Finding the perfect honeymoon destination can be tricky in even the most traditional of situations. You've got the stress of your wedding, the guest list, the in-laws, and legalities to contend with! But for vegans, it can be even harder to find the perfect location, with many destinations not quite grasping the concept of the vegan lifestyle. That's why we've picked out four of our favorite vegan-friendly honeymoon destinations.
1.) St Lucia
St Lucia, one of the Caribbean Islands, is breathtakingly beautiful. With miles of rainforest (completely unspoiled, you'll be pleased to hear) and a coastline filled with fantastic beaches, you'll find plenty here to enjoy. Jade Mountain is the place to go – the whole place is built like a sanctuary, with private pools, dedicated beaches and a boutique spa.
It's also technology-free (though internet is available upon request) making it a perfect place to relax after wedding stress. Given they on their own organic farm, you know the produce is ethically sourced and they're happy to accommodate any specific needs you may have. It's not all luxury and relaxation, of course – there's Rodney Bay Village, with a thriving social scene, and everything from scuba diving to hiking along nature trails.
2.) New York
If you've never been to New York, now's the time! It's a diverse, multi-cultural city ,meaning there are a whole range of options out there – from Thai to Italian. As you probably know, it's much easier to eat a vegan diet in an area with this much choice, so it's well worth looking into. Plus, there are plenty of restaurants dedicated to being vegan-friendly. We especially like Blossom. There are several fantastic restaurants specifically devoted to raw vegan food, if you're interested. If you're looking for somewhere unique to stay, try the Ginger Cat Bed and Breakfast. Not only is it filled with adorable cats, but the owners are vegan and use all organic products – so it's absolutely ethical!
New York is an amazing place to explore – its home to the Statue of Liberty, the Museum of Modern Art, Times Square and Central Park for long, romantic walks, after all. You'll also want to leave time to head to Moo Shoes to pick up some vegan-friendly fashion.
If you're looking for somewhere a bit more unusual, why not try Bali? An island off the coast of Indonesia, it's set in the highest marine diversity area in the world – meaning that if you want to see giant sunfish, manta rays and turtles, you're in luck!
It's a delight for the senses too, with the scent of jasmine, frangipani, and water lily floating through the air. The Sarinbuana Eco Lodge is the perfect place for a vegan honeymoon, with it's dedicated to sustainability and eco-friendly meals, making it a highlight of the island. The food is sourced primarily within 20km of the lodges, and is usually picked that day! It's almost all vegan, and it's almost certainly items you've never tried before-- such as cassava seeds, or snake skin fruit. If you're a bit of a fussy eater, don't worry – they also serve Western food, just in case.
For somewhere a little bit less tropical, why not try Iceland? Reykjavik has a whole host of vegan-friendly restaurants, but the landscape itself is far more exciting than most of the cities of North America-- here are geysers, volcanoes, glaciers and mountains, all packed into one space.
The capital, Reykjavik, is one of the most unique and eco-friendly places in the whole world thanks to Iceland's high use of geothermal power. There are geothermal spas – even a geothermally heated beach! Holidays to Iceland are best organized around August, since there's also a chance of seeing the Northern Lights. What more could you want? We're talking green power, vegan food, and gorgeous natural wonders.
If you're in any doubt at all about the suitability of a hotel, just give them a call – they'll be happy to discuss your requirements with you. Whether it's just the fact you're vegan, or if it's a little more complex with allergies or food intolerances, make sure the place you choose to stay at works for you, and not the other way around.