Vegan Guide to The Maldives

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Updated November 2019

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 seven 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).

Over the years we’ve been visiting, the Maldives has certainly embraced the growth in vegan travel with veggie restaurants, vegan menus and even a vegan restaurant now being available if you choose wisely. If you decide to book a vegan luxury escape to the Maldives (or anywhere else for that matter) 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.

Vegan Friendly Luxury Resorts in the Maldives

Amilla Fushi

Amilla Fushi is situated in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Baa Atoll and oozes style with its ultra modern villas. A vegan menu (launched mid 2019) offers multiple vegan options and is available throughout the resort, the chefs are also happy to adjust dishes on the other menus to make them vegan friendly. 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 vegan friendly resort review of Amila Fushi.

vegan salad was full of nutrition and vegan superfoods at Amilla Fushi
infinity pool right next to the ocean at Amilla Fushi
agar agar based vegan dessert at Amila Fushi

Atmosphere Kanifushi

Atmosphere Kanifushi is a premium all-inclusive resort and home to the first vegetarian restaurant in the Maldives called Just Veg. 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 the carefree vibes, flowing vegan food and drinks and a typical Maldivian picture postcard landscape.

Click here to read our detailed vegan friendly resort review of Atmosphere Kanifushi.

Silken tofu, garlic and pak choi at Teppanyaki Grill
the incredible natural beauty of Atmosphere Kanifushi in the Maldives
Pad Thai at Just Veg

Ayada Maldives

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 below. 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 vegan friendly resort review of Ayada Maldives.

Puy Lentil Salad with Parsnip, Pine Nuts and Lemon Dressing at Ayada Maldives
Sunset Ocean Suite at Ayada Maldives with the most amazing views
grilled vegetable stack, served on a smooth potato mash

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 vegan friendly resort review of Kurumba Maldives.

avocado and mushrooms on sour dough for breakfast at Thila
beach life at Kurumba Maldives
vegan pasta with fresh tomatoes at Kurumba Maldives

OBLU SELECT at Sangeli

Following on from the success of Just Veg at Atmosphere Kanifushi, Atmosphere Hotels and Resorts included Simply Veg as one of the dining options at OBLU SELECT at Sangeli. Simply Veg is a pure vegetarian restaurant with a stunning location and plenty of vegan options available. It’s not just the vegan food you’ll love here, the convenient location (just a short speedboat ride from Male), the selection of beach or over water villas and the ‘Premium All Inclusive’ concept make this a great choice in the Maldives.

Click here to read our detailed vegan friendly resort review of OBLU SELECT at Sangeli.

OBLU SELECT at Sangeli - Vegan Curry at SIMPLY VEG
OBLU SELECT at Sangeli - Water Villa with Pool - View from Deck
OBLU SELECT at Sangeli - Vegan Pancakes

Six Senses Laamu

As you would expect from this luxury brand sustainbility is high on their agenda and this means plenty of plant based food. You can expect your accomodation to be of the highest standard, the service to be exemplary and the vegan food to be creative, nutritious and delicious. Ok, maybe the complimentary ice cream and chocolate isn’t the healthiest of options but you’re on holiday right?

Click here to read our detailed vegan friendly resort review of Six Senses Laamu.

vegan delights from the Wellness Menu at Six Senses Laamu
Six Senses Laamu from above
vegan chocolates arrived in our villa at Six Senses Laamu

Soneva Fushi

Recognised by many as one of the finest resorts in the world, 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. 2019 saw Soneva Fushi take their plant based offerings to a whole new level with the opening of Shades of Green, the first and only 100% vegan restaurant in the Maldives. Check in here for that authentic desert island hideaway experience with a twist of laid back vegan luxury.

Click here to read our detailed vegan friendly resort review of Soneva Fushi.

Soneva Fushi - Villas Aerial 1
Soneva Fushi - Vegan Croissants 1

Overnight in 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.

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. 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…

locals on the beach in Male
Sala Boutique Hotel in the Maldives
vegan pizza in Male

Vegan Food Quest and A Luxury Travel Blog

A selection of our monthly vegan luxury location guides for award winning A Luxury Travel Blog feature the above tried and tested resorts in the Maldives, check out these roundups of vegan luxury in the Maldives and try not to head the the airport instantly:

Leading the way for luxury vegan travel in the Maldives features a trio of uber vegan friendly options including Soneva Fushi, Amilla Fushi and OBLU Select
Fun times at Atmosphere Kanifushi and Ayada Maldives are covered in 2 resorts in the Maldives that have perfected vegan luxury
2 great options in the Maldives if you are vegan describes our time at Kurumba Maldives and Amilla Fushi
2 resorts in the Maldives that love vegan guests gives you the lowdown of our eco-friendly luxury stays at Six Senses Laamu and Soneva Fushi

Vegan Food Quest in the Maldives



  1. Dennis Rocke May 29, 2019 at 11:41 am - Reply

    Can not wait for our visit all looks and sounds fantastic

    • Vegan Food Quest May 31, 2019 at 2:13 am - Reply

      Hi Dennis
      When are you going and where are you staying?
      We’re currently planning a returna nd are also very excited…

  2. Kevin December 4, 2020 at 8:57 pm - Reply

    Hi guys

    As a vegan I have no trouble eating well in the Maldives. Whilst there is little I can eat from all inclusive buffet, most of the staff (and chefs) are from South India and are delighted provide great food off menu.

    • Vegan Food Quest December 7, 2020 at 1:27 am - Reply

      hi Kevin, the South Indian and Sri Lankan options in the Maldives are pentiful which always makes us happy!

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