The hospitality industry has long been a boy’s club. Despite the industry’s dependence on women for many lower-level jobs, women hold just 5 per cent of CEO positions at U.S. hotel companies.
There is currently no available data on how many hotels are owned by women, and as we know, the recurring issue keeping many women from starting a hotel is lack of access to capital.
The amount of money needed can easily surpass six figures, and the networks of investors that can provide that amount of money, such as high-net-worth individuals and venture capital firms, can be hard for women to tap into. If they do find an investor, women-owned businesses often receive less funding and fewer resources, such as mentorship and strategic guidance, than their male counterparts.
Despite these barriers that set the omen population apart, women have started reshaping the world and the meaning of hospitality entrepreneurs. We have curated the best female-founded hotels worldwide, with impeccable designs and a plethora of cultural experiences.
Garden of the Gods Resort and Club in Colorado Springs, Colorado
As the name suggests, this resort offers unparalleled views of the Garden of the Gods and the Rocky Mountains from its perch just north of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Aside from the landmark vantage point, which guests can enjoy from their guest room’s balcony or patio, each room and suite is equipped with a minifridge, Gilchrist & Soames toiletries, a fireplace, and an iPod docking station.
When you’re not admiring the resort’s enviable perch from your balcony, take in the views during a round of golf on the 27-hole course. The resort offers plenty of ways to work up a sweat, including tennis courts, a fitness centre, and a recreation centre, which boasts a junior Olympic-size swimming pool, a playground, and a basketball court. The property also features a full-service spa and a heated outdoor infinity pool if you’d rather relax.
Along with the many facilities, past guests raved about the on-site dining, which is composed of three restaurants. However, recent visitors said they’d return for the amazing views alone.
La Maison Michelle, St. James, Barbados
These villas are described as “world-class luxury” villas. These villas boast a full media room and gorgeous ocean views. You’ll also be able to check out the roof terraces, gazebos, courtyard, and lush gardens.
La Maison Michelle offers a private chef who will cook up customized meals for you. There are also hot tubs, tennis courts, a spa, personal trainers, and a private poolside area. This villa also provides a more intimate experience with seven available suites for renting.
- Private Chef
- A large number of amenities
- Gym / personal trainers
Situated on a hilltop with panoramic views of Barbados’ “Platinum Coast,” La Maison Michelle is the only Black American-owned private luxury resort in Barbados, co-owned by Michelle Jenkins (a lawyer by trade) and her husband, Guy Jenkins.
The dual-level seven-suite villa includes 10,000 sq-feet of indoor/outdoor living space, making it the perfect destination for a romantic escape, work retreat, or friends getaway. Their “Welcome” Package offers en suite accommodations for up to 14 guests starting at $4,250/night.