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Food for thought on choosing a vegetarian-friendly hotel


With more and more people choosing to forgo meat in favour of a plant-based diet, the hospitality industry around the world is quickly adapting to cater for a variety of dietary needs. To celebrate this, we’re marking National Vegetarian Week with a stellar line up of luxury hotels that boast superb dining experiences for vegetarians and vegans. So, if you prefer plants to pork, take a look at our guide to the world’s most vegetarian-friendly luxury hotels.

Atmosphere Kanifushi, Maldives

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White sands, incredible marine life and luxurious villas: All the things that spring to mind when you think of the Maldives. In addition to the incredible natural beauty, the entire resort offering at Atmosphere Kanifushi is vegetarian-friendly with a wide selection of meat-free dishes in The Spice buffet restaurant and Teppanyaki Grill. However, the crowning glory is Just Veg, the first pure vegetarian restaurant in the Maldives. If you’d prefer to see fish swimming in the lagoon rather than lying on a plate, this restaurant is a must-visit during your idyllic holiday.

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Open for lunch and dinner as part of the resort’s Platinum Plus All Inclusive package, expect to find meat-free cuisine with Asian, Indian and Mediterranean influences in this fine dining restaurant. The Signature Maldivan curry is a must-try and if the 5* reviews on TripAdvisor are anything to go by, the varied menu is a roaring success. Vegan options are also clearly marked so no matter what your preference, you’re sure to find it at the highest standard at Atmosphere Kanifushi.

Sheraton Saigon Hotel and Towers

Vietnam is a haven for incredible vegetarian and vegan food lovers. Pure vegetarian restaurants are commonplace due to the number of practising Buddhists in Vietnam and you can find faux meat and incredible tofu dishes in almost every eatery you visit. While many hotels can provide a fantastic vegetarian or vegan meal, take care around dishes like tofu Pho, which are often still made with meat juices or fish sauce.

Vietnam

Set in the stylish District 1, in bustling Ho Chi Minh City, Sheraton Saigon Hotel and Towers is one of the city’s premium 5* hotels with luxurious bedrooms and a fantastic rooftop bar. However, veggies seeking out amazing Chinese-inspired cuisine will want to check in in order to visit Li Bai, the signature restaurant with a dedicated vegetarian and vegan menu. With meat-free specialities such as vegan Buddha Jumps Over The Wall (a usually controversial dish containing shark fin) and mouth-watering Vietnamese Lemongrass Chilli Tofu, you’ll be spoiled for choice from the huge number of options.

BodyHoliday Saint Lucia

On the lush Caribbean island of St Lucia, the sublime BodyHoliday focuses on rejuvenating the body and soul. For a 5* detox retreat, you don’t get much better than the personalised exercise and nutrition options available here. However, if you’re more of a ‘pamper yourself’ type, daily spa treatments are also part of the BodyHoliday experience.

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The culinary team are experienced in handling specialist dietary requirements, so freshly prepared cuisine straight from the extensive organic garden is always on the menu. Anything grown in the resort is pesticide-free and non-GMO so you can enjoy locally sourced, healthy food that’s good for the body and friendly to the environment. Vegetarian and vegan friendly fare is easily found in all restaurants across the resort, including AAA Diamond award winning Tao. So, whether it’s a relaxing retreat or an active break to kick off a healthy routine, you can be assured of delicious food no matter where you dine.

Moon Palace Cancun

Nestled on a sparkling white sand beach, the elegant Moon Palace Cancun offers an indulgent luxury experience in Mexico. From the private whirlpool bathtub in each guestroom to the 27-hole golf course on-site, everything you need is close at hand within the resort. Located on a stunning stretch of beach, sun worshippers will be in heaven here while the lagoon-style pools provide respite from the heat.

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While veggies may struggle to find variety within the all-inclusive options at some hotels, this is thankfully not the case at this five-star resort. Each of the six delicious restaurants, from the traditional Mexican Los Caporales to the international buffet restaurant, happily cater for vegetarians and this makes it easy for families with mixed tastes to dine together. Even the speciality seafood restaurant and steakhouse have plenty of vegetarian options on offer, so you can spend your holiday relaxing without a rumbling stomach.

Shangri-La Hotel, Chiang Mai

Put the intense busy streets of Bangkok and the parties of Phuket aside, because this city in northern Thailand is all about relaxation, misty mountains and incredible cuisine. The best of Thai cooking comes to life in Chiang Mai and the artisanal vibe of the city means that amazing food is available around every corner – and without a hefty price tag! As a popular spot for digital nomads, you’ll find traditional restaurants and night markets jostling for space with Western-style hipster cafes and co-working spaces, but it’s a combination that somehow works.

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For those tempted to splash out on a luxury stay, Shangri-La Hotel is a great choice for veggies wanting to enjoy delightful food within the hotel, as well as out in the city. The main restaurant serves Szechuan-inspired dishes and the menu conveniently marks vegetarian options to make your decision as easy as possible. The extensive breakfast options range from baked beans, cereal with soy milk and fresh fruit to freshly prepared Thai noodles, where the staff will happily whip up a bowl of egg-free noodles without the meaty sauces on request. In one of the world’s best cities for meat-free food, this 5* hotel will only heighten your experience of relaxation and contentment.

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