Whether you avoid alcohol around the clock, or are abstaining temporarily, you might be forgiven for sometimes feeling as though there are significantly less enticing beverage options available to you than your boozy companions.
Throw in popular holiday gimmicks like ‘happy hour’ and ‘two-for-one cocktails’ and this sensation is heighted while travelling.
Don’t be disheartened though – there are plenty of resorts and restaurants that cater magically for alcohol-free guests, as the following six examples will demonstrate.
Toberua Island Resort
Located on a sandy, four-acre private island off Fiji’s eastern coast, Toberua Island Resort feels worlds away from civilisation, which makes it the perfect place to get back to basics and focus on relaxation and rejuvenation.
Complement your sunny days with freshly-shucked coconuts and a comprehensive mocktail list that takes the resort’s popular classic cocktails – including the ‘Yummy Mummy Plummy Daiquiri’ – for a tasty spin.
Sinalei Reef Resort & Spa
Sinalei Reef Resort & Spa weaves together the magic of Samoa’s culture and natural beauty to leave you feeling spellbound.
Enhance this well-deserved state of contentedness with one of the resort’s ‘Mindful Mocktails’, such as the thirst-quenching Tropical Colada or Samoan Soda.
This five-star resort on the golden shores of Cam Ranh Bay takes liquids seriously, boasting an enormous and extremely diverse drink menu.
Choose between detox juices (e.g. ‘Body Balancing’ – pineapple, orange, parsley, capsicum, romaine lettuce); blended smoothies; home-made iced teas; ‘Sai Gon Lives’ speciality drinks (authentic Vietnamese drinks); and of course, famous Vietnamese coffee.
Health and wellness is something this sustainably-luxe resort does exceptionally well, so sober travellers rest assured, your options here are not only ample, they’re good for you too.
Basically whatever you can conceive – fresh juices or smoothies – can be made to order so pick your favourite flavour combinations and kick back on your private, over-water deck for a morning of divine sipping and dipping.
Qamea Resort & Spa
At this adults-only escape in the north of Fiji, nothing is too much trouble for the welcoming staff! The resort has a list of classic non-alcoholic cocktails, however, with ample fresh fruit and locally-grown produce on hand – including coconuts, banana and papaya – the bar staff are more than happy to tailor mocktails to your individual tastes.
If there were a royal family of sober-friendly resorts, the crown would assuredly belong to Soneva’s three luxury properties. The drink menus at their two properties in the Maldives and one in Thailand are downright mind boggling.
You can hydrate with cold press juices; freshly-squeezed juice from the juice bar; smoothies and mocktails; or energising boosters including Ayurvedic elixirs such as the Sunburn Elixir 11 (pineapple, cucumber, lemongrass, passion fruit), which is rich in water soluble antioxidants and vitamin C and helps the body to keep cool and resist infectious agents.
If you’re more of a warm-drink person, you can join Soneva Jani’s ‘Tea Connoisseur’ for a tasting at the Gathering as he explains some of the most distinguished and well-known tea estates from around the world.