10 Most Popular Vegan & Vegetarian-Friendly Resorts in the Maldives
Where to Find Vegetarian & Vegan Food in the Maldives
Updated January, 2023
The Maldives is a top luxury holiday destination known for diving, fabulous islands, a romantic honeymoon and white sandy beaches with clear turquoise waters. The islands have all the makings of a paradise, unless you are a vegan or vegan. But plans to travel to a remote island in a country where the national cuisine revolves around fish can cause concern, since even the thought of world-class luxury does not compensate for the idea of being stuck in paradise where there is nothing to eat.
But times are changing and now there are several luxury resorts in the Maldives that have perfected vegetarian luxury. In these places you will not be deceived by the salad, in fact you will be spoiled for choice, indulging your delicate tastes and marveling at your appetite, as you eat the refined food of the gods, which is cooked without the use of animal products.
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1 Atmosphere Kanifushi Maldives – A Premium All-Inclusive Resort
Best Experience: for Couples, Beach, Family, Activities, All-Inclusive
Atmosphere Kanifushi is also the home to the first exquisite vegetarian restaurant in the Maldives, aptly named ‘Just Veg’, offering generous vegetarian food, including recipes for vegans and vegans, all of which can be enjoyed in a beautiful setting with panoramic views of the Indian Ocean.
Michelin's star chef Fabrizio Marino topped Just Veg in September 2014 and his legacy still lives today offering a menu with an assortment of quality Italian-inspired vegetarian dishes, along with a selection of food from around the world.
Try almond pesto tagliatelle, delicious phad-thai (Thai rice noodle dish) and fresh bread from the oven, served with sweet and spicy chutney and pickles. And it was not only us vegetarians who raved about tasty food; evening after evening Just Veg was filled with people opening up a veggie lifestyle and pleasantly surprised by the great taste of the new delicious food.
Other restaurants in this little piece of paradise are also more than able to appease the appetites of vegan vegans and vegetarians guests to feel at home, courteously offering everything from delicate, fresh Japanese cuisine, beautifully presented vegan sushi to elegant vegetarian desserts; Order a magical dish based on amazing local plants.
All Atmosphere Kanifushi chefs have the knowledge and talent to create superb vegetarian goodies, adding a touch of high cuisine to simple foods like falafel, and showing off traditional cuisine from around the world that also targets Paul McCartney fans, like delicious sticky semolina pudding.
But not only food, makes this luxury resort popular among vegetarians, in-room facilities and amenities include a sunscreen, lip oil and insect repellent - all done under the luxury brand Kimrica, whose entire line is devoid of animal products, making them 100% mi vegetarian.
There is also Akiri Spa, the menu of which not only offers traditional Balinese massages, but also a number of other therapeutic procedures using vegetarian products. So do not look for any excuse to pamper yourself and relax while listening to the sounds of the Indian Ocean, blowing away all your worries. Read Full ReviewCheck Availability and Prices
2 Ayada Maldives
Best Experience: fHoneymoon, Family, Gourmet dining, Water Villas, Spa, All Inclusive
This 5-star award-winning resort is our other luxury choice for vegans and vegans in the Maldives, who in 2014 wins the World Travel Awards 'Best Water Villa in the World' award, so you know what you pay for this place.
Ocean Suites sit on stilts in the lagoon and are equipped with steps that descend into the water, where you can find an amazing coral reef, hundreds of tropical fish, and even sea turtles. Each villa has an elegant private infinity pool, comfortable hammocks stretched over the water and sofas on the terrace, ideal for complete relaxation, with views of the sunset on the ocean horizon.
Luxury suites - this is certainly good, and do not want to leave the villa, where each of them offers a "live card" with a view that will live with you forever.
But the main draw at the hotel is the food, which makes Ayada Maldives a particularly tempting offer for vegans and vegans.
All you have to do is say that you are a vegetarian. Then relax and wait, because the most amazing food will come to your table, whether these dishes are on the menu or not, the talented team of Ayada chefs will not stop until you make sure that you get real taste of vegetarian luxury in every tasty piece.
You can eat healthy salads from their 'live' salad bar, where the chef will slice freshly picked vegetables especially for you, or you can order a vegetarian homemade burger with your favorite side dish and enjoy a relaxing lunch by the pool. Perhaps you are tempted by a few authentic Balinese dishes, rich in spicy peanut sauce and sweet 'kecap manis', or you choose a dish like their 'Vegetable Stack', made up of fresh crunchy vegetables, perfectly baked, with thick tomato sauce and served on the most creamy vegetarian puree you have ever tried.
