Here’s ten luxury hotels we bet you didn’t know were vegan. Concerned consumers want their choice of destination to accommodate their lifestyle choices. Vegan tourists are growing in importance and power - and hotels and travel companies are listening. Here’s ten luxurious hotels embracing the vegan lifestyle.
THE FARM AT SAN BENITO, Lipa City, Philippines
With only 33 exclusive suites and villas, The Farm at San Benito is an eco-luxury holistic medical wellness resort located in Lipa, Batangas, a 90-minute drive south of Manila, Philippines. The Farm rests on 48 hectares of lush green jungle, with a stunning view of the majestic mountains, pure and fresh air with clear and positive life-giving energy radiating around the property. It offers comprehensive personalized health optimization programs designed to address the most common illnesses in today’s busy society, naturally and holistically. There is a comprehensive and delicious vegan menu to complement the treatments. www.thefarmatsanbenito.com
HILTON BANKSIDE, London UK
Hilton is one of the first major hotel chains to embrace the vegan travel trend. The suite features exclusively vegan materials, such as a plant-based keycard and an eco-cotton carpet. The headboard, chairs, Piñatex leather, which is an alternative leather material made from the cellulose fibres of pineapple leaves. While the floor is bamboo, enhanced by organic cotton carpet. All toiletries are made of recycled materials, and the minibar offers vegan snacks from Ella brand, as well as Naked fruit and nut bars. The in-room vegan dining menu has offerings such as offering quinoa burgers and a cauliflower steak. www.hilton.com
AGRIVILLA I PINI, San Gimignano, Toscana
Nestled among the rolling hills near the the historic town of San Gimignano, Tuscany this rustic place is filled with sustainably sourced materials, so there is zero plastic. Instead you’ll find soft cotton sheets, handmade terracotta floors, hemp-chalk walls, and restored wooden furniture there are also organic, biodegradable soaps and shampoos for your skin and hair. The resort offers fully organic and vegan cuisine, dive into the saltwater pool and unwind in our naturally built rooms. The owners say “Our property is 100% committed to environmental consciousness; we are plant-based and eco-friendly from the ground up, inside and out”. www.ipinitoscana.com
ALMODÓVAR HOTEL, Berlin Germany
FIVE ELEMENTS RETREAT, Bali
Set in the rain forest this beautiful retreat offers suites on the hillside of by the river’s edge some with their own private pool. Personalised wellness programmes and a tranquil spa complete the restful stay. The retreat says: ”Our cuisine features epicurean plant-based cuisine in celebration of our “aliveness”. Our goal is simple: To let Mother Nature’s cuisine shine with all the exciting tastes, textures, vibrant colours and pure flavours.” The hotel says the gastronomical journey aims to nurture body, mind and soul. www.fivelementsbali.com
Located in the fashionable Berlin district of Friedrichshain, this hotel is 100% organic and was built following ecological principals, e.g. using power of renewable energy. All meals and beverages are sourced from controlled organic farming. The hotel’s menu contains vegan, vegetarian and raw dishes for every course. The impressive breakfast buffet is vegan with a vegetarian add-on. After an exhilarating day in Berlin, relax in the sauna in the wellness and spa area high above the rooftops of Berlin. www.almodovarhotel.de/en/
THE YEATMAN HOTEL, Porto, Portugal
This historic luxury wine hotel and spa has breath-taking views of the city of Porto as well as a Michelin-starred restaurant. Fully vegan meals are available on request and guests can enjoy many plant-based options for breakfast and exquisite fine-dining for dinner. In-room toiletries are vegan and guests can choose which type of vegan pillow to sleep on from the hotel’s “pillow menu”. The hotel is environment-conscious and uses solar panels to heat water, low-energy lighting and rain harvesting for garden irrigation; and it purified drinking water for guests, so no need for plastic bottles.
AMILLA FUSHI, Baa Atoll, Maldives
Located in the UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve of Baa Atoll, one of the 26 natural atolls in the Indian Ocean. Therefore the resort makes sure that any damage to the environment is avoided and our house is run sustainably and ecologically. Vegan dishes are the natural extension of this philosophy and the idyllic resort offers a well-balanced, healthy and light menu, with the freshest produce available. www.amillafushimaldives.net
SWASWARA, Gokarna, India.
The name of this wellness retreat means “my inner sound”. SwaSwara is an Earth-centred place where rainwater is used to water the organic gardens, food waste is composted and local medicinal herbs are used by healing therapists. The on-site restaurants do not use meats, hard liquor, refined sugar or refined flour and eggs and dairy are limited. A fully vegan menu is available. The resort also offers Ayurveda, yoga, hilltop meditation, naturopathy, cooking classes, massage and an art studio. www.cghearth.com/swaswara
KOUKOUMI HOTEL, Ano Mera, Mykonos, Greece
Koukoumi hotel is the first and, claims to be the only, vegan hotel in Greece. Koukoumi in Myconian dialect means sheltered from the wind, a cozy place for snuggling. Situated in the heart of the island, in the traditional village of Ano Mera, Koukoumi was created to be a peaceful sanctuary for the sophisticated traveller. (Koukoumi in Myconian dialect means sheltered from the wind - and this is a calm shelter from the turbulence of ever day life) the hotel says, “In this setting we tried to bring a breath of fresh air in hospitality, to show a more intimate side of the island and promote a new life philosophy. We can enjoy life without harming animals, the environment or ourselves. A vegan will feel at home here and every one can try out an alternative and peaceful way of being, satisfying at the same time all their senses”. www.koukoumihotel.com
DREAMERS WELCOME, Wilmington, North Carolina
Located in the heart of historic Wilmington, Dreamers Welcome is a design-focused boutique inn. Accommodation ranges from the Drift Away (a 1950s bungalow in Sunset Park) to individually designed suites within a renovated Victorian home just a cobblestone stroll from dozens of restaurants, historic sites, and local shops. The hotel says “When we think minimal, it means both minimal design and minimal paper, minimal stress and minimal plastic”. It also means delicious vegan meals on offer. www.dreamerswelcome.com
Hilary Doling, 07/04/2021