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New getaways for solo female travellers

Posted in HOTELS + VILLAS By Maggie O' Sullivan

Girl on a Kimpton bike in Boston‘To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world’. Those are the words of Freya Stark, who wrote so compellingly about her solo adventures in the Middle East and Afghanistan. We can’t all be Freya, but it seems we’re giving it a good go.

According to 101 Holidays, a website run by travel experts Mark Hodson and David Wickers, 58.3 per cent of single travellers in 2015 were female. And it’s not just at the backpacker end of the spectrum: luxury hotels have also seen a massive growth in the number of solo female guests.

So it was only a matter of time before the upmarket hotel groups went all out not just to make the solo female guests feel comfortable, but to positively attract them. One such group is Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants. With more than 60 sassy boutique properties across the US, Kimpton is inviting us to embark on a trip of indulgence and self discovery, offering a number of Wander Woman Getaways in Washington, DC, California and Massachusetts. So if you’re looking to ‘awaken quite alone in a strange town’, check out the following packages:Lounge area, Hotel Rouge, Washington, DCHotel Rouge, Washington DC

Located on the iconic Embassy Row, three blocks from Dupont Circle, Hotel Rouge is perfectly located for exploring Washington, DC’s top attractions, not to mention its world-class shopping. Female travellers can choose from a visit to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to a night out at one of Georgetown’s upscale lounges and vibrant bars before indulging in Hotel Rouge’s amenities. Kimpton invites guests to sit back and relax with an exclusive ‘Girls’ Getaway Package’ which include deluxe accommodations, a bottle of wine or Champagne, complimentary fruit and cheese platter and a selection of fashion and gossip magazines (if that’s your thing). Visit later in the year and there might even be a solo woman in the White House. Five nights, including the ‘Girls’ Getaway Package’ costs from around £912 ($1,311), mention rate code GIRLS when booking.Bedroom, The Goodland hotel, CaliforniaThe Goodland, Goleta, California

Situated in Santa Barbara's sister city of Goleta, just minutes from the boutiques, galleries and cafés of Santa Barbara's State Street, The Goodland is ideally positioned for the ultimate solo getaway. Kimpton invites solo travellers to unleash their adventurous self with the ‘Good Adventures in the Goodland’ package, which includes a choice of paddle boarding, kayaking, surfing or bike tour, plus an adventure bag packed with beach towels, sunscreen and water. Five nights, including the ‘Good Adventures in The Goodland’ package, costs from around £670-£1,179 ($995- $1,750), depending on the time of the year, mention rate code GDADV when booking.Girl on Kimpton bike in BostonHotel Marlowe, Boston, Massachusetts

Located just across the Charles River, Kimpton’s Cambridge hotel invites female travellers to discover Boston’s innovative spirit. Guests can explore the region around Hotel Marlowe on Kimpton’s bikes and kayaks. And once you’ve done all that, Hotel Marlowe invites the solo traveller to ‘Feel OM-azing’ with an exclusive package offering an overnight stay in a suite, healthy breakfast prepared by Bambara’s executive chef Jay Silva, a personal in-room yoga class, complimentary use of in-room Gaiam yoga mat, a best-selling book, Yoga Anatomy, to take home and a weekly at-home meal plan document prepared by Chef Silva which includes an overview of health benefits for specific foods. Five nights, including the ‘Feel OM-azing Package’, costs from around £1,728 ($2,483), mention rate code BEFIT when booking.

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