Atmosphere Kanifushi

It’s official we’ve found vegan paradise and it’s right here in the Maldives!

Best known for its diet of fish, fish and more fish, the Maldives is now home to it’s first luxury resort with a 100% vegetarian restaurant called ‘Pure Veg’.

That’s right, Atmosphere Kanifushi not only has all the luxury qualities that the Maldives are so famous for but it’s also doing it’s bit to spread some plant-based love by going veg friendly.

Welcome to paradise - Atmosphere Kanifushi style.

Welcome to paradise – Atmosphere Kanifushi style.

Let’s just run through what’s on offer…

We have white sand, turquoise sea, palm trees.

Words cannot describe the natural beauty of Atmosphere Kanifushi.

Words cannot describe the natural beauty of Atmosphere Kanifushi.

We have luxury beachfront villas with open air bathrooms.

Room with a view? Yes please, all villas have direct beach access and stunning ocean views even from your bed!

Room with a view? Yes please, all villas have direct beach access and stunning ocean views even from your bed!

We have activities like snorkelling, kayaking and paddle boarding that put you in touch with nature and excursions to a local island for a touch of culture.

So we thought we’d take our Vegan Food Quest (on a sea plane!!) to go and see how this unique resort is helping the world discover plant based eating.

The outdoor seating area at 'Just Veg'.

The outdoor seating area at ‘Just Veg’.

One of the things that we loved the most about Atmosphere Kanifushi was meeting so many people that were opting to eat in Just Veg despite not being vegetarian or vegan. They were full of praise for the food they’d been served, and most of them went back for more –  it’s great to hear that it wasn’t just us that thought this place was impressive!

The Vegan Food:

Atmosphere Kanifushi is an all-inclusive resort, so the first thing to mention about the food and drink (which included wine and premium spirits that were vegan) is that it’s freely available everywhere as part of your ‘Platinum Plus Package’.

Breakfast is served buffet style in the main restaurant ‘Spice’, there are plently of vegan options from more traditional western cooked breakfasts, continental breakfasts (with amazing vegan bread) and a regular offering of spicy lentil dahl too.

Healthy salad offers a guilt free start to the day.

Or if you're missing home what better than a vegan 'Full English' breakfast.

Or if you’re missing home what better than a vegan ‘Full English’ breakfast.

Our favourite thing about breakfast though was the ‘fruit bar’ where one of the Atmosphere Kanifushi team awaits to freshly prepare your chosen fruit from the huge variety on offer, then expertly chops it up right in front of you, before sending you off with a huge, healthy fruit plate.

We enjoyed a freshly prepared fruit platter every day.

We enjoyed a freshly prepared fruit platter every day.

There are a few different options for lunch, with the DIY salad from the fresh salad bar in Spice being a great quick and healthy option.

Plant based and packed with nutritional goodness.

For a longer lunch then visit Just Veg, and enjoy a delicious selection of la carte vegetarian and vegan delights.

The restaurant which has a menu full of dishes from around the globe is in a beautiful setting, surrounded by the amazing turquoise blue sea, meaning we could enjoy lunch whilst watching baby sharks and baby sting rays swimming right by us.

Pad Thai at Just Veg.

Pad Thai at Just Veg.

The spicy Thai Green Curry continued the South East Asian theme for lunch.

The spicy Thai Green Curry continued the South East Asian theme for lunch.

It won’t come as a surprise that Just Veg was also our ‘go to’ place for dinner.

We loved the miniature canapés that would arrive alongside the freshest bread made in the Tandoor oven.

A whole array of chutneys and pickles added spicy, salty, sour and sweet flavours as needed with the garlic pickle and pineapple and date chutney being particular Vegan Food Quest favourites.

Vegan canapes before dinner.

Vegan canapes before dinner.

Delicious fresh bread straight out of the Tandoor oven, smeared with delicious chutneys.

Delicious fresh bread straight out of the Tandoor oven, smeared with delicious chutneys.

There was so much to choose from and the Just Veg chefs were on hand to ‘veganise’ dishes with no fuss at all, meaning we could just pick something from the menu and they’d work their magic, sending out dish after dish of delicious vegan food.

We ate flavour rich soups, lightly fried samosas and pakoras, decadant pasta dishes and our very first (and very amazing) Maldivian Curry.

Delicious homemade samosas with tamarind sauce.

Delicious homemade samosas with tamarind sauce.

This almond pesto tagliatelle was so good we had it twice at Pure Veg.

