Don't buy into the hype that your state of affairs is a bummer if you find yourself without a date for Valentine's Day this year. Consider it instead an epic occasion for some serious "me time" — in the form of a fantasy solo escape that some coupled-up folks might actually kill for. Check in to one of these luxurious — and seriously remote — hotels around the world... and discover where “getting away from it all” takes on a whole new meaning.
1. Eremito, Umbria, Italy
Isolated amongst 7,400 acres of protected natural reserve in Umbria, Eremito hotel is specifically focused on welcoming the solo traveler. In fact, the 14 rooms only accommodate one person each — so no danger of having to share your luxury retreat with newlyweds. Built from sustainable materials and with an austere design and hospitality ethos inspired by the ancient monasteries of the area, a stay here is almost guaranteed to inspire feelings of calming renewal. There’s no TV and no Wi-Fi signal, so take the opportunity to completely tune out the noise and stresses of real life and take the time to enjoy vegetarian meals inspired by ancient monastic traditions; the heated pool dug from the rock, stone steam room and, most importantly, your own company.
2. Fogo Island Inn, Newfoundland, Canada
Located in a small fishing village off the northeastern coast of Newfoundland, Fogo Island Inn occupies a striking contemporary building raised on stilts so as not to impact the underlying lichen, berries, and rocks. Following this conscientious vein, the hotel’s furnishings and textiles are made by local artisans and all profits go back into the Fogo Island community. All 29 suites feature floor-to-ceiling windows offering uninterrupted North Atlantic Ocean views and many have their own wood-burning stoves. There’s a cozy lounge where, if you wish, you can meet fellow guests. Otherwise, head up to the rooftop sauna and hot tub or take a long solitary walk along the rocky, windswept shore — guaranteed to clear even the busiest of minds.
3. Amangiri, Utah, U.S.A.
Amangiri is hidden away between sandstone rock formations, set within the rugged beauty of the Colorado Plateau. The hotel offers 34 suites, each with unrestricted views of the surrounding otherworldly landscape, as well as outdoor lounges and fireplaces. Many suites also have their own private pool, ensuring you can hole up in seclusion for as long as you like. When it is time to leave your suite, indulge every whim at the huge spa, which aims to reflect the healing traditions of the Navajo. The hotel is part of the Singapore-based Aman chain, which specializes in remote luxury lodging. So even if the Utah desert doesn’t appeal, one of their other properties, from Asia to the Caribbean, likely will.
4. Ion Luxury Adventure Hotel, Selfoss, Iceland
Iceland is an ideal location for a solo trip: home to vast isolated wilderness and a population of hardy, independent people that will never ask you where your partner is. Just 45 minutes outside of Reykjavík, Ion Luxury Adventure Hotel, is set on moss- (and currently snow-) covered lava fields close to Thingvellir National Park and hiking trails that lead to remote natural hot springs. The 45 chic guest rooms are decorated with cozy sheepskin blankets and furnishings made from reclaimed driftwood. During winter months, you can enjoy the near spiritual experience of watching the northern lights from the outdoor hot tub or Northern Lights Bar.
5. Explora Patagonia, Chile
At the very southernmost edge of the world, Chilean Patagonia to be precise, Explora Patagonia is perched on shores of turquoise Lake Pehoé, backed by the imposing mountains of Torres del Paine National Park. It’s difficult to imagine a more picturesque setting. This awe-inspiring part of the world is the perfect place to clear your mind, refresh, and renew with a challenging hike or a trek on one of the hotel’s own horses. The 49 rooms of Explora Patagonia are designed to make the most of the silence and privacy of the surrounding landscape. With no Wi-Fi signal or TV in the hotel, you can instead unwind after a day’s exploration with a session in the spa or glass of Chilean wine in the Explorer’s Bar, alone, or perhaps with that intriguing guest you met earlier…
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