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Going it alone: Hotels for flying solo

The hotel industry has finally got the message that individual travellers need spoiling too. Here are five starry packages for the unencumbered


‘Me time’ in Tenerife

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.


A sunny outlook in California

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.


Singledom in Tokyo

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.


Two-wheeled trips in Washington DC

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.


A health retreat in Germany

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.