HOTELS WITH GLUTEN FREE OFFERINGS
Some hotel chains have recently begun rolling out gluten free breakfasts and an array of gourmet gluten free choices in their restaurants. Particularly noteworthy are Fairmont, Omni, Ritz Carlton, and Hyatt chains.
HOTELS WITH FULL KITCHENS FOR COOKING
If possible, it's always a good idea to stay in a condo or hotel with a full kitchen so you can prepare some of your own meals, if needed. Best bets for hotels that feel like home include Residence Inn, Extended Stay, and Homewood Suites.
The Inn on Randolph is a dedicated gluten free Bed and Breakfast in the heart of Napa and the glorious wine country. Owner Karen Lynch has been gluten free herself for seven years. She purchased and fully renovated the Inn in 2012 and decided it should be completely gluten free. The Inn immediately began receiving great reviews and accolades for its food -- and has since become the #1 rated B&B in Napa (out of 84 B&Bs!) on Trip Advisor.
The decor of the Inn is hip, fresh, and luxurious with a whole new attitude. Run by young, innovative innkeepers, this stunning Napa property has become the destination of choice for savvy travelers who want the intimacy of a Bed and Breakfast Inn with the elegance and amenities of a boutique hotel. Amenities include heated bathroom floors and sumptuous beds that have become the talk of the travel sites. Outside you'll find lush outdoor gardens, private spaces, and meeting rooms that can accommodate everything from intimate proposals to large group celebrations. There's even a private spa for a luxurious massage. Several new gluten free restaurants are due to open soon in downtown Napa, making the Inn on Randolph the perfect gluten-free friendly destination!
Anamaya Resort is a resort in Costa Rica specializing in yoga retreats, surfing lessons, and scuba diving. Even if you're simply going to relax, you'll love the ambiance and philosophy at Anamaya, which means "good health" in Sanskrit. Their mission is to combine healthy eating, exercise, relaxation, adventure, and fun! As of two years ago, the resort went entirely gluten free and dairy free, and they focus on food that's natural, organic, and local. They even source all their flours locally to provide the best taste and consistency for their recipes. Guests can't even tell the food is gluten free! The focus is on healthy, minimally processed meals full of protein, healthy fats, and lots of local fruits and vegetables.
Anamaya welcomes all guests, whether beginners at yoga, scuba, or surfing -- or more advanced. Their location is near one of the world's most beautiful tropical beach towns, Montezuma, and not far from famous surf spots. The resort itself sits on a cliff next to rainforests and a waterfall...a perfect place to get "off the grid" and immerse yourself in the beauty of Costa Rica. Visit Anamaya's website or call 1-866-412-5350.
If you are looking for either an adults-only or a family-friendly all-inclusive vacation, you can't go wrong with Sandals or Beaches. The food is delicious, there are many dining options, and they are eager to accommodate gluten-free diets. In fact, they even have a new VIDEO in which they discuss how their culinary teams work closely with guests to meet their individual dietary needs, whether it's due to Celiac Disease, lactose intoerance, or allergies. Visit Sandals website or call 1-888-BEACHES.
By now, you probably have heard from numerous sources how Disney World is the gold standard for gluten-free dining. (For a detailed account of how a trip to Disney World truly means leaving your worries at home and having safe and delicious gluten-free meals prepared for you, don't miss reading this Article.)
There's virtually no need to bring any of your own food, and with just a phone call to the parks' Special Dietary Needs department at 407-824-5967 or an email to email@example.com, you can get gluten-free menus from each of Disney World's theme parks emailed directly to you before your trip. You can also call Theresa Joiner with Food and Beverage Support at 407-560-6395 or email her at Theresa.Joiner@disney.com. Be sure to check out the Special Dietary Needs page on Disney's website for more information on special dietary requests. One recommendation: if you're staying at a Disney resort, the menu plan can't be beat for value and convenience (you'll save hundreds of dollars off what you'd pay for similar meals without the plan). For more information and reservations (just have them note "gluten-free" on your reservation), call 407-WDW-DINE.
If you're a regular traveler who likes to have a fully equipped kitchen for safely preparing some of your own meals, Marriott's Vacation Club is a great option to consider. Check out all their great time-share resort locations where you and your family can vacation -- knowing you can safely prepare your own gluten-free meals even when there aren't "safe" restaurants nearby.