As an experienced coeliac traveller, I often get asked for recommendations of gluten free all inclusive holidays. So I thought it was time for me to pull a guide together!
I ask my followers to share details of all inclusive resorts they had stayed and eaten well as coeliacs. Plus I have added in some of my own research, when looking for gluten free all inclusive holidays for my own family.
The result was a lovely list of options, which I help you find helpful when planning your trip! I’ve broken it down by country (in alphabetical order) to make it easy to reference.
If you’ve gluten free all inclusive recommendations you would like me to add to the list, please get in touch. You can email me email@example.com or contact me on Instagram/Facebook @myglutenfreeguide.
I will be making regular additions to this list as I discover more. And as I hear back from the tour operators I have contacted.
For a more detailed look at more than 60 destinations across the globe, have a read of my Gluten Free Travel Guide Series too :).
Happy Travels! Laura xxx
General Gluten Free All Inclusive Tips
1. Tell the Hotel in Advance that you are Gluten Free
First up, you should always notify the resort that you are coeliac/gluten free at the time of booking. Do not just assume that they will be able to cater for you. They may need to buy in supplies ahead of time. Or their processes and menus may no longer be coeliac friendly.
You don’t want to spend tonnes of money on a holiday only to find out theres nothing you can eat when you get there.
2. Speak to the Manager or Other Key Staff Member
Then when you check in, remind them again and they will normally put you in touch with a key staff member. Generally this staff member will then sit down with you to get an understanding of your dietary requirements, then make arrangements for your stay. It’s a great time to ask any questions you have about processes, and hopefully they’ll put your mind at ease.
3. Be Careful with Buffets
Buffets can be a bit of a cross contamination minefield, even when allergens are labelled. If you do not feel comfortable with the set up, speak to hotel staff.
Most hotels should be happy to make you up a safe plate of food from the kitchen.
4. Ask Questions
Remember, you should always feel happy and confident to ask questions about how food is prepared :). You are NOT being difficult, you are looking after your health. Getting glutened can really ruin a holiday.
You will not be the first or the last person to be asking these questions. And it gets easier the more you do it. Being polite and patient will get you a long way, even at those times when you feel frustrated and worried. Take a deep breath and carry on!
5. Not Sure What to Ask? Read My Guide!
I’ve got a handy guide on Eating at Mixed Facility Restaurants. If you’re not sure what type of thing to ask about, have a read.
Gluten Free All Inclusive Hotel Recommendations
Below you will find a tonne of hotel recommendations. These suggestions are based on my research, but I have not stayed in them personally. Please use this list as a starting point, then make your own enquiries before booking.
If you have had a bad experience at any of these resorts, please let me know and I will remove them from the list. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
A couple of hotel chains came up repeatedly in reviews. This doesn’t mean they are the best of the bunch, but simply that they have a lot of locations worldwide. While some resorts in the group may be great, others may not, so always enquire directly:
Tui Blue Resorts – it sounds like Tui Blue resorts globally are a good bet for gluten free all inclusive holidays. I contacted Tui’s HQ and they told me:
“TUI BLUE overall is a great option for those with dietary requirements as across our hotel portfolio, we continually work with our chefs to ensure that a variety of dietary and lifestyle requirements can be met. All dishes offer a labelling system which explains the ingredients used and we always advise that guests with additional dietary needs inform the head waiter, one of our BLUE Guides and the reception team at check-in of any allergies or food intolerances so we can best support them to ensure they get to enjoy the great food on offer.“
Sandals Resorts – lots of glowing reviews of Sandals hotels across the Caribbean stated that they could cater well for gluten free diets and coeliac travellers. However, there were also a couple of negative reviews. So it would be sensible to email your chosen hotel first before you book. To double check they can cater safely for coeliacs.
Hotel Riu Karamboa – Boa Vista – a follower recommend this hotel to me as being great for gluten free all inclusive and that staff had a good understanding of cross contamination.
I absolutely loved visiting Costa Rica. For more information about eating gluten free in this country, read my Costa Rica Gluten Free Guide:
Arenas del Mar – Manuel Antonio – this hotels offer Full Board and can cater safely for gluten free and coeliac guests. They are certified by the South American coeliac association and have worked to develop a special gluten free menu.
Anamaya Resort – Puntarenas – this is a fully gluten free yoga retreat in Costa Rica, which caters organic, luxury meals throughout your stay.
