10 Maldives resorts dish up Plant‑Based Offerings

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17 April, 2024

Indulging on exceptional food plays an essential role in travel, connecting travelers over shared meals and exquisite culinary experiences. In addition, a latest trends show that one-third of global travelers also follow plant-based products for their sustainability benefits or health-promoting objective making physical well-being a priority while traveling. Plant-based diets have become more popular, with more global travelers to seek out locally-sourced food and beverage products as part of their vacation experience.

Following a plant-based diet while traveling can be challenging, especially if you are with omnivores or in places with limited plant-based options. Fortunately, recognizing the needs of today’s travelers, 10 best of Maldives resorts are not only prioritizing partnerships with local and regional purveyors, but many resorts are also offering expanded cuisine to make being a plant-based traveler possible and enjoyable.

From vegetarian menu to healthy eating habits, here’s how the best hotels in the Maldives are serving up a selection of plant-based and vegan dishes sure to please every palate.

JA Manafaru

JA Manafaru' plant-based menu

JA Manafaru provides curated menus in all its restaurants, allowing guests to enjoy their eating lifestyle during their stay fully. The chefs offer specialised dietary menus at no additional cost, catering to various dietary lifestyles such as vegan/vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, low-carb/keto, or paleo. Manafaru' commitment also extends to the beverage and dessert offerings, ensuring that wellness cocktails and ice cream are available to suit your dietary needs or preferences. The Wellness, Your Way menus are included in the resort's meal packages, and menus can be found on the standard menu links. A commitment to wellness extends beyond the culinary offerings at JA Manafaru. One of the best remote private island is a sanctuary of tranquility, nestled in the breathtaking beauty of the northern Maldives. With pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and a serene atmosphere, this resort provides the perfect backdrop for luxury wellness retreats.

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A world-class brand ELE | NA Spa at OZEN RESERVE BOLIFUSHI offers wellness plant-based menus to promote healthy eating habits, and pampering guests with an unique and delicious culinary experience as part of the 'Wellness Your Way' retreats. These menus feature fresh, locally sourced ingredients and focus on promoting wellness and sustainability.

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Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas

healthy options to eat Anantara Kihavah

With healthy options to eat Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas unveiled its new Epigenetic Dining concept, which redefines the wellness culinary experience for its esteemed guests. In addition to this, the resort also adds plant-based menus across all its dining outlets, setting a new standard for personalised wellness. Keeping health and sustainability in mind, dining experiences at Anantara Kihavah take a simpler approach to food preparation, focusing on quality, balance and fresh whole food made from scratch.

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LUX* South Ari Atoll

LUX* South Ari Atoll for vegans ttravel

Each dining option at LUX* South Ari Atoll offers a great variety of plant-based, vegetarian, vegan, and raw dishes, from organic and locally sourced ingredients. The Keen on Green concept invites for a healthy and creative culinary journey, supporting sustainable approach to food and helping reduce carbon footprint.

The resort’s passion for clean and green food got LUX* recognized as the first as ‘Vegan-Friendly Hotel’ in the Maldives by Vegan Welcome. The island’s Herb Garden grows fresh herbs and vegetables for plant-based restaurant dishes and Master Chef cooking classes. During the stay, guests of LUX* South Ari Atoll have plenty of opportunities to learn more about ‘green’ cuisine: from tapping into amazing selection of vegetarian dining options to learning how to regrow their own herbs back home and cook healthy meals for the whole family.

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Patina Maldives

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A fresh flair plant-based meal experience centred around nutritious, organic and home grown produce, Roots is the signature restaurants at Patina Maldives, Fari Islands. It's a conscious and conscientious lifestyle and plant-based concept, created responsibly for curious foodies seeking nutritional food and drink without compromising flavour and quality, all in an environment that is ethically produced. Perfect for vegetarians, Roots aligns with nature to deliver delightful dishes that are good for your body, soul and the planet.

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Hard Rock Hotel Maldives

Exclusive Vegan Menu in Maldives 2024

In response to a surging demand for plant-based cuisine, Hard Rock Hotel Maldives supported Veganuary for the first time in 2024 by offering a vegan menu.

“Offering “The Hard Rock Cafe x Veganuary” Menu to the travelers at Maldives allows us to open our doors to a growing community of vegan guests,” said Frederic Lebegue, General Manager of Hard Rock Hotel Maldives. “We’re positive this will contribute to customers’ enjoyment of the unparalleled Hard Rock experience.”

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Atmosphere Kanifushi

Atmosphere Kanifushi: new plant-based menu

As plant-centric cuisines gain global popularity, travellers are far more conscious of their impact on the planet now, with environmentally conscious dining, meat alternatives, and nutritious plant-based cuisines gaining ground in the global culinary scene. There is a new energy, a new focus on vegetarian fine dining.

Way ahead of the curve, five-star resort Atmosphere Kanifushi has been home to the Maldives’ first exclusively meat-free restaurant, JUST VEG, since 2013. This exciting restaurant returns with the second edition of its unique culinary extravaganza.

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Kuredu Island

Kuredu Island: Veg Beach Shack

In response to the growing, health-conscious, and ethically-minded guest profile, Kuredu Island Resort & Spa launches a new menu inspired by ‘produce-to-plate’ ethos. Whether you’re a herbivore, feeling gastronomically curious or doing Meatless Mondays, the Veg Beach Shack Restaurant allows you to enjoy a slice of veggie life in paradise.

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Ayada Maldives

Ayada Maldives: GOOD FOOD

While fish and coconut dishes are the staple foods of the Maldives, vegetarian and vegan food is widely available. Ayada Maldives takes pride in serving some of the most praised vegan diet-friendly dishes among all five-star resorts in the region. Food is such an important component of well-being and the chefs team wants to make it easy for the guests to stay healthy throughout their stay. In addition to the health benefits of plant-based items, providing these options aligns with Ayada's commitment to sustainability and being a positive member of the community, helping the resort and its guests cut down their carbon footprints. Ayada is always on top of food trends, including vegetarian and vegan dishes that are whole, delicious, fresh, and look amazing.

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Nova Maldives

vegan-friendly Nova Maldives

The bright new star resort Nova presents a tempting new menu of delicious plant-based dishes for guests who are determined to be healthier and happier in 2024. The Maldives has always been veggie-friendly destination, bursting with aromatic flavours, exotic spices and fresh, plant-based ingredients. Today, it’s an absolute paradise for vegetarians and vegans, especially thanks to chefs, who has created a new plant-based menu of mouth-watering dishes, which are also lactose-free and gluten-free, at the island resort’s Flames restaurant.

How about Pumpkin Salad to start with, featuring grated coconut, Maldivian spinach, lime dressing and pumpkin seeds, followed by Kofta Quinoa, a quinoa dumpling with Maldivian spiced rich tomato sauce served with saffron rice? To finish, guests can choose a Coconut Tasting Platter of young coconut mousse, coconut candy and coconut truffle…

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The Westin Maldives

EatWell menu by Chef Suresh Baabu

With a diverse range of options for vegan and vegetarian guests, The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo resort launched its new 'Eat Well' menu in 2023. This exceptional menu draws inspiration from plant-based cuisines from around the world while incorporating locally sourced ingredients and flavors unique to the Maldives.

In the new #EatWell menu, guests can expect a delectable culinary experience featuring dishes like Peruvian ceviche, Spanish-style almond salmorejo soup, Middle Eastern nachos made with pitta crispy, Thai-style baked cauliflower, and “local pack,” a banana leaf-wrapped cottage cheese marinated in Maldivian spices.

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