In early March, VeggieHotels®️announced nine additions to its international collection of purely vegetarian and vegan hotels. To be eligible, a hotel must, quite simply, offer no meat or fish on their menu. Their kitchens are 100 percent vegetarian and/or vegan. Many places also incorporate organic foods as well as dietary options like gluten- and lactose-free dishes.
What a concept! As a vegetarian for 40 years, I seldom can eat the way I like at hotel restaurants. So I usually order fish as a protein in lieu of plant proteins that I prefer. At luxury hotels, I often can find a chef willing to create a veggie dish for me, like Ryan Swanson at Kai Restaurant at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass in Arizona. Chefs really do like to do that; it gets their creative juices flowing. But mostly I find very little on hotel menus that I can eat happily.
Naturally, I was intrigued to learn about the VeggieHotels®️hotel association that started in 2011 with 100 members. Today it is has more than 500 venues in 65 countries around the world. Europe has the most (340) with India second (91) and North America third with 85. From South Dakota to South Africa, like-minded vacationers can find a hotel where they can maintain their healthy lifestyles.
A VeggieHotel can be a hotel, Bed & Breakfast, guesthouse, resort, conference center, health center or other accommodation that serves food. Many of them are eco-friendly buildings with their own organic gardens. And it doesn’t mean a Veggie vacation skimps on good taste.
“Every day VeggieHotels®️venues prove that meat-free and purely herbal meals in no way mean a waiver from good taste,” said founder Thomas Klein who is in Berlin. “Vegan cuisine, especially, has become one of the most innovative trends in professional hotel and restaurant kitchens worldwide.”
Here are nine new hotels as of March, 2017.
Acacia Cottage, Perth, Australia
Bed & Breakfast and English language school with magnificent views of Perth renowned for its exceptional quality of life. It’s 25 minutes from Perth International Airport.
Wasserburg Turow, Germany
This stately 800-year-old historic home is surrounded by four hectares (two-and-a-half acres) of green space and forest. Just 40 minutes away from the Baltic coast between Berlin and Hamburg.
Old Joe’s Kaia Country Guesthouse and Haven, South Africa
A relaxing base for exploring Kruger National Park, Swaziland or Mozambique nearby. The family-owned 12-room inn is completely vegan with its own organic vegetable garden.
Agriturismo Casa Faustina, Italy
This peaceful farm in Umbria is just 7 km (less than 5 miles) from Assisi. Vegetables, black truffles and olive oil from its own synergistic garden make vegetarian meals extraordinary. Also hosts cooking classes for adults and children.
Wellnessland Wholeness Center, Philippines
A boutique retreat in Cebu City, the Wholeness Center offers health empowering programs and plant-based whole-food workshops; Taekwondo and Karatedo classes. The retreat house has 17 rooms.
The Beach House Goa, India
This wellness retreat with 15 rooms at Sernabatim beach in Goa offers cleansing and replenishing programs for mind-body healing. Daily yoga and spa therapy with Ayurvedic vegetarian meals.
Hotel Archontiko Angelou, Greece
This historic country hotel with organic garden and vegetarian breakfast is set in a lush, quiet, 5,000-square-meter (53,820 square feet) garden and is only a five minute walk from the Leros Island beach.
Chambres Chocolat & Tourquiosie, France
Four-room guest house in northeast Corsica managed by Florence, a multi-lingual talented chef and cooking teacher. She can help plan sightseeing trips for you and your pet.
Campo di Cielo Bio Agriturismo Vegan, Italy
This small off-the-grid farmhouse with an organic farm is built with reinvigorating pure wood. It sits on a hillside overlooking Feltre’s Valley just ten minutes from Cesiomaggiore in Venato.
For more information on these and other 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.