February 2016 ● Issue 10The Faster Track Logo link ContentsClose
December 2017 , Issue 17 Read Issue Offline
October 2017 , Issue 16 Read Issue Offline
June 2017 , Issue 15 Read Issue Offline
March 2017 , Issue 14 Read Issue Offline
November 2016 , Issue 13 Read Issue Offline
July 2016 , Issue 12 Read Issue Offline
May 2016 , Issue 11 Read Issue Offline
February 2016 , Issue 10 Read Issue Offline
October 2015 , Issue 9 Read Issue Offline
July 2015 , Issue 8 Read Issue Offline
April 2015 , Issue 7 Read Issue Offline
January 2015 , Issue 6 Read Issue Offline
November 2014 , Issue 5 Read Issue Offline
August 2014 , Issue 4 Read Issue Offline
May 2014 , Issue 3 Read Issue Offline
February 2014 , Issue 2 Read Issue Offline
November 2013 , issue one Read Issue Offline
The hotel industry has finally got the message that individual travellers need spoiling too. Here are five starry packages for the unencumbered
The ‘Me, Myself and I’ package at the Ritz-Carlton Abama is designed for solo travellers. Enjoy private pilates classes, take to the skies in a paraglider, learn to kite surf or take a jeep tour around the island. If you need advice, a personal concierge is on hand to help and to stock your room with films and magazines. Plus, the fantastic golf course is ideal for solo contemplation.
Solo perk: The private stargazing experience. Meet a local astronomer before enjoying a picnic prepared by the hotel’s Michelin-starred chef.
The location of the Rosewood Sand Hill, close to San Jose and San Francisco, means it attracts plenty of solo business travellers – so you won’t feel like the odd one out. There are 16 acres of gardens, along with a spa, Michelin-starred and pool-bar restaurants, and plenty of sun loungers to while away the hours.
Solo perk: Meet other solo travellers on a hotel tour, including hikes in the nearby mountains and food-themed tours of San Francisco.
The Shangri-La Tokyo sends a host to meet guests at the airport train station, thus avoiding the city commotion. Once at the hotel, you can sign up for activities created with solo travellers in mind, including a gastronomic walking tour around the city’s best food stalls and halls.
Solo perk: The hotel has a collection of 2,000 pieces of artwork, ideal for quiet appreciation.
Kimpton, owner of the Hotel Monaco Washington DC, is known for its love of solo travellers – it once had a ‘Guppy Love’ scheme, with goldfish placed in single guests’ rooms. The fish are gone, but there are weekly bicycle tours led by the hotel’s manager. Alternatively, borrow one of the venue’s GPS units, pre-loaded with a huge selection of routes.
Solo perk: Take a trip to the Lincoln Memorial, where you can sit and contemplate or do some people-watching.
Described as a ‘clinic for therapeutic fasting and integrative medicine’, the lakeside Buchinger Wilhelmi health resort is less scary than it sounds. Guests can sign up for therapies including homeopathy, acupuncture, naturopathy and psychotherapy and enjoy tailored meal plans and exercise regimes. There’s also a pool for relaxing early-morning dips.
Solo perk: Be as self-indulgent as you like: daily appointments with a nurse allow you to discuss goals and adjust your health plan.