Tips For Being Vegetarian At An All Inclusive Resort

3 years into being vegetarian and I have started to get a good grasp of not just how to cook and find vegetarian food. But also how to travel as a vegetarian! Some trips are easier than others and one that isn’t overly challenging if you take the right steps is all inclusive resorts. Which is why today I am sharing my favorite tips for being vegetarian at an all inclusive resort!

Tips For Being Vegetarian At An All Inclusive Resort

Tips For Being Vegetarian At An All Inclusive Resort

How to be vegetarian and eat all the good stuff at all inclusive:

Being a vegetarian at an all-inclusive resort can be a delightful experience, as long as you’re prepared and aware of your dietary needs. Here are some tips to help you navigate and enjoy your vegetarian options at an all-inclusive resort:

Research the Resort:

Before booking your stay, research the resort’s dining options and their approach to catering to dietary restrictions. Look for resorts that offer a variety of vegetarian dishes or have specific vegetarian-friendly menus.

Bonus tip: if you can’t find menus on their website try downloading the app for the resort. Often they have up to date menus on there instead that you can use. Also check google images for pictures of menus that people have uploaded as part of reviews of the resort.

Communicate Your Dietary Needs:

When making your reservation, inform the resort about your vegetarian diet. This will allow them to make necessary arrangements and ensure that vegetarian options are available to you.

They also will often ask every time you are seated (at least in my experience!) if there is any dietary restrictions. Just speak up and say vegetarian- often they will be able to make more modifications and offer suggestions if they know you don’t eat meat.

Speak to the Staff:

Once you arrive at the resort, have a conversation with the restaurant staff or the chef. Clearly explain your dietary requirements and ask for recommendations or customized vegetarian options. They are often willing to accommodate your needs and can suggest suitable dishes or modifications. Especially if you have an assigned concierge!

Explore the Buffet:

Most all-inclusive resorts have extensive buffets with a wide range of food options. Take your time to explore the buffet and identify vegetarian-friendly items. Look for salads, vegetable dishes, soups, grains, and legumes. Don’t hesitate to ask the staff about the ingredients used in different dishes if you’re unsure.

Also, I often grab extra fruit from the buffet to bring to the beach or pool especially if they don’t offer many vegetarian options near them.

Customization is Key:

Don’t be afraid to ask for modifications to existing dishes to make them vegetarian-friendly. For example, request to remove meat from a pasta dish or substitute animal-based ingredients with plant-based alternatives. Especially if you see an alternative somewhere else on the menu!

For example, at an Italian restaurant at an all inclusive I asked them to add a hard cheese to it that was on a different pasta dish instead of the chicken it would have came with and they assured me that was no problem and it was so tasty!

Embrace Local Cuisine:

Explore the local cuisine at the resort. Many international destinations have traditional vegetarian dishes that are flavorful and satisfying. Embracing local flavors can enhance your dining experience and provide you with unique vegetarian options.

Also, don’t be afraid to ask what options are vegetarian, sometimes if you aren’t familiar with the cuisine or specific foods you may not know all the options you have.

Be Adventurous:

Step out of your comfort zone and try new vegetarian dishes offered by the resort. This is an opportunity to discover new flavors and expand your culinary horizons. Don’t shy away from experimenting and asking for recommendations from the staff.

I am a huge fan of trusting the staffs recommendations- they know the food better than we ever could!

Pack Snacks:

In case you find limited vegetarian options or have specific dietary preferences, it’s a good idea to pack some snacks that can supplement your meals. Nutritious options like granola bars, dried fruits, nuts, or energy bars can come in handy when you need a quick bite.

This also can come in handy while flying or travel in general.

Check Specialty Restaurants:

All-inclusive resorts often have specialty restaurants with different themes or cuisines. These restaurants may have more vegetarian options or be more accommodating to dietary restrictions. Check if the resort offers any vegetarian-friendly specialty restaurants and make reservations in advance if needed.

Utilize Room Service:

If the resort offers room service as part of the all-inclusive package, take advantage of it. You can request vegetarian meals or customize your order to suit your dietary needs. Often you can get lunch options that are veggie friendly at all hours from room service.

Engage in Cooking Classes or Demonstrations:

Some all-inclusive resorts offer cooking classes or demonstrations. Participating in these activities can provide insights into vegetarian cooking techniques and allow you to learn how to prepare your favorite dishes using local ingredients. And then you can make the food meat free!

Enjoy Fresh Fruits and Salads:

All-inclusive resorts often have an abundance of fresh fruits and salad options available. Make sure to include these nutritious and refreshing choices in your meals.

Remember to communicate your dietary needs clearly and politely, and be patient and flexible while navigating the dining options. With a little preparation and communication, you can enjoy a variety of delicious vegetarian meals and have a memorable experience at an all-inclusive resort.

Korra The Explorer

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