Spending this Valentine’s Day on your own? Although it can be hard to avoid starry-eyed romantics during the mushiest time of the year, don’t let that derail your plans for a sun-soaked getaway. It may seem like most resorts cater to couples and families, but there are plenty of hot spots for solo travel—simply follow our lead!
Secrets Playa Mujeres Golf & Spa Resort is an upscale adults-only all-inclusive close to Cancun’s most popular tourist beach, yet worlds away from its frenzied vibe. Avoid over-the-top PDA by booking an oceanfront suite with its own private dipping pool and whirlpool bathtub, not to mention its broad expanse of pristine beach. 24/7 room service means you’ll never have to leave your sweet digs if you choose not to, but you’ll likely be tempted by the resort’s stellar spa, fabulous a la carte dining and lively on-site nightlife.
A tiny island on which monkeys actually outnumber people, Nevis makes up for its size by extending as warm a welcome as you’ll find in the Caribbean. The disarmingly friendly, small-town atmosphere is best experienced at the lovely country cottage-style escape of Nisbet Plantation Beach Club, which, although homey, boasts luxurious accommodations. Guests and locals alike enjoy getting together for beach barbecue nights with live music, and the dining is first-rate in the club’s Great House main mansion.
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Kura Hulanda Lodge & Beach Club—a GHL Hotel—is a pristine escape on the westernmost point of Curacao. Boasting drool-worthy scenery and a gorgeous beach at the base of a cliff, the resort’s perks also include a complete onsite dive shop offering incredible snorkeling and diving excursions. (One of Curacao’s most unique marine sites—an underwater cave known as The Blue Room—is minutes away.) Complimentary scheduled transportation to sister resort, Sonesta Kura Hulanda Village & Spa in the heart of Willemstad’s UNESCO World Heritage site, is also available, providing the perfect opportunity to explore the colorful colonial architecture, historical sites, unique museums of the cosmopolitan city center.
You don’t need to have an entourage to receive VIP treatment in the “Crossroads of the Americas,” but by the time you leave Hard Rock Hotel Panama Megapolis, you’ll probably have one. It’s impossible to be a wallflower at the hotel’s hot nightlife emporiums—especially with infectious beats pumping throughout the 66th floor’s indoor/outdoor dance club labyrinth, and the rooftop pool, which also attracts a hip and happening set. The interior throughout is a mini-museum dedicated to musical legends, and you’re mere minutes away from other cultural and historical attractions including the famous Panama Canal, the Bio Museum, and the UNESCO World Heritage site Casco Viejo.
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Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort is ideally situated on the “Happy Island.” Although it sits on a bustling activity beach, it also faces a natural bird sanctuary, so the vibe is up to you depending on whether you’re feeling social or serene. No matter what you choose, no rental car is required, as the resort offers complimentary Palm Beach water taxis, and gourmet dining, fabulous shopping, and electric nightlife options are all just steps away. Be sure to check out the resort’s sea-view spa!
Solo sporty types will be totally engaged at Casa de Campo at any time of the year. It’s a massive surf-side vacation community—7,000 acres in all—with a private island for sunbathing and snorkeling. (Thankfully, golf carts come with each room for easy exploration!) The top-notch sports instruction and facilities include three championship golf courses and a comprehensive equestrian center, offering English and Western riding, polo and even donkey polo! There’s also tennis, sports shooting (clay, trap, and skeet), kayaking, paddle boarding, and sailing. Soothe aching muscles at the end of the day at the facility’s spa and health and wellness retreat.
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It’s with good reason they named the most luxurious hotel on Grand Cayman the Kimpton Seafire: each night, the blazing sunset reflects off the gently rolling waves along Seven Mile Beach. Greet the next morning with a relaxing yoga session on the beach, then continue the core workout with 60-minutes on a stand-up paddleboard, gliding over the blissfully warm, crystal-clear waters. Round out the day with some serious retail therapy at the nearby Shops at Camana Bay, where you’ll find world-class shopping and beauty services, along with a weekly farmers’ market every Wednesday.
The San Juan Marriott & Stellaris Casino is located on stunning Condado Beach, minutes from San Juan’s historic city center and flanked by trendy neighborhoods filled with cosmopolitan attractions. It’s also a perfect base for outdoor activities, as zip-lining, horseback riding, and waterfall-chasing are just short treks away. The glitzy casino attracts high rollers, and some of the eclectic on-site dinings go very late. With live music and salsa nights, the Red Coral Lounge is ideal for solos seeking to “go local” and learn a dance step or two, and an alluring seaside water circuit adds to its overall appeal.
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Though the Bahamas are liberally peppered with all-inclusive geared towards couples and families, there’s a specific region that’s all about boating. The Abacos Island chain is the sailing capital of the Caribbean, and Abaco Beach Resort & Boat Harbor Marina is the best place to experience the yachtie’s life. Take a sailing class or island-hop with a boat rental or public ferry. The neighboring islands are a stone’s throw away from each other, and each has its own allure and attractions, from drop-dead gorgeous beaches and party bars, to cultural attractions like a sculpture foundry and a wooden boat building center.