As mobile apps have made booking flights, rooms and tables (and even dating!) easier with a swipe and a click, tour operators in the US and overseas are reporting that 38% of hotels are seeing a rapid rise in single travelers. Once thought of as a soul-searching way to retreat, solo travel is now the new way socialize. From design-your-own-latte classes in Costa Rica to mingling with other singles in stylish swim-out suites in the Dominican Republic, luxury hotels are playing matchmaker for serendipitous “meet-cute” moments.
Re:mix℠ and mingle at Aloft South Beach * newly opened last month!
This trend-setting Starwood property wraps guests in a buzzing environment from the moment they enter the property by offering an array of modern amenities, intuitive technology, and playfully engaging spaces. The re:mix℠ lounge – home to the property’s live music series and creative craft cocktails – is a hub for guests and locals to socialize over drinks or a game of pool, and connects to the signature W XYZ℠ Bar. Outside on the third floor, the Plunge Deck also invites guests to interact through a variety of games including oversized tic-tac-toe, beanbag toss and a large dice game tying into hotel offerings.
Party from check-in to swim-out at AlSol Tiara Cap Cana *newly opened last month!
The Dominican Republic continues to be a top travel destination for adventurers. Solo travelers are welcomed by an open air lobby leading to three bars and lounges that transition to a sociable collection of pools connected moat-style by stylish swim-out suites designed to meet and greet with other guests, including the fashionable Blue Lotus Bar destined to become Cap Cana’s hottest new swim-up bar and elegant nightlife spot. Daily communal activities include staff vs. guests volleyball tournaments, ping pong, bocce ball, wine tastings, Spanish lessons, cooking lessons and more. Nightly entertainment also includes karaoke, movies, disco, beach party bonfires and weekly cocktail parties.
Plant almond trees to preserve the rainforest at Los Suenos Marriott Costa Rica
Reforest the Rainforest initiative allows guests to engage with employees when participating in the resort’s ongoing efforts to preserve the rainforest while creating a habitat for the area’s 150 species of birds and local wildlife. Guests can participate in the complimentary program by planting a Tropical Almond Tree, beneficial for the preservation of the iconic macaw.
Design your own lattes at Costa Rica Marriott San Jose
Set on a 30-acre coffee plantation, the hotel just brought on an onsite Coffee Curator that hosts latte design classes for guests at the coffee shop – from monkeys to flowers – to teach them about the local Costa Rican coffee bean.
Network with Locals at W Retreat & Spa – Vieques Island
Located on a small island just off the eastern coast of Puerto Rico, this resort has a tradition of welcoming all (locals and guests) into their home for a complimentary daily Sunset Sip Happy Hour for guests to learn about the island from locals, network with other guests, immerse in the culture with tropical-infused cocktails and bites, and bask in the island’s views from the resort’s Fire Pit.
Get Your Chef On with a Cook-off at Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino
Guests can interact with the property’s chefs competing for the best dishes. The property pulls together a variety of ingredients (and spirits), indigenous to Puerto Rico. Last year, the hotel also debuted a new mojito experience that pairs guests with the property’s skilled mixologists.
Sip and socialize during Happy Hour at The Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Resort & Spa
Solo travelers are invited to meet and mingle with other guests seaside at The Tiki Bar’s daily happy hour. Situated on 500 acres along a mile-long section of tropical golden beach The Wyndham Grand Rio Mar allows guests to unwind and socialize with live music, sand between their toes and beachfront views.
Brunch outdoors for a Summer bash at Montauk Yacht Club Resort & Marina
The waterfront oasis ideal for solo travelers looking to discover the East Coast’s hottest summer
destination. Weekly mix and mingle opportunities span from live music and rum samplings in the outdoor Hurricane Alley patio, famed weekly brunches from the renowned Koch brother duo complete with overflowing bottles of rosé and DJ spins to surfing and sailing lessons are available for guests craving adventure.
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