As we (thankfully) approach Spring Break, I’ve read a lot about hotels that are tuning in to guests with food and airborne allergies.
Last year, the Marriott resort we stayed at in the Caribbean sold soy milk in a market in their lobby. And, the concierge knew exactly were to find it elsewhere on the tiny island.
The Hilton at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida has added 52 PURE guests rooms. These rooms are equipped with a state-of-the-art air purification system and are treated to remove allergens and irritants from all surfaces and fabrics (think hypoallergenic pillowcases, mattress covers, and microfiber sheets). http://www.childmode.com/2011/02/07/hilton-adds-52-pure-guest-rooms-for-families-and-travelers-with-allergies-or-asthma/s And the Hilton isn’t the only hotel providing this service (see Allergy Friendly Hotels, below).
The Fairmont Hotel Group recently began offering a dedicated menu for guests and diners with dietary restrictions. Their Lifestyle Cuisine Plus concept lists gluten-free, raw, peanut-free, and macrobiotic food options.
At Miraval Resort near Tuscon, Arizona, guests are asked about their food allergies and dietary requirements upon booking. That information is relayed to the resort’s executive chef and Miraval employs a nutritional director. They would like their guests not only accommodated, but happy.
The chefs at the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong partnered with British designer and lifelong vegetarian Stella McCartney, to offer an organic and vegetarian afternoon tea throughout the month of March.
In addition to the above hotels featured, you can investigate allergy-friendly hotels as well as bed and breakfasts through Allergy Friendly Hotels website. This site has listings in the U.S. and U.K., Ireland, Germany, Spain and Canada.
With so many excellent, allergy-sensitive places to stay this spring break, the only question I have is: when are we going?!