February, the shortest month of the year, is also the most love-filled, with so much attention placed on Valentine’s day. And certainly, Enlightened Journeys Travel mentioned can curate intimate dinners for two; lavishly romantic turndowns and all sorts of romantic gestures. But we also understand the intrinsic value of self-care, showing oneself love- and the art of doing it SOLO. Of taking a moment (or week) to breathe, reconnect with one’s self or perhaps a bestie. To just be. And so this article is dedicated to solo travel, self-love, and friendship. Let February be your month of giving yourself a loving present!
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Happy Valentine’s Day. The day of love.
Clayoquot the Perfect Respite
Clayoquot Wilderness Resort attracts a fair number of solo travelers. As its tranquil and remote setting offers introverts space to breathe. Relax. Reflect. Adventures like kayaking, hiking, horseback riding are guided. And the private dining tents – or chef’s counter – offer the ideal place to dine alone. Love.
Velaa’s Customized Solo Experience
Velaa Private Island in the stunning Maldives may not instantly come to mind for a solo trip. But the resort’s seven-day energizing program is the perfect self-care anecdote. Included in the spa program: a full-body analysis, personal dietary menu, customized fitness regimen and treatments. Guests leave feeling energized and in love. With themselves.
Glenapp Perfect for Self Care
Even in its literature, Glenapp Castle is described as “a place to inspire, reflect, recharge and reconnect; where guests feel at home whether on their own or with a party of friends.” Be it an exhilarating boat trip to iconic Ailsa Craig, painting with a local artist, playing chess in the gardens with a team member, fishing or simply relaxing over afternoon tea by the fire, Glenapp plays homage to solo travelers. Perfect self-care.
Solio Lodge Home Away from Home
Tranquil grounds and intimate cottages make Solio Lodge the perfect ground for self-reflection. When not hanging out with the zebras, lions and black-and-white rhinos Solio is famed for, curl up and read a book, escape into the spa, go bicycling. Or stroll the herb/vegetable gardens and even into the kitchen to help with the cooking. As the team has created a real ‘home away from home’ atmosphere.
BodyHoliday Caters to Solos
Solo travelers are a ‘thing’ at BodyHoliday. In fact the entire month of September (September Solos) is dedicated to traveling-by-themselves guests. With a wide-range of group activities and a nightly communal dinner table, hosted by the resort’s ‘body guards,’ guests – any time of year – never feel alone. Sign us up.
JL Bar Ranch – A Pure Texas Experience
Never mind cupid and all those dinners for two. JL Bar Ranch, Resort & Spa offers solo travelers their own personal retreat. Time to watch the beauty of a Texas sunset. Relax by the pool. Connect with the horses. Check into the spa. Even take a cooking class; then pair wines with one of the best winemakers. Pure Texas.
Laucala Island Perfect Recharge
Bucket-list Laucala Island is typically a couple’s dream. But a significant number of solos do travel here. And why not. Fiji’s untouched scenery and Laucala Island’s enchanting villas are the perfect place to recharge. Especially when coupled with yoga, guided tropical forest hikes, cooking classes, golf lessons with a pro. And spa – where products are hand mixed from flowers and coconuts harvested on property. A dream.
Bonding at Layan Residences
While couples seek out the lavish accommodations at Layan Residences by Anantara, the villas are perfect, too, for small groups of girl – or guy – friends. The Layan team stands ready to set up a pool party with entertainment or fireworks. There’s a private cinema. And friends may also head out on the Major Affair, the Residences’ charter yacht, to explore the Andaman Sea. And bond.
Ballyfin for One
Every room at Ballyfin is warmly inviting. For solo travelers, however, one room in particular stands out. The Morrison is the perfect place to burrow in – enjoy a steaming cup of tea, read, or simply gaze out the window at the property’s tranquil water feature.
Besties at Eustatia
Private Eustatia Island is not just for romance. It’s also the perfect place to celebrate and focus on friendships, wellness and relaxation. Inner circles love to retreat here – relax in a hammock with a cocktail in hand, partake in daily yoga, massage and facials. Or channel their sporty side on the water. With the island’s impressive water-sport options. Fun.
Hotel Esprit Offers Private Paris
Hotel Le Toiny’s Wild Side
St. Barth may be known as a place to be seen. But solo travelers know the island’s other wild side. Which happens at Hotel Le Toiny. Set on a hill, far from downtown and surrounded by lush vegetation, Hotel Le Toiny is a nature-lover’s dream. Hike to non-tourist spots including crystal-clear natural pools only a few hundred meters from the hotel. Enjoy lunch on the beach, feet in the sand. And later cocktails by the beach pool. Ultimate alone time.
The Greenwich Home to Solo Travelers
The drawing room inside The Greenwich Hotel overflows with solo travelers. Working off laptops. Sipping cocktails by the wood-burning fire. Ordering ‘in’ from Locanda Verde. And then, there is the pool lounge – the perfect out-of-the-way spot to destress. With a cup of Japanese tea. And clear the mind.
Sheen Falls Tonic For ‘Me’ Time
‘Me time’ is easy at Sheen Falls Lodge which offers the perfect tonic: Easanna spa. Recently updated and offering straight-from-the-sea (Voya seaweed) treatments, Easanna offers solo spa goers the perfect time out for relax and reflection. Follow with a walk, taking in views of the waterfalls and Kenmare Bay. Nature as company.
Tierra Atacama Ideal for Solo Adventures
Hard-core adventurers can easily adventure alone at Tierra Atacama. As experienced guides challenge them with tailored hiking, climbing and riding excursions, followed by ample downtime. Common areas and shared dining tables create an inviting social setting. Perfect for making friends with like-minded travelers.
Phum Baitang Good for the Soul
With its tranquil setting, guests easily find their groove at Zannier Hotels’ Phum Baitang. The solitude and restfulness of the property – rice paddy fields and endless flowers – proves good for the soul. With a proverbial favorite among single travelers – the market tour in Siem Reap with the chef. Followed by a spice-filled cooking class. Yum.
Singles Connect at Katikies
Beware when running from love. It may just catch up. That’s the experience of solo travelers Kevin and Brooke who – years ago – came separately to Katikies Santorini. During a boat tour of the island, the two felt a spark. That evening, they had dinner together and one year later, returned to the hotel where they became engaged. They married the next year (at Katikies) and have returned every year since. A true love story.
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