Spain just opened its first ‘women only’ hotel

Spain’s very first hotel designed exclusively for women has opened on the island of Mallorca.

Spain just opened its first ‘women only’ hotel
Spain has its first women only hotel. Photo: Som Dona Hotel

Som Dona Hotel is located in the seaside town of Porto Cristo on the east side of the largest of the Balearic Island and only accepts female guests.

The 39-roomed four-star hotel , decorated with femenine aesthics in mind, offers a pool, spa centre and roof-top bar and aims to offer“a new space for women who are looking to disconnect from the stress of daily life”. 

Cuisine offered is described as locally sourced “flexitarian gastronomy” and the hotel also offers to organise female only excursions and cultural activities on the island.

But although the hotel has stopped short of employing an exclusively female staff because of Spain’s gender discrimination laws it prioritises women.

“One of our objectives is also to give a certain visibility to women doing traditionally masculine jobs,” explained Som Hotels president Joan Enric Capellá to Lonely Planet.

The new hotel is bang on trend with the number of women who choose to travel solo rapidly growing.

In 2018, 33 percent of women respondents from around the world told they’d taken a solo trip while in a British Airways survey of 9,000 female travellers, more than half said they had taken a trip alone and almost everyone said they would consider it in the future.

While women holidaying with female friends is more popular than ever.

Double rooms at Som Dona start at €72.50 per night, room only and are open to female guests aged 14 and over.

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Copenhagen Airport delays: Air traffic controllers borrowed to ease shortage

Air traffic control company Naviair will loan air traffic control staff from the smaller Roskilde Airport to solve persistent flight delays out of Copenhagen.

Copenhagen Airport delays: Air traffic controllers borrowed to ease shortage

The loan of staff from Roskilde Airport will be in place throughout the peak summer season, Naviair said in a statement.

The decision has been made to prevent major flight delays affecting passengers at Copenhagen Airport.

Naviair said that the solution will give it enough cover for most of the summer flight traffic without lengthy delays or asking air traffic controllers to work overtime.

Capacity at Roskilde Airport will be reduced during the period.

“The plan is going to have some consequences. The reallocation of air traffic controllers means reduced capacity at Roskilde Airport, whose users we naturally apologise to,” Naviair director of traffic Thorsten Elkjær said in the press statement.

READ ALSO: Airline Norwegian threatens to ‘find alternative’ to Copenhagen Airport over delays

The shortage of air traffic controllers and related dispute between their trade union and Naviair, their employer, has resulted in delays for hundreds of thousands of passengers at Copenhagen Airport in recent weeks.

Naviair has asked its staff to take on extra shifts due to the shortage but has also said it has increased intake on training programmes to eventually increase the number of staff available. 

The air traffic controllers have said that the overtime is not at a manageable level, and that they have taken 1,500 additional shifts so far this year.

Figures from April show that some 45 percent of flights from Copenhagen Airport were delayed last month and the issue has continued into May.