To celebrate International Women’s Day we share our top pick on luxury retreats, city breaks and spa’s for the female solo traveller. Whether you’re looking for a tranquil wellbeing escape or an action-packed city trip, when travelling solo the world is your oyster.
The greatest luxury about solo travelling is the freedom to go wherever your heart desires. Give yourself the gift of travel and choose experiences that light you up and make you happy.
Dates: Open all year
This luxury breathe vitality retreat at Aleenta in Phuket is designed for those who wish to go into a much deeper restorative and healing process by dealing with the root causes of stress and burnout.
It will help you unlock the key to feeling joyful, healthy, and energetic: discovering what balance means for You. You will have time to relax and renew your energy and reinvigorate your mind body and soul.
Nature and the elements are important components of our retreat, as they help you in the healing and balancing process. We combine knowledge of Thai holistic medicine, soul coaching and traditional Hatha yoga practices with an analysis of the 4 life elements.
Aleenta Hua Hin Resort & Spa in Phuket is the original award winning boutique luxury resort upon which Aleenta started. This special boutique luxury resort and spa features 25 unique residences, most with a private pool.
Each suite is located within mere footsteps of the beach and offers commanding views over the Gulf of Thailand. Situated on the pristine and golden sand stretch of Pak Nampran Bay, Aleenta Hua Hin Resort is a comfortable 3 hour drive south of Bangkok.
The main resort, located along the beachfront, features white-washed buildings with thatched roofs, amid swaying palms. The picturesque Resort Wing offers a variety of residence, suites and villas, steps away from the seashore and complete with private plunge pools.
Dates: 9th – 15th June
Get ready for our annual getaway in the south of France – this time with a new itinerary with daily yoga, walks, and food-focused activities throughout the week. From gourmet tastings, the famous Provencal rosé, and plenty of time to take in the gorgeous surroundings on our hikes past lavender, blue waters, and vineyards.
Bastide Avellanne is the ideal location to visit Provence. Situated only 30 minutes from the sea and from the Cote D’Azur between Cannes, St Tropez and Hyeres, with its hundreds of kilometres of white beaches, rocky capes and wild bays is considered the most beautiful coastline of France – 300 kilometres of coast accompanying the Mediterranean Sea, white sandy beaches, a preserved landscape, protected islands and famous locations renowned worldwide.
It looks just as you see in postcards: fields of lavender, medieval villages, chateaux, markets full of colours where you can find local products and exotic spices, lively small towns with a slow way of life.
Day trips will allow guests to add arts, culture, adventure, and natural beauty to their retreat experience. Trips may include visits to small villages, large cities, outdoor activities, even a gorgeous spa day in a 5* countryside chateau where guests can swim, enjoy lunch, use the spa area and receive a relaxing treatment (included in the retreat).
See smaller villages that few tourists visit, and get a true education and taste of France with various tastings of regional wines, aperitifs and cheeses.
One day will be spent on the French Riviera on the island of Porquerolles for free time to explore the beaches, hiking trails or town. We will take a tour through the countryside to see quaint villages, French markets, and hopefully get a peek at the early-blooming lavender fields.
You’ll enjoy a true Provencal experience with the markets, food, culture, and sites. Our final day will be spent relaxing at a beautiful spa in the countryside with treatments, 5* service and lunch.
Dates: 2 – 9 May / 5 – 12 September
Your tailor-made retreat all-year-round – We can also offer bespoke retreats tailored to you and your group should you wish on a date of your choosing.
Are you ready to calm your mind, body & soul? Are you ready to relax, refresh, restore & re-balance? Join us at the luxury Oliveto Estate, with your hosts, the calming and experienced Gianluca Iacopini and Caroline Benzi, on our luxury, 7 night all-inclusive Yoga and Wellness retreat.
Designed to help you to bring balance back into your everyday life through the practice of Hatha, Yin and Vinyasa Yoga, meditation, workshops and delicious food.
Here, you can take time to relax, recharge and retreat in the beautiful, luxurious Oliveto Estate & Spa, in the heart of Le Marche, one of the most unspoiled and charming regions of eastern Italy. Offering all the natural beauty and rich cultural heritage of Tuscany, but without the crowds as described by Forbes and The Telegraph and recently voted as No.2 region to visit in the World for 2020 by Lonely Planet.
Here you can take time to experience the slow way of life in this untouched part of Italy. With its endless coastlines of clean, quiet beaches, delicious local cuisine, breath-taking mountain ranges and charming historic towns, Le Marche ticks all the boxes for those seeking an authentic Italian escape..
You can experience the slow way of life. Whether you want to join this retreat to recharge round the fire pit, silence your mind in a sound bath, or create a deeper connection with yourself and nature, the calmness and surroundings of the Oliveto Estate makes it the perfect place to allow the magic to happen.
Designed as a holistic experience for up to 20 people, the carefully crafted schedule has been created to focus on your health, wellbeing and how to best create a more balanced lifestyle with small steps that make a big difference.
Each day will being different experiences where you can enjoy a variety of Hatha, Yin & Vinyasa Yoga techniques, strengthen your knowledge through Yoga workshops, and discover how to calm your mind with meditation techniques and sound healing that you can take back home with you.
Dates: 26th October – 1st November
This Luxury Yoga Retreat at Peacock Pavilions offers a series of mindful workshops that will guide you in the exploration of creative self-expression in your life. Expect meaningful discussions and fun activities intended to help you tap into your own inner wisdom and heartfelt desires.
Your retreat home for the week is the fabulous Peacock Pavilions boutique hotel. This stylish and eco-friendly abode has been featured in worldwide publications, including National Geographic Traveler.
You will not only enjoy the grounds of Peacock Pavilions, the outdoor areas including a lovely pool, patio, private terraces, and covered yoga platform, but the retreat includes some amazing day-trips to the surrounding sites.
A guided day trip in Marrakech will lead you through an introduction to souks and visits to sites such as Ben Youssef Medrasa. A full day will be spent exploring the nearby Atlas Mountains with a base at the Kasbah Tamadot Hotel with a traditional mule trek to the nearby village of Asni followed by time at the beautiful grounds of this 5-star location overlooking the vista and tasting menu lunch.
The final full day entails a trip to the famous Bains de Marrakech, a luxurious spa facility, where guests can be pampered to their heart’s content with a full program of various treatments. What better way to wrap up a week of yoga than a day of pure relaxation.
Dates: 22 – 28 May, 12 – 18 September
This exclusive Yoga & Meditation Retreat in Tuscany is a perfect environment to tap into your heart energy, nurture your soul and find peace with all that is. Surrounded by the wild nature and its healing properties your whole being will revive. You will gain a great sense of clarity and connectedness with yourself on a spiritual level.
This is your invitation to step into a renewed sense of living from the place of unconditional love. This all-inclusive “The Great Heart” program is a transformative and personalised meditation experience for your emotional wellness. We will be working with the energy of the heart centre to develop a feeling of openness and nourishment.
We provide a safe environment for you to go onto the journey of self-rediscovery, gain perspectives and restore inner wellbeing. This experience can support you in healing from past stories and change your vibration. As you change your frequency, you change your reality.
Join us and find out for yourself what unconditional love is and how it feels to live with your heart wide open. In your free time, you can stroll around picturesque Tuscan hills, enjoy horse riding or cycling, or simply breathe in the lavender scent while reading your favourite novel.
With incredible passion, devotion and love our partners cultivate their organic garden which lately manifests on the dining table. Featuring mama’s best creations we are lucky to taste true Tuscan flavours along with enjoying magnificent nature around the mansion.
One day you will be guided by the owner of the mansion to the organic farm for meditative vegetable picking, allowing you to get closer to Mother Nature and learn about permaculture in Monteriggioni.
Dates: 3rd – 9th April
We’re returning to one of our favourite locales for our annual retreat in Bali. This year we’ll be premiering a new itinerary – a fully balanced week of daily yoga and meditation, along with times for self-care (spa treatments spread throughout the week) and cultural experiences which connect us to the elements: EARTH: enjoy a tour of a gourmet organic garden during a private cooking class with a head chef; WATER: we’ll take a ride in a traditional jukung boat along the eastern coast to a secluded beach with luxury lunch; FIRE: partake in a traditional fire ceremony led by a Balinese priest before a delicious tasting meal; AIR: breathe deep in the misty morning air as we take a guided walk through the picturesque rice paddy fields; ETHER: end the week with a special spa ritual dedicated to the full relaxation of our minds and bodies, as well as a traditional Balinese ‘melekut’ blessing.
