Vegan pioneers in Europe: simple, stylish, and sustainable

Enjoy a holistic all-vegan experience in Greece, or retreat to the Scottish highlands for a plant-curious escape.

Bianca Klement
Origin travel expert
Koukoumi Mykonos: a holistic all-vegan experience

If you're looking for an all-vegan experience, the boutique hotel Koukoumi, Mykonos, has to be top of your list. It's the perfect getaway – both for people who embrace a vegan lifestyle and for anyone looking to just totally chill out.

Although Mykonos may be known for its flawless beaches and trendy bars, this hideaway in the heart of the island is more about relaxing and taking it easy. The Mediterranean, Greek-inspired vegan dishes also give visitors a new appreciation for plant-based food and show that a vegan vacation doesn't have to mean missing out on the local cuisine.

Refresh in the outdoor pool
Green living at every turn

Koukoumi bills itself as Greece’s first and only vegan hotel, and they take this title seriously too. Their focus on respect and compassion for animals and the environment can be witnessed in every corner of the hotel:

→ The simplistic, stylish furniture is cruelty-free

→ Pets are welcome on request

→ The spa uses only certified organic cosmetics, which are 100% vegan

→ All waste is composted

→ Solar energy is used to heat and power the hotel

→ Green roofing helps to reduce CO2 emissions, and also serves as a habitat for birds and bees

Practical, beautiful, and cruelty-free: the furniture at Koukoumi
Take a swing in your private hammock or chill in the hot tub
Highland escape for the plant curious: Saorsa 1875

Right in the heart of Scotland, surrounded by lush forests, wild rivers, and mystic mountains is the picturesque Victorian town of Pitlochry. Surrounded by a dramatic landscape that romantics dream about and adventurers are drawn to, the town itself is a lovely community, with centuries-old buildings that radiate charm and character.

A feast for the eyes and the palate: the vegan tasting dinner at Saorsa

One of these buildings is home to the Saorsa 1875, the UK’s first vegan hotel. You have to love this place's philosophy: “We think the best experiences in life don’t have to come at the expense of animals or the environment.”

Behind the walls of this 19th-century baronial edifice is a surprisingly modern bohemian interior. The beds are lined with Egyptian cotton sheets and the toiletries are 100% vegan – as of course is the restaurant menu. It's a creative, fresh, and tasteful mix, with all organic ingredients sourced from the hotel’s garden or local farms. For every dinner served, the hotel also plants a tree to offset the carbon emissions.

Meet the locals at Saorsa's reception
Your home in the highlands
Try the ever changing menu
Plant lovers' favorites

Vegan vacationing is getting easier and easier, and there are plenty of plant-based stays that offer incredible experiences, along with an amazing menu.

Alongside these two incredible destinations, we'd also recommend checking out L.A's holistic shaman treehouse and Villa Dei Campi in rural Italy. Chat with one of our curators now to start arranging your perfect vegan getaway.

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