Spain’s first women-only hotel has opened in Mallorca which has a strict ‘no men’ policy.
In Porto Cristo, the Som Dona Hotel has a unique selling point which is definitely tempting… a hotel that exclusively caters to just women, who are aged 14 and above.
The hotel appears to be the perfect escape from reality, with 39 rooms, a pool, a spa, a library, and a roof-top terrace.
The establishment aims to please by offering “a new space for women who are looking to disconnect from the stress of daily life”.
There are also plenty of wellness services on offer in the hotel, from massages to treatments, there will be something that suits everyone’s needs.
One thing the hotel prides itself on is its locally sourced food, “flexitarian gastronomy”, and cuisine that is nutritious and sustainable.
Based on the hotel’s website, there are plenty of excursions around the island and cultural activities that guests can participate in.
The Son Dona Hotel aims to welcome all women, regardless of their sexual orientation. Solo travelers, couples, mothers and daughters, and even larger groups are welcomed with open arms.
In case you’re curious, the no-men policy even applies to visitors, which means you won’t be able to have any late-night gentlemen callers knocking at your hotel door.
To follow the Spanish gender discrimination laws, the hotel does employ male employees but apparently the establishment does prioritise women employees when it comes to hiring new staff.
Capellá informed Lonely Planet: “One of our objectives is also to give certain visibility to women doing traditionally masculine jobs.”
Many travel industry studies have revealed that in recent years, it has become much more common for female travelers to have more worries to take into account when booking a holiday, other than concerning themselves about men.
According to a British Airways study which was conducted in 2018, nearly 9,000 18 to 64-years-old across the UK, US, France, India, Germany, Italy, Brazil, and China found that 50 percent of women are taking holidays by themselves. Apparently, 75 percent of women are planning a solo trip in the next few years.
Moreover, a Culture Trip study revealed that of the 10,500 respondents, 34 percent of women said they would be interested in flying solo in the future. This is in comparison to the one in seven (14 percent) who have taken a trip in the past five years on their own.
Anna-Marie reviewed the hotel on Booking.com, saying: “We visited this wonderful hotel beginning of September. Even if it was almost fully booked it was so relaxing and nice. The pool area was almost empty at every point in time. The staff was all the time super kind and helpful. The breakfast is tasty and convinced us of the quality of the products. Overall the hotel was very nice, relaxing and super clean. We would definitely book the hotel again !! Highly recommended.”
If you fancy a bit of peace from the drama that men mostly unintentionally deliver, double rooms are available at the Som Dona from €72.50 (£64) per night, this includes your room only.
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