Even with the loveliest hotel room and a beckoning pool, the perfect vacation can be spoiled when the restaurant forces you to make a meal out of side dishes. For vegetarians and vegans, a hotel vacation suiting their culinary lifestyle can still be quite a challenge. But there are outstanding alternatives out there, you just have to find them! In 2011, travel writers Karen Klein, Thomas Klein, and Peter Haunert established VeggieHotels®, the world’s first network of entirely vegetarian and vegan hotels and inns, which now includes far more than 500 establishments around the globe. They added VeganWelcome® in 2015 as a hand-picked selection of particularly vegan-friendly hotels.
In addition to purely vegetarian-vegan hotels, more establishments are offering guests outstanding vegan cuisine alongside more conventional dishes, so the founders of VeggieHotels® responded to this trend in 2015 by expanding their selection of vegan-friendly accommodations with another new website called, VeganWelcome®. They shine a spotlight on wonderful places run with great love and enthusiasm that are paving the way for a kind of tourism based on ethical principles and sustainability. And their success shows just how right they were: today, more than 300 hotels and inns in over 60 countries are VeggieHotels® and VeganWelcome® members. Guests at these establishments can savor new and creative vegetarian and vegan cuisine that will satisfy even the most jaded palate. This volume introduces the best hotels from the VeggieHotels® and VeganWelcome® websites with gorgeous photos and detailed information on each property’s special features—from cooking classes to yoga retreats. From vegan surfing camps to luxury hotels, from exclusive Ayurvedic retreats to simple mountain chalets, and from Tuscan country estates to holistic wellness resorts on Bali, the hotels presented in the book are dream destinations for fans of plant-based sustenance—and a whole lot more. They are also highly recommended for anyone interested in a healthy diet and lifestyle as well as sustainable travel. Top chefs reveal their secret recipes as well, so your culinary getaway can continue long after you’ve returned home.
Every hotel presented in this book is unique, with a history entirely its own and often built on an intensely personal dream. In every establishment, guests come to enjoy new, creative, vegetarian, and vegan cuisines that will satisfy even the most selective gourmets.