Travelling as a vegan used to be a troublesome task, trust me, I’ve been there. A bag of glorified salad leaves for dinner and limited breakfast options with no signs of any oat milk. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m all for a melon medley but as you gaze upon a room of guests feasting on pastries it can become a little repetitive. However, thanks to the significant rise in veganism, there are now an abundance of fabulous vegan and vegetarian friendly hotels popping up around the globe. And it’s not just about diet either, these resorts are leading the way for sustainable globetrotting. It’s incredibly important that we consider the effects our travels have on the planet, and any step towards an eco-conscious form of travelling is a great one.
Plant curious? We’ve compiled our top three out of this world vegan hotels that our plant-based pals and flexi-friends simply need to discover…
Saorsa 1875, Scotland
The summer of 2019 saw the UK’s first 100% vegan hotel open its doors in Perthshire, Scotland. Saorsa 1875 is the brainchild of Jack and Sandra McLaren-Stewart, and provides a wonderful ethical experience for vegan travellers, or those simply interested in the plant-based lifestyle. Even the hotel’s electricity supplier, Ecotricity, is Vegan-Society approved.
Nestled in 2 acres of natural woodland and overlooking the town of Pitlochry, you can enjoy an escape from daily life and unwind in total eco-friendly luxury. The 19th century gothic style building is home to 11 individually-styled boutique hotel rooms. Checking in for a special occasion? The hotel’s Lynx rooms are guaranteed to deliver in both comfort and style with super king beds, complimentary vegan toiletries and luxury linens. Italian chef, Luca Sordi, heads up the kitchen, using plant-based ingredients, many of which are sourced from either the hotel’s very own vegetable patch or local independent suppliers. Nightly supper clubs invite guests to dine on a 5-course set menu and share stories in the communal dining area. As for drinks, you can sip on a delicious cocktail inspired by the natural surroundings, in the hotel’s bar, Faodail.
The Stanford Inn, America
Reconnect with nature at one of California’s finest retreats, The Stanford Inn. Sitting above Mendocino bay overlooking its own organic gardens, this rustic resort is simply perfect for those looking to relax and unwind.
Home to an impressive wellness centre and spa, guests can participate in a number of activities including meditation, yoga, gardening classes, tai chi, nature tours and creative workshops. For total inner peace, relaxing treatments such as massages are provided to guests in the forest among the beautiful surrounding nature. Bike rental is also available, should you wish to explore more of the stunning Mendocino Bay. The Big River Trail is also just across from the resort, providing unmissable breath-taking views.
Hungry? This eco-resort is completely plant-based, with the award-winning Ravens Restaurant serving up dishes with ingredients that are locally sourced and organic. Wake up to a delicious Stanford Inn scramble, or perhaps the pancakes and waffles will take your fancy. Dinner offers a variety of vegan options such as Thai red curry and maple-tamari glazed tofu.
Looking for a room with a view? The 38 rooms and suites provide a luxurious stay with first-class amenities and overlook the colourful organic gardens, historic village of Mendocino and no less than the Pacific Ocean itself. One of the first inns to accept pets in California, furry friends are more than welcome. Over the years, the hotel has accommodated dogs, cats, iguanas and even a tortoise.
Dedicated to complete wellbeing, this luxury eco-resort will immerse you in a wellness experience like no other. Located in the bustling town of Ubud, an area popular with artists, backpackers and creatives, this resort is anything but busy.
Just outside of town, and among the rice paddies you’ll find the entrance to BeingSattva, a magical realm waiting to welcome you. This 100% vegetarian and vegan-friendly retreat comprises of eleven exclusive Balinese garden villas, designed to relax the mind, body and soul. You won’t find a television in your room here, instead, guests are encouraged to align themselves with the hotel’s ethos surrounding inner peace and tranquillity. BeingSattvaa’s luxurious spa area includes two fabulous treatment rooms, each with two spa beds overlooking the rainforest. The treatment menu includes a mix of Balinese and Ayurvedic treatments to leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
Stretch out those muscles and take a moment to unplug; situated on a natural edge of a ravine, and surrounded by lush green foliage, is the Yoga pavilion with two studios – both fully equipped with blocks, straps and bolsters. Enjoy a morning stretch before heading down to breakfast to indulge in a wholesome plant-based meal. Dining at BeingSattvaa is completely vegetarian, with an abundance of predominantly organic vegan options, flavoured with fresh produce from their own garden!