Best Holidays for People on a Gluten-Free Diet
Booking a holiday should be exciting. However, for those with food allergies it can be challenging. Trying to decide where to go, and which hotel to stay in, can be difficult when you have specific dietary requirements.
The good news is that the travel and tourism industry has made great progress in catering for different needs in recent years. So, if you’re on a gluten-free diet, you’ll find many hotels and destinations around the world will suit you. Below, we’ll reveal some of our best gluten-free friendly holidays to help you find the ideal break.
The Greeks follow a Mediterranean diet, which includes many grilled fish and meat dishes. These are naturally gluten-free, so you won’t need to spend too much time worrying about what you can eat. However, you’ll also come across other popular dishes such as moussaka, and ingredients such as pita bread and filo pastry.
Two of the best places to stay in Greece that cater to gluten-free diets are the TUI Sensatori Atlantica Caldera Palace in Crete, and the Blue Lagoon Resort in Kos. The latter offers menus to suit those with food allergies and intolerances, in three out of its four restaurants. At the Atlantica Caldera Palace, you can talk to the Food and Beverage Manager to find out about their gluten-free options.
You might think it would be difficult to find gluten-free options in tortilla-loving Mexico. However, numerous resorts provide excellent gluten-free options.
The Azul Beach Resort Riviera Maya By Karisma will provide guests with a gluten allergy letter from the concierge. This can be shown in the resort’s restaurants, so the chefs can create a dish to meet your needs.
Other resorts in Mexico also provide a great selection of gluten-free dishes. Simply let the resort staff know you have specific dietary requirements and they’ll be able to cater to your needs.
With its love of pasta and pizza, you’d think gluten-free options in Italy would be rather limited. However, the Italians know all about gluten intolerance, and have introduced a number of great gluten-free alternatives. In Italian, gluten free translates to “senza glutine”, so watch out for this when you’re browsing through its menus.
The TUI Blue Nastro Azzurro offers an excellent range of gluten-free options, along with lactose-free meals. To make it simple, these speciality meals are listed on a separate menu. You can also talk to the chef to discuss your preferences.
The volcanic island of Lanzarote boasts a lot of great gluten-free dining options. The TUI Family Life Flamingo Beach Resort is renowned for its speciality diet menu. It offers a wide selection of dishes, including gluten-free pizzas. There are also separate utensils and toasters in the breakfast area reserved for gluten-free guests.
Another great resort offering gluten-free dishes is the TUI Blue Natura Palace. Here, you’ll find all of their gluten-free meals are clearly highlighted on the menu. You can also talk to the chef to discuss your requirements.
Although Portugal tends not to offer the same level of gluten-free options as in many other parts of Europe, there are still options available for gluten-free guests. When you’re dining in local restaurants, avoid dishes which contain “cevada” or “trigo” – barley and wheat. You’ll also want to eat grilled rather than fried foods. If a dish is “sin-gluten”, it’s safe for you to eat.
At the Hotel Pestana Alvor Praia, you’ll find separate stations in the buffet restaurant catering specifically to those with food allergies. The chef is also happy to create speciality dishes at the a la carte restaurants on-site.
Wherever you plan on jetting off to on holiday, you’ll find the chefs at most restaurants will be happy to put together gluten-free dishes. Simply let them know when you arrive what your dietary requirements are, and they will typically work with you to cater to your needs.