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2 luxury resorts in Southern Thailand where life is good (even for vegans)

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. Six Senses Yao Noi 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. Six Senses Yao Noi pool view 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. Six Senses Yao Noi Ocean 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. Six Senses Yao Noi hideaway villa 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). Six Senses Yao Noi welcome fruit 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. Six Senses Yao Noi bolan 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. Six Senses Yao Noi 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 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. Sri Panwa baba nest 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. Sri Panwa pool villa 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. Sri Panwa penang curry Sri Panwa vegetables 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. Sri Panwa sorbet Sri Panwa pool club view 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. If you would like to be a guest blogger on A Luxury Travel Blog in order to raise your profile, please contact us.

Paul Eyers

Paul Eyers is co-founder of Vegan Food Quest who write about luxury hotels and resorts in Southeast Asia with a focus on sustainable travel, eco travel and vegan travel. Currently based in Malaysia, Paul also writes about sporting events and some of the finest golf courses throughout the region.

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  1. Hi Paul,

    Absolutely awesome review of 2 world class resorts.

    We love Phuket and Southern Thailand in general, and being engaged to a vegetarian I’m always on the lookout for spots with vegan or veggie options.

    We find more than a few spots like Buddhist vegetarian haunts run by the locals, in places like Koh Lanta and Phuket yet we also like knowing that there are other options out there.

    These options are awesome. The vegan sorbet, well, I can taste it now, all the way from across the world.

    As for the banana shakes they are just about our favorite thing about Thailand. We have 1 to 2 on some days ;)

    The views of the Andaman are something else, right? So much beauty, so much nature, and the vibe is just something else.

    Southern Thailand is probably are favorite place on earth, when you factor in the pristine nature of the beaches along with the fun, friendly people. No place like Thailand. It helps we have so many veggie spots too :)

    Beautiful resorts and awesome shots.

    Keep up the wonderful work.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Tweeting now.


  2. I’m planning to travel to south Thailand next year.‘Penang Curry’ looks so yammy. I’ll definately try it.

    Thank you for your nice review! Kate

  3. HI Ryan,
    Many thanks for commenting.

    The local Thai Buddhist places are great, we love them too and in fact when in Trang ate in our local one most days! We were there during the annual vegetarian festival which we loved, not only the usual places selling veggie food but nearly every restaurant in town goes veggie for 10 days!

    As you can see though the superb resorts above offer something above and beyond what you can normally get locally and we were very impressed!

    The veg menu at Sri Panwa is extensive to say the least, so much to choose from we could have stayed for a week and eaten different food every day…

    Six Senses Yao Noi was also great, no actual veg menu but great chefs with access to great produce who were more than happy to ‘veganise’ their normal offerings…

    We can’t wait to get back to Southern Thailand, we are booked on an overnight train from Bangkok on the 8th of January and are counting down the days!

    We’ve never been to Koh Lanta – is it worth a visit? Any recommendations for great vegan food when we’re there??

    All the best,

  4. Hello Kate

    The curries in Thailand are both delicious and varied – no 2 places tastes the same meaning you can happily eat them every day! Well, we do anyway!

    Where do you plan to visit in Southern Thailand? Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions:)


  5. Hotels that offer good vegan food can sometimes be difficult to find, so I love coming across articles like this. Both hotels look amazing and so does the food. Thanks for the great info.

  6. hi Claire

    thanks for you comment, we also rely on the internet and other blogs to find suggestions as to where we can find tasty vegan food!

    the more people out there spreading the word the better…

  7. Paul, Such a great article. I lived in Thailand for 4 years. It’s an amazing country! I miss the food so much especially the wing bean salad “yam tua plu “. Best wishes for safe travel,

  8. That’s a great article, I love Thailand but my favourite luxury life destionation is Malaga, Spain. Especially Estepona and Marbella. Villas are amazing there.

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