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Plant-based diets are all the rage these days, but for those who choose to become vegan, and no longer consume animal-derived products, finding lodging that caters to the lifestyle can get tricky. But hotels are starting to really take notice by adding more vegan meal offerings and even switching out products in their rooms. In timing with World Vegan Day, we salute these properties who have worked hard to better serve their vegan guests.

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Hilton London Bankside: London

Hilton London Bankside: London, England

In early 2019, this Hilton hotel made headlines with the opening of their luxury vegan suite. Built from all-natural materials, the suite’s headboard, seating and cushions are made from Piñatex “leather,” a material made from pineapple leaves, while its flooring is composed of MOSO bamboo. There’s also an ordering menu for pillows made from organic buckwheat, millet or kapok, or a memory foam pillow containing shredded bamboo fibers, or an anti-allergy foam pillow made from recycled cluster polyester. The suite also has sourced organic cotton carpets, a complimentary vegan bar, a vegan-inspired magazine rack and vegan-friendly bathroom amenities by Prija. Plus, when it’s time to dine, the hotel offers vegan menus for both its room service and its restaurant, OXBO.

Stanford Inn by the Sea: Mendocino, CA

Stanford Inn by the Sea: Mendocino, CA

Atop a meadow overlooking Mendocino Bay, Stanford Inn by the Sea brings luxury and sustainability together, as a plant-based and family- and pet-friendly resort. Its restaurant, The Ravens, serves organic plant-based cuisine using what’s grown in its USDA-certified organic mini garden. In-room amenities are also plant-based and environmentally friendly, and cloth is used for furniture upholstery. Even their toilet paper is made with bamboo fibers. The same goes for their Vaska laundry products. While there are no animal-based products within the resort, there is a slight twist: The property has several rescued animals on site including two horses, three llamas, two miniature donkeys, a goose, two cats and two dogs.

Haven Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa: Cancun

Haven Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa: Cancun, Mexico

Opened in late 2018, this luxury all-suite, adults-only, all-inclusive resort has vegan menus within all five of its dinner restaurants—and they’re quite mouthwatering. For starters, its Mexican restaurant Agua Bendita offers avocado and vegetable gazpacho, a watermelon steak, an eggplant and almond risotto and a zucchini lasagna. The menu at Asian Fusion Satsu has a tropical sushi roll composed of strawberry, kiwi and cucumber. Meanwhile, Vora Mar Mediterranean features a Portobello mushroom steak and gazpacho, and Olios Mediterranean Restaurant prepares a vegan panna cotta, tomato and truffle risotto and a roasted beet salad. The resort also carries bath amenities by Yucatan Herbal, a local producer of organic and cruelty-free toiletries.

Dreamers Welcome: Wilmington, NC

Dreamers Welcome: Wilmington, North Carolina

This Victorian house-turned-boutique-hotel in downtown Wilmington makes vegans feel right at home by not only serving an animal-product-free breakfast, but also being adorned with cruelty-free furnishings and bedding. When it’s time to freshen up, you’ll find custom hand-made soaps by a Puerto Rican company called Happy Soap and bath products by Dr. Bronner’s. A vegan menu may be requested one day in advance for room service, or to enjoy either on the inn’s covered front porch or in parlor area.

The Dreamcatcher: San Juan, Puerto Rico

The Dreamcatcher: San Juan, Puerto Rico

This vegetarian boutique hotel within San Juan’s Ocean Park neighborhood can also accommodate vegans. In making sure that their daily breakfast and weekend brunch offers dishes suitable for these guests, The Dreamcatcher also offers a neat epicurean offering: a weekly four-course vegan dinner series known as Vegan Nights. Made in collaboration with local chefs, the by-reservation dinner event centers on cooking that’s done with mostly local and organic produce.

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Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort: Aruba

Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort: Oranjestad, Aruba

This adults-only enclave on Eagle Beach has a full vegan menu at its main restaurant, Elements. Along with caring for their customers’ needs, Bucuti & Tara also is supportive of caring for local animals. With the property’s beachfront location being a nesting site for leatherback sea turtles, the hotel holds monthly beach cleanups and works with Turtugaruba, a foundation helping to protect giant sea turtles. Bucuti & Tara also lends its support to Island Cats & Dogs, a spay and neutering program; the Donkey Sanctuary Aruba; and Animal Rights Aruba.

