Time for a holiday? I’ve found 10 of the best vegan hotels from around the world
By Noa Ben-Moshe
If you had asked me about fully vegan hotels only a few years back, I wouldn’t have even imagined they existed. Hotels with vegan items on the menu, sure. But fully vegan? In terms of decor, services and meals? Ha!
But since veganism is on the rise, more and more fully vegan hotels are opening around the world.
Wondering what that really means? It goes far beyond food!
A vegan hotel won’t have, for example, down filled pillows or duvets. It won’t have wool blankets, fur pillows, or leather chairs. Its spa, if there is one, will use only vegan friendly products. And of course, it will certainly have an expansive, delicious vegan menu for every single meal.
Whether you’re looking for an ethical weekend getaway with your vegan friends or a stress-free, easy vacation that lets you rest and relax without constantly searching for vegan-friendly restaurants, this article is for you!
10+ Of The Best Vegan Hotels Around the World
Where: Lipa City, Philippines
Why You’ll Love It: This is a centre for holistic healing and wellness where people can balance their body, mind and spirit with nourishing, live foods in an eco-friendly setting.
The Farm at San Benito is the magical jungles of the Philippines, just a 90-minute drive south of Manila, in Batangas. Refreshing air and positive energy radiating around the property.
The Farm offers wonderful programs addressing some of the most alarming (and prevalent) lifestyle illnesses in today’s society, ranging from chronic health disorders, work-related chronic pain, stress, anxiety, depression and more. These are treated through gentle exercise, immersion in nature, yoga, and of course, a clean vegan diet. If you’re interested in natural beauty & anti-aging services, you’ll find them there too.
Rooms are luxurious, generously proportioned, and are decorated and constructed from local, sustainable materials.
In short, after a few weeks at the Farm, you’ll emerge refreshed, rejuvenated and relaxed; a whole different person!
Where: Chiang Mai, Thailand
Why You’ll Love It: This hotel is the very first vegan hotel located in Chiang Mai’s Old City. Enjoy a relaxing and nourishing stay in clean, minimalist surroundings. Wake up to delicious, locally sourced vegan food from the hotel’s in-house restaurant that provides freshly prepared breakfast, including popular Western dishes like oats, pancakes, healthy juices, smoothies, and much more!
Feeling adventurous? the hotel can organize half-day vegan Thai cooking courses or a three-day trekking adventure, just for you. On the other hand, if you want to explore the city, be prepared because there’s so much to see!
Visit one of the 400 ancient Buddhist temples, stroll through an art gallery or lovely museum, sit in a local cafe or restaurant and enjoy the local food, or listen to great live music in one of the many streets of the stunning town of Chiang Mai.
All that we ask is this: never engage in animal tourism in Thailand! It’s just downright nasty. But as a vegan, you already knew that, right?
Where: Millstatt, Kärnten, Austria
Why You’ll Love It: If yoga, health, mental clarity, organic food, and balance matter to you, Somai Retreat Center is a place you’ll love to visit.
Located in the middle of Austria’s scenic Alpine forests, this is the ideal place to incorporate holistic health into your life. The Centre, which is designed according to the Feng Shui philosophy, is built from luxurious yet natural materials such as bamboo, wood, and glass, and the rooms are almost monk-like in their simplicity but are as comfortable as any luxury hotel.
There’s plenty to do here, of course: practice yoga, hike in the mountains, enjoy fresh, organic vegan food, and during your stay, you can even clean up your diet and healthy by receiving individual nutritional counselling – advice that you can bring home and apply to your daily life, no matter where you live!
Where: Wilmington, North Carolina
Why You’ll Love It: Have you ever dreamed of a hotel that’s equal parts paperless, vegan, minimal, and tropical? Your dreams come true at this property!
Dreamers Welcome is a feast for the senses and comfort for the soul. This art-filled, design-focused urban boutique inn is offering luxurious amenities, invisible service, and curated guest experiences.
The chic, pretty accommodations range from the quiet, cosy Drift Away rooms to individually designed suites within a renovated Victorian home, and the hotel is just a cobblestone stroll away from dozens of great restaurants, historic sites, and local shops.
5. Apoyo Lodge
Where: El Zopilote, Nicaragua
Why You’ll Love It: This plant-based, holistic lodge is a health and wellness boutique hotel and private retreat space. located on the shore of the healing waters of Laguna de Apoyo in one of the world’s hottest eco-tourism destinations: Nicaragua.
The Lodge is secluded in a quiet area of the Natural Reserve of the lagoon, in a crater lake that was formed thousands of years ago when the volcano imploded on itself, creating a lake which waters are believed to have medicinal properties.
Immerse yourself in those healing waters and marvel at the abundant wildlife and exotic flora before participating in a yoga class. Refresh yourself with light, healthy vegan food and juices and then take a siesta in your room whilst breathing in the fresh air and listening to sweet birdsong. Pure heaven!
