Where Should You Go to Escape Coronavirus? These Top Vegan-Friendly Beach Resorts
Everyone is shutting down their offices. So this could be the perfect time to hit the sandy beaches, get some sun, and avoid the crowds. Travel is super cheap, planes are largely empty, and you could be working remotely while sitting in a lounge chair by the pool or staring at the blue sea. Why not check emails and join that conference call from paradise? All you have to do is book a flight out of town and arrive safely and virus free. Then you are golden.
Where to go? We found the five best resorts that not only satisfy your craving for a beach vacation right about now, where the virus can't bite you (it hates the sun, hot weather, and hot water!) but also your desire to eat a healthy plant-based diet and stay your fighting fittest.
Regardless of whether you're eating mostly plant-based or you've committed to ditching the meat and dairy altogether, it's easy to find delicious dining options away from home can sometimes feel like a chore. Luckily, as plant-based lifestyles continue to rise in popularity, it's becoming easier than ever to indulge in a great meatless meal while out there in vacationland. From Hawaii to Aruba, we recently rounded up five of our all-time favorite vegan-friendly beach resorts. And the winners are...
This stylish boutique hotel is situated on 15 beachfront acres on the scenic Maui coastline. Visitors can enjoy snorkeling, scuba diving or sunset sailing trips, as well as a lavish six-course vegan tasting menu (available upon request with advance reservations) at Ka'ana Kitchen, the resort's award-winning farm-to-table restaurant.
Enjoy a constantly revolving selection of seasonal dishes including black sesame noodles with mushrooms, herb-marinated tofu with roasted vegetables or watermelon salad. Rates start at $577 per night.
Speaking of eating green in this green paradise, we had the fun of visiting Hawaii just last week. Check out our video of Caitee from The Beet, enjoying plant-based meals all over Maui. Not jealous at all. Here's Caitee having so much fun.
This picturesque resort is situated high on a hilltop in Northern California with breathtaking views of the rugged Mendocino coastline. Okay so not your typical tropical locale, but it's so gorgeous, and never too cold to enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, biking and all-around fun (like hitting the spa) so we had to include it, and especially for the food! And if you live in the NoCal area, you can get there without having to take a germy flight.
Guests can enjoy a wide variety of gourmet vegan dishes including maple-tamari glazed tofu, black bean tacos with cashew cheese and sea palm and root vegetable strudel. Don't miss the Sunday brunch at Ravens Restaurant for plant-based updates on breakfast classics like crepes, waffles, pancakes and scrambled “eggs.” Rates start at $425 per night.
If you really want to get away from it all, book a Mayan-inspired room at this eco-chic resort named “One Of The World's 25 Best Lodges” by Conde Nast Traveler. This Guatemalan getaway is an oasis for vegan or plant-based travelers, thanks to an entirely plant-based menu created by a world-class culinary team.
A menu of delectable dishes from whole foods doesn't get any fresher than this. Herbs, greens, and vegetables are harvested daily from the lodge's garden to create tantalizing dishes like black bean and avocado pizza and vegan french toast. Rates start at $295 per night.
Relax and unwind in style at this Caribbean paradise, where you'll spend your days windsurfing, snorkeling or swimming in Aruba's crystal-clear blue water. The place is famous for the color of the sea, which is more like a lit-up pool than the ocean. It's truly a miracle of nature, and anyone who loves to swim will feel they are in a marine paradise.
All four of the onsite restaurants offer plant-based options on their menus. However, you won't want to miss Ike's, a poolside bistro that serves up tasty dishes like cucumber carpaccio, lychee ceviche and truffle porcini risotto from a completely vegan menu. Rates start at $315 per night.
Is Puerto Vallarta on your bucket list? Then head south of the border to the Grand Velas to experience world-class beaches, art galleries, hiking, golfing and, of course, fine dining.
It's no accident that The Love Boat docked here on its many romantic cruises. The romance of the place makes it a perfect escape with your honey, since you'll stroll the boulevards in barely-there clothing, dance all night and rest up by the epic pool to do it again tomorrow.
The all-inclusive resort offers dedicated vegan menus in all six restaurants, as well as 24-hour room service featuring options like homemade veggie burgers, vegan cheese plates, and even vegan ice cream! Rates start at $944 per night.
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