Our time in Bali will be split between two locations so guests can experience the best of what this lovely land has to offer! We will start at a seaside village away from the hustle and bustle and really settle in to this week alongside the ocean! We’ll have half of the week with beach accommodations and a relaxing way to ease into our holiday. We will be taken care of by an award-winning boutique hotel family that will host us at both locations in Bali.
The first is sumptuous yet unassuming – an ocean-front retreat that lies in the shade of Mount Agung, held up as sacred by Balians, and surrounded by opulent coconut groves.
Mid-way through the week we’ll head into Bali’s most famous town of Ubud. We’ll be hosted in luxury accommodations – a tranquil and secluded hillside retreat that sits high up on the edge of the rich green Ayung River valley in Bali’s central foothills, in the traditional Balinese hill village of Payangan. Both hotels offer award-winning design accommodations and even one of the world’s “Top 50 Pools in the World.”.
Guests will not only enjoy the grounds of the villa, the outdoor areas, including a lovely pool, patio and lounges, but the retreat also includes some amazing day-trips to the surrounding sites. Various guided days in and around the East Bali and Ubud areas will lead guests through an introduction to this amazing country.
We’ll participate in a Balinese healing and fire ritual, learn Balinese cooking during our cuisine lesson at an organic garden, explore the coast on a boat ride to a secluded beach, and enjoy a guided walk through the ride paddies. There will be time in nature and on the beaches, and we’ll split our times between the sea and rainforest to really immerse in the unique differences of each location.
Dates: Available all year
Staying where beer was once brewed: The B2 Boutique Hotel + Spa in the former Hürlimann brewery is a surprising and unusual city hotel. Your retreat in the middle of Zurich, which you will remember for many reasons, including its architecture, which creates an exciting bridge between Zurich’s industrial history and urban design.
The individual design and selected materialisation of the stylish rooms and suites, the Wine Library with 33,000 books and unique chandeliers made from original Hürlimann beer bottles – the ideal place to enjoy, read, work in peace and still in company and not forgetting the spa and thermal bath , which offers a wellness experience for all senses, from the centuries-old brewery vaults in the cellar to the infinity rooftop pool overlooking Zurich.
The thermal water from the Aqui spring comes deep from the earth under Zurich and is exceptionally rich in valuable minerals that provide relaxation and well-being. In the hundred-year-old barrel vaults under the B2 Hotel, where once the Hürlimann beer was stored in oak barrels, today huge wooden tubs invite for thermal bathing.
Relax with massage jets, bubble seats, bubble beds and whirlpools; in the emerald bath, meditation bath, in the steam bath or in the Kneipp zone. And take a bath in the open air in the warm infinity pool on the roof of the brewhouse – where you can enjoy a magnificent panorama of Zurich in every season.
As a guest of the B2 Boutique Hotel + Spa Zurich, you can take the lift directly from the hotel to the thermal spa. Bathrobes and slippers are ready in your room.
Dates: 25th April – 1st May
Join us for our once-in-a-lifetime luxury boutique yoga retreat travel experience combined with a deeper spiritual perspective in the mystical, magical land of Marrakech.
You’ll be able to experience the exotic world of Marrakech while learning about the historically unique culture, indulging in a one-of-a-kind shopping experience, going to the spectacular Atlas Mountains, dining in stunning restaurants, rejuvenating in the famous Moroccan Spas, going on camel rides and mule treks, seeing beautiful Arabian horses and much more!!.
Plus daily yoga and meditation class, along with personal tarot readings with our leader Michelle Lee, are integrated into each day, making the week a true soulful “retreat” experience. You will go home feeling centred, rejuvenated, and completely inspired!
Our hotel sits in the magnificent 14 hectares of the Beldi Country Club. Here you will find a charming blend of Moroccan tradition and French chic. A green oasis of charm, ancient olive trees, stylish swimming pools and restaurants with views across the rose gardens to the Atlas Mountains.
