The perfect trips to reset your perspective!
So… let’s talk ‘divorce parties’. Apparently they’re trending – so much so that you can now even book professional divorce party planners.
We’re not known for turning our noses up at a hot trend – especially if it involves travel – and as it turns out, a lot of divorce parties do. By definition, a divorce party is a celebration of the end of a marriage, and according to the *data* (a bunch of incredulous online media articles) a lot of people are choosing to commemorate rather than commiserate their singleness by booking luxe holidays.
We’re not here to tell you how you should deal with your divorce (or judge you on how you do). Heck, we can’t even agree in the office how we’d cope with such an event. We’ve got one vote for a never-ending, self-imposed Netflix and popcorn binge; one vote for packing up and moving to a brand new city; and one vote for adopting at least three puppies with furry shoulders to cry on.
What we do agree on, however, is that if you’re looking for an excuse to holiday in style, then why on Mother Earth’s green grass shouldn’t this be it? We’ve rounded up seven experiences so unforgettable, you simply won’t have room in your overwhelmed brain for memories of your ex.
FYI – we don’t represent SOME of these resorts, but ever since we found out about divorce parties, we’ve become morbidly obsessed with the concept, so we’ve happily done the research for you.
Soneva in Aqua
What better way to begin the next chapter in your life than by chartering your own private yacht through the Maldives with your three closest friends, personal chef and therapist?
Soneva in Aqua is a luxury yacht that sets sail from its flagship resort and iconic world leader, Soneva Fushi, and provides the ultimate sense of exclusivity, privacy and YOLO.
The beautiful boat features a spacious main cabin with a glass-bottomed spa and shower facilities; and a second cabin offering a king-size bed and en-suite facilities. There’s also a raised sun and dining deck; a lower-level bar and dining area with daybeds and a space for wellness treatments; an internal library; and main saloon and dining room, perfect for entertaining (and taking epic Instagram shots that prove how ‘together’ you’ve got it).
Sinalei Reef Resort & Spa
Clear your mind and spirit with a healthy dose of vitamin sea and salt on a surfing trip to Samoa – the new surfing destination you’ve been looking for.
At Sinalei Reef Resort & Spa, you get front row access to the best of local breaks through the resort’s preferred surf excursion partner (Manoa Tours Samoa), whose operation is within walking distance of your room. With their knowledge of local conditions, currents, winds and waves, you will find yourself in the best hands possible.
The resort is set on 33 acres of landscaped grounds on the south coast of Samoa’s main island, Upolu, and provides access to some of Samoa’s best breaks for surfers of varying levels of experience. A fast-emerging surfing destination, yet still relatively undiscovered, Samoa’s surf spots are rarely crowded.
In the heart of Polynesia, the country’s beautifully rugged islands are famous for their clear turquoise water and shady, coconut-palm-lined beaches, and for being an adventurer’s paradise. Swap your phone for days spent hiking through lush rainforests to waterfalls, swimming in cave pools or exploring lava fields.
Muri Beach Club Hotel
If you really want to put the ‘party’ in divorce party, Muri Beach Club Hotel in the Cook Islands is your go-to destination. This might seem like a surprising choice but trust us, the Cooks are known for their fun, laid-back vibe.
The hotel is home to Rarotonga’s largest pool, which is the perfect place to enjoy tropical cocktails as the sun sets, before boarding the famous Rehab’s Party Bus, which takes you and your fellow fun-loving passengers on a pub crawl between the town’s hottest nightlife spots.
In the morning, make the most of your prime position on the shores of Rarotonga’s most beautiful nature feature – Muri Lagoon – with a walk along the pristine beachfront, or enjoy a spot of snorkelling in crystal-clear waters.
The rest of the day is yours to spend pampering yourself with relaxing treatments at the hotel’s in-house spa or exploring the surrounding abundance of natural beauty. The island is dominated by soaring mountain peaks, lush rain forests, and white-sand beaches guarded by coral reef and tranquil motus (islands) scattered like confetti.
Fair warning, Soneva Jani is not the cheapest resort in the world but as far as luxurious divorce party destinations go, it’s as extra and as memorable as they come.
Home to 25 over-water villas, the resort occupies the uninhabited island of Medhufaru in the Maldives, which sits within a large, private lagoon in the Noonu Atoll. Where Soneva Jani differentiates itself from other resorts in the area is in its attention to decadent details.
Here, your every whim is tended to. You can choose the scent of your pillows, help yourself to a bottle of vino from your personal wine cellar, catch an epic sunset from your sprawling roof deck, or slide directly from your room into the turquoise lagoon below.
Thoughtful details such private plunge pools adorned with catamaran nets and open-air bathrooms create an ambiance that matches the resort’s tranquil setting. The standout feature of the water villas, however, is the retractable roof over the master bedroom, which can be drawn back in the evening for a truly one-of-a-kind stargazing experience from the comfort of bed.
Koro Sun Resort
Perhaps your idea of an ideal divorce party is escaping to an adventure wonderland, where you can keep both your body and mind busy? Escapades awaits you around every corner at Koro Sun Resort. For nature lovers, the resort is ideally located on 160 acres of verdant gardens and lush rainforest and promises easy access to the most iconic sights of Vanua Levu, Fiji’s second largest island.
From kayaking across an azure lagoon to nearby islands and saltwater caves; to trekking through virgin rainforest to the purest Fijian waterfalls, there are plenty of opportunities to satisfy your thirst for the great outdoors.
The area is renowned for its crystal-clear waters and beautiful underwater wonders, including soft vibrant corals and brilliantly-coloured fish, making it the perfect destination for snorkelling and diving. For a more relaxed morning, join a dolphin watching trip to Natewa Bay, the South Pacific’s largest bay and home to two pods of spinner dolphins. On Saturday mornings, venture into the local town to explore the markets, where you’ll discover fresh fruits and vegetables as well as Fijian souvenirs and handicrafts.
Alternatively, pamper yourself with a treatment at the Rainforest Spa, where the world-renowned warmth of Fijians combined with the spa’s striking natural setting and trickling streams creates a rejuvenating experience always to be remembered.
Berber Lodge, Morocco
Nestled amongst centenary olive trees near the Village of Oumes, Berber Lodge comprises nine individual lodges laid out in a quaint, village style. Just twenty minutes’ drive to Marrakech (close enough for a sneaky shopping trip with the gals!) yet also nearby Lake Takerkoust, Berber Lodge is ideally placed to discover the amazing preserved nature that Morocco has to offer.
A central house features a salon with roaring fireplace, library, bar and dining room whilst an outdoor pool and an adjoining pergola bar can be found at the bottom of the garden amongst the trees. The atmosphere is serene, spacious and the perfect place to relax after the bustle of Marrakech, life… or divorce!
Get back to your why in Nepal with sustainable adventure and culture experts, LokalTravel.
Explore the cities of Kathmandu and Pokhara with local guides and then head out to experience the panoramic sensations of the High Himalayas on a trek along a newly developed, unspoiled route of the Annapurna Region. You’ll take in incredible vistas of some of the highest mountains in the world, including the magnificent peaks of the Annapurnas, Macchupichhre and Dhauligiri.
You’ll also get to enjoy the authentic hospitality of the highlanders of the Annapurna Region. Your bilingual guide will teach you about the Himalayan lifestyle and introduce you to local farmers and yak herders in villages along the way. Each night after your hike, you’ll stay in cosy community-run eco-lodges and be treated to home-cooked meals.