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3 reasons why raw veganism is the next hot trend in luxury travel

We recently took a step outside the usual luxury offering in Thailand and stayed at Evason Hua Hin, a laid back luxury beach resort less that 4 hours from Bangkok. We stayed in one of their newly refurbished pool villas, a spacious villa appointed with everything you’d expect from this luxury brand including bespoke room scents, a natural pillow menu, outdoor sunken bath and a ridiculously comfortable bed complete with nets blowing in the tropical breeze; whilst not enjoying the villa our time was spent relaxing by the huge pool where sunset was a sight to behold… Evason Hua Hin - Pool Villa Evason Hua Hin - Sunset But there was one thing that was out of the ordinary here, Evason Hua Hin houses Matthew Kenney Culinary, where guests can learn to create restaurant quality, fine-dining food that is entirely raw and vegan. Month long raw vegan food courses, or weekend intensives focussing on areas like desserts, detoxes or nut cheeses, are held in a top of the range teaching kitchen that is located in the heart of the resort (you can see the swaying palm trees from the windows). And for those that don’t fancy themselves as budding chefs, the restaurant menus include raw vegan options prepared by resort chefs who have graduated from Matthew Kenney Culinary. Now everyone can enjoy this revolution in food. We were blown away by the experience and so it’s been no surprise why we’ve seen other luxury hotels, resorts and restaurants adding more raw and vegan food to their regular offering. Raw is so hot right now that it just might be one of the next hot trends in the luxury travel world. Don’t believe us? Here’s our 3 reasons why raw veganism is going to be the next hot trend in luxury travel. It’s healthy The main reason people eat raw vegan food it because it’s healthy. It’s great to lose weight and pack your body full of minerals, antioxidants, vitamins and everything else you need to fight disease, repair damage and generally stay in a tip top healthy condition. Because raw food is never heated above 40°C, key nutrients are left intact and you can enjoy reaping all the benefits of eating unprocessed whole foods to the max. Matthew Kenney - Raw Food_1 More and more chefs working in top end restaurants and luxury resorts are switching on to the benefits of offering healthy options to their customers. The most forward thinking of these are embracing the raw vegan movement and incorporating raw food fully into their menus. Now you can fill yourself full of food, safe in the knowledge that your luxury indulgence will increase your health, not your waistband. What’s not to love about that? It’s delicious, decadently delicious When we talk about raw food, we’re not just talking salad here. Think raw nut cheese, creams and purees, think dehydrated, marinated and sous vide. Chefs like Mathew Kenney are pioneering ‘the future of food’ and creating fine-dining dishes that will make you swoon. A light touch on the cooking of ingredients doesn’t mean flavour and texture suffers. With the raw food movement you can expect to eat rich chocolate puddings made from avocados and raw cacao (a powerhouse of anti-oxidents). You can ditch the dairy for nut milks and cheeses and creamy emulsions. Matthew Kenney - Raw Food_2 You’ll eat food that is alive, it’s fresh, full of colour and downright pretty. All the cool kids are doing it Madonna, Venus Williams, Alicia Silverstone and Gwyneth Paltrow are among celebrities who have recently been advocating a raw food diet to get healthy for some time and the number of famous faces swapping the animal products for raw, plant-based cuisine is growing. Matthew Kenney - Raw Food_3 You only have to go to popular travel destinations like Ubud in Bali where every second restaurant seems to be a raw food haven offering up fresh plates of beautiful looking food, and look at the clientele to realise that this is a trend that might actually be worth following. Unlike other trends that encourage you to push yourself to your limits, (for example the ‘Bucket List’ travel trend which might see you leap out of a plane or cycle the length of Vietnam), the raw food luxury travel trend will only make you healthier. Actually that’s a lie, it might also save the planet, what with all the environmental benefits of eating plants vs. animals (but that’s another story). It’s no wonder that eating raw vegan food is so cool. So watch this space and keep an eye out for places like Evason Hua Hin who are leading the way in the raw vegan food travel trend. This is one travel trend to get behind. 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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