What vegans can eat at in the Maldives
If you’re a vegan and planning a trip to the Maldives, or you are wondering what vegans can eat when going all-inclusive or you just love food and luxury (like us) then this article is for you. All-inclusive packages are famed for offering guests a chance to indulge, eating and drinking whatever they like and being a option for when you want to spoil yourself. But it wouldn’t be unreasonable to think that as vegans, our choices would be limited.
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With so many resorts in the Maldives to choose from, it can seem like a huge task to make the right decision. You’ve planned your trip of a lifetime and you don’t want to be in your chosen paradise resort, somewhere in the middle of the Indian Ocean, feeling hungry do you?!
This is not the sort of place you want to be ‘stuck’ without any vegan food…
We recently stayed at a resort that caters really well for their vegan guests who have opted for the ‘Dine Around All Inclusive’ package. Offering a selection of cuisines from all around the world, Kurumba Maldives not only has plenty of vegan food (with a separate vegetarian menus in most of their 8 dining outlets) but it’s also located just 10 minutes by luxury speedboat from the international airport in Malé. Win:Win.
Here is the official ‘Vegan Food Quest Low Down’ on what you can expect as a vegan ‘going all-inclusive’ at Kurumba Maldives…
Thila – Contemporary
Without a doubt our favourite location for dining at Kurumba Maldives was Thila; the views, the ambiance, the sea breeze and the staff were all first rate, not to mention the food which was delicious. Thila became our ‘go to spot for breakfast and we loved it every day. We ate fresh fruit, salads, coconut yoghurt, avocado toast and even Southern Indian specials like uttapam.
The beautifully located Thila at Kurumba Maldives was our favourite dining location
We loved the avocado and mushrooms on sour dough for breakfast at Thila
The spring onion uttapam served with vegetable curry and coconut sambal was outstanding
The coconut yoghurt was so good we ate it every single day with our breakfast!
Here is the link to the vegetarian menu at Thila on the Kurumba Maldives website.
Mahal – Indian
This can only be described as “authentic Indian cuisine” and this was exactly what we were craving when we headed to Mahal for dinner. A quick chat with our waiter and dishes were adapted as required (no milk and no butter ghee) leaving us to wait in anticipation for our Indian feast. Tasty spinach kofta, crispy onion bhaji, soothing wholesome dahl; vegan Indian food is always a treat.
Indian restaurant, Mahal at Kurumba Maldives
The Palak Kofta was our favourite dish at Mahal, the Punjabi style spinach dumplings were so tasty!
The chef kindly made us a yellow tarka dahl which wasn’t on the menu that was spicy and packed with flavour
Here is the link to the vegetarian menu at Mahal on the Kurumba Maldives website.
East – Asian
With influences from China, Vietnam and Thailand, East offered a chance to enjoy dinner from some of our favourite cuisines, the hardest thing was deciding what we should choose. Always wanting to get our daily vitamins, we opted to try a few of the vegetable packed dishes like the kangkung (it’s a Chinese water spinach) topped with crispy garlic – delicious. We were also surprised to get an exciting vegan dessert, the sweet sago soupy pudding with coconut ice-cream. These are the kind of surprises we love.
Simple, delicious and packed with vitamins, this kangkung (water spinach) topped with fried garlic was delicious
OMG this Sago Pudding (served with dairy free coconut ice cream) was amazing and we could have eaten it again and again!
Here is the link to the vegetarian menu at East on the Kurumba Maldives website.
Al Qasr – Middle Eastern
Hummus, falafels, mezze platter; all words that are music to our vegan ears so we headed to AL Qasr for dinner with very high hopes. Creamy, garlicky hummus, fresh herby tabouleh and smokey babaganoush resulted in predictable happiness. Then there were falafels cooked to perfection, these were a particular highlight for us being such lovers of falafel. Next followed a lentil soup that was beautifully spiced; then came the vegetable tagine with a falafel crumb. By this stage we were full and raving about the food; whoever thought of the idea of a falafel crumb is a genius.
Al Qasr was complete with Middle Eastern style drapes and furnishings
Very, very tasty mezze plate at Al Qasr
The vegetable tagine with falafel, chick peas, vegetables and couscous was to die for!
Here is the link to the vegetarian menu at Al Qasr on the Kurumba Maldives website.
Vihamanaa – International Buffet
Buffet dining can either be heaven of hell for a vegan but thankfully we can report back that not only was their plenty to choose from at Kurumba’s international buffet restaurant, but the staff fully understood our vegan diet and were happy to check ingredients for us and even have items prepared freshly for us, with a few adaptions made.
We happily created our own meals, selecting the vegan options from each of the separate stations which had a good variety of quality produce to choose from. Our favourite pastime here was building our own plates of healthy goodness choosing fresh fruits, nuts and seeds at breakfast and from a great variety of salads, vegetables, antipasti, beans and pulses at lunch (adding things like tasty coconut rice too). This was a great place to get some really healthy food.
There was a great selection of nuts, seeds and dried fruits to add to your morning bowl of fruit at Vihamanaa
Cafe – All Day Dining
This was a perfect spot for lunch and once we spotted the pizza oven we knew that we needed to visit…pizza, pasta, salads, noodles and vegan sushi; all so good. Sauces were rich, dishes were fresh the atmosphere is laid back and chilled; you can’t really ask for more.
The pizza oven waiting for our ‘vegan pizza with no cheese’ to be ordered!
Freshly baked vegan pizza with no cheese for lunch at Cafe
The vegan sushi at Cafe was fresh and delicious
Here is the link to the lunch menu at Cafe which has plenty of options that can be made suitable for vegan guests.
You probably get the picture by now; we ate a lot of really good vegan food during our trip to Kurumba. The dining certainly matched the levels of luxury we found elsewhere in the resort, in the accommodation and the excursions. There were even places that we didn’t manage to try but that could easily be adapted for vegans; both Isola (Italian food – vegetarian menu at Isola) and Hamakaze (Japanese food) were places that we could have chosen from if we’d had more time.
Dine surrounded by the sea at Hamakaze…
Having read this you will realise that going hungry is simply not an option for a vegan at Kurumba Maldives. Tried and tested, this is one of those places where you’ll be able to relax and enjoy every aspect of what’s on offer with very little effort. And if you’re reading this as a curious non-vegan we hope you enjoyed reading about our planet friendly, cruelty free, healthier choice foodie adventure in Maldivian paradise.
To read more about our stay (and not just about the food) check out our review of Kurumba Maldives.