Vegans who love to travel, this one is for you! Traveling cruelty-free and ethically should be as easy as it is to find plant-based alternatives in the supermarket. It’s not too much to ask for a hotel to be cruelty-free, and hotels around the world are finally starting to realize this.

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group’s Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi has created two new vegan guest rooms. The rooms will debut this month and don’t contain any leather, wool, silk, or feathers. The bathroom is fully stocked with vegan toiletries, a vegan mini bar, and a vegan room service menu.

Michael Koth, the general manager, told The Post that they saw a noticeable increase in the interest in veganism.

“Veganism is omnipresent in our daily life and continues to drive societal changes. So why not offer a vegan luxury hotel experience?”

This isn’t the first time a hotel or resort has gone vegan. The Gray Barn in High Falls, New York, first opened in 2019 and is open to vegans or carnivores, but anyone who stays at the Gray Barn will follow vegan rules.

Lizz Truitt, who works for the Woodstock Farm Sanctuary, opened the inn and has been motivated by how much interest there is in vegan travel and how her visitors are giving back to the environment just by staying there.

She told The Post, “Interest is very high. We are usually at about 70% occupancy every month, and the proceeds fund our animal rescue work. A stay here is an act of giving.”

Similarly, in 2019, Hilton London Bankside opened its first vegan suite featuring vegan linens, vegan menus, and sustainable decorations. Even the cleaning products they use are vegan.

James Clarke, the general manager, met with a plant-based client, and the client asked him why they hadn’t created a vegan room. This prompted the hotel to partner with the Vegan Society to learn about the vegan lifestyle. The vegan rooms have been open for three years, and they have seen enormous success. Once travel is back to normal, they plan to open even more vegan rooms.

House of AÏA is a sustainable beachfront resort on Mexico’s Riviera Maya that refers to itself as sustainable rather than vegan. The rooms are plant-based and do not have any feathers or leather. Many people don’t even seem to know they are booking cruelty-free rooms.

Leather, feather, silk, and wool are all obtained through incredibly cruel practices and rely on the exploitation of animals for profit. Most people probably wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between leather, feathers, silk, wool, and their cruelty-free alternatives. So, why are we still decorating billions of hotel rooms with these unsustainable materials?

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