We hear so much about honeymoon destinations, romantic getaways, and couples retreats. And yes, a romantic getaway once in a while has its positives, but what about when we want to get away and fall in love with ourselves, simply enjoy our own company and embrace the place we are in?
Life can be stressful and the beauty of travelling alone and taking the time to gather your thoughts and learn to love yourself again is more rewarding than you can ever imagine. That’s why instead of offering you the latest honeymoon destinations or Valentine’s getaways we present destinations to fall in love with yourself. If it was good enough for Julia Roberts in Eat, Pray, Love, it’s good enough for us!
Unwind at The Residence by Cenizaro Hotels, Maldives
The Maldives may not be the first place on your list when you think of holiday-ing by yourself, but what better than a stunning and peaceful resort to relax with your own thoughts and improve your all-round wellness? The Residence by Cenizaro Hotels has two destinations that will allow you to unwind and enhance your wellbeing. Joined by an interconnecting bridge, the two resorts at Dhigurah and Falhumaafushi offer unique experiences.
Dhigurah is a lush green oasis of nature surrounded by turquoise lagoons and calming blue oceans. This newly opened resort features 173 beach, lagoon and over-water villas each with their own private pool. But the real gem is Dhigurah’s Spa by Clarins. With a range of signature treatments and experiences, try the Essence of Dhigurah offering a coconut scrub to soften and exfoliate followed by herbal body and scalp massage using locally grown herbs and plants. If you’re looking for more than just a spa treatment The Spa by Clarins also offers tailor-made holistic wellness treatments. Try the Rise & Shine to boost your mood and lift your spirits whilst the Beauty Sleep ensures you are well rested during your trip. There are also a series of treatments for a complete physical, mental and spiritual renewal including the Sun Lovers (a 120-minute polish, massage and foot ritual) and the Digital Detox.
Over at The Residence Maldives at Falhumaafushi book onto a three-day detox retreat that will leave you feeling positive inside and out. With three days of treatments, the package includes body sculpturing, contouring and polishing in the resort’s spa. Once you’re done with treatments relax on your private terrace with a good book and listen to the ocean’s waves.
Find Tranquillity at Bvlgari Resort Bali
There’s no better place to reconnect with your mind, body and soul than Bali. With its abundance of yoga courses, beautiful temples, picturesque walks and stunning beaches, Bali is a place to reflect, relax and fall in love with yourself again. If you’re staying in the south of the island there is no better place to stay than Bvlgari’s luxury clifftop resort in Uluwatu. As the island’s first luxury resort Bvlgari Resort Bali opened its doors in 2006 in this quiet surfing town. With 59 private pool villas, the resort is large but intimate and offers guests the ultimate in luxury and personal space so you won’t even see another soul all trip unless you want to!
Bvlgari Resort Bali is situated 150 metres above the sea on top of a steep cliff. From the top, you can take in the breath-taking views and enjoy both sunrise and sunset thanks to the careful positioning of the resort. 150 metres down in an inclined elevator you’ll find a 1.5 kilometre long stretch of natural beach looking out across the Indian Ocean. This is perhaps one of the vastest and incredible stretches of sea on the island and it really does feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere.
Designed by architects Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Partners, the resort’s interiors are typically Bvlgari with a Bali twist. The modern interiors incorporate natural elements and use materials sourced locally on the island. The hotel was built using hand-cut volcanic stones, rich exotic woods and refined fabrics. Each piece of furniture was custom-made by local craftsmen.
No visit to the resort is complete without a visit to the spa. The unique spa is based on traditional Asian Traditions overlooking the picturesque ocean and offers holistic wellness treatments for the mind, body and soul. Surrounded by pools and water fountains the spa has a feeling of tranquillity. The must-try treatments comprise of a collection of Bvlgari Signature Experiences. The ultimate indulgence is the Unforgettable Double Bulgari Royal Lulur. This consists of a royal ritual experience. Two therapists will attend to each guest and work in synchronised harmony to deliver a unique therapy that includes a body massage rich in exotic oils and herbs and will leave you feeling refreshed and energised.
