5 Marriott International hotels in Asia that cater for vegan guests

The fast-paced, continuing growth in veganism and vegan travel is exciting for those of us that wish to follow a plant based lifestyle. The fact that leading brands are supporting this dietary trend means that we can choose to stay at some of the best hotels in the world and still enjoy dining safe in the knowledge that vegan food is readily available.

We collaborate with the finest hotels and resorts in Asia, and help promote how they ensure that all guests have a fantastic experience no matter what they wish to eat; from our ‘tried and tested’ list here are 5 Marriott International hotels in Asia that cater for vegan guests.

JW Marriott Hotel Medan

As the only 5 star international property in Medan (the capital of Sumatra), the JW Marriott Hotel Medan is the obvious choice for both business and leisure travellers alike. Situated just 5 minutes from the airport rail link it provides the perfect location for an overnight stop prior to an early departure the following day. Spa facilities, a roof top pool and multiple F&B outlets offer the guest plenty of choice for both dining and relaxing during their stay.

The staff at breakfast in Marriott Cafe and also in the Executive Lounge were more than happy to help us locate vegan options and prepare fresh ‘off menu’ items for us to enjoy.

Canapés during evening cocktail hour included vegan sushi and delicious dim sum which was delivered from Jade Chinese Restaurant; there were a number of breakfast buffet items that were suitable for vegans and these were offered alongside hot dishes including sweet and sour tofu, fried tempeh and a gado gado salad which the chef happily prepared for us.

The Ritz Carlton Hong Kong

The Ritz Carlton Hong Kong is not only the highest hotel in the world but is one of the finest hotels in the world; you should expect nothing but the best from this high end luxury property that towers over Hong Kong and Victoria Harbour. Enjoy mesmerising views and six complimentary food and beverage presentations daily in the exclusive Club Lounge or make a reservation at Tin Lung Heen and experience culinary excellence from this superb restaurant which is the proud and deserved recipient of two Michelin stars.

The vegan multi course degustation menu at Tin Lung Heen is truly remarkable, expect to enjoy exquisite dishes such as ‘Chef’s Premium Selection’ topped with golden leaf and ‘Stir-fried termite mushroom with bean curd and bean sprout’ which was packed with flavour and incredibly tasty.

The staff team in the Club Lounge went out of their way to make sure we were very well catered for meaning alongside the various items available they arranged for vegan dishes to be prepared including healthy and nutritious quinoa with vegetables.

Hong Kong Sky City Marriott

Situated on Lantau Island, 10 minutes from Hong Kong International Airport and connected directly to AsiaWorld-Expo the Hong Kong Sky City Marriott offers an enviable location for multiple reasons. With 658 luxuriously appointed guest rooms and suites, 13,000 square feet of meeting space, the award winning Quan Spa, 24 hour gym, indoor pool and 5 on site restaurants the Hong Kong Sky City Marriott really does offer something for everyone.

We enjoyed a delicious and varied breakfast at SkyCity Bistro including freshly prepared tofu and vegetable fried rice, rice congee and a colourful and vibrant salad from the buffet; the staff at SkyCity Bistro were on hand to help with our vegan requests as were they in the Executive Lounge where the vegetarian vegan option was a hearty vegetable curry and rice.

Renaissance Johor Bahru

Johor Bahru is currently undergoing an economic boom with multiple residential and commercial developments throughout the city; the five star Renaissance Johor Bahru is leading the way offering guests a choice of luxury rooms and a prime location just 10 minutes from Singapore. Book a Club Level room for that extra slice of luxury and enjoy dining at either Cafe BLD or Wan Li Chinese Restaurant.

We were treated to a section of colourful and creative vegan dishes wherever we went. From the beautiful and tasty ‘Carrot Cake With Pepper Relish And A Green Pea Puree’ and ‘Potato Cake With Marmalade, Beetroot Puree’ in the Club Lounge to a delicious crispy yam ring in Wan Li we loved everything we ate at Renaissance Johor Bahru. At breakfast we certainly didn’t miss the opportunity to enjoy one of our favourite dishes, a masala dosa which was superb!

Manila Marriott Hotel

Manila Marriott Hotel offers another perfect option for an airport layover as it is situated just 5 minutes from Ninoy Aquino International Airport, with over 550 rooms and suites and multiple F&B options within the hotel you certainly will be spoiled for choice; the property is set against the backdrop of Resorts World Manila which offers everything you could possibly need when in town including casinos, shopping mall, restaurants and a golf course.

Our stay was very short (checked in at 1am and checked out at 8am) due to flights and transfers but we made the most of the vegan options. We ordered a generous portion of lightly fried vegetable spring rolls from room service along with freshly squeezed juices; the staff team were happy and very helpful at breakfast pointing out the dishes that were suitable for vegans (including a variety of breads, fruits, salads and cereals) and happily arranged a serving of vegetable fried rice which was prepared just for us.

As always, we suggest you either contact your hotel of choice in advance or ask to speak to member of their F&B team upon check in as this is the best way to communicate your requirements and gives them the chance to offer you a first rate service.

Paul Eyers is Founder of Vegan Food Quest.

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  1. Nomi says:

    Thank you for such a wonderful and helpful article. As a vegan I am often very limited – I don’t mind, I can always eat a salad, but when restaurants start to cater for vegans I am so pleased. Not only is it more palatable to me, but it shows that they are willing to look alternative diets and lifestyles, and may in time adjust their own food usage. The photos on this article are excellent and I’m very impressed by Marriott’s offerings across these Asian hotels. If I am in the area again, I will definitely be looking them up now.

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