6. Hotel Swiss
Where: Kreuzlingen, Kanton Thurgau, Switzerland
Why You’ll Love It: Switzerland is a nature lover’s dream, and Hotel Swiss is, too! Located in the centre of Kreuzlingen, just 900 m from Lake Constance, it features a vegan restaurant offering a gorgeous buffet breakfast and a gourmet vegan dinner on Fridays.
Their famous vegan food is prepared with great creativity and innovation: if you’re a foodie and a healthy living junkie, you’ll absolutely love this place, especially since the hotel offers vegan cooking courses that will allow you to become the healthy chef of your dreams!
If you want to explore lovely Kreuzlingen region, be sure to visit the highlight of the city, Seeburg Park! Take a deep breath of fresh Alpine air, enjoy the beauty of the surrounding, verdant nature and walk along the tranquil shores of Lake Constance. Oh, and please don’t miss the town’s beautiful Medieval castle!
Where: Weligama, Southern Province, Sri Lanka
Why You’ll Love It: Of all the best vegan hotels here, this may be the one I want to visit the most! This oasis of tranquility has a mission is to create a home away from home for its vegan guests. Yogis, travelers and creative thinkers from all around the globe congregate at this lovely hotel to share a sense of well-being and community, and to munch on delicious, modern vegan food whilst listening to the lapping waves of a beautiful sea.
Rooms here are simple, eco-friendly and calming, with their natural materials and lack of busyness.
The Green Peace Inn offers some super special retreats, too: if you’d like to let go of the patterns that hold you back from living the life you want, go for their intensive breathwork retreat, which gives you the opportunity to face the emotions and habits which may have been holding you back for your whole life so far – learn how to let them go while reconnecting with your real inner power.
If you want to become a yoga teacher, that’s possible, too! The Green Peace Inn offers a 200-hour training retreat with an experienced yoga teacher to get you certified.
But there’s so much more going on here, too! Just check their website to learn more.
Where: San Gimignano, Toscana, Italy
Why You’ll Love It: Here, you’ll be able to fully unwind with a full-on digital detox: this place has no TV, no Internet and no phones. That being said, it’s a lush, luxurious place, with a historic Italian vibe.
Located on a secluded hill in the heart of Tuscany, not far away from the UNESCO World Heritage site of San Gimignano, this magical place is filled with sustainably sourced materials such as soft linens, handmade terracotta floors, and naturally breathable hemp-chalk walls, carefully restored wooden furniture, and organic, biodegradable soaps and shampoos for your skin and hair. And what I really love? There’s no plastic. None!
Everything made locally in Tuscany by human hands, from the fabrics to the designed lamps. Solar panels nourish the water system, and sustainable sources provide electricity since they say NO to the use of nuclear energy. All cleaning is done with biodegradable ingredients and laundry is air-dried.
In one word: Wow, right?
Where: Naturns, Trentino-Südtirol, Italy
Why You’ll Love It: Set right in the heart of Italy’s beautiful South Tyrol region, surrounded by the sun-kissed mountains of the Val Venosta valley and nestled in the quiet town of Naturno, lies the La Vimea Biotique Hotel. Surrounded by fresh, organic and local food ingredients, the hotel creates a wonderful local vegan experience for its guests.
In this place of deep peace and solace, everything is based on the principles of sustainability and equality, from the materials used to build the hotel to staffing, while supporting the local community and organic farming. It seems that Italy does have some of the best vegan hotels in the world – an no wonder, given the traditional love of fresh food by these people!
Where: Bad Grund, Niedersachsen, Germany
Why You’ll Love It: Whether you choose a fasting cure, yoga, meditation or other therapies, you’ll find a way to improve your health and mental state at this hotel. The Bad Grund stands for wellness and health, and brings it to you via a balance of vegan food, gentle exercise and well-deserved rest.
It lies in the middle of the magnificent nature of the forest and mountain landscape of Germany’s Harz region, which is rich with untouched nature and fresh air.
Here, you’ll enjoy healthy raw vegan cuisine every day, and a friendly get-togethers with like-minded people.
…Plus an Honorable Mention
Ok, so this hotel isn’t fully vegan….but it has a vegan suite that more than makes our cut!
Featuring a stunning, modern interior by the multi-sensory design experts Bompas & Parr, everything from the pillow options and toiletries to the in-room menu and minibar offerings in this vegan suite (which has been Vegan Society approved) has been created to delight ethically-conscious travellers.
From the moment they step foot into the hotel and are greeted with a specially designed plant-based check-in desk, guests will be thrilled by the botanical artwork, seats and headboards made of Piñatex, eco-cotton carpeting, cruelty-free amenities, and of course, the in-house vegan dining menu, featuring healthy vegan options from quinoa to Quorn. Even the cleaning products used in your room are vegan-friendly!
All images courtesy the hotels unless otherwise specified