Another aspect that you will fall in love with at this resort is the food. There are two stunning restaurants to choose from. The Indonesian Sangkar Restaurant offers a modern twist on traditional dishes as you dine on the edge of a cliff, taking in the stunning views. Il Ristorante is the Bvlgari signature Italian restaurant where you’ll find classic Italian dishes that will give you a sense of home.
Discover South Africa’s Art Trail with Arambrook Boutique Hotel in Cape Town
Cape Town’s rich history in art has long attracted many visitors to the city. The recent opening of two international art museums has reignited the city’s close connection to the creative world which offers the perfect opportunity to visit and discover the artsy side of the South African city.
If you’re looking for art then there is no better place to stay than the Arambrook Boutique Hotel. This quaint and uniquely designed property was brought to life by architect Jacklyn Cattell and interior designer Sara Bind. Situated alongside the Liesbeck river the hotel is close to the Norval Art Foundation where you can find 20th and 21st-century art pieces from international artists. Combining design and the appreciation of the surrounding countryside provides the perfect escape to and the possibility to disconnect and relax during your stay.
Another recommended stop on the art trail is The Kalk Bay Modern. With arguably the best view of Kalk Bay Harbour and False Bay, Kalk Bay Modern is dedicated to supporting an eclectic mix of emerging young South African talent, as well as established and well-known names. The gallery also holds one of the largest collections of contemporary San art from South Africa, Namibia and Botswana. Alternatively, the Montebello Design Centre, located in Newlands, is one of Cape Town’s best kept secrets with twenty-five arts and craft studios and workshops, for you to explore.
After a long day of experiencing all the artistic sights and experiences which the city has to offer, guests can sample dishes curated by Arambrook’s executive chef Stacey Lee Chan. Chef Stacey’s approach to customised gourmet cuisine incorporates a range of flavours using locally sourced, sustainably reared natural produce, in line with the property’s green ethos.
Detox your body and mind at Samujana, Koh Samui
The Samujana resort on Thailand’s picturesque island Koh Samui gives visitors the opportunity to detox and distance themselves from the stress and anxieties of life. The architecture at this property is something to marvel over. Each of the 30 private villas has its own unique design with luxurious layouts that allow inside and outside to become one.
There are a number of relaxation, nutrition and detox programmes that will allow you to adopt a healthier way of life that you will fall in love with. The destination detox package is perhaps the most intense, for those who really want to cleanse and get their body and mind into a happy place. This includes guidance by the island’s “Juice Queen” who will recommend a tailormade juice diet to detox the body using organic, cold-pressed and medicinal juice to keep your metabolism going, your organs supported and your brain active. The package also includes a Yoga session with The Yogarden, a 60-minute massage, healthy BBQ dinner with a private chef, hike with a private guide, meditation and meditation session.
After three days of intense detox take time to relax and enjoy the views and relaxing atmosphere, you’re guaranteed to leave feeling completely at peace with yourself.
Embrace Culture at d’Angleterre Hotel, Copenhagen
If you really want to immerse yourself in culture, fashion and design, the Scandinavian city of Copenhagen is your must-visit destination. Copenhagen is one of the most welcoming city’s in Europe and it has so much to offer especially for solo travellers. Get lost in the meandering streets lined with vintage shops and local cafes, or find yourself at a flea market bargaining on uniquely designed Nordic furniture. If you want to live like a local rent a bike and take a tour of the city. Discover art museums, famed gastronomy and jazz music.
As one of the oldest hotels in Denmark Hotel d’Angleterre first opened in 1755 in the heart of Copenhagen. It became an institution famous for its elegance, luxury and style. In 2013 the hotel reopened after an extensive renovation and the new design brings the classic elegance of the property into the 21st century.
The hotel features 92 rooms including 55 suites all complete with a contemporary design with a Scandinavian twist. For 2020 The hotel is dedicated to improving its environmental profile by installing a new cooling system and converting all food wastes to decrease the hotel’s CO2 emissions. All light bulbs are being replaced with LED bulbs and sensors in the hallways to automatically turn the lights off when no movement is detected