People who traveled alone often describe their first solo vacation as a religious experience. Alone getaways gives you the chance to think, relax and recharge energy from your daily routine, also; these types of trips helps travelers to meet new people and gain some sense of independence while vacationing in exciting destinations. From the beaches of Aruba to the amazing wineries in Italy; scroll down to read some of our recommendations for this Spring or Summer 2016.
1. For The Sun, Sand, and Cultural Seeker - CURAÇAO
If you enjoy eclectic cuisine, turquoise blue waters, and beautiful people, then Curaçao is your go-to spot this year. Located in the Southern Caribbean, the Dutch-Caribbean island of Curaçao is home to more than 35 secluded cove-like beaches, stunning European architecture, diverse cuisine, and year-round sunshine, making it the perfect destination for solo travelers, as there's no shortage of activities to partake in on this vibrant island. Solo travelers can get a dose of vitamin D and sunbathe at one of the many trademark cove beaches on the island like Playa Knip, venture to the uninhabited island of Klein Curaçao for a day, or even go for a hike on Mt. Christoffel (Curaçao's highest point).
2. For The Wine Lover - BARGA, ITALY
Nestled on the hill of an expansive two-mile estate in the heart of Italy’s most beloved region, Tuscany, the Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa overlooks the mountainous Serchio Valley, one of the most unexplored areas of Italy. Here solo travelers can discover nearby unexplored medieval villages like Barga and Lucca, or travel within one or two hours to well-known city favorites, like Florence, Pisa, and Cinque Terre. Solo Travelers can enjoy many of these excursions with the resort’s "Under the Tuscan Summer” package, which includes a wine tasting and lunch at a local biodynamic vineyard, bike riding in Lucca, and a visit to a wind cave. When not exploring the area's hidden gems, travelers can enjoy some R&R at the property’s full-service spa and swimming pool, or indulge their tastebuds with some authentic Italian cuisine and local wine at La Veranda Restaurant on property. Solo foodie travelers can also take part in a cooking class with one of the resort’s chefs, and even hand-pick fresh ingredients beforehand at a local market. To book the “Under The Tuscan Summer” package, click here and use the promo code - ZE2.
3. For Foodies Seeking An Authentic Experience - PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO
Solo travelers seeking a little R&R, some beach time, and delicious authentic cuisine will find the perfect place to unwind at the CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa. Located on a sandy strip between the Sierra Madre Mountains and Banderas Bay, the resort is located in the upscale marina area, just a short drive from Puerto Vallarta, a charming, friendly town with an authentic Mexican vibe offering a vibrant culinary and arts scene. When guests aren't out exploring the coast, they can enjoy sunbathing and margaritas around the infinity pool and beach or head to La Cava for a tequila tasting led by the resort’s own Tequila Sommelier - the resort is one of a few in the world to produce a proprietary brand of tequila. Those looking for pure relaxation can find it at the Ohtli Spa, offering several signature treatments such as a Thai massage and water-based Jantzu Rebirth Therapy experience. Be sure to wind down the day at the resort’s beachside Las Casitas with the creamiest table-side guacamole, best enjoyed as the sun sets over the Pacific.
4. For Outdoor Explorers - SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Thinking of taking a solo trip but afraid of being bored? In San Juan, the idea of boredom is nonexistent as you’ll have plenty of outdoor adventures at your fingertips. Right on the beach, San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino is the perfect spot for some "me time”, whether you’re looking to catch some rays or explore the great outdoors. By day or by night, there’s always something to do. Take a stroll down the beach and enjoy your favorite cocktail or flavor of gelato by the resort’s pools. Hop on a bike or throw on your sneakers and work your way through the colorful streets of the Condado neighborhood, historic forts of Old San Juan, and if you’re up for it, dance the night away in La Placita (an outdoor plaza of restaurants and bars). For a little more action on the island, take an excursion to Toro Negro Rainforest for hiking, ziplining, and rappelling, or to one of the island’s three bioluminescent bays for an incredible night kayaking experience.
5. For The Beach Bums By Day & Party Animals By Night - SOUTH BEACH, FLORIDA
South Beach is quickly becoming one of the hottest destinations for solo travelers as the streets are always packed with fellow singles and local trendsetters enjoying the epic party scene and sunny days year around. Spring and Summer is one of the best times to visit Miami with endless city happenings/festivals… and not to worry, ocean breezes beat the heat! One of the only hotels on Ocean Drive with direct beach access, Stanton South Beach greets solo guests with “Where to Mingle” tip cards providing top spots in town for meeting and mingling with new friends. Plus, the hotel is located in the trendy SoFi district just a short stroll away from the bustling nightlife, dining and shopping scenes. The newly-revamped guest rooms deliver a coastal chic ambiance and the transformed lobby welcomes guests with a beach-club-meets-surfer-shack vibe. Two oceanfront pools and an outdoor lounge area create an ideal setting for the solo traveler this summer. To book your stay, visit www.marriottstantonsouthbeach.com.