Hotel Riu Palace – Guanacaste – I’ve read very positive reviews about this all inclusive resort being able to cater for coeliac and gluten free all inclusive guests. Chefs went out of their way to prepare safe gluten free foods for guests and had a good awareness of cross contamination.
I couldn’t find mention of any specific gluten free friendly all inclusive destinations in Croatia, but here are two really coeliac friendly hotels you might want to consider:
Marvie Hotel – Split – okay so this one’s only half board, but I had to include it as they mention gluten free so much on their website. It sounds like a great option for gluten free visitors to Croatia. Their restaurant is a gluten free heaven, as most dishes are gf, and the menu looks divine. The chef himself is actually coeliac, so he knows to take good care regarding cross contamination protocols.
Vitality Hotel Punta – Veli Lošinj – another half board option. The first certified gluten free (and asthma and allergy friendly) hotel in Croatia, this hotel confirmed to me that they can cater for coeliac guests. Their certification means they guarantee no cross contamination risk.
Amavi Hotel – Paphos – a follower got in touch to tell me about her excellent experience at this adults only hotel. Saying it was excellent for coeliacs. “I met the chef on arrival and they cooked everything especially for me as I also have lactose intolerance, egg and kiwi allergies. Totally safe for the 10 days spent in a beautiful hotel.”
King Jason Hotel – Paphos – another reader recommendation, adults only hotel. She said the gluten free all inclusive here offered so much choice in April 2022. “If there was nothing I liked or couldn’t eat they would cook me separate dinners.” She also confirmed they had processes in place to manage cross contamination.
TUI BLUE Atlantica Aeneas Resort – Nissi Beach – Tui HQ told me that this hotel is very able at catering for coeliac and gluten free all inclusive guests. Their website says: “This hotel is geared up for guests with special dietary requirements, whether you need gluten-free fare, have a nut allergy or are lactose intolerant. If you have questions about how this hotel can cater to your needs, you can contact them on email@example.com. You may also be given an allergy card to fill out on arrival.“
Generally, it seems that many high end all inclusive resorts in Domincan Republic can cater for gluten free all inclusive. Just be sure to notify the hotel in advance. Here are a couple of hotels I have seen mentioned as coeliac friendly, but there will be many others:
Playabachata Spa Resort and Senator Puerto Plata Spa Resort – Puerto Plata – these hotels are part of the Senator hotel group, which can cater for gluten free guests. Staff receive full training in dealing with allergies and coeliac customers.
Hotel Paradisus – Punta Cana – another coeliac friendly hotel, which is in the Melia group (a Spanish hotel group that is great for gluten free, in my experience). You’ll find lots of gluten free all inclusive options and you can read all about it in this coeliac travel blog post.
Lots of the luxury hotels in Dubai are able to cater for coeliac travellers, here are a couple I have seen lots of recommendations for:
Jumeirah Beach Hotel – there are some raves reviews about this hotel’s ability to cater for coeliac all inclusive guests. Care is taken with regards to cross contamination measures and there are plenty of gluten free options.
I had an AWFUL experience in Egypt as a coeliac years ago (glutening after glutening), but it sounds like some resorts are more clued up than the one we visited. Here are some recommendations:
Premier Le Reve Hotel & Spa – Hurghada – hotel staff take good care of coeliac guests and chefs will prepare safe gluten free meals and snacks.
Aurora Holidays Utsjoki – Lapland – this small, family-run resort got in touch to tell me about their coeliac friendly credentials. And it sounds wonderful! They are gluten free certified by the Finnish coeliac association and they run all inclusive holidays focusing on the Northern Lights. They can cater for all dietary requirements and ensure food is delicious and safe. Simply email them in advance with your dietary requirements and they will accommodate you.
There seem to be lots of resorts in Gran Canarias that can cater for gluten free diets and coeliacs. Here are a few to get you started, but if you have your eye on another particular hotel, send them an email to ask whether they can cater gluten free all inclusive.
The Dunas hotel group says all its hotels can cater for coeliacs and gluten free guests, their hotels are:
- Don Gregory by Dunas – Las Palmas
- Suites & Villas by Dunas – Maspalomas
- Maspalomas Resort – Maspalomas
- Mirador Maspalomas – Maspalomas
Maspalomas Princess – Maspalomas – this all inclusive resort can cater gluten free upon request.
Taurito Princess – Taurito Beach – this all inclusive resort can cater gluten free upon request.
