The hospitality industry has always been a boys’ club. Despite the industry’s reliance on women for many lower-level jobs, women hold only 5 percent of CEO positions at US hotel companies.
There is currently no data available on the number of hotels owned by women, and as we know, a recurring problem that prevents many women from starting a hotel is the lack of access to capital.
The amount of money required can easily exceed six figures, and it can be difficult for women to take advantage of investor networks that can provide that amount of money, such as high net worth individuals and venture capital firms. If they find an investor, women-owned businesses often receive less funding and fewer resources, such as mentorship and strategic direction, from their male counterparts.
Despite these barriers that set people apart, women are beginning to reshape the world and the meaning of entrepreneurs in hospitality. We have curated the best hotels founded by women around the world, 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 location just north of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Aside from the vantage point guests can enjoy from the guest room’s balcony or patio, each room and suite is equipped with a mini-fridge, Gilchrist & Soames toiletries, a fireplace, and an iPod docking station.
When you’re not admiring the enviable resort 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 exercise, including tennis courts, a fitness center, and a recreation center that includes a small Olympic pool, playground, and basketball court. The property also features a full-service spa and a heated outdoor infinity pool if you prefer to unwind.
Besides the many amenities, previous guests have been fascinated by the on-site dining, which consists of three restaurants. However, new visitors said they would return alone to enjoy the wonderful scenery.
La Maison Michel, Saint James, Barbados
These villas are described as “world class” villas. These villas feature a full media room and wonderful ocean views. You’ll also be able to check out the rooftop terraces, gazebos, courtyard, and lush gardens.
La Maison Michelle offers a private chef who prepares customized meals for you. There are also hot tubs, tennis courts, a spa, personal trainers, and a private poolside area. This villