Spain’s First Female-Only Hotel Is Open in Mallorca

Aug 21, 2019

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Sorry, lads, but you won’t be able to get a reservation at the Som Dona Hotel in Mallorca, Spain — ever — because only women are allowed.

The pool at Som Dona. (Photo courtesy of Som Dona Hotel)

Som Dona offers females comfort, relaxation and healthy living, all with a Mediterranean twist. Besides the typical amenities like a beautiful, sprawling pool and chic rooftop bar, the hotel offers a spa with treatments geared towards women, female-oriented fitness classes and special food and wine tastings.

The 39 artfully decorated rooms (yes, the rooms are outfitted in the color pink, but in a bold, trendy manner) feature female-friendly extras like professional-grade blow dryers, hair straighteners, anti-fog bathroom mirrors, special hangers for delicate garments, closet organizers including special spaces for jewelry, bathtubs with an aroma menu, makeup removing towelettes and more.

Guestrooms are have sophisticated pink touches. Photo courtesy of Som Dona Hotel.
Guestrooms are have sophisticated pink touches. (Photo courtesy of Som Dona Hotel)

And, the hotel’s quest to be female-only doesn’t stop at guests: Som Dona hires female employees whenever possible while still respecting Spain’s parity laws. Female retreats and wellness workshops are in the works, too.

The hotel fits well with current travel trends, as female solo travel is rapidly growing. According to The Telegraph, “Women are much more likely to travel alone than men, and that’s only rising”. Hostelworld says its female travel bookings rose 45% in past years, and a Booking.com study showed that more than 33% of women have taken a solo trip.

The Som Dona Hotel isn’t just for solo females. While it’s also a space where this type of traveller can feel safe and comfortable, it’s also made for groups of female friends, mothers and daughters (the hotel allows females ages 14+) and same-sex female couples.

The bar at Som Dona. Photo courtesy of Som Dona Hotel.
The bar at Som Dona. (Photo courtesy of Som Dona Hotel)

Female-only spaces in the travel sphere aren’t totally new, though, especially in Mallorca. In 2014, the Barcelo Illetas Albatros created a special floor just for female guests, and some hostels on the island offer female-only dorms.

Double rooms at Som Dona start at €72.50 (~‎£66) per night. Packages with breakfast and other meals included are also available.

Feature image courtesy of Som Dona Hotel.

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