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8 Incredible Hotels & Resorts Owned by Black Women

Updated: Feb 28

Hey globetrotters, are you ready to level up your wanderlust with a touch of #BlackGirlMagic? Pack your bags and ditch the tourist traps, because we're embarking on a journey to 8 Incredible Black Women Owned Hotels & Resorts around the world. From warm escapes to urban sanctuaries, this curated list is your passport to experiences infused with cultural pride and exquisite hospitality.

1. Jnane Tamsna, Marrakech, Morocco

Nestled amidst nine acres of lush gardens in MarrakechJnane Tamsna is truly luxury redefined. Owned by visionary hotelier Meryanne Loum-Martin, Morocco's first Black woman to helm a hotel, this boutique haven offers 24 beautifully-appointed rooms, each a canvas of bohemian-chic elegance. Beyond five-star amenities, Jnane Tamsna boasts a soul, its thoughtfully curated spaces echoing Meryanne's Parisian law-turned-hospitality journey. Savor meticulously-prepared feasts blending Moroccan and Mediterranean flavors, lounging by the sleek pool or losing yourself in the palm groves on a camel trek. Adventure awaits – choose from exhilarating sidecar tours, a friendly game of tennis, or mastering the art of Moroccan cuisine in a captivating cooking class. Jnane Tamsna beckons the spirit-seeker, promising an unforgettable escape infused with cultural richness and exquisite hospitality. 

Seeking a balance between adventure and relaxation? Embrace Morocco's magic and let LUXEY design the perfectly itinerary, tailored just for you!

2. The Ivy Hotel, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Immerse yourself in Baltimore's historic charm at The Ivy Hotel, Maryland's first (and only) Relais & Châteaux haven, lovingly created by Eddie and Sylvia Brown. This 1889 mansion in Mount Vernon's elegant embrace whisks you away to a sanctuary of refined hospitality. Slip into the warmth of home amidst just 17 beautifully appointed rooms, where personalized service reigns supreme. Curl up with a book in the charming library, savor breakfast in the sun-drenched courtyard, or pamper yourself with bespoke treatments at the serene spa. Cap off your day with a culinary journey at Magdalena, The Ivy's award-winning restaurant, where locally-sourced flavors dance on your palate in a sophisticated yet welcoming setting. Embrace Baltimore's soul and Black excellence – book your Ivy Hotel escape today!

Book now at The Ivy Hotel; or let LUXEY design the perfect custom itinerary for you with exclusive perks including welcome gift, daily breakfast, property credit and room upgrades.

3. Blue Apple Beach, Tierra Bomba, Colombia 

Escape to Tierra Bomba Island's bohemian heart and find your groove at Blue Apple Beach Club, a vibrant haven founded by British-Trinidadian adventurer Portia Hart. This solar-powered, zero-waste sanctuary blends beach club energy with boutique hotel comfort, inviting you to dance under the Colombian sun, savor locally-sourced delights, and connect with like-minded souls amidst a backdrop of turquoise waters and palm-fringed beauty. Embrace sustainable living, island rhythms, and unforgettable memories—book your Blue Apple escape today!

Book now at Blue Apple Beach Club; or let LUXEY design the perfect custom itinerary for you with exclusive perks including welcome gift, daily breakfast, property credit and room upgrades.

4. Spice Island Beach Resort, Grand Anse, Grenada

Picture paradise, then sprinkle in five-star luxury – that's Spice Island Beach Resort, your Grenada haven on Grand Anse Beach. This all-inclusive gem, owned and operated by the Hopkin family since its inception, boasts 64 luxe villas nestled amidst lush greenery and sparkling turquoise waters. Plunge into adventure with paddleboarding, kayaking, snorkeling, or tee off on the resort's golf course. Find serenity in beachside yoga, explore Grenada's vibrant villages, or simply unwind in your private villa haven. Spice Island Beach Resort whispers luxury, adventure, and family legacy – book your Grenada escape today!

Book now: Spice Island Beach Resort; or let LUXEY design the perfect custom itinerary for you with exclusive perks including welcome gift, daily breakfast, property credit and room upgrades.