Regardless of your choice, it is unlikely that you will be disappointed with what has come to the table, as service and quality are exceptional.
Sit and admire from the Ocean Breeze restaurant at Ayada Maldives as the sun sinks in the Indian Ocean, not forgetting to order new portions of vegetarian gourmet food during one of those unforgettable evenings that you will remember with a smile upon returning home.
Try 'Puy Lentil' salad with lentils marinated with parsnips, pine nuts and lemon juice, fresh and very crisp in taste, filled with aromas of roasted parsnips and pine nuts, or enjoy Italian polenta with herbs and fried eggplant with tomatoes, decorated with quite edible flowers.
All dishes are beautifully presented and cooked with love and attention, but they taste as good as they look, with subtle and wonderful aromas that adorn every single plate.
And as a retreat, we believe that Ayada Maldives serves the most fabulously presented Turkish coffee in the resort city called Ottoman Lounge, where a small glass cup of surprisingly strong and aromatic coffee comes to you on a spectacular silver tray, raising the luxury factor by another step or two. Read Full ReviewCheck Availability and Prices
3 LUX* South Ari Atoll
Best Experience: Couples, Family, Value, Diving, Vegans, Whale Shark Watching, All Inclusive
One of the most exciting resorts in the Maldives, LUX * South Ari Atoll is all about cutting-edge designer villas and world-class dining, just a 30-minute by seaplane from Malé Airport. 187 private water and beach villas and spacious pavilions bring an entirely original vibe of coastal, beach house chic to the Maldives. Excellent eating and drinking is always a cut above the rest at LUX*, and at LUX* South Ari Atoll, there is authentic South East Asian street food in the Maldives’ only over-the-water gourmet night market and world-class Chinese cuisine at East, along with the Japanese restaurant Umami, which offers live teppanyaki and dazzling selection of sakés. While the resort has a PADI-certified dive centre, two infinity pools, a floodlit tennis court, a fitness centre and a renowned spa. READ FULL REVIEW
The resort’s passion for clean and green food got it 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.
Every restaurant 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.Check Availability and Prices
4 Huvafen Fushi
Best Experience: Overwater Bungalows, Undewater Spa, Beaches, House Reef Snorkelling. Gourmet Dining
In addition to the first underwater spa in the Maldives, Huvafen Fushi has RAW: Revitalising Addictive Wellness – a new wellness restaurant which will awaken guests’ senses with pure, unrefined cuisines. Hovering over an ethereal realm of water, above the world’s first underwater spa, RAW, the innovative dining venue captivates with unadulterated fresh flavours.
According to Huvafen Fushi, at RAW, guests can embark on an internal cleanse with nourishing morsels to restore inner balance and bring natural healing. At RAW, salads, detox juices and other natural fare are “stripped to their elemental essence,” according to the resort.
RAW’s curated menu features a range of nutritious plant-based, protein-rich foods including the signature ‘Avocado Carpaccio’ with a miso orange dressing, pomegranate and mushroom salsa; as well as organic cold-pressed fresh juices and smoothies such as ‘High C Vigor’, blending apple juice, cucumber, spinach and wheatgrass powder; or ‘Peelers Parlour’ with recovery protein, coconut, pineapple, mango and Maldivian banana – but not forgetting the occasional glass of wine and fizz Read Full ReviewCheck Availability and Prices
5 Mirihi Island Resort
Best Experience: for Honeymoon, Beach, Value, Diving, House Reef Snorkelling
Located on one of the smallest islands in the Maldives, Mirihi Island Resort offers 37 villas, and has its own and unique style with luxury and comfortable features that you can expect from any large 5-star resort. From a beach cinema, spa, free non-motorized water sports to a hypnotic house reef wreck diving, as well as a great selection of activities, excursions, and water sports on the island, there are many alternatives that can pull you out of bed or tear off a beach chaise longue. This tiny luxury boutique hotel with a relaxed atmosphere is ideal for couples and small groups looking for first-class food and a wide selection of wines, as well as excellent snorkeling, and a fantastic dive from more than 40 dive sites. Depending on the season, half-board and all-inclusive packages are available.
