It’s always important to take a little “me time” for self-care and reconnecting back to yourself. Taking a trip out of the grind and regimen of daily life can be a beautiful opportunity to recharge and regroup. Read on for our recommendations for solo retreat destinations for every kind of woman.
Wonderful Solo Retreat Destinations for Women
Experience a Solemn Monastic Retreat in Umbria, Italy
The land-locked hilly region of Umbria, Italy is steeped in history and tradition. With a monastic past, there are many wonderful monastic retreats to check out when in Umbria.
While you’re there: Known as the “Green Heart” of Italy, there is much nature to explore in Umbria. Go rafting in Cascata delle Marmore or get inspired by the tranquil Lake Trasimeno.
Where to stay: Eremito is one of the most unique hotels in Umbria. Housed in a former monastery, this space offers a place to reconnect and go inwards. Stay in silence or sign up for a fasting and colon detox, go horseback riding, take a walk in the woods, learn how to plant vegetables, or try to learn Gregorian chanting.
Unwind by the Sea in Da Nang, Vietnam
The beaches don’t get better than what’s offered in Southeast Asia. There are many places developing around the region that have great beaches and top-tier accommodation, such as Da Nang. This slow city is proving to have a lot to offer so those in search of a solo beach retreat.
While you’re there: When you’re not sprawled out on the beach, visit My Son, ancient temples, and ruins or visit the stunning Marble Mountains.
Where to stay: Hyatt Regency Da Nang Resort and Spa is one of the most luxe places to stay in the area. It offers world-class service, sweeping ocean views, and terrific dining options – you’ll almost never have to leave the property.
Find Inner Peace in Kerala, India
The southern Indian state of Kerala is known for its hot and humid climate, rich forests, snaking backwaters, Ayurveda, and sumptuous cuisine. But Kerala is also where some of the country’s best yoga retreats are located – perfect for creating your very own yoga-centered solo healing retreats. In Trivandrum try Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dhanwantari Ashram or, in Thiruvananthapuram, try Abhijna School of Yoga and Meditation.
While you’re there: Take in the sumptuous flavours of Kerala’s wonderful cuisine in restaurants like Tharavadu Family Restaurant and Sree Arul Jyothi. Backwater cruises on local boats are also not to be missed!
Where to stay: Nestled in nature is Kaivalyam Wellness Retreat, a lovely resort that caters to vegetarian travelers, yogis, and nature lovers.
Go on a relaxing trek in Kauai, Hawaii
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Take to the Kalalau Trail, a difficult 18 km trek that runs along the north shore of Kauai. Since its steep steps can be dangerous, this trail is best reserved for competent hikers. Note that it takes at least two days to navigate the trail. Difficult as it is, the Kalalau Trail is one of the most beautiful in the United States, with sweeping views of the ocean. You can also visit the Hanakoa Falls while you’re at it.
While you’re there: It’s all about the stunning nature in Kauai. More sites to explore include Waimea Canyon State Park, Wailua Falls, and Fern Grotto.
Where to stay: After your long, arduous hike, treat yourself to the laps of four-star comforts at Kauai Beach Resort. The resort has plush ocean- and mountain-facing rooms with glorious food and beverage options.
Spoil yourself in Paris, France
Those with a taste for the finer things in life should spoil themselves silly with some quality solo time in the Paris. This beautiful city by the Seine is where you’ll find some of the most opulent French boutiques like Chanel and Hermes as well as top places to dine like Le Cinq and Guy Savoy.
While you’re there: If you’ve never been to Paris, taking a cruise down the Seine at night is a lovely way to tour the City of Lights and see romantic landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower.
Where to stay: The Four Season Hotel George V, Paris is an icon in itself. Decorated in Art Deco style and boasting Michelin-starred cuisine, the hotel offers you nothing but the best.
Go on a Shopping Spree in New York City
The Big Apple has just about anything and everything you would ever want to buy and will even tempt you with things you didn’t know you wanted. From electronics to candy to vintage fashion to shoes to books – New York City offers it all. As a densely-packed city, you don’t have to travel very far by foot to get a full day’s shopping done.
While you’re there: Don’t miss taking a stroll down Central Park, taking a boat ride to see the Statue of Liberty up close and taking in the views from the Empire State Building.
Where to stay: Stay in the middle of the action and book a room on Madison Avenue’s The Library Hotel by Library Hotel Collection.
Go on a Wild Safari Adventure in Tanzania, Zanzibar
If you’re in search of an adventure, that’s what you’ll certainly get if you make a trip to Tanzania. This beautiful East African country is home to Mount Kilimanjaro, the Serengeti, and long stretches of beaches. If you’re looking to spot wild animals, you won’t be disappointed in Tanzania.
While you’re there: Tanzania seems to have it all when it comes to nature – mountains, beaches, and plains. After you’ve been all safari-ed out, try Tanzania’s gorgeous beaches on Pemba Island and Changuu.
Where to stay: There are plenty of places in Tanzania that are great for solo natural retreats such as Africa Safari Camp which is located near the Selous Game Reserve. It’s here where you can spot leopards, lions, elephants, and more!
Enjoy Healing Retreat in Tulum, Mexico
Tulum is a beautiful place to visit for amazing beaches, Mayan ruins, and warm hospitality. Additionally, there are more health and wellness related places to visit, making it a wonderful destination for solo detox retreats and solo healing retreats. Visit Yaan Wellness for moon temazcal ceremonies, yoga, and meditation and make a reservation at The Real Coconut and Moro for seriously healthy eats.
While you’re there: Take a swim in the glorious limestone sinkhole, Gran Cenote, then visit the Mayan ruins at Parque Nacional de Tulum.
Where to stay: Sanara offers the full package when it comes to wellness: chilled out rooms, yoga, meditation, spa treatments, and sound healing.
Carving out some time for yourself can be invaluable to learn more about yourself. With no travel companions to consider, you can take the time to do only things you like to do and get out of your comfort zone. With so many beautiful, inspiring destinations around the world – what are you waiting for?