I’ve recently published a Gluten Free Greece country guide, so have a read if you are planning a holiday here and want to eat out at restaurants. However for full all gluten free all inclusive here are some options. Note there will be lots more, as many resorts in Greece seem very able to cater for coeliacs. If you have found a hotel you like the look of, drop them an email to enquire.
Ikos Dassia – Corfu – a luxury resort that can cater gluten free all inclusive. A reviewer wrote “All food was of high quality and delicious and as a coeliac, I had plenty of choice of gluten-free dishes. Each restaurant has a gluten-free and vegetarian menu and many non-GF dishes could easily be adapted. From the buffet to the food service on the sun loungers, it was excellent and with several choices. It is definitely the best hotel I’ve visited anywhere in the world for gluten-free choice, and I have visited a lot!“
Atlantica Caldera Palace – Crete – Tui state “gluten-free guests can have a meeting with the Food and Beverage Manager to discuss options and requirements, and the restaurant chefs will happily rustle up a gluten-free version of most menu items“.
Creta Maris Beach Resort – Crete – I read a couple of glowing reviews about this resort. Both praised the resorts ability to cater gluten free all inclusive. One said the resort was fantastic for their two coeliac children and that a wide range of gluten free options were available. “
Annabelle Beach Resort – Crete – this all inclusive resort can cater for gluten free and lactose free diets. Please notify them when booking, then upon arrival the maitre d’hotel will meet with you to arrange meals.
Ikos Oceania – Halkidiki – please enquire but as the other hotels in this group can cater well for coeliacs, I would expect that this resort can also.
Villa Kalliste – Kefalonia – this yoga retreat is able to cater gluten free all inclusive, and could be a perfect peaceful getaway.
Blue Lagoon Resort – Kos – Tui state “three out of their four restaurants cater for allergies and intolerances, including the Greek tavern and the international buffet.”
One of the easiest countries to be a coeliac, Italy really gets gluten free and you’ll have no problem eating safely there. I’ve got many Italian destination guides on this blog, you’ll find them listed in my Gluten Free Italy Guide.
As for gluten free all inclusive, here are some hotel options for you to consider. Although I would expect most resorts in Italy are able to cater for coeliacs. As all inclusive isn’t hugely common in Italy, I’ve also listed some strong half board options.
Villa Madonna – Dolomites – an AIC accredited hotel that also caters for lactose free diets. Their offering looks extremely impressive, with the gluten free menus (and children’s menu) mirroring the main menu, so no-one feels like they are missing out. They have a dedicated gluten free kitchen and a separate gluten free buffet area.
The Alpine Palace – Dolomites – we stayed here a few years back as a press stay, and had the most wonderful experience. I ate like a queen! There were so many gluten free treats for us to enjoy through the day, and multiple-course dinners in the evening.
Grand Hotel Des Iles Borromee – Lago Maggiore – gluten free all inclusive is a fabulous option at this AIC (Italian coeliac society) accredited hotel and spa. The focus is on seasonal food and the kitchen has cross contamination controls in place.
Hotel Internazionale – Rimini – this all inclusive hotel is also AIC accredited and staff are trained in catering to coeliac guests. They all have a dedicated kitchen area for preparing gluten free food. There’s a full gluten free tab on their website, if you want to learn more.
VOI Baia di Tindari Resort – Sicily – this all inclusive resort can cater ably for coeliac guests and is AIC accredited. Gluten free breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks available.
TUI BLUE Nastro Azzurro – Sorrento – according to their website (and backed up my multiple reviews) “there are gluten, wheat and lactose-free options, all on a separate menu, and the chef will happily talk through any concerns or preferences”. Apparently they will make you gluten free pizza from scratch and even do you gluten free packed lunches if you are going out for the day!
Z’Intonio Hotel – Ravello – you’ll find homemade gluten-free pasta and pizza at the ready – just give the chef the nod.”
Delphina Hotels & Resorts – Sardinia – a chain of hotels around the North of the island, which are all accredited by the Italian coeliac society and very able at catering safely for guests. It’s half board rather than all inclusive, but as they accredited I thought they were worth mentioning.
VOI Alimini Resort – Puglia – this all inclusive resort can cater ably for coeliac guests and is AIC accredited. Gluten free breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks available.
Masseria Gravelle – Puglia – housed in a gorgeous converted farmhouse, this hotel is AIC accredited and the on sight can cater for coeliacs upon request. Please notify them when you book.
I’ve heard there is good allergy awareness in Jamaica and that generally it’s quite a good destination for coeliac travellers. Here are a couple of gluten free all inclusive options:
Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton – this hotel offers gluten free menus and plenty of options for coeliacs. They have special measures in place for allergy guests, including a coeliac card you take to meals with you. They also have process in place to limit cross contamination. Here is quite an old review, but it gives more detail – recent reviews echo this one.
Sandals – see “Worldwide” above.
Hotel Costa Calero – Yaiza – a reader recommendation, who said this hotel was fabulous for her coeliac daughter and that she’d highly recommend them. They were very stringent with regard to cross contamination measures. “I cannot fault them. We sat with concierge and he asked what my daughter liked and ensure there was a meal for her at all times. They wouldn’t even allow here to take the pasta from the regular area. There always a separate breakfast area with gluten free foods“.
Sandos Papagayo – Castello di Aguila – reviewers state that this hotel has catered for them well as coeliacs, with good gluten free options.
HIPOTELS Natura Palace – Playa Blanca – “all gluten-free options are clearly labelled, and the chef can make personal recommendations each evening.” There’s even touches like gluten free pastries and a dedicated gluten free toaster at the breakfast buffet.
AEQUORA Lanzarote Suites – Puerto del Carmen – they label all allergies on food and you can email them to notify them that you are gluten free. The chef can also provide you with gluten free bread and pastries.
From general reviews, it seems that many resorts in the Maldives can cater for gluten free travellers. Here are some specific resorts I have seen recommended:
Kuramathi Island – this luxury resort could be the perfect coeliac honeymoon destination. I’ve seen a few recommendations stating that this resort was good for gluten free all inclusive. There are plenty of dining choices and special gluten free menus. The resort has worked to improve it’s ability to cater for guests with allergies and intolerances.
OBLU NATURE Helengeli – another good choice for gluten free all inclusive, apparently this resort even offers gluten free pastries! Recent reviews mention a dedicated gluten free section of the buffet and gluten free sandwiches as poolside snacks. They can also cater for dairy free diets. Sounds like a really wonderful option.
Sun Island – also highly reviewed, with the head chef personally overseeing the production of gluten free meals. They baked gluten free cakes and other goodies too.
Riu Creole – this resort was recommended on Facebook the parent of a coeliac teenager, who is very sensitive to cross contamination. She said they had a wonderful experience: “Honestly staff could not do enough for her. For two whole weeks, they asked her what she wanted and made everything from scratch out the back. There was plenty that was safe and she could have from the buffet (and she did without being poorly once) but she had bread, rolls,cakes, endless pizzas (her choice) rice of all flavours and mixes, Asian, chips, burgers… you name it, they made it for her specially. I actually cried a couple of times, because I felt so happy and overwhelmed by how amazing the chefs were and seeing my daughter tearful with happiness at being able to eat with us and eat out and feel ‘normal’ (what ever that is)…I hear, most all of Mauritius is like this and all you have to do is speak nicely to the staff and ask for help.” (Ms Howard).
Much of Mexican food is naturally gluten free. So unsurprisingly, many hotels in the main tourist resorts can generally cater well for coeliacs.
However there are also some duds out there, so it’s sensible to choose one that you know can cater well. Here are some I’ve seen with multiple positive reviews for gluten free all inclusive:
Azul Beach Resort Riviera Cancun – the Tui website says “gluten-free guests will be given a letter from the concierge at check-in to show at each of the restaurants. At Pizza Dude, gluten-free pizza dough is made fresh, so your only worry will be deciding between pepperoni and Hawaiian. And, there’s a great breakfast selection at Spoon, too. You’ll even find gluten-free dishes at Zocalo and Zavaz, the Mexican and Caribbean places. Elsewhere, in most eateries the chef can prepare meals to order, giving you complete peace of mind.”
Hotel Xcaret – I’ve seen a few positive reviews for this one. Reviewers state that the chef will talk you through the options each evening and even prepare special gluten free desserts.
Royal Solaris Cancun – can cater for gluten free guests. See their website for detailed information.
Seadust Cancun Family Resort – recently added a new gluten free menu across all its 10 restaurants. “The new menu includes breakfast, lunch and dinner offerings. Such as gluten-free cereals, pancakes, pizzas, pastas, sandwiches and, for dessert, gluten-free pineapple pie and apple pie.”
DB Seabank Resort & Spa – Mellieha – lots of reviewers speak positively of the gluten free all inclusive offering at this hotel. Chefs will prepare you gluten free meals fresh and staff are very helpful. Coeliac child friendly too. There was one review complaining about lack of choice, but others said it was fantastic so perhaps they didn’t ask the chefs.
