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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Though many people think of it as a celebration of love between two people, we’d rather think of it as a celebration of love. Period. And that means loving yourself too.
This year, if you’re riding solo, why not go all out for yourself? Here are eight getaways you can take for a little self-love, and a whole lot of adventure.
Go Hiking Through Peru
If you’re looking to go big or go home for your solo Valentine’s Day trip look no further than Mountain Lodges of Peru. The company offers travelers both adventure and comfort all rolled into one perfectly curated trip. With Mountain Lodges of Peru, solo travelers will find cultural exploration, hiking, and pampering. The company offers a menu of a la carte activities throughout their Sacred Valley and Lares Adventure itineraries, however, there is one common denominator: All trips end with a requisite stop at Machu Picchu. And, if you have time constraints Mountain Lodges of Peru now offers a three-day Salkantay Lodge Excursion. Pricing available upon request.
Perform A Few Downward Dogs in Panama
One of the best ways to spend a solo Valentine’s Day is getting in touch with one’s self. And there’s perhaps no better place to do that than at a yoga retreat in Panama. This year, head to the Sansara Surf & Yoga Resort, located along Panama’s Pacific Coast. There, you can take part in its 6-night, 7-day retreat over Valentine’s week. During the retreat, guests will take part in yoga, common meals, pool parties, surfing, and more. Each of these activities happen in one of the most pristine tropical-meets-beach environments in the world. But, if the dates don’t work for you, you could always buy yourself a Valentine’s Day gift for a retreat later in the year. Starts at $249 a night.
Sit by the Beach in Nevis
Nevis has long been a haven for the British royal family and was an especially popular spot for a very single Princess Diana. That’s why we’re sure it’s the perfect spot for you to sit back and relax in the sun on your solo Valentine’s Day too. This year, book a stay at the Montpelier Nevis, a Relais & Châteaux property, a Caribbean-colonial style boutique hotel that once hosted Diana during her travels. There, you can enjoy the sand as the property sits directly on the Caribbean sea and is backed up by a lush, green plantation open for exploring. Starting at $675 a night.
Shop to Your Heart’s Content in Beverly Hills
This Valentine’s Day, why not treat yourself to something nice? You can do just that by paying a visit to the shopping haven that is Beverly Hills, California. To make the most of your shopping excursion for Valentine’s Day book yourself a stay at the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel. For more than 100 years the hotel has been a beacon for the rich and famous and can be your home away from home too. At the hotel guests can stay in rooms that harken back to the golden age of Hollywood, sit by the exclusive pool, or step outside and walk around the 90210. Expect everything to be over the top. After all, the hotel’s original motto was that guests are “entitled to the best of everything, regardless of cost.” Starting at $595 a night.
Take in a Show in Las Vegas
Las Vegas is the quintessential long weekend spot. It also happens to be especially welcoming for singles over Valentine’s Day. Pack up your craziest outfits, take out a wad of cash, and book a stay at the all-new Park MGM. The hotel, which recently underwent a $600 million transformation, is ready to entertain guests with a residency by Lady Gaga, feed visitors with dishes by famed chef Roy Choi, and help them unwind with its breathtaking spa. Oh, and of course, you could always plunk a few dollars down on blackjack or put it all on red for Valentine’s Day. Starting at $99 a night.
Join Up With Flash Pack
Having a solo Valentine’s Day but still want to go on an adventure with new people? Then Flash Pack is waiting for you. The company, which specializes in global tours for 30- and 40-something solo travelers has something for just about everyone. That includes safaris in Africa, sensory journeys through Japan, car racing trips through Sweden and more. Be warned: you’ll get hooked on “flashpacking” and never want to take another vacation again. Trips starting at $1,500.
Cruise Down the Nile
Make history your lover this Valentine’s Day with a river cruise down the Nile with Uniworld. Onboard the ship guests can wander through the Temple of Karnak and the Temple of Luxor. Next, visitors will have the supreme honor of stepping foot in the Valley of the Kings, which was once home to Egyptian royalty, and end their stay in Giza to check out the Sphinx. All this will be done while staying in maximum comfort in a felucca, which is a traditional Nile River sailboat that sets an impeccable scene for your own solo experience. Starting at $5,399.
Hit the Slopes in Aspen
February is prime time for skiing and snowboarding, which means it’s also prime time to visit Aspen, Colorado. Not only is Aspen Mountain considered some of the finest skiing in the world, but the town is also an ideal place to either kick back solo or head out to meet new friends. For all your activities make Hotel Jerome, an Auberge Resort, your basecamp. The hotel, which opened in 1889, has plenty to offer including free lift tickets, dog sledding experiences, snowmobiling, night sledding and more. Just make sure to book a massage experience for the end of your trip. Why? Because you’re absolutely worth it all on your own, that’s why. Starting at $975 a night.