Gluten Free Honeymoons

These days, we’re seeing more and more food allergies.  The situation is definitely on that My Vacation Lady  deals with on a very regular basis.  Right now, we have a honeymoon couple in Barbados where the groom has very severe food allergies.  We take this very seriously and we will guide our honeymooners toward certain resorts or destinations that handle food allergies better than others.

Let’s talk about Gluten Free  (GF) honeymoons for a minute.  My Vacation Lady follows a GF diet by choice.  I don’t have Celiac disease so I won’t get deathly ill if I eat gluten but I wanted to check out the way resorts in the Riviera Maya and Cancun handled GF diets and it was very eye opening.

What did we find?

Certain resorts and certain resort chains are definitely better than others and were definitely more accommodating.  We stayed at 2 different 5* adult only all inclusive resorts and ate at a number more during our travels.

  • Each restaurant hostess did ask if we had any food allergies.  That, in itself, was a major change from a few years ago.
  • Some restaurants had gluten free items marked on their menu

So here are some tips for a Gluten Free Honeymoon:

  1. Always tell your honeymoon specialist that you have food allergies and what foods you need to avoid.  We’ll be able to guide you toward better options
  2. Stay away from buffets, if at all possible.  Ingredients aren’t usually listed on the description of the item.  It’s just safer not to risk cross contamination from utensils or cooking multiple items on the same grill.
  3. Look at destinations where English is widely spoken.  It’s easier to explain your food allergy in the same language.
  4. If you are honeymooning in an exotic destination where English may not be widely spoken OR if you aren’t sure how much English the wait staff will know, have a card written out in their language describing your food allergies and show it to the waiter and ask him to bring it to the chef.
  5. Don’t every feel bad asking the waiter to check with the chef to see if an item is GF or if it can be prepared without gluten.

In our personal experiences, we have come across a few destinations,resorts and cruise lines that handle GF diets very well.

  1. We had the best GF bread (including GF French Toast) at the St Regis Bora Bora.
  2. Hawaii is a great destination for GF diets.  The Fairmont Kea Lani (for one) has gluten free menus at many of their restaurants, as do many of the restaurants on the islands
  3. The Karisma resort chain (El Dorado, Azul and Generations) in the Riviera Maya did a great job– even at a large “show cooking” restaurant.
  4. Disney World– handles all kinds of food allergies very wall
  5. Hermitage Bay in Antigua is well versed in GF diets since the owner’s wife follows a GF diet herself.
  6. Palace Resorts in Mexico- especially Le Blanc.
  7. Italy- yes, the country world renowned for pasta, knows how to deal with GF diets.
  8. Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Lines both offered GF diets.

There are many other resorts and destinations that will be able to prepare GF meals but these are just a few that we have personal experience or knowledge of.

My Vacation Lady can help you plan your dream honeymoon.  If food allergies are a concern, just let us know and we’ll help figure out the best options for you.

Don’t you deserve the best on your honeymoon?


About the Author:

Mindy Gilbert of My Vacation Lady has been helping clients, just like you, plan their dream vacations, cruises and honeymoons since 1994.