Maldives Gluten-Free Travel Itinerary

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Hi! I’m Esha, and I spent seven days in the Maldives with my husband on a second honeymoon. We stayed at the St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort and it was absolutely magical. I have celiac and the resort was able to make almost every type of food celiac-safe. The food at the St. Regis was absolutely incredible. Their Indian food was phenomenal and, as an Indian woman, I’ve had my share of delicious Indian food! We spent our trip indulging in tropical fruits, cocktails, and delicious meals. Traveling to a remote destination can feel intimidating for someone like me, but rest assured that the St. Regis can and will accommodate your dietary restrictions. I highly recommend watching the sunset from Whale Bar with a cocktail or two in hand and trying the signature Bloody Mary of the St. Regis Maldives. It’s served in a giant shell! For more details on the restaurants I loved, check out my reviews on Spokin @gfreebasicb and my Instagram @glutenfreebasicb.

 

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DAY 1


Hotel: The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort

There’s a reason that the St. Regis Maldives is a bucket list hotel. From the time we landed at the Male airport to the time we left the Maldives, the St. Regis staff was absolutely phenomenal and very attentive to all of our needs. They were so careful about accommodating for celiac disease, at every single restaurant they were able to accommodate for a gluten-free, no cross-contamination, very strict diet. I have never experienced this level of attentiveness in my life! They even packed me gluten-free snacks to take to the airport on our departure day so that I would have something to snack on. I cannot recommend this hotel enough for anyone who has celiac disease or any type of gluten intolerance. We let the staff know in advance that I have celiac, and they made sure to have gluten-free flour and gluten-free bread on hand. The chefs are very knowledgeable, as are the staff members, and they recognized me by face as soon as I walked into any restaurant and knew that I would need to be served gluten-free bread.

Lunch: Alba

Alba is probably the best restaurant at the St. Regis Maldives. For our first lunch, we had fruit and vegetable salad and gluten-free bread with balsamic vinegar and olive oil!

Dinner: Alba

We ordered room service from Alba and got Thai spicy green curry with rice!


DAY 2


Breakfast: Alba

If you are a Marriott Bonvoy member, you definitely need to take advantage of the complementary breakfast that’s included with your membership. Not only can you access the buffet, which included gluten-free bread and a few gluten-free pastries that are separately displayed and have their own dedicated spatulas, but they can also make you anything off of the menu a la carte! One of the servers found out that I really like pancakes and had the chef make me a gluten-free pancakes, and then gluten-free waffles another day. Everyone is so nice. I recommend trying the Indian food for breakfast. So good! And the fruit selection is out of control. They also have tons of different kinds of fresh juices. I ate tropical fruit salad, gluten-free bread with preserves, a gluten-free madeleine, green juice, and coffee.

Lunch: Crust + Craft

When we sat here for lunch, I didn’t think I’d be able to order their pizza because they make the gluten-free crust in the same oven as the regular. However, our server was incredibly nice and asked the staff at a different restaurant (Alba) to bake my gluten-free pizza so that I would be able to eat it safely. It was so delicious and the cocktails are amazing. This restaurant is right by the beach so you can enjoy your lunch while looking at the Indian Ocean.

Dinner: Alba

I recommend their Indian food for dinner, I am Indian and it’s probably the best Indian food I have had! After exploring Vommuli Island on bikes and on foot, we had palak paneer, basmati rice, chicken tikka masala, and raita.

Cocktails: The Whale Bar

Whale Bar was a great spot to get amazing cocktails at sunset. I highly recommend the bloody Mary, it’s gluten-free and celiac-safe.

Sightseeing:

explored the St. Regis property (Vommuli Island) on foot and bikes


DAY 3


Breakfast: Alba

At Alba’s a la carte breakfast, I had pourover coffee, green juice, gluten-free Uttapam with coconut chutney, and a tropical fruit bowl!

Lunch: Alba

I had lunch at Alba again before we went snorkeling with the sea turtles excursion!

Dinner: The Whale Bar

I was able to find many things to eat at The Whale Bar: seafood, some appetizers, dessert, etc. For dinner I had tuna filet, corn, and cocktails.

Cocktails: The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort

Our butler brought us a bottle of champagne and gluten-free cake to celebrate our honeymoon!

Sightseeing:

Snorkeling with the sea turtles excursion


DAY 4


Breakfast: Alba

At the breakfast buffet, I had pourover coffee, gluten-free toast, an egg white omelet, a tropical fruit bowl, and gluten-free waffles!

Lunch: Alba

Alba is also a great spot for lunch and dinner. You can get any type of cuisine. They made sure to fry their french fries separately for me, and make sure that there was no risk of cross contamination with anything I ordered. I had a turkey club sandwich on gluten-free bread with gluten-free french fries.

Treat: Alba

During our beach day at the resort, we had fresh coconut water at the ocean!

Dinner: Alba

For dinner we had Italian food at Alba! We ordered gluten-free risotto and gluten free pasta.

Cocktails: The Whale Bar

We had cocktails at The Whale Bar after dinner!


DAY 5


Breakfast: Alba

At the breakfast buffet, I had green juice, pourover coffee, tropical fruit bowl, gluten free dosa, gluten free Uttapam (an Indian savory pancake), and gluten free waffles.

Lunch: Alba

Before snorkeling at the resort and a spa day, we ordered room service from Alba and had some sliced papaya.

Dinner: Orientale

I was able to eat the sushi safely; they did have tamari sauce. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to eat any of the noodle dishes and some of the other Asian cuisine items. There just wasn’t a way to substitute ingredients to make them gluten-free, but the sushi is absolutely amazing, as is the sashimi!

Sightseeing:

Snorkeling at the resort, spa day


DAY 6


Breakfast: Alba

At the breakfast buffet, I had green juice, pourover coffee, a tropical fruit bowl, an omelet, and gluten-free Uttapam.

Dinner: Alba

After a day of collecting sea shells across the island, swimming in the ocean, and swimming in the room’s pool, we had dinner at Alba. We ordered Tandoori chicken, paneer makhani, basmati rice, and raita.

Cocktails: The Whale Bar

Sightseeing:

Collecting sea shells across the island, swimming in the ocean, swimming in the room’s pool


DAY 7


Breakfast: Alba

At the breakfast buffet, I had green juice, pourover coffee, tropical fruit bowl, gluten-free toast, and gluten-free dosa.

Treat: Alba

I got some gluten-free cookies and muffins before heading home.

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