The vegetarian lifestyle and wellness go hand-in-hand. So there’s no better place to go for a relaxing vacation for mind, body and soul than a Veggie Hotel, one that serves only vegetarian and/or vegan meals and promotes wellness as a way of life. There are more than 500 Veggie Hotels in the VeggieHotels®️ hotel association scattered around the world. Most are in Europe. Here are ten that, in addition to fresh, mostly organic food and high quality cuisine, also offer programs for wellness, weight loss, detoxing and de-stressing. All sit in idyllic settings close to the natural world.
Berghüs Schratt (above) in the beautiful Bavarian Alps is proud of its high quality organic cuisine and herbal garden. The 14-room hotel is connected to the Acidose Wellness Center offering classic massage, acidose lymph massage, hot-stone massage, wellness baths and basic spa treatments.
1711 Ti Sana Detox Retreat and Spa
In the Lombardy region of Italy, family-owned 1711 Ti Sana Detox Retreat and Spa takes a holistic approach to wellness in a lovingly restored 18th century mansion with 22 suites. The “Healtheatarian” multi-day programs promise to improve quality of life by achieving optimal weight, increasing vitality and reducing stress and risk of cardiovascular and degenerative diseases. They also offer fitness and nutrition classes, detox programs, a full-service spa, medical spa and retreats. Their philosophy is “to take care of you,” which is what Ti Sana means in Italian.
The Farm at San Benito
Surrounded by lush jungle 90 minutes south of Manila, The Farm at San Benito is dedicated to promoting optimal health and well-being. Their holistic healing journeys include Detox Cleanse, Wellness Experience, Mind & Body Restoration, Weight Management, Beauty & Vitality Rejuvenation, and Sports Recovery & Regeneration. With 24 suites and villas, the luxury retreat has won 22 international awards, including the prestigious SENSES Wellness Award for “Best Medical Wellness Resort in the World.”
Sonnmatt Bergpension & Gesundheitszentrum
In a peaceful, relaxing mountain setting in Switzerland, nine-room Sonnmatt has been a holiday and health center for 75 years. It’s the perfect place to enjoy spa treatments as well as specialized 12-day programs to help with stress, depression, diabetes, obesity, heart issues, cancer, allergies and quitting smoking.
Landhaus Ayurvedicus is in the small mountain village of Unterreute in Germany. With 12 rooms, the intimate alpine inn is ideal for treatments, cures and therapies. They offer Ayurvedic Massage and treatments, such as Rasajana and AMA Detox therapies, as well as health advice and medical supervision. Yoga is practiced, and workshops, seminars, training and vegetarian cooking classes are taught also.
Wellnessland Wholeness Center
The Wellnessland Wholeness Center in the Philippines teaches how to gain empowerment over health through seminars and retreats, detox and wholeness programs, and plant-based whole food workshops. Taekwondo and Karatedo classes are also offered. The retreat house has 17 rooms, all decorated in inspiring but simple furnishings.
Soami Retreat Center
The Feng Shui philosophy resonates in this Austrian yoga retreat surrounded by nature. At the 17-room Soami Retreat Center you can choose a six-day detox challenge among other nutritional programs with daily yoga practice offering inner peace and self-healing. Meditation, Tai Chi/Qigong, painting, cooking classes and hiking are also offered.
In the Italian countryside of Marche, Italy, this three-room house specializes in exquisite cuisine and massages with extra-virgin olive oil that nourishes and moisturizes skin and hair. The wellness program also includes infrared sauna followed by hydro massage to cleanse the body of toxins. Cycling and hiking add to the fitness regime.
Ayurveda medicine is practiced exclusively at the Parkschlösschen, a five-star luxury hotel in the Art Nouveau town of Traben-Trarbach on the Mosel River in Germany. From programs for both curing and prevention to the supporting programs of Yoga, physical exercise, the spa (thermal pool, sauna, cosmetic treatment room, fitness room), cooking workshops and daily lectures, the basic principles of Ayurveda are followed at the 58-room hotel. A wide variety of ailments and diseases are treated, as well as rehab from surgery, radiation and chemo.
Hotel Gutshaus Stellshagen
The Stellshagen is a restored farmhouse with 57 rooms in the northwest of Mecklenburg close to the Baltic Sea. Besides spa treatments, the hotel offers yoga, sauna, meditation, Tai Chi/Qigong, cooking classes and small seminars.
For a complete list of Veggie Hotels, visit Veggie-Hotels.com.
Claudia Carbone is an award-winning travel writer based in Denver. Read about other hotels and resorts she’s visited in Sleepin’ Around.