5. La Maison Michelle, St. James, Barbados

Savor the laid-back charm of Barbados at this intimate beachfront villa, owned by Guy and Michelle Jenkins, a split-level haven overlooking Barbados' Platinum Coast. This family-owned gem whispers elegance and sophistication without forgetting warmth and privacy. Unwind in your individually themed room, crafted with local flair, and gaze upon breathtaking Caribbean panoramas. Dive into rooftop dining under starlit skies, discover culinary delights prepared with passion by a private chef, and lose yourself in the rhythm of island life. Explore nearby Westmorland golf course, delve into local cultural gems, or simply soak up the sun on pristine sands. La Maison Michelle beckons families, honeymooners, and solo adventurers – find your perfect Barbados escape today! 

Book now at La Maison Michelle; or let LUXEY design the perfect custom itinerary for you with exclusive perks including welcome gift, daily breakfast, property credit and room upgrades.

6. Wellspring Manor & Spa, Upper Marlboro, Maryland, USA

Unwind and reconnect at Wellspring Manor & Spa, a sanctuary of serenity nestled on 7 acres in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, just 15 miles from the nation's capital Washington, D.C. This Black-owned haven, a labor of love from owner Lisa Brown Alexander, invites you to shed city stress and embrace holistic wellness. Luxuriate in thoughtfully appointed suites, savor multi-course breakfasts and afternoon tea, and indulge in signature spa treatments inspired by the St. Elizabeth Parish of Jamaica. Sunrise yoga, mindfulness walks, and even silence therapy await, guiding you towards inner peace. Explore nearby cultural gems, reconnect with nature on the property's serene grounds, or simply soak in the tranquillity of your private haven.

Wellspring Manor & Spa whispers a promise of renewal – let LUXEY design the perfect custom itinerary centered around relaxation, tailored just for you. Book your Maryland escape today!

7. Salamander Resort & Spa, Middleburg, Virginia, USA

Escape the ordinary and step into Salamander Resort & Spa, a five-star sanctuary nestled on 340 acres of Virginia countryside. This haven of sophisticated charm, orchestrated by hospitality visionary Sheila Johnson, promises endless possibilities. Play croquet on manicured lawns, master archery, or saddle up for horseback rides amidst breathtaking scenery. Unwind in the Forbes Five-Star spa, indulge in farm-to-table feasts at acclaimed restaurants (gastronomy is a Johnson passion!), or stroll the quaint streets of Middleburg before exploring nearby wineries. A playground for the senses, awaits – book your luxurious escape at the Salamander Resort & Spa today! Let LUXEY help you curate the perfect countryside retreat, tailored just for you.

8. iKhaya Lodge & Conference Center, Cape Town, South Africa

Located in quaint, yet vibey Dunkley Square, in Gardens Cape Town, embraced by an eclectic mix of shops and residences, iKhaya Safari Lodge is an is an intimate boutique hotel perfectly situated with breathtaking views of Table Mountain and Lion’s Head. With its out-of-town safari-feel lobby and icons of outstanding people of African descent lining its walls, iKhaya boasts colourful African Heritage throughout its property. Key tourist sites such as iZiko Museums, The Bo-Kaap, The Castle of Good Hope, and Green Market Square, just to name a few, are within a comfortable walking distance. And of course there’s the V&A Waterfont. from there see amazing sights from the Cape Town Wheel.

Book now at iKhaya Safari Lodge; or let LUXEY design the perfect custom gateway to an unforgettable Emerald Coast escape. 

This is just a taste of the many incredible black woman owned properties around the world waiting for you to discover. So, pack your bags, embrace your wanderlust, and support these incredible spaces that showcase the brilliance and hospitality of the black diaspora. Remember, the world is your oyster, and these havens are waiting to welcome you with open arms (and delicious cocktails!).

Ready to book your escape? Let LUXEY design the perfect itinerary for you!

PS. Check out our FORA partner's recommendations on 8 fabulous black owned hotels and resorts.

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