from your diet permanently. You will not only further support the eradication of damaging mucus blockages from your body, which can eventually cause disease. You will also no longer contribute to the harsh cruelty of the mass dairy industry.)
Breakfast time? Fresh fruit is always best, the easiest food for humans to digest. At your request, nourishing oats can be provided, as well as (outside of our wellness menu) organic free-living eggs from local pet chickens, and wonderful locally made fresh bread & buttery croissants. You can also enjoy raw sugar, premium honey and jams, plus the famous Australian Vegemite of course, all made available for you. Mushrooms, onion, tomatoes, natural yogurt, fresh squeezed organic apple or orange juice, fresh fruit and bottled pure Cape Grim water can all be available for you, assuming you are not undergoing an above-mentioned treatment where some of these items are contraindicated.
Whether you’re following our nutritionist-approved eating plans within one of the wellness treatments, or choosing your own cuisine from our chef’s exquisite menus, high quality is always the focus at Hermes Estate. We recommend the pure, fresh, reverse-osmosis UV filtered water provided straight from our crystal clear Never Never River for pure cleansing and hydrating. Enjoy it straight from the kitchen tap! You may enjoy a tipple from a complimentary bottle of Penfolds wine or Dom Perignon champagne (non-wellness guests only). Please consume these ’empty calories’ responsibly, and support your body with love by eating fresh, wholesome fuel as much as possible. ♥
**If you’re detoxing/ managing your weight, or you live a wholefood, plant-based, raw vegan or vegetarian clean lifestyle, and prefer to have no unwanted items in view, please let us know! We’ll happily support you on your wonderful journey to health and vitality by removing anything that doesn’t align with your choices.