The Veganuary Vacay

In need of a post-festive break? Planning to go vegan in January? We’ve got just the good-for-you getaway you need…

Detoxing from the global car crash that was 2020 is top of most people’s list of New Year’s resolutions. So if you’re keen to kick off Veganuary in serious sustainable style, how about a minibreak to a vegan wellness hotspot in the Maldives?

Just a five-hour flight from Dubai, located in the spectacular Raa Atoll on a flawless white sandy beach, the award-winning, five-star, all-inclusive Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa has launched new plant-based menu and mocktail offerings just in time for the New Year –  perfect for those looking to escape to a dreamy detox dining destination. 

Available across all six of its restaurants and bars as part of the resort’s deluxe, all-inclusive concept, 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, minimising its carbon footprint whilst maximising its commitment to creating spectacular vegan food for its guests.

Since the resort opened in 2019, we’ve seen more of a demand for really healthy, plant-based food, so we’ve enjoyed adapting our menus to keep up with our guest’s wishes,’ says General Manager, Srikanth Devarapalli. ‘Travellers generally seem more health conscious than they used to be, and going on holiday now doesn’t necessarily mean changing your diet – it’s a lifestyle movement, so we’re moving with it too.”

Aside from the new plant-based menus, a brand new ‘‘Green Corner’ has just opened the resort’s Aqua restaurant, where guests can prepare their own smoothies and juices from an array of home-grown produce, while a  new mocktail menu makes its debut for 2021 – a guilt-free treat to enjoy whilst lazing around in the resort’s pair of ultra-instagrammable pool bars.

With top-of-the-range Technogym equipment in its fitness centre, two tennis courts, two paddle courts, a water sports centre and five-star diving centre to explore the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean, there’s plenty to keep guests in shape, while the award-winning Emerald SPA offers blissful Balinese and Thai treatments in 10 air-conditioned bungalows, complete with a jacuzzi, sauna and Turkish baths. 

And as the battle against Covid19 continues, the latest accolade for the multi-award-winning Leading Hotels of the World resort is the one of which it’s most proud. Named the first hotel in the Maldives to achieve the Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC) STAR™ accreditation for having implemented the most stringent protocols for cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention in October 2020, this joins a clutch of awards won in the resort’s first year of opening, including three wins from the 2020 World Luxury Awards: Global Win in Luxury all-inclusive Retreat, Continent Win for Best Unique Experience Spa at The Emerald SPA, and Continent Win in Best Eclectic/International restaurant for Amazònico, while Emerald Maldives was named Indian Ocean’s Leading New Resort and World’s Leading New Resort from World Travel Awards 2020.

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