Dates: 2 – 8 March, 2 – 8 April, 8 – 14 May, 25 – 31 July, 9 – 15 August, 9 – 16 October, 11 – 17 November, 8 – 14 December, 21 – 27 (Special Christmas Edition)
Embark on a journey of inner-exploration where you will learn more about spirituality and methods of self-healing. With daily meditations, mindfulness and breathing techniques, you will reduce mental tension, emotional blockages and simply melt down the tension. If you are searching for a safe environment for self-discovery, this experience would be a perfect match.
A carefully planned holistic diet will take you on a gentle detox while nourishing your body on a deep cellular level. Plant-based nutrition will give you an energy boost and amazing sensations of tranquillity and peace. Holistic food has never been so tasty before.
Our yoga and meditation program is aimed to give you a shoulder of support, to show how you can take much better care of your mental, physical and spiritual wellbeing. You will learn easy techniques that will radically shift your vibrations to the higher frequencies.
After the traditional Balinese water blessing ceremony, you will find yourself renewed and balanced on all levels. Gaining emotional balance and inner peace – you will feel brand new inside out.
This all-inclusive “Divine Body” wellness program is carefully designed to assist you in reaching a spiritual state of bliss, balancing your energy and healing relationships with your body.
It offers an intimate and personalised experience where every participant receives what one came for. You will be offered daily guidance and mentorship while deeply resting in the peaceful jungle surroundings.
Experienced facilitators and their holistic approach will enable you to gain the maximum benefits for your mental, physical and spiritual wellness.
At Bliss Body, you will find yourself in the space of no judgment and total acceptance. You will be encouraged to express yourself freely and authentically.
We will inspire you to live your life more consciously and with love. Bali Island is a perfect place to transition from your old self to your new self. Together with you we will immerse into the power of the jungle, discover ancient, mysterious water purification ceremonies, and activate light within the body.
You will feel renewed, pure at the level of the soul and much more spiritually connected. This is a unique opportunity to make a pilgrimage to the sacred sights of the island that is still keeping the tradition alive.
The hip and modern lobby of the CitizenM Hotel reminds its like something out of the front cover of Time Out Magazine – palettes of red, black and white. A glossy mountain bike hangs behind the reception desk and a postbox red statue of liberty stands in the garden. Floor-to-ceiling bookshelves showcase an eclectic mix of funky art and eccentric objects from around the world.
Designed by concrete architects, there are lots of outdoor areas to relax or work in, including a ground-floor courtyard with cascading greenery and beautiful lanterns. The pod like and space-aged designed rooms are high tech and come with tablet storing DJ-curated playlists, customisable light settings and remote-control blackout screens.
The wraparound rooftop terrace on the 22nd floor is an Urban Oasis with wooden ceilings, plants, picnic tables and green sofas. There’s also a basketball court-inspired gym which features floor-to-ceiling windows and an outdoor yoga terrace. A perfect hotel for the fitness fanatic and wellness traveller where you can still start the stay with a yoga class.
Located in the funky meat packing district, Ink48 gets its name from being a former print building. The David Rockwell designed Kimpton hotel leads the way as an eco friendly establishment and has earned itself several green accolades over the years.
As with most Kimpton boutique hotels, which are certified by the Green Key Eco-Rating Program and TripAdvisor GreenLeaders™ Program, Ink48, has a number of green hotel practices such as eco-friendly bath products, in-room recycling bins, limited paper products, energy-efficient lighting, low-flow water toilets and faucets and other sustainable features.
Additionally, the hotel’s line of cleaning products are eco-friendly and they serve only organic and/or free trade coffee and tea products. The PRINT restaurant also offers sustainably sourced ingredients from local farms and regional suppliers.
Rooms are spacious and beautifully designed – big windows, high ceilings, king sized bed, and an office spot to work from with sky scraping views. For panoramic views of the city, the roof top bar ‘Press Lounge’ is the place to be, where socialites, fashionistas and business people mingle over a fancy named cocktail. Regarded as one of Manhattans rooftop bars it’s a fabulous spot to watch the sunset.
For wellbeing needs every room comes with a yoga mat and there’s hotel bikes to ride around town, and a 24-hour fitness centre. And for pampering and relaxation there’s the eco-friendly, tranquil zen inspired INKSPA that offers massages and treatments using Elemis products.