Ignacia Guest House: Mexico City

Ignacia Guest House: Mexico City, Mexico

Based in the Colonia Roma neighborhood, this 1930s mansion turned contemporary and eco-conscious bed and breakfast starts off the day right with a vegan breakfast. These meals are made from scratch with ingredients from local markets and with recipes that can be easily adapted for dietary requirements. Vegan guests can try dishes such as enfrijoladas, which are fried tortillas filled with vegetables and topped with a bean sauce, or tlacoyos, an oval-shaped, pre-Hispanic Mexican dish made of corn dough stuffed with cooked ground beans, zucchini, mushrooms or fava beans.

Wynn Las Vegas: Las Vegas

Jardin at Wynn Las Vegas | Credit: Barbara Kraft

Las Vegas might be one of the last places you’d expect to cater to vegans but not so at the Wynn. Meat- and dairy-free diners can eat well at the north Strip resort, thanks to vegan culinary expert Tal Ronnen consulting its chefs on creating innovative vegan dishes that are available at every dining outlet. For starters, SW Steakhouse offers Gardein vegan meatballs with tomato sauce and creamy polenta, along with roasted organic maitake mushrooms, with eggplant caponata and aged sherry vinegar, plus black truffle creamed corn, vegan whipped potatoes and other vegan side dishes. Meanwhile, Costa di Mare featuring lasagna vegana with zucchini sheets, vegan ricotta and pesto sauce; and risotto con carciofi e porcini alla griglia, flavored with cipollini onions, artichokes and grilled porcini mushrooms. Jardin has vegan options from breakfast through dinner and also at weekend brunch.

Anse Chastanet: Soufriere, St. Lucia

Anse Chastanet: St. Lucia

This 600-acre estate offering views of the island’s famed Pilot Mountains has completely transformed its Emerald restaurant into a vegan eatery, with ingredients from the resort’s on-site organic farm. Get started with the crispy cauliflower accras with lime and scallion and Saint Lucian mango chutney and breadfruit gnocchi. For an additionally flavorful epicurean experience, guests can go on tours of the farm and also learn how to make what they ate through vegan cooking classes.

Half Moon: Montego Bay, Jamaica

Half Moon: Montego Bay, Jamaica

This luxe Jamaican hotel’s vegan eatery, Ital Café, embraces the island’s flavors with organic fruits, vegetables and herbs. Within their Fern Tree Spa, and in partnership with Dr. Aris LaTham, who is referred to as the father of gourmet ethical raw food cuisine, Ital Café is all about what’s called “sunfired food,” which relies on produce being cooked by the Jamaican sun. The menu features raw vegan dishes such as eerk eggplant steak and Mobay jack seed cheese and cold-pressed beverages, including sorrel cooler and ginger lemonade.

Planet Hollywood Beach Resort: Papagayo, Costa Rica

Planet Hollywood Beach Resort: Costa Rica

This chain’s property based on the Peninsula Papagayo has made vegan and vegetarian dining essential to its “Crave World of Flavors” program. Its seven onsite restaurants offer vegan and vegetarian options, developed by nutritionists, that include veggie pakoras, which are Indian vegetable fritters with a mango chutney sauce at the resort’s OverTime Bar & Grill. There’s also the chipotle veggie burrito at  Blue Star Tex-Mex Cantina that’s got red beans, sweet corn, quinoa, cilantro, tofu, tomatoes and vegan cheese. Or kick off your morning with So Cal Gourmet Food Emporium’s chickpea flour pancakes.

Stanford Court: San Francisco

Stanford Court in San Francisco

San Francisco has long been a vegan-friendly city, but this luxe boutique hotel is making it even easier by selling related amenities within their lobby at The Market or including them in their Urban Sanctuary package. For dining in the city, guests can purchase Well + Away’s San Francisco VitalGuide for reviews. Or if they need a quick snack, their choices include Square Organics protein bars, Justin’s Dark Chocolate Cashew Butter Cups and Hippeas Organic Vegan White Cheddar Chickpea Puffs. In guest bathrooms, the hotel offers LATHER Cucumber & Ginseng Facial Mist and More Labs’ Morning Recovery supplement.

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Michele Herrmann

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Michele writes about women's travel, destinations, culinary, and cultural topics for various outlets and has ventured as far as Fiji, to date. She also muses her tales on She Is Going Places.
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