The overwater a la carte restaurant Muraka is only open for dinner and features a terrace deck with the eight exclusive tables, surf and turf cuisine, a la carte, and vegetarian menus. Twice weekly themed menus, like a four-course lobster dinner where three of five dishes contain locally caught Maldivian lobster and a wine-and-dine meal with wine pairings, are also available. Reservations are not required, but are recommended because of limited seating. Whether it is a special occasion or you just want to treat your loved one, Muraka is the perfect choice.
Please do not hesitate to contact the waiter staff for further vegetarian & vegan options. The resort's executive chef and his talented kitchen team are more than happy to prove their skills by creating and cooking a customized mouthwatering meal for you.
In 2020 catering to the ever-growing number of Vegans worldwide, Mirihi Island Resort has introduced a new vegan cooking class offering, allowing guests to uncover the art of Maldivian vegan cuisine under the basking sun or twinkling stars of the night sky. Read Full ReviewCheck Availability and Prices
6 Pullman Maldives All-Inclusive Resort
Best Experience: for Honeymoon, Families, Vegetarians, Spa, Snorkelling
Pullman Maldives Maamutaa Resort is a 5-star lifestyle getaway in one of the most pristine atolls in the South of the Maldives. Opened on september 2019, the 120 villas resort offers an immersive art and design experience with a holistic integrated approach to wellbeing. Located both overwater and on the beach, guests shall choose their residence with the unbelievable option of underwater bedroom suites. While the water-sport center is entertaining you with number of fun activities, there are 6 F&B outlets with a-la-carte options are part of the all-Inclusive experience icluding the Phat Chameleon, a complete organic, vegan and vegetarian restaurant. Fitness and Wellbeing centers, teen-only club, kids club, spa, wedding pavilion, tennis court and gardens are just among the various resort facilities here.
Phat Chameleon by Pullman serves inventive, playful and surprising culinary creations which stimulate all the senses. An entirely new experience for epicures – the first gourmet organic vegan and vegetarian restaurant in the Maldives. An adventure which takes place right in the midst of the herb and vegetable garden at Pullman Maldives Maamutaa Resort. Phat Chameleon by Pullman is inspiring, innovative, alluring cuisine. Which happens to be vegan. Read Full ReviewCheck Availability and Prices
7 Siyam World
Best Experience: for couples and Families, restaurants, vegetarians, activities, diving
Siyam World is a 54-acre all-inclusive resort set in the heart of Noonu Atoll. Siyam World is a whole world of possibilities awaits on a private Maldivian island resort unlike any other. A diverse collection of villas and suites are set over water, on the beach, or nestled among the tropical vegetation, complimented by an unrivaled line up of restaurants, bars, activities and experiences. Offering a unique Premium All Inclusive plan – WOW! Inclusive, The Sun Siyam Iru Fen promises you an all-encompassing, hassle-free holiday experience with fantastic island-wide dine-around opportunities on all days along with a whole lot of FUN activities!
Opened only for dinner, the PURE is a temple to gourmet vegetarian and vegan cuisine. With smart casual dress code and reservations required for the guests, Pure isn’t just the place to be for our vegan and vegetarian guests. For anyone looking to adopt a more plant-based diet, even if only for one evening, this gourmet restaurant impresses even the most cynical carnivores with some of the best meat-free cooking in the whole of the Maldives. Read Full ReviewCheck Availability and Prices
8 Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa – Deluxe All inclusive
Best Experience: Couples, Families, All Inclusive, diving
Emerald Maldives Resort and Spa - Deluxe All Inclusive is an unforgettable getaway for people who dream to beach experience the beautiful white sands, tropical nature and blue ocean of a Maldivian island, with luxurious ambience.
Veganism has hit an all-time high in 2020, and Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa has unveiled new plant-based dishes and mocktail menus at all the six of its exceptional restaurants and bars, available as part of the Deluxe All-Inclusive offering.
The award-winning Amazònico now offers both vegan and vegetarian options including the Jardin Quemado Salad and Chilean Salad.
At the Aqua Restaurant, there are several new options, including the vegan pumpkin soup which is made using fresh pumpkins from Emerald Maldives’ very own vegetable patch.
Le Asiatique now prepares a special vegan fried rice and maki sushi, and at the Beach Grill, guests can enjoy a cooling Tomato Gazpacho. For something sweet there are vegan blueberry and orange cakes and Emerald Maldives’ healthy twist on a Green Tea Crème Brûlée.