6. For Those Who Dare To Get Bare - NEGRIL, JAMAICA
Negril, Jamaica’s famous clothing-optional beach resort, Hedonism II, may not be the first place that comes to mind when planning a solo getaway, but this resort is one of the warmest and most welcoming spots for uni-travelers in the Caribbean. The resort's mild or wild attitude has created a judgment-free haven where people of all ages, shapes, backgrounds, and lifestyles feel accepted and like part of the community. The friendly atmosphere of this adults-only, all-inclusive retreat, attracts guests back year after year, some have been more than 100 times! Whether solo travelers simply want to mingle by the pool and socialize or head over to the wild side, there is no wrong way to make friends or memories at Hedo. Book your solo getaway by calling: 631-LUV-HEDO [631-588-4336] or email Reservations@Hedonism.com.
7. For The Chic Traveler - FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA
For the work hard, play hard type, the chic W Fort Lauderdale beach resort, situated on an exclusive stretch of South Florida’s sugar-sand coastline, has the essentials for the ultimate solo vacation (minus the madness of Miami). Free daily butt-busting beach bootcamp & sunrise yoga help guests stay on a fitness regime and provides a way to meet other exercise buffs staying on-property. Unwind and recharge with W Fort Lauderdale’s Bliss Spa, offering Jazzy Blues tunes, a brownie bar for pre-treatment snacking, a luxe nail lounge, pampering treatment rooms and a retail boutique. Just walking distance from downtown Fort Lauderdale, end the week off at one of the local hotspots on Las Olas before capping off the night with late-night food deliveries from the hotel’s Whenever/Whatever service that provides round-the-clock attention for anything you need.
8. For The Chance To Experience A World Famous Beach - SARASOTA, FL
Sarasota, Florida is renowned for its culture, fine dining, boutique shops, and golf scene, but most of all for its beaches and epic sunsets. Solo travelers can find natural beauty and peaceful moments at Sarasota’s award-winning beaches, boasting the finest and whitest sand made up of 99% pure quartz crystal -- so even on Florida’s hottest days the soft sand feels extra cool beneath your toes and is also said to maximize the ability to heal physically and emotionally. Definitely worthy of its own bullet point on your bucket list! Open to indulgers of all kinds, solo travelers can stay at The Resort at Longboat Key Club or its sister hotel Lido Beach Resort (starting at $199/night during summer), located just a few minutes away from everything the city has to offer. Enjoy rounds of golf, tennis matches, and limitless fitness classes at The Resort at Longboat Key Club for a jumpstart to a healthier lifestyle. Or for a more budget-friendly, but equally gratifying experience stay at Lido Beach Resort and treat yourself to comfortable rooms, first-class brunch at in-house restaurant - Lido Beach Grille, and mix it with locals at the newly renovated poolside Tiki Bar, where the mix of locals and hotel guests will surely keep you company.
9. For The Inner Artists & Fashionistas - MINNEAPOLIS, MN
Minneapolis is an under-the-radar midwestern gem that’s known for its music and theater scene, great restaurants, breweries, and art galleries galore. Located in the heart of the city’s iconic theater district, Le Méridien Chambers Minneapolis offers solo travelers a sophisticated escape. The boutique, art-lovers hotel invites guests to explore the city’s art and local culture via their ‘Unlock Art’ program where room key cards offer comp access to the best art museums and cultural institutions. At the hotel’s sister property, W Minneapolis - The Foshay, travelers can sip sky-high cocktails at the speakeasy Prohibition Bar, mingle with celebs at the award-winning Manny’s Steakhouse, and keep the party going all night long with electric, pulsating beats at The Living Room.
10. For Travelers Who Are “Happy” To Have Fun For One – PALM BEACH, ARUBA
Aruba's celebrated two-mile-long strip, Palm Beach, is known for its calm crystal clear water and orange sunsets are standard making it a picture perfect paradise. If your solo travel checklist has turquoise waters, white sandy beaches, swim-up bars, toes-in-the-sand dinners, and water sports on it, then Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino has your name written all over it. This picture-perfect beachfront resort has everything you need for a fun-filled time all by yourself with nine restaurants and bars, nightly entertainment, a lively casino, a free-form pool with cascading waterfalls, an adults-only pool, tropical palapas ideal for beach lounging, and delicious Aruban cuisine. Minutes away from the property, the resort can arrange SUP Yoga classes, beach tennis or windsurfing lessons, and snorkeling or ATV excursions. Aruba’s motto is One Happy Island and anyone who visits solo is sure to have a happy time all by themselves.