This 4-star chic boutique hotel is nestled within the Latin Quarter – the Notre Dame, Louvre and the Pantheon all within a short walking distance. It has a romantic and luxury feel, decorated with photos of black and white scenes of the streets of Paris by Nicolas Sénégas, a splash of fuchsia pink materials on the chairs, an orange glass ceiling, locally sourced antiques (such as the two oval windows rescued from a grand Parisian residence), mirrors and lanterns hanging each side of the bed.
The cosy and spacious suites with have cute little balconies with scenes of a typical Parisian street, a place to watch the world go by and write in your journal. The secret discovery of the hotel is the Wellbeing La Lanterne, a beautifully designed spa with an indoor swimming pool that lies beneath an ancient gold-stone arch, a hammam and Turkish Bath and Sensorial Shower. Wherever you look in the La Lanterne you will have a whispering reminder that you are in Paris.
The four star Le Terrass is located in the heart of Montmartre, on the corner one of the picturesque street, rue des Abbesses. The elegant Eiffel suite offers direct views from the bed and the bathroom, so you can even brush your teeth whilst watching the twinkling lights flash before bedtime. The roof terrace is the ”place to be” for a panoramic view of Paris matched with a sunset and a glass of champagne or a to die for cocktail (or the sunrise for those early risers!).
This hotel really has it all, it’s got soul, it’s got style, the best views of Paris, phenomenal staff and the icing on the (Eiffel Tower shaped cake) – a spa of course! A haven of peace and well-being, the NUXE spa offers you a sauna and a hammam as well as treatment rooms for massages. The hotel also has ‘sport cabins’ for the fitness fanatics, situated on the 2nd and 5th floor, equipped with a bicycle and a treadmill, so one can still exercise during a rainy day in Paris.
Shanti-Som wellbeing retreat is nestled in the midst of nature surrounded by the Sierra de las Nieves Nature Park and Biosphere reserve and has been carefully constructed respecting and incorporating local materials as well as following the guidelines of Feng-Shui. On arrival you will be greeted by a huge Buddha lying on the roof. Shanti Som is a haven of tranquility, surrounded by acres of luscious land pine, almond, lemon and olive trees.
You will wake up each morning to the blissful sounds of the wildlife and water from the stream, waterfalls and fountains of the retreat’s Oriental gardens, rather than an alarm clock to get your body in natural harmony with natures rhythms. And you will leave the retreat feeling rested and re-nourished on every level.
Your 7 day day detox retreat programme consists of 5 days of fresh juices, supplements and broths , daily group yoga class, self-administered colonics , nutritional support during your stay and complementary use of the steam bath, sauna, swimming pool and gym.
The 14 bedrooms at Shanti-Som consist of 12 premium rooms and two Suites. Following a philosophy of East meets West, all rooms have been individually designed with attention to detail including marble luxury en-suite bathrooms, fine linens, flat screen TV and stylish furnishings and accessories like bath amenities, bath rope, and slippers. Your private terrace or balcony is the ideal place to relax and absorb the surrounding nature of pine forest and mountains.
You can indulge in all kinds of relaxing diversions here at the Scarlet – including cliff-top hot tubs, a natural reed-bed swimming pool and an Ayurvedic inspired spa. The hotel has been designed so that almost wherever you are, you can enjoy far-reaching views of the beach and sea beyond. A balance of light, airy spaces with cosy, private areas which allow you to mix with our other guests or enjoy peace and solitude.
The stunningly appointed bedrooms and suites feature free standing baths, walk-in showers, sea views, private gardens, terraces or private rooftop sitting rooms. The Scarlet offers you serenity, a chance to escape from life’s fast pace, slow down and truly enjoy nature, great food and a warm welcome. With its luxury tented treatment rooms lit by lanterns and its far-reaching views over Mawgan Porth Beach to the wild Atlantic beyond, the Scarlet Spa is essentially a quiet, contemplative, almost spiritual place.
The focus of their spa is on your holistic wellbeing and the nourishment of your mind, body and soul, drawing on the wisdom of Ayurveda and a distinctive Cornish twist. You might want to slather yourself in rich mineral mud in our rhassoul, experience a traditional bathing ritual in the hammam, or try your hand at massage guided by one of our therapists. Outside, a cliff top hot tub invites you to stargaze or storm watch, and our natural chemical-free pool, cleaned by reeds, beckons you into the water.
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