Are you a business coach taking off on a trip alone? Here are the top places to stay around the world, and the solo amenities are not to be overlooked.
If you are looking to explore the world with no fellow business coaches to act as a travel companion, you might see the surcharges, sympathetic looks, and stink-eyed waiters sneering, “Table for one?” which is an absolute inevitability. Luckily for you, that is not true. These celebrated hotels make solo travellers feel engaged, comfy, and catered to, as opposed to up-charged.
Anamaya in Costa Rica
The Resort: A beach resort on Costa Rica’s Montezuma shore famous for its active retreats, with lavish quarters in coastal interior design to break up after yoga-filled days–believe Cliffside bungalows, decked out with open-air bathrooms and rainforest-shrouded terraces.
The Solo Spin: Even though it’s not a conventional destination spa, the focus here is on well-being: you can book in for yoga retreats, surf camps, art workshops, and much more. Each retreat comes with a set group itinerary, even though there’s space for personalization–guests can opt to be as involved as they want, or break away into the pool, beach, or spa by themselves.
The Boatshed at Waiheke Island, New Zealand
The Resort: A relaxed, foodie-favourite hideaway with five white-on-white, ocean-facing suites and a team that is as chatty–or silent–as you need them to be.
The Solo Spin: A short ferry ride from bustling Auckland, Waiheke is a dreamy island dotted with sandy coves, noted vineyards, and romantic inns. The Boatshed has an especially communal vibe, with rooms which flank a book-lined living area and spacious kitchen, where guests gather for the legendary breakfasts and dinners made with produce from the on-site gardens. But when mealtime draws to a close, things quiet down considerably, which means that you can enjoy the ultimate “me time”: allowing you to go over your business coaching notes with glass of wine in tow. Should you decide to wander, the supervisor is always a telephone call away to get a ride back home.
Hotel Vermont at Burlington
The Resort: A rustic-chic hideaway with 125 flannel-filled chambers on the banks of Lake Champlain, it is an ideal launching pad for exploring both burgeoning Burlington–an up-and-coming food city–and the Green State’s many natural charms.
The Solo Spin: Solo guests may email the property’s Activities Coordinator–a local specialist who grew up on a nearby maple sugaring farm–to reserve one-on-one excursions, such as kayaking on the lake in the summertime, snowshoeing in the winter, as well as candle-making at the hotel lobby. Singles may also join other guests on a guided bike-and-brew tour arranged by the onsite Beer Concierge.
CasaSandra in Holbox, Mexico
The Resort: Created by painter, poet, and Latin Grammy Award-winner Sandra Perez, the dreamy CasaSandra is the epitome of barefoot luxury: all the 17 TV- and phone-free suites are individually decorated in a laid back costal style, with thatched days beds and white sand beach access.
The Solo Twist: It requires a two-hour driveway and short ferry ride from Cancun to reach Holbox, so it is no wonder you are often greeted with the identical term: “How do you know about Holbox?” But after a day or two, it is tough to tell the difference between local, expat, or tourist here–and actions like kite-surfing lessons, fisherman-led boating tours, and gallery-hopping guarantee you will soon know everybody in town. Every Saturday, the resort’s poolside “Noche Cubana” beverages and live music event draws both resort guests and locals–or “new friends,” as you’re going to be calling them by then.
L’Eremito in Umbria, Italy
The Resort: This Hotel’s solitary assumption–that includes meditation sessions and silent mealtimes–make it exactly the sort of place you would never visit unless you’re flying solo.
The Solo Spin: Italian for “hermit,” this Umbrian Resort lives up to its title with a set-up that is as monastic as money can purchase. Fourteen rooms once used by practicing monks are updated to include wrought-iron beds, baths, underfloor heating, and bedding hand-made from hemp yarn–but you still won’t find a TV, telephone, or Wi-Fi everywhere on assumption. Along with a digital detox, the resort offers yoga and meditation courses, horseback riding, painting and Gregorian chanting workshops, and a lot of opportunities to commune with nature, beginning with hands-on work in the gardens. Tasty vegetarian meals are taken together, but in silence, so there is no pressure to talk. You may also choose to quickly–however in Italy, that might be one penance too many.
Iron Horse Hotel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
The Resort: Everybody is welcome–business travellers, Motorcycle fans, spa-goers, and even pets–in this 100-year-old converted warehouse just south of Milwaukee’s downtown district.
The Solo Spin: This is a town that is transforming by the Minute–and the Iron Horse has been fundamental to its renewal. Feel part of the Scene through a complete roster of onsite events, from the regional Motives Music Series, including Milwaukee craft brews and local groups, to Thursday Bike Nights, a weekly event of competitions, displays, and demos held in conjunction Together with the nearby Harley-Davidson Museum. (Arrive with four-legged business and You will also have custom walking channels linking dog parks and dog-friendly establishments nearby.)