This almond pesto tagliatelle was so good we had it twice at Just Veg.

Rich and (coconut) creamy Maldivian Curry.

Rich and (coconut) creamy Maldivian Curry.

There were dessert options too including a specially made vegan chocolate cake!

One of the great things about Atmosphere Kanifushi is that there’s so much choice for vegans (and vegetarians too); not only could we eat in Just Veg but the other a la carte restaurants were equally as inviting.

We had our very first Japanese meal of the year at ‘Teppanyaki Grill’ where a vegan menu had been prepared and we were presented with delightful, fresh, healthy and tasty dishes.

Vegan sushi at Tepinyaki Grill.

Vegan sushi at Teppanyaki Grill – so fresh and tasty.

This miso and udon noodle soup was packed full of flavour.

This miso and udon noodle soup was packed full of flavour.

Silken tofu, garlic and pak choi at Teppanyaki Grill.

Silken tofu, garlic and pak choi at Teppanyaki Grill.

We also ate at ‘Sunset’ where we had a menu full of vegan favourites like a mezze plate, lentil soup and falafels (cooked with a twist where the falafels had been lightly fried in batter) and a sticky semolina pudding that was heavenly delicious.

What a beautiful location to watch the sun go down at the aptly named 'Sunset' bar and restaurant.

What a beautiful location to watch the sun go down at the aptly named ‘Sunset’ bar and restaurant.

Vegan mezze platter to start our meal at 'Sunset'.

Vegan mezze platter to start our meal at ‘Sunset’ (the ‘muhammara’ spicy pepper and walnut pate in the middle was particularly delicious).

Delicious lentil soup drizzled with olive oil.

Delicious lentil soup drizzled with olive oil – so pretty as well as tasting wonderful.

Our meal continued with fresh & tasty falafels.

Falafels with a twist – lightly battered and served with a fresh crunchy salad and spicy tomato sauce.

Absolutely divine sticky semolina pudding - yum.

Absolutely divine sticky semolina pudding – yum.

As vegan guests, we had the same amount of choice as everyone else there (even down to our mini bar being stocked with vegan friendly Oreo cookies!) and who could be unhappy with that?

The Vegan Essentials:

We had the choice of feather or non-feather pillows on our bed (we chose non-feather obviously) and we were happy to see our duvet was non-feather too.

Now we could enjoy the beautiful sea views each morning when we woke up after a good vegan night’s sleep.

The in-room amenities were from luxury brand ‘Kimrica’ and were all 100% vegan and cruelty free.

Not only is this absolutely amazing, but the products (which included a luscious shea and coconut lip butter, natural insect repellant and SPF 30 Sunscreen) felt so good to use!

Complimentary vegan sunscreen and insect repellant from 'Kimirica'.

Complimentary vegan sunscreen and insect repellant from luxury brand ‘Kimirica’.

We loved seeing other guests using their vegan lip butter and talking about how good the insect repellant was too!

The beautiful Akiri Spa by Mandara was a great place to go and get a vegan massage, and stock up on some natural vegan luxury spa products from companies such as Elemis.

The serene and relaxing Balinese spa at Atmosphere Kanifushi.

The serene and relaxing Balinese spa at Atmosphere Kanifushi.

We had a blissful Balinese massage that really smoothed out every knotted muscle, using wonderful plant based essential oils (highly recommended!).

Top marks for a very vegan friendly spa!

The Vegan Food Quest Verdict:

Book a visit to Atmosphere Kanifushi for a vegan luxury holiday of a lifetime. Be amazed by the natural beauty that surrounds you and enjoy being able to eat delicious vegan food wherever you choose within the resort.

You must of course eat in Just Veg (try the vegan Maldivian Curry and the Almond Pesto Pasta) where the stunning scenery matches the stunning vegan food. Choose from a great variety of dishes that showcase vegan (and vegetarian) food from around the globe.

Visit the spa for a top quality, essential oil packed massage and treat yourself to some lovely vegan spa products.

And enjoy all the vegan amenities left generously for you in your room each day (the lip butter is wonderful!)

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We were guests of Atmosphere Kanifushi but please rest assured that their generosity in hosting us didn’t influence our views.

Atmosphere Kanifushi

Kanifushi Island,
Lhaviyani Atoll,
Maldives.

Telephone: (+960) 662 0066

Email: reservations@atmosphere-kanifushi.com

Cost From: £700 / $1050 per night (May 2015)

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