Southern Thailand has long been a premier destination for luxury travellers with beaches, diving, tropical landscapes and sunny weather drawing people from far and wide to check into one of the many luxury resorts on offer in the area. The people are friendly, the cuisine is legendary (who doesn’t rave about a spicy fresh Thai curry?) and now resorts are switching on to the different needs of travellers so even vegans who love luxury can visit too, safe in the knowledge that they’ll be living the luxury travel dream, just like everyone else.
As vegans who don’t want our love for plant based living to interfere with our love for luxury travel, we’ve always got our eyes open for places that can look after us well. Southern Thailand (even though it’s usually more well known for it’s love of seafood) is definitely one of those must visit distinctions because it turns out there are a few places that can adapt what they offer with little fuss, which certainly makes us happy.
Here’s 2 luxury resorts in Southern Thailand where life is good (even for vegans) – they both welcome vegan guests, serve delicious vegan food alongside their regular menus and tick all those luxury travel boxes.
Take a private speedboat from the marina in Phuket and begin your journey to the beautiful Six Senses Yao Noi where you’ll find nature and luxury side by side. One of the reasons that many people go vegan is because they love the natural world and Six Senses Yao Noi is definitely one of those places where it’s easy to marvel at the beauty of our planet.
Relax on the private beach, enjoy daily yoga classes in the outdoor ‘living room’ overlooking the sea or simply soak up the surroundings from the private pool in your secluded villa.
Stay in an ocean view or plantation view villa, either way you’ll be amazed at the natural beauty that Six Senses Yao Noi brings right to your doorstep – this is a luxury resort that will make you fall in love with the planet for sure.
A warm welcome awaits you at your in-villa check-in including homegrown bananas picked from the lush plantation surroundings, homemade chilled coconut water and tropical dried fruit (all delicious, all vegan too).
Step up the level of luxury with a reservation at a special dining event where visiting chefs offer the chance to sample their cooking in this unique location.
Expect delicious, creative food like this fragrant ‘lon’ salad in a coconut milk, lemongrass, white turmeric and fermented yellow bean dressing prepared by renowned chefs from Bo.Lan, one of Bangkok’s finest Thai restaurants.
Continue to enjoy tasty vegan dishes at breakfast, lunch and dinner, created with fresh vegetables grown in the resort’s own organic gardens or sample vegan food from around the globe, like this delicious North Indian vegetable curry.
And don’t forget to leave room for the complimentary homemade vegan sorbets, served from the Six Senses Yao Noi ice cream parlour throughout the day, where you’ll get a choice of more than 10 indulgent flavours.
Coconut, tamarind or lemongrass vegan sorbet anyone? What vegan wouldn’t feel at home here in this luxury resort?
Sri Panwa has an enviable location that overlooks Cape Panwa in the South of Phuket (it really does show off the beauty of this area), the resort is seriously cool, offering stylish and understated luxury with never ending views of the Andaman Sea.
All villas have private pools and amazing views, where you can drink in the young, fresh vibe of this top end luxury resort. This is one of those places in Southern Thailand that has really got it going on.
Eat at the ‘Baba Poolclub’ for a relaxed all day dining experience where you’ll be seriously impressed by what’s on offer. Choose from a variety of cuisines in the dedicated vegetarian menu; there are a huge range of already vegan options as well as vegetarian choices that can be adapted meaning you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Try delightful Thai food like this rich, creamy ‘Penang Curry’ served with brown rice or a beautifully presented platter of healthy, grilled vegetables which tastes as good as it looks. The Sri Panwa chefs can effortlessly turn classic Thai dishes (usually laced with fish sauce, meat or fish) into some of the best vegan Thai food you will ever eat.
And as we’re talking luxury travel here, it’d be a crime not to enjoy one of Sri Panwa’s signature cocktails and a fresh homemade sorbet whilst relaxing by the pool.
Like what you see?
Then it’s time to start making your travel plans and begin counting down the days until your very own luxury travel dream becomes a reality; you’ll quickly get used to wonderful vegan food being served in stunning locations that you’ll never forget.
The world of luxury travel is becoming more and more vegan friendly; life is good indeed (even for vegans).
Paul Eyers is Founder of Vegan Food Quest.