Best place in the world to stay for Solo Travellers
THE LAGUNA, A LUXURY COLLECTION RESORT & SPA, NUSA DUA, BALI
Treat yourself to some well-deserved ‘me’ time on the white-sand beaches of this area. When you’re done lazing in your private cabana on the beach, head on over to the spa or to the activity centre where you can learn the basics of kayaking or, if you want some underwater introspection, snorkelling. Or, speak to the concierge and step off the beaten path to check out the island’s little-known attractions—hiking trails, cycling trips to gorgeous Mount Batur and tours of the area’s fascinating abandoned temples.
(www.thelagunabali.com; doubles from IDR1,700,000 or 8,200)
LE MÉRIDIEN GOA
Escaping to the sunshine state is always a good idea. At Le Méridien Goa, you can enjoy the proximity to Calangute and other buzzing northern beaches, yet spend quiet time by yourself at the hotel’s gorgeous pool. Grab a
drink at the Plunge Bar or make new friends at Le Méridien Hub, a lobby-cum-lounge social space. When you step out, head to the region’s chic eateries— Koi, Bomra’s and A Reverie. (www.starwoodhotels.com; doubles from 7,000)
FORTALEZA SRI LANKA
It has 16 rooms across four Dutch-era structures (one of which used to be a spice warehouse) all inside the UNESCO World Heritage site of Fort Galle. All four properties, each a short walk from the other, feature a curated collection of objets d’art and installations that complement the colonial decor. You could spend hours sipping on cocktails or coffee at the hotel’s eponymous restaurant, set in a leafy courtyard, as the staff regales you with anecdotes and facts about Galle. If you’re seeking alone time, book No.1A Court Square, a one-bedroom suite housed on its own, next to the Old Dutch Hospital entertainment precinct.
(www.fortaleza.lk; doubles from LKR21,450 or 9,200).