By Paul Eyers on Oct 24, 2022 in Accommodation, Asia, Food and Drink, Nightlife, Hotels, Maldives, Regions, Resorts, Restaurants, Travel Miscellaneous
The seemingly endless rise in demand for vegan and plant-based foods shows no signs of slowing down. This global change in the way we eat has multiple benefits that are impossible to ignore. Benefits to our health and environment have been key drivers of these recent changes, and luxury hotels in the Maldives have been at the forefront of this change, ensuring vegan luxury travel to the Maldives is on the rise. . The health and nutritional benefits of a carefully selected plant-based diet are ideal for those who want their Maldives vacation to offer an element of wellness. Those who enjoy a vegan or plant-based diet eliminate many ingredients that negatively impact our environment, which is good for both guests and the resort, which reduces their environmental footprint.
When we first visited the Maldives in 2014, options were really limited for vegan luxury travel enthusiasts, but since then the situation has changed considerably. A quick Google search for “vegan Maldives” will present you with myriad options for your next holiday, or if you read on you’ll find out a bit more about some of our favourites, and how they all fit into the future of vegan luxury travel in the Maldives.
Our first luxury vegan resort experience in the Maldives was in a modern and stylish setting. Kanifushi atmosphere. This was rather fitting, as they had just opened the very first 100% vegetarian restaurant in the Maldives where the menu included several vegan options. That was 2014 and they are still going strong now, with ‘Just Veg’ being the resort’s most popular restaurant with all of their guests, not just veggies and vegans. After the success of ‘Just Veg’, they then launched a second vegetarian restaurant in one of their other resorts, OBLU SELECT Sangéli called “Just Wok”. It has also proven popular with all of their guests, showing that the demand for vegetarian and vegan food in the Maldives continues to grow.
It’s no surprise that the very first 100% plant-based restaurant in the Maldives has been second to none Soneva Fushi. They have always stood for vegan and plant-based foods, and the opening of “Fresh in the Garden” at Soneva Fushi has taken that commitment to the next level. Always on the lookout for innovation, last year they opened a second 100% plant-based restaurant called “So Wild by Diana von Cranach” in their other island getaway in the Maldives, Soneva Jani. Diana is an acclaimed plant-based chef, raw food consultant, and cookbook author, and for anyone visiting Bali, be sure to check out hers. Puri Ganesha seaside resort where you can experience its creative cuisine and wonderful hospitality.
Amilla Maldives Resort & Residences
Amilla Maldives are most certainly championing vegan luxury in the Maldives. From vegan toiletries and vegan-friendly spa products to vegan “Wellness Your Way” menus in every restaurant at this beautiful resort, Amilla Maldives has it all. The constant development of the menus has ensured that they will continue to play an important role in the future of vegan luxury travel to the Maldives, while collaborations with visiting vegan chefs and restaurateurs have taken this commitment to the next level. This guest chef program recently saw Kirk and Keeley Haworth of London plates hosting a series of gala dinners on the island, another reason why travel-loving vegan travelers should have Amilla Maldives firmly on their radar.
Having welcomed tourists for the first time in 1972, KurumbaMaldives are fast approaching their 50th anniversary. As one of the pioneers of Maldivian tourism, they have gone through many changes during this time and have continued to develop their resort and concepts based on these changes. Accepting the multitude of dietary requirements of their customers is just one of these changes, which means that they now offer exciting vegetarian and vegan options in each of their 8 restaurants across the island. You can taste plant-based dishes from around the world with Thai, Indian, Arabic, Japanese, Maldivian and Sri Lankan cuisine, you can even order a Beyond meat burger during your stay at Kurumba Maldives!
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Cora Cora Maldives
As one of the newest luxury resorts in the Maldives, Cora Cora is truly the future of vegan luxury travel in the Maldives. Their MOKSHA spa concept, in addition to everything you would expect from a Maldivian spa, also includes nutritious smoothies and creative plant-based cuisine. Embracing that “we are what we eat,” their MOKSHA cuisine creations are found throughout the resort, where each restaurant offers a myriad of vegan and plant-based options. There is no shortage of healthy and nutritious options at Cora Cora, and there is also no shortage of cake, vegan cake, and that really makes us very happy. Every morning at My Coffee, you can enjoy a slice (or two) of their vegan cake of the day with your almond milk cappuccino.
LUX* South Ari Atoll
The exciting and innovative “Keen on Green” concept of LUX* South Ari Atoll perfectly merges well-being, sustainability and nutrition. Healthy, balanced, plant-based dishes are available throughout the resort as part of this refreshing approach to dining. This not only ensures guests of this simply stunning resort have plenty of innovative and creative culinary options to choose from during their stay, but it also reduces the carbon footprint and increases the sustainability of the resort. One thing we loved about this concept at LUX* South Ari Atoll is that their “Keen on Green” dishes feature on the front page of every menu. This ensures that everyone is tempted to order these healthy, planet-friendly dishes, not just their vegetarian, vegan and plant-based guests.
Laamu of the six senses
Six Senses Hotels and Resorts cater to their vegan and vegetarian guests at each of their exemplary luxury hotels. Laamu of the six senses in the Maldives is no different with creative and talented chefs ready to prepare memorable plant-based dishes that will keep you very well served during your stay. They even have free vegan ice cream, sorbets and chocolate in their ‘Ice and Chocolate Studio’, where every day there are over 40 flavors to choose from and enjoy. Six Senses Hotels and Resorts will soon be expanding their welcome to vegan luxury travel enthusiasts in the Maldives, when the brand new Six Senses Kanuhura spear. The future of vegan luxury travel in the Maldives is indeed an exciting one, and Six Senses continues to be at the forefront of this.
In just eight short years, the way we eat has changed dramatically, and that change seems set to continue as we understand, appreciate and celebrate plant-based eating. In eight years, we will no longer be “restricted” to vegan restaurants, vegan menus and vegan cooking classes, instead we will be staying in 100% vegan luxury hotels in the Maldives. We are sure of it and you will read it here first.
Paul Eyers is the founder of Vegan food quest. Vegan Food Quest has become a specialist in luxury vegan travel as it continues to find, eat and write about the best vegan food in the world.
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