Indonesia is a vast and diverse collection of islands with multiple luxury travel options that come in all shapes and sizes. Bali is the most popular destination with more than 5 million tourists heading there every year, we think that due to their proximity to each other, combining a trip to Bali with spending time on neighbouring Lombok and the Gili Islands is the perfect opportunity to experience a trio of very different islands.
These 5 vegan friendly luxury hotels in Indonesia were all ‘tried and tested’ on a recent trip and include a couple of brand new luxury resorts that are sure to become firm favourites with luxury travel lovers. Each of them catered for us wonderfully as vegan guests, serving up a selection of plant based Indonesian cuisine alongside vegan food from other regions during our stays.
Six Senses Uluwatu, Bali
Having opened during Summer 2018, Six Senses Uluwatu is a stunning resort with an even more stunning location on the Southern tip of Bali, boasting enviable and breathtaking ocean vistas. The selection of stylish and chic suites and villas at Six Senses Uluwatu include ‘The Retreat’ which offers guests a unique ‘resort within a resort’ concept, complete with 4 bedrooms, 3 pools and your very own discreet and private entrance.
The hardest thing about checking in at Six Senses Uluwatu will be leaving, the dining options include ‘Crudo’ and ‘Rocka Edge Chef’s Table’ both with incredible Indian ocean views, whilst a visit to the Six Senses Spa, swimming in the cliffside infinity pool and catching a movie at ‘Cinema Paradiso’ open air movie theatre will all ensure you have a memorable and fun filled stay.
There are clearly labeled vegan items on the menus including delicious and delicate mushroom parcels which were beautifully presented and tasted divine; we also enjoyed a vegan version of their ‘Menu Nusantara’ which began with Chef Wayan preparing a selection of fresh sambals at our tableside and ended with us enjoying a veritable Indonesian vegan feast.
The Chedi Club Tanah Gajah, Bali
You can be confident that you are checking into somewhere extra special when you choose a member of prestigious luxury hotel consortium The Leading Hotels of the World on your next vacation, and this is certainly the case at The Chedi Club Tanah Gajah in Ubud.
Set within 12 acres of beautiful gardens which are surrounded by verdant rice paddies and with an extensive on site organic vegetable garden, this luxurious property exudes nature and tranquility; the sense of space is extraordinary and the urge to breath it all in and relax more than you’ve ever relaxed before is ever present.
The menus at The Chedi Club Tanah Gajah feature a number of vegetarian options which the team are more than happy to adapt for their vegan guests. We were treated to a Indonesian vegan cooking masterclass with Executive Chef Dean and dined from lunch, dinner and room service menus during our stay. The lightly breaded tempeh with our breakfast was outstanding as were the tofu and tempeh satay skewers that we ordered again as they were so good!
Pondok Santi, Gili Trawangan
Pondok Santi is without doubt the premier luxury resort option on the island of Gili Trawangan, offering guests ultimate privacy and space due to the conscious design with only a handful of bungalows, despite the estate stretching over 8 hectares.
The ocean front private pool villas have stunning views across 100m of beautifully manicured palm planted lawns, with the azure ocean and Lombok on the distance, there is no other option on Gili Trawangan if space, privacy and tranquility are important to you.
We loved the fresh and flavoursome vegan food that we enjoyed during our stay at Pondok Santi including a creamy, smashed avaocado on toast complete with a skewer of tempeh for breakfast. Chef created a vegan ‘off menu’ fusion dish for dinner that was thoroughly enjoyable, perfectly cooked vegan pesto pasta with roasted cherry tomatoes and grilled vegetables, tofu and tempeh skewers.
7 Secrets Resort & Wellness Retreat, Lombok
This super stylish and uber luxury resort would not look out of place in Ibiza or on Miami Beach. Located in the pristine and untouched horseshoe shaped bay of Pantai Nipah, 7 Secrets Resorts is sure to impress even the most discerning of luxury travel lovers.
Floor to ceiling, sliding glass doors open onto your private deck which is chome to a high tech hydro therapy pool for two, the picture perfect pool and ocean views complete the laid back and chilled vibe; attention to detail, opulent design and state of the art fixtures, fittings and furniture combine to create a true one of a kind luxury option in Lombok.
The vegan food at 7 Secrets Resort was outstanding and plentiful. We dined from the existing menus which were easily adapted to be vegan and also experienced a selection of dishes that were created by the chef for us during our stay; these included a Middle Eastern themed platter with lentil soup, fried mushrooms, baked tofu terrine and spiced butter beans. The vegan food didn’t just taste good but it looked good too, including possibly the prettist bowl of rice congee we’ve ever seen.
Diamond Beach Villa, Lombok
Situated in the Northwest of Lombok within 9700 square metres of carefully tended ocean front gardens is Diamond Beach Villa. This exclusive and private estate is the perfect location for a holiday with your friends and family, Diamond Beach Villa consists of multiple traditional Javanese style ‘joglo’ wooden houses, including 5 bedrooms around a central pool area.
The villa manager, chef and staff team are on hand to ensure your stay is memorable and can arrange excursions, activities and create delicious Indonesian cuisine upon request. With far reaching ocean vistas including the fabled Gili Islands, Diamond Beach Villa is also blessed with uninterrupted views of both sunrise and sunset at certain times of the year.
Our vegan food at Diamond Beach Villa was presented ‘family style’ with every dinner featuring a selection of Indonesian vegan food for us to enjoy. Spicy salads and sambals, creamy soups and curries served with plenty of rice, tofu and tempeh ensured that we were never hungry at Diamond Beach Villa. One of the benefits of renting a private villa that includes you own chef is that menus and dishes can be created especially for you, this was a real highlight and perfect if you are vegan…
Our 5 vegan friendly luxury hotels in Indonesia were all very different to each other yet all managed to create delicious vegan food during out visits, we’ve always loved Indonesia as the cuisine is easily adapted for vegans and always includes one of our all time favourite ingredients, tempeh! We love tempeh…
Paul Eyers is Founder of Vegan Food Quest. Vegan Food Quest have become luxury vegan travel specialists as they continue to find, eat and write about the best vegan food in the world.
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