By Paul Eyers on Apr 19, 2017 in Accommodation, Asia, Food and Drink, Going Out, Hotels, Regions, Resorts, Restaurants, Travel Miscellany, Vietnam – Read 941 times
Luxury vegan travel is getting easier. Hotels and resorts now understand that a plant based and vegan diet is not only a healthy option, but has multiple benefits for the environment. In South East Asia, one of the destinations that is fast becoming a favourite for vegan travel lovers is Vietnam, where the number of hotels and resorts that offer a vegan or vegetarian menu is growing. Here are 14 ‘tried and tested’ luxury hotels in Vietnam that cater for vegan guests. Each of them goes above and beyond to ensure that all guests are treated equally regardless of dietary requirements and receive the very best in customer service.
1. L’Ayana Resort
First up and located in picturesque Ninh Van Bay, is the recently renamed L’Ayana Resort which was known as An Lam Villas when we visited. It offers guests luxury and relaxation in a variety of accommodations; our Lagoon Villa, with an open plan design and indoor-outdoor feel was wonderful and we just loved the private pool and indoor swing seats.
Amongst other dishes, the chef prepared a vegan curry which was mild and sweet, spiced with lemongrass, turmeric and a subtle chilli warmth; we enjoyed this for breakfast served with rice.
2. Evason Ana Mandara
Evason Ana Mandara is the only beachfront resort in the seaside town of Nha Trang enabling beautiful ocean views from the pool, villas and public areas.
This ‘bun chay’ noodle salad was our favourite dish; rice noodles with peanuts, crunchy salad, crispy spring rolls and the most delicious lemongrass and chilli marinated tofu, all tossed together with a soy dressing offering all the flavours of Vietnam in one bowl.
3. Fusion Maia Danang
Fusion Maia Danang is a luxury spa-inclusive resort situated between Danang and Hoi An meaning guests have the ability to easily explore both locations. That is if they are able to bring themselves to leave this tranquil haven, tear themselves away from the top quality spa treatments and the sumptuous villas and suites!
Each day we enjoyed lunch at ‘Fresh’ where there was an extensive list of plant based and vegan creations including this soba noodle and mango dish which had the most amazing sesame aroma
4. Fusion Resort Nha Trang
Fusion Resort Nha Trang takes modern, cool and stylish living to the next level, the uber luxury spa-inclusive resort located just outside Nha Trang towards Cam Ranh International Airport offers guests multiple spa treatments to choose from whilst enjoying the superb villas, beach and healthy living programmes.
One of the standout dishes we sampled was titled ‘Local Vegetable Garden’ incorporating flavours of avocado, mango, subtle chilli and caramelised ginger mixed together with pumpkin, jicama root, fresh coconut and purple basil.
5. InterContinental Asiana Saigon
Head to the capital city and book a room at InterContinental Asiana Saigon for a slice of city centre luxury that you would expect to find at all InterContinental properties. Expect rooms and suites with all the ‘mod cons’ and for that extra special experience book a room with access to the Club InterContinental.
As well as our exceptional daily breakfast chosen from the buffet with plenty of vegan options, we also enjoyed tasty dishes such as this stir fried noodles with tofu and vegetables whilst staying at InterContinental Asiana Saigon.
6. Intercontinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort
The multi award winning Intercontinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort is an incredible creation designed by ground breaking hotel architect, Bill Bensley; it truly is a resort like no other and offers surprises and ‘wow factor’ at every turn. The exceptional design is matched with high level customer service and facilities, making it an ideal stay for those wanting to be seriously impressed.
Lunch on the beach at ‘Barefoot’ was one of the many highlights when the Jordanian head chef prepared a vegan feast including muhamammara, babaganoush, fatoush and moutabel served with freshly baked breads. There is also an award winning French restaurant headed by Pierre Gagnaire where vegans can be treated to a lavish gourmet experience.
7. Mia Resort Nha Trang
Set amongst beautifully manicured gardens, with far reaching sea views and a private beach Mia Resort Nha Trang is another option situated away from the hustle and bustle of Nha Trang. Enjoy hours spent on the secluded private beach before heading to the restaurant to try some of the most creative food you’ll find in Nha Trang.
The chef was innovative and exciting and surprised us every day with fresh and healthy plant based dishes including these roasted artichokes with a sharp and tart dressing combined with basil pesto, warm peppery watercress flavours and the sweet essence of yellow bell peppers.
8. Sheraton Saigon Hotel and Towers
With 485 guest rooms and a prime central location Sheraton Saigon Hotel and Towers offers guests a wide selection of rooms and suites alongside the ability to easily explore the Opera House, Notre Dame Cathedral, Ben Thanh Market, and Reunification Palace which are all a short distance away.
The best option for dinner was at the hotel’s Chinese Restaurant, Li Bai, who offer an extensive vegetarian menu including a varied vegan selection including our favourite which was this deep fried bean curd skin with sweet sour sauce.
9. Six Senses Con Dao
A short flight from Saigon sees you arrive on the island of Con Dao where if you choose Six Senses Con Dao as your ‘home’ you will be very pleased indeed. As expected with all Six Senses properties you will experience the best of service, accommodation, amenities, food and wellness which when combined deliver that unique ‘Six Senses vibe’ that never fails to disappoint.
There were multiple vegan options on the menu from super healthy salads and juices to fine-dining meals at the Chef’s Table where you can dine in a private room with a view into the kitchen. But we cannot forget how excited we were to enjoy this vegan burger platter which was absolutely delicious, we would travel back to Six Senses Con Dao just to eat this burger…!
10. Six Senses Ninh Van Bay
If you love the Six Senses brand then you will love Six Senses Ninh Van Bay which boasts vast and expansive ocean views from all of the villas and suites. Our out of this world ‘Rock Villa’ came complete with private pool carved from stone and our very own cave, yes you heard right, our incredible home during our stay had it’s very own cave!
Every vegan dining experience here was a good one, with the team of chefs going out of their way to prepare fresh and creative vegan dishes including this marinated tofu with courgette, asparagus and delicate micro greens.
11. Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai
Now known as Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai this high end, luxury resort near Hoi An is rightly recognised as one of the leading resorts in the world; we can only imagine that the recent change in management will take what was simply known as The Nam Hai during our stay to the next level, although how it can be any better than it already was is hard to imagine!
Often, as vegans we are unable to enjoy local specialities but this wasn’t so at The Nam Hai where our traditional Vietnamese pho was prepared with vegetable stock and tofu making it not only suitable for vegans but absolutely delicious.
12. The Reverie Saigon
It is hard to find words to describe The Reverie Saigon but if we had to choose one it would be extravagant, it is one of those luxury hotels that you really have to see to believe as it takes things to levels rarely seen before. The design is opulent, the service is first class and everything aspect of this Saigon hotel aims for top drawer luxury (and achieves it).
Amazing, freshly prepared vegan breakfasts in ‘Cafe Cardinal’, a vegan Italian fine dining experience at ‘Romeo Juliet’ and delicate plant based canapés served with chilled champagne in ‘The Reverie Lounge’ were all moments that we will never forget from our stay at The Reverie Saigon.
13. Victoria Hoi An Beach Resort
Victoria Hoi An Beach Resort is the original beach resort in Hoi An and is situated just outside of the UNESCO heritage old town, book one of the Ocean Front Deluxe rooms allowing you to wake up each morning to this ocean vista.
The chef team were happy to serve a variety of vegan options and had a good understanding of what is needed to create tasty and wholesome plant based food including this lightly breaded tofu served with steamed rice, morning glory and a trio of flavour packed sauces.
14. Villa Song
Last on our list, but by no means least, is Villa Song which despite being just a few miles from town seems a million miles away from the busy streets of Saigon. It is a perfect escape from the city, situated on the banks of the Saigon River and the 23 rooms and suites are beautifully appointed in this boutique hotel.
Dining is in ‘Bistro Song Vie’ which offers a separate vegan menu and other a la carte options which can be easily adapted for vegan guests, was a total breeze. All of the food we enjoyed was fresh, vibrant and packed with flavour, offering a chance to try local favourites as well as International cuisine.
We hope you enjoyed reading about our 14 ‘tried and tested’ luxury hotels in Vietnam that cater for vegan guests. Be sure to let us know if you plan to visit any of them yourselves or indeed have any other suggestions for us to check out next time we visit this vegan friendly country!
Paul Eyers is Founder of Vegan Food Quest.
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