Portugal & Madeira
I am a big Portugal fan and really enjoyed visiting some of the cities on trips. I’ve Lisbon Gluten Free and Porto Gluten Free Guides if you are wanting a city break. However, for all inclusive here are some options for you to consider:
TUI BLUE Gardens – Madeira – an adults only hotel, Tui state “you’ll find clearly marked options, and the chef will happily recommend specific dishes that are cooked to order.”
Hotel Pestana – Porto Santo – “has received top reviews for its gluten-free offerings – there are separate allergy food stations at the buffet, and specialty dishes can be whipped up by the chef in the à la carte places.”
Mala Mala Game Reserve – a gluten free friendly safari option! According to reviews this game reserve can cater for gluten free and dairy free diets upon request.
Spain & the Balearic Islands
Spain is a great destination for coeliacs. There are lots of gluten free options generally in Spain. Plus, a few hotel chains are fully accredited by the Spanish coeliac society.
I’ve specific gluten free guides for Barcelona, Majorca & Menorca. So have a read of those if you want restaurant recommendations. Otherwise, here are some gluten free all inclusive options for Spain:
Senator Hotels & Resorts – Almeira, Barcelona, Cadiz, Granada, Huelva, Malaga, Madrid, Mallorca, Murcia, Vallencia, Seville – all hotels in this chain are coeliac friendly. They state “[we are] totally suitable and safe for families with coeliac members who wish to come and stay with us…many of our clients to have a special menu and since then we offer, at no extra cost, different and delicious gluten-free dishes as well as dishes suitable for guests with other food allergies.” Staff receive training in catering for coeliacs and they have very varied gluten free menus. All approved by the Spanish coeliac society. They even have gluten free beer! As per every hotel, please notify them that you are gluten free when you book.
Ikos Andalusia – Costa Del Sol – this 5 star resort is very well set up to cater for coeliacs. A staff member will be your main contact person and will preinform restaurants of your dietary requirements. They take coeliac disease seriously. Reviewers mention gluten free pasta, bread and even pancakes!
Magic Rock Aqua Gardens – Benidorm – this resort looks like kid heaven, with giant waterslides galore! Most importantly, they can cater well for gluten free diets and also have gluten free beers and other drinks available.
Hotel Sur Menorca – Menorca – recommended by a reader, who said this hotel was brilliant for gluten free. One of the chefs was actually coeliac herself, so knew all about cross contamination.
Ohtel Villa Dorada – Salou – another reader recommendation. She said the all inclusive gluten free offering here is excellent and sent me a photo of their huge gluten free menu. The buffet has a dedicated gluten free section and the staff are very helpful.
Coconut Bay Resort – this resort has a whole page on it’s website explaining how they cater safely for coeliac guests. They even have a dedicated gluten free buffet section.
Iberostar Bouganville Playa – Costa Adeje – this hotel can cater well for gluten free all inclusive. From a dedicated gluten free breakfast section to gluten free crepes, there’s a great choice. Plus, staff here are well trained in looking after coeliac guests.
Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife – Costa Adeje – a reader recommendation. She said the hotel were great and that all allergens were clearly labelled. At breakfast she noted that the gluten free section was in a seperate section, covered under a glass dome. For lunch and dinner, they made sure to get to the buffet before anyone else, to minimise cross contamination risk. If you are concerned about the buffet, ask staff to make you a plate in the kitchen. “I am a travel agent and wouldn’t hesitate to book any of my customers there. Get the app as soon as you check in and you can pre book any speciality restaurants and request Gluten free in the notes. They were especially good in the steak restaurant.
GF Gran Costa Adeje – Costa Adeje – another reader recommendation. He shared “Was amazing for coeliacs, fresh crepes, fresh pancakes, fresh pasta and even a massive selection of cakes when requested. Nothing was too much for them and they were very knowledgable. Would highly recommend it for anyone with coeliac.” The buffet items were labelled with allergens, but they will cook dishes fresh for you to skip the risk of cross contamination.
I contacted Tui directly and they recommended that the following hotels in Turkey would be suitable for gluten free all inclusive:
Turks & Caicos
Phew, that was a lot of work :D. I’ll be adding more resorts as and when I discover them. Please get in touch if you have any suggestions – email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact me on social media @myglutenfreeguide.
Safe Travels! Laura xxx
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