For the ultimate taste of plant-based luxury, Emerald Maldives is delighted to prepare guests a Vegan Floating Breakfast, delivered to their villa which can be enjoyed in the privacy of their own private pool overlooking the turquoise lagoon. Guests can expect an almond chia seed pudding, fresh bread, fruit salads, a special avocado salsa, herbal teas and exotic fresh juices.
In addition to the new plant-based menus, Emerald Maldives is set to introduce the ‘Green Corner’ at Aqua restaurant from January.
Guests will be spoilt for choice with the variety of ingredients they can choose from to prepare their own smoothies and juices. These healthy, refreshing drinks are also available at both the Sunrise and Sunset Pool Bars and new for 2021 – in the villa’s very own minibars.
With both sustainability and freshness in mind, the resort grows as many fruit and vegetables on site as possible including bananas, watermelon, papaya, pumpkin, Maldivian chilli, Kopy leaves, curry leaves, pandan leaves and cucumber.
Recognising that there is more of an appetite for alcohol-free beverages than ever before, Emerald Maldives is also launching a new mocktail menu for 2021. Guests can look forward to a refreshing Mango Mule or a Passionfruit Daiquiri – but without the hangover. Read Full ReviewCheck Availability and Prices
9 Patina Maldives, Fari Islands
Best Experience for: Coples, Families, Groups, Foodies, activities, spa
Expensive and super stylish, Patina Maldives is a luxury resort in Male within the Fari Islands with a collection of stunning overwater villas in Maldives with best sunset views. Just a 50-minute journey by speedboat from the Velana airport, the luxurious resort of unique and radiant character offers 90 contemporary one- to three-bedroom Beach and Water Pool Villas, alongside 20 Fari Studios. Set in the Fari Islands archipelago in North Malé Atoll, guests can immerse themselves in a new expression of island life through thoughtful tailormade wellness journeys, interactive music programmes, captivating culinary experiences, and bask in the light-filled James Turrell Skyspace pavilion — all while embracing the vibrant social scene that emanates from the destination’s communal heart: the Fari Marina Village and Fari Beach Club.
Opened for breakfast, luch and dinner 24/7, Roots is the signature dining experience at Patina Maldives, Fari Islands. Nestled in a garden the restaurant caters a fresh flair plant-based meal experience centred around nutritious, organic and home grown produce. 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 our planet. Read Full ReviewCheck Availability and Prices
10 Soneva Fushi
Best Experience: Crusoe Villas, the beach houses, Spa, Family Holiday, beaches
Way out in the Indian Ocean, guests at a luxury Soneva resort are participating in the ultimate farm-to-table experience — and they even get to harvest the ingredients for their own dinners. The Soneva Fushi just opened Shades of Green, its new vegetarian restaurant at the exclusive Maldives resort. The seed for the vegetarian restaurant was planted when Copenhagen-based chef Carsten Kyster visited Soneva Fushi as a guest in March 2018. Kyster has worked at the River Café and The Sugar Club in London as well as travelling and working in Southeast Asia over the last 15 years. After eating a lunch made with ingredients from Soneva Fushi’s organic garden, inspiration struck. A year later, the 20-seat Shades of Green welcomes guests for intimate, plant-based dinners.
Before dining at the new vegetarian restaurant, guests take a guided tour of the garden, learning about the herbs, fruits and vegetables while picking dinner ingredients. They gather around a fire pit for an appetizer, then move to tables set beneath fruit trees to enjoy the remaining six courses. Dinner can last late into the night. Shades of Green’s menu will change with the seasons and is based around the colours red, green and yellow. Chef Kyster blends Maldivian and other Southeast Asian cuisines with Nordic culinary techniques, such as salting, smoking, pickling and fermenting. The meal is designed to fulfill six categories: cleanse, raw, crispy, grain, fire and sweet. For example, mangosteen kombucha paired with plums, beetroot vinegar powder and shiso leaves is a cleansing dish. A fire dish contains hotter ingredients, such as leeks and pepper sauce.
Soneva Fushi is located within the Baa Atoll, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve coral reef. Guests in the 61 private villas enjoy amenities like an open-air cinema, a high-tech observatory, a glassblowing studio, private butlers and 500 different wines — and now, a vegetarian restaurant, too. Read Full ReviewCheck Availability and Prices
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