Vegan Guide to The Maldives

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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).

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.

Also, 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!

See turtles, fish, coral and much more at Six Senses Laamu
swimming with manta rays at Amilla Fushi

Amilla Fushi

Amilla Fushi is 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 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

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 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 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 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 and here to read our article ‘What vegans can eat at an all exclusive resort in the Maldives‘.

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

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 vegan friendly resort review of Six Senses Laamu.

vegan tofu hollandaise
The beach at Six Senses Laamu
Watermelon Tartare at Leaf

Soneva Fushi

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 vegan friendly resort review of Soneva Fushi.

Vegan salads for lunch at Soneva Fushi
Every villa at Soneva Fushi has direct access to the Indian Ocean
Almond resin from Fresh in the Garden 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.

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

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:

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

Connect with Vegan Food Quest

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

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You can even come and stay with us at Vegan Villa which is our 100% vegan Airbnb in Siem Reap, Cambodia

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