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Vegan travel is officially now a thing and this is how to do it


There are lots of options for plant-based travellers (Picture: Metro.co.uk/ Intrepid/ Koukoumi/ Volcano Eco Retreat)

We all know about eating vegan, but what about vegan holidays?

There are now opportunities to travel all over the world without exploiting animals.

There are specially curated vegan menus at luxury hotel chains, vegan adventure holiday operators, and even relaxing cruelty-free resorts.

So whether you’re doing Veganuary, or you’ve been plant-based for a while, these are where you should be booking this year.

Greece’s vegan resorts

MOD Santorini boasts cruelty-free bedding and yummy plant-based food (Picture: MOD Santorini)

Feta-making Greece has become an unlikely hotbed for all-vegan hotels.

A stylish example debuted recently on Santorini, known for its starkly whitewashed buildings.

In a seaside village close to the capital Fira, MOD Santorini delivers sea views from private hot-tub balconies, cruelty-free bedding and vegan nosh ranging from home-made jams to mezze boards.

There are four romantic, earthy-toned suites (from £185pn, B&B).

Koukoumi has a gorgeous vegan spa (Picture: Koukoumi)

Equally plant-based is Koukoumi, whose 14 rooms arrived last year in the quiet interior of another Cycladic island, Mykonos.

Everything here is vegan, from the spa to the food (from £250pn, B&B).

Vegan holiday operators

Vegan Cruises has voyages next year to Iceland, the south of France and the Galapagos Islands.

You could see gorillas in the wild with World Vegan Travel (Picture: World Vegan Travel)

If you’d rather be land-based, consider two group-tour providers: the luxe World Vegan Travel has gorilla-trekking and Tuscan options, while Vegan Travel Asia covers Everest Base Camp treks, Bhutan, Borneo’s orangutans and Cambodia’s temples amid its 27 adventures to ten Asian nations.

Last year it became the first ever vegan tour company to be nominated for a World Travel Award – and it won a regional responsible-tourism gong.

Intrepid Travel tailor-makes vegan itineraries to many countries around the world (Picture: Intrepid)

For those who like a private trip, Intrepid Travel delivers vegan itineraries and this month flight-free travel firm Byway launches a vegan holiday planner to help carbon-conscious consumers enjoy 100% plant-based holidays by train, boat and bus.

Vegan retreats

Hawaii is now home to a luxurious eco retreat (Picture: Volcano Eco Retreat)

Many vegan hotels now dot the world.

Newly launched along the waterfall-dotted Hamakua Coast on Hawaii’s Big Island, the luxurious Volcano Eco Retreat has eliminated single-use plastic across facilities including an outdoor spa (from £214pn, B&B).

There’s a saltwater pool and rooftop yoga at Costa Rica’s high-end Mother Earth Vegan, whose position in the Pacific Coast town of Tamarindo puts it near surf beaches and turtle-nesting sites (from £203pn room-only).

Head to Costa Rica to relax at Mother Earth Vegan hotel (Picture: Javier Mereb)

Over in Japan, near Kyoto’s tranquil temples and shrines, the Aussie-owned Vegan Minshuku Sanbiki Neko fuses traditional, tatami-style rooms with Western-style dining (from £62pn, B&B).

And don’t forget central Scotland’s ultra-ethical Saorsa 1875, occupying
a 19th-century house in Pitlochry. From £150, B&B, saorsahotel.com.

Luxury hotels

Luxury hotel chain Four Seasons has a new vegan menu curated by a celebrity chef (Picture: Four Seasons)

Belatedly, various luxury or lifestyle hotels are making concessions to vegans.

Within restaurants at its Los Angeles, Dubai, Bahrain and Kuwait outposts, the Four Seasons chain is expanding plant-based menus curated by US celebrity chef Matthew Kenney.

In the Maldives, the new, opulent Patina resort’s main eating spot, Roots, is vegan and offers confit butternut-squash steaks (from £1,123pn, B&B).

Offering a cool take on hostels, the fast-growing Selina chain’s first London property in Camden comes with an all-vegan restaurant, Powerplant (from £119pn, B&B) featuring Berber jackfruit.

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