Jessica is a holistic therapist and is passionate about cruelty-free living, animal welfare, and health, beauty and fashion. Her blog covers all aspects of a vegan lifestyle – find it at crueltyfreecottage.blogspot.co.uk
Travelling as a vegan can often be difficult. Not only do you have to worry about what you will be able to eat, but there are other things to think about such as whether the bedding will contain feathers.
In addition, if you won’t have room in your luggage to bring your own toiletries, you will probably want to ensure that your accommodation’s toiletries are not animal tested.
To avoid these concerns, why not give your custom to a purely vegetarian or vegan business? That way not only will you be making life easier for yourself but you will also be avoiding contributing to the cruelty of animals.
Whether you fancy a short break in the English countryside or a long retreat in a tropical paradise, we have done some research and have found some of the best veggie hotels, B&Bs and guest houses around the world.
England: Fern Tor Vegetarian & Vegan Guest House
Meshaw, South Molton, Devon EX36 4NA
www.ferntor.co.uk | firstname.lastname@example.org
Fern Tor is a cosy guesthouse set in the peaceful Devon countryside. It is home to many rescue animals including sheep, goats, pigs, rabbits, chickens and greyhounds. Fern Tor has three ensuite rooms and is doggy friendly. Faith in nature toiletries are provided for guests and the pillows and duvets are free of feathers and down. Fern Tor is quite famous for its huge portion sizes and delicious meals, particularly a dessert named the ‘Fernbocker Glory’.
France: Under the Lime Tree Boutique Spa B&B
Fontfaix le Haut, 16260 Cellefrouin, Charente, France
www.underthelimetree.com | email@example.com
Set in 25 acres of hills, meadows and ancient woodlands, Under the Lime Tree specialises in providing vegetarian and vegan meals using organic home-grown ingredients where possible. A range of accommodation is available, including an en-suite double/twin room, a studio gite, a barn bunk-house and a tipi lodge. Holistic therapies are available at Under the Lime Tree and there is an outdoor hot tub so you can indulge in some pampering and relaxation on your holiday.
Italy: Metamorefosi at Vaccaria
Vaccaria, Fraz Colpalombo, Gubbio, Italy 06020
www.metamorefosi.com | firstname.lastname@example.org
Metamorefosi is a restored ancient monastery complex surrounded by peaceful woodlands and mountains. Situated in the heart of Umbria, Metamorefosi has five beautiful, allergy-friendly rooms which are available for short weekend breaks and week-long retreats. Nourishing vegan and macrobiotic food is served using mainly organic and seasonal produce. Healing is available at Metamorefosi in the form of herbal medicine, reiki and essential oil perfumery.
USA: The Stanford Inn by the Sea
44850 Comptche Ukiah Rd., Mendocino, CA
www.stanfordinn.com | email@example.com
Located on the Mendocino coast, the Stanford Inn is an eco-resort and is only one of a few organic vegan fine-dining establishments in North America. Pets of all kinds are welcome to stay at Stanford – not just dogs! A wellbeing centre provides services such as massage, yoga, tai chi, counselling, meditation, Chinese medicine, nutrition, art therapy, nature walks, cooking and gardening. Relax in the pool, hot tub and sauna or get active and try a spot of kayaking, canoeing or cycling.
India: Shreyas Retreat
Santoshima Farm, Gollahalli Gate, Nelamangala, Bangalore 562123, India
www.shreyasretreat.com | firstname.lastname@example.org
Shreyas is regarded as one of the best yoga retreats in the world. There is a choice of tranquil cottages to stay in, each surrounded by 25 acres of landscaped greenery and organic gardens. Vegetarian and vegan menus are tailor made for each guest after a consultation with an Ayurvedic or naturopathic doctor. Shreyas is the ultimate place to visit for a relaxing holiday; not only is there an infinity pool, Jacuzzi and steam room, but there are daily yoga sessions, meditation huts and a variety of spa treatments on offer.
Australia: Govinda Valley Retreat Centre
51 Lady Carrington Rd, Otford, NSW, 2508 Australia
www.govindavalley.com.au | email@example.com
Set in 30 acres of woodland forest, Govinda Valley is ideally located for walking around the local beaches, cliffs and the national park. The centre is operated primarily by volunteers and aims to provide a clean, safe and nourishing space for people to learn and expand. Vegan food is served to guests and is prepared with an emphasis on optimising health and maximising nutrient retention. Govinda Valley’s experienced cooks are spiritual practitioners who prepare the food with love and devotion, meaning all meals are not only physically healthy, but spiritually healthy as well. Facilities include two yoga halls, a massage room, an organic garden and a small amphitheatre.
Philippines: The Farm at San Benito
119 Barangay Tipakan, 4217 Lipa City, Batangas, Philippines
www.thefarmatsanbenito.com | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Farm at San Benito is the place to go to recharge your batteries and balance your mind, body and spirit. Its raw vegan restaurant is one of the first in Asia. Instead of cooking, meals are prepared using a specially designed dehydrator to help preserve the nutritional value of the food. There are several luxurious villas to choose from, each surrounded with gardens, mountains, waterfalls and tropical plants. The Farm offers a wide range of indulgent spa treatments and has an infinity pool which has a magnificent view of Mount Malarayat. Integrated medicine is also available with treatments including acupuncture, nutritional microscopy, colon hydrotherapy, craniosacral therapy and internal organ cleansing.
Fivelements, Puri Ahimsa Banjar Baturning, Mambal, Bali, Indonesia 80352
www.fivelements.org | email@example.com
Fivelements is a healing centre based on the philosophies and traditions of Bali. It has nine suites, each of which boasts an open veranda that looks down onto the sacred Ayung River, plus a private bamboo enclosure with an open-air bathtub. Raw vegan food is served which aims to nurture the mind, body and soul. Facilities include healing rituals, beauty treatments and water healing. Individual or group sessions are available for activities such as yoga, dance, drama, vibration healing music, meditation.
Sweden: Mundekulla Retreatcenter
Mundekulla Retreatcenter, 361 95 Långasjö, Sweden
www.mundekulla.se | firstname.lastname@example.org
Situated in southern Sweden, Mundekulla is ideal for conferences, retreats and festivals. Locally grown vegetarian and vegan food is available, of which at least 80% is organic. The centre is very eco-friendly; it has more than 120 sqm of solar panels, and ecological materials such as hemp, linen and recycled newspapers are used to insulate the rooms. A wood-heated sauna, a small spa, a shop and meditation/event halls are available on site. Munekulla hosts several festivals every year including raw food, yoga and music.
Spain: Vegan Life Energy
Costa Blanca, Spain
www.veganlifeenergy.com | email@example.com
Vegan Life Energy is run by a vegan nutritionist and creative cook. It is located in the Northern Costa Blanca region of Spain, which is regarded as one of the healthiest places areas in the world. The self-contained apartment has three large terraces and an outdoor pool, and is within walking distance of the beautiful Moraig beach. At Vegan Life Energy you can receive advice on nutrition and take part in raw vegan cooking classes. Yoga and meditation are also available.
For more veggie accommodation visit www.veggie-hotels.com.