Vegan Guide to the Maldives

Ah the Maldives! Possibly one of the most beautiful places on earth with crystal clear waters, wildlife, white sand beaches and sunsets to die for. Heading to the Maldives is often a trip of a lifetime, perhaps for your honeymoon or to celebrate something special, or maybe just for an indulgent trip to paradise. But no amount of luxury or paradise beaches will do if your resort doesn’t cater well for vegans. Our Vegan Guide to the Maldives highlights 6 resorts that we’ve tried and tested and can confirm are suitable for those of us that enjoy being vegan (and a bit of  luxury in paradise).

Tips before you arrive.

First things first, if you decide to book a vegan luxury escape to any of the resorts in our Vegan Guide to the Maldives, it’s best to contact them in advance to tell them you are vegan. We’ve found that it’s useful to give people as much time as possible to prepare and make any special adjustments needed before you arrive in your tropical paradise.

Secondly, think about what you pack. Some resorts are reached by sea plane and luggage allowances often vary from the international flight you might have taken to get to the Maldives.

Now get ready for paradise!

We swam with turtles in the Maldives.

We swam with turtles in the Maldives.

Our top picks for the Maldives (in alphabetical order):

Amilla Fushi

Situated in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Baa Atoll this resort oozes style with its ultra modern villas; an onsite ‘Clean and Lean Cafe’ offers healthy vegan options, and the chefs are happy to adjust menu items at the other restaurants and bars in the resort. There are vegan superfoods in abundance and it’s hard not to eat well here.

Expect over water villas with endless sea views and sunsets to write home about. They also run an excellent excursion to swim with manatas at Hanifaru Bay, a memorable experience that’s sure to impress.

Click here to read our detailed resort review.

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Nutritionally packed superfood salad at ‘Clean and Lean Cafe’

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Delicious agar agar dessert at ‘Feeling Koi’ the flagship restaurant at Amilla Fushi.

Atmosphere Kanifushi

Words cannot describe the natural beauty of Atmosphere Kanifushi.

You’ll find the first and only all vegetarian restaurant in the Maldives at Atmosphere Kanifushi, a premium all-inclusive resort just 30 minutes by sea plane from Malé. Expect towering tall palm trees, fine white sand, crystal clear turquoise ocean and superbly appointed villas with their own beach access. It’s hard not to love this place with its carefree vibes, flowing vegan food and drinks and a typical Maldivian picture postcard landscape.

Click here to read our detailed resort review.

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Silken tofu, garlic and pak choi at ‘Teppanyaki Grill’

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Pad Thai at all vegetarian restaurant ‘Just Veg’

Ayada Maldives

Our Sunset Ocean Suite which had the most amazing views.

Having won awards including ‘World’s Leading Water Villa Resort’ you know you’re in for a treat when you check in here. The over water villas are truly exquisite; we had a see through section of flooring in our living room that allowed us to watch the fish swimming by underneath. We had wall to ceiling glass doors which opened out on to the most perfect view (and a pool and steps down to the ocean). Combine all this with a chef team that really know how to cater for vegans, offering food from around the globe and you get a perfect recipe for a very special trip indeed.

Click here to read our detailed resort review.

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Puy Lentil Salad with Parsnip, Pine Nuts and Lemon Dressing

Ayada Maldives, vegan Maldives, vegan travel, vegan luxury

Grilled vegetable stack, served on a smooth potato mash with a rich tomato sauce

Kurumba Maldives

Beach life at Kurumba Maldives.

Land at Malé airport, hop aboard a private boat and 10 minutes later you’ll have checked in to your villa at the first private island resort in the Maldives. Kurumba Maldives have been welcoming luxury travel loving guests for over 40 years and they certainly know how to cater for vegans with 8 dining outlets, each with a separate vegetarian menu which can be easily adapted for vegans. Expect well polished service, a huge variety of vegan food and nature at your fingertips.

Click here to read our detailed resort review and here to read more about the food.

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Avocado and mushrooms on sour dough at ‘Thila’

Delicious pasta with fresh tomato sauce and basil leaves.

Delicious pasta with fresh tomato sauce and basil leaves.

Six Senses Laamu

The feel good factor when you stay at this luxury island resort is high thanks to the Six Senses companywide policy on sustainable tourism. They go above and beyond to ensure your visit has minimum impact on the planet so you can relax knowing you’re doing the least harm possible. Add to this some of the most delicious vegan food we’ve ever sampled, a lot of it from their their innovative ‘wellness menu’ which naturally has many vegan as well as raw food options and you’re sure to enjoy your time here.

Click here to read our detailed resort review.

Corn muffins with peanut butter, wilted greens, micro sprouts and tofu hollandaise.

Corn muffins with peanut butter, wilted greens, micro sprouts and tofu hollandaise.

Beautiful food made from fresh organic ingredients at Six Senses Laamu.

Beautiful food made from fresh organic ingredients at Six Senses Laamu.

Soneva Fushi

villa at Soneva Fushi Indian Ocean

Every villa at Soneva Fushi has direct access to the Indian Ocean.

Recognised as one of the finest resorts in the world (and rightly so) Soneva Fushi is outstanding on so many levels, truly showing us all that luxury travel can be environmentally friendly and good for your health all at the same time. Check in here for that authentic desert island hideaway experience with a twist of laid back luxury. Visit the complimentary ice cream and chocolate room (with lots of vegan options), traverse rope bridges to eat in the garden-to-plate restaurant set in the treetops then gaze at the stars in Soneva’s very own observatory.

Click here to read our detailed resort review.

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Create your own salads for lunch at Soneva Fushi

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Amazing ‘Almond Resin’ dish at Soneva Fushi

Malé

If your international flight means you need to spend a night in Male or you just want to explore a more local side of life, then a short visit to Malé offers an interesting new side to your Maldivian beach escape. Get a glimpse of real life in the Maldives, see some historic sights, visit local markets, check out the beach in the heart of town and meet some of the friendliest people on the planet.

Bananas market Maldives Male

Bananas loaded up at the local market

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Locals enjoying the manmade beach in the town centre

Sala Boutique Hotel offers guests a chance to stay right in the centre of Malé and is the perfect place to stay; they have a Thai restaurant onsite and are able to adapt dishes for vegan guests too.

Sala Boutique Hotel Male Maldives

Sala Boutique Hotel is a good option when staying in Male

We also enjoyed a tasty vegan pizza with no cheese at Pizza Mia which really hit the spot after hours of wandering the streets; be warned though, you will not be able to wash your pizza down with an ice cold beer though as Male is a ‘dry’ island where alcohol is not available…

Vegan pizza in Male, Maldives

Vegan pizza in Male, Maldives

Vegan Guide to the Maldives – A Luxury Travel Blog

3 of our monthly vegan luxury location guides for award winning ‘A Luxury Travel Blog’ feature our ‘tried and tested’ resorts in the Maldives. Check out these 3 roundups of vegan luxury in the Maldives and try not to head the the airport instantly:

Swimming with mantas in the Maldives is one of the reasons we love this part of the world.

Swimming with mantas in the Maldives is one of the reasons we love this part of the world.

Our love for the Maldives won’t go away so we’ll to add to our Vegan Guide to the Maldives in the future. Watch this vegan space!

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When we aren’t travelling, you’ll find us in Cambodia. You can come and stay with us in our own 100% vegan Airbnb in Siem Reap. and tell us all about your vegan travels – we hope to see you soon!

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