Top 10 Solo Escapes for Valentine’s Day
Top 10 Solo Escapes for Valentine’s Day
“Single and Ready to Mingle”
1. The Lebua, Bangkok – THAILAND
Remember the movie The Hangover 2? Key scenes were filmed exclusively at the chic al fresco Sirocco restaurant of Lebua at State Tower, a luxury hotel in Bangkok that features stunning 360- degree views of the city. Kick off your solo adventure with the commemorative Hangovertini cocktail or stay in the hotel’s “Hangover Suite” – a three bedroom luxury suite that sleeps up to 6 guests and has a fully-stocked mini-bar and ample party space!
2. Wanderlust, Singapore – SINGAPORE
The word ‘wanderlust’ comes from the German language and means strong desire to travel. This little hotel located in Little India is perfect for the individual traveler. Each floor is designed by an award-winning Singapore design agency given free reins to be creative. Going solo isn’t a problem at this hotel as you can stay in the capsule-like ‘Panatone’ room specifically designed for the single wanderer.
3. The Upper House, Hong Kong – HONG KONG
Hong Kong is Asia’s single central. Party it up with ponzy bankers in Asia’s craziest nightclubs, then nurse your bacchanalia at The Upper House, the city’s classiest joint. The rooms are spacious, the beds crazy comfortable and the best part? Each room comes with a complimentary ‘Maxi Bar’ offering you unlimited soft drinks, water and snacks to help you with your day-after hangover. [Got lucky the night before? Then treat that lucky lady/gentleman to breakfast in bed with a stunning view of Hong Kong.]
4. The House Hotel Nisantasi, Istanbul – TURKEY
Situated in Istanbul’s most fashionable district, The House Hotel Nisantasi shares its location with luxury brands and the best in dining and clubbing. Nevermind that you’re flying solo – you could easily spend a few days here on your own and still have a blast! Need a friend? Just grab their personal shopper and let her show you the best places to shop ’til you drop. You’ll return with a completely new wardrobe, and less money in the bank. A single holiday well spent.
“Eat, Pray, Love (Yourself)”
5. The Farm, Manila – PHILIPPINES
Gone off the rails a bit this year? Or need a holiday after the holidays? This is the place for you. Billing itself more as a “centre for holistic healing” than just another spa-centric resort, The Farm provides a number of intricately tailored wellness programs for restoration and rejuvenation that will have you transforming from caterpillar to butterfly!
6. MesaStila, Yogjakarta – INDONESIA
Smartphones, tablets, iPods, laptops…feel like you need a ‘digital detox’? To encourage a peaceful environment, MesaStila only allows the use of mobile phones in the privacy of guest villas and designated phone zones. Think you can hack it with limited access to the outside world and all on your lonesome? MesaStila sprawls over lush green vegetation, runs its own coffee plantation, and boasts scenic mountain views ringed by eight volcanoes. You’ll also be able to explore the ancient Hindu Borobudur temple complex, located 20km from the resort.
7. COMO Shambhala Estate by COMO, Bali – INDONESIA
Located amidst the lush greenery of Ubud, COMO Shambhala Estate provides you with 360 degrees of holistic healing. From yoga, to meditation and Ayurvedic treatments, you will enjoy every minute of your stay no matter what you decide. Catered to individual guests, as well as families and couples, you can easily request for a single accommodation and enjoy that well-earned ‘me’ time.
“It’s Time for a New Adventure”
8. Ceylon Tea Trails – SRI LANKA
Go back in time and stay at one of four colonial era tea planters’ bungalows at the Ceylon Tea Trails. A stay here will offer you a glimpse of ‘the good life’ from the colonial age, thanks to tiptop butler service and authentic period furnishings, accompanied by gourmet meals, prepared fresh to order. Explore the lush tea fields on foot or mountain bikes, and enjoy views that you’re unlikely to see anywhere else.
9. Desert Night Camp – OMAN
Channel your inner Lawrence of Arabia and spend a few nights in the middle of the Wahiba Desert. The Desert Nights Camp offers 30 air-conditioned Bedouin style tents within 10 acres of desert sand. Occupy your single self with many outdoor desert activities such as dune bashing, camel riding, desert trekking and sand boarding. Watching the star-encrusted sky isn’t only reserved for lovers either!
10. Green Leaf, Niseko – JAPAN
Work on your glutes by strapping on a pair of skis and cutting through some of the best powder snow in the world. Spend all day on the slopes and then come back to the luxuries and comforts of Green Leaf Niseko. The best part? Soak your tired muscles in their traditional onsens while enjoying the view of Mt Youtei (and try to sneak in a glass of wine to make this an even greater experience. You didn’t hear it from us!) Après-ski is so much more fun when you’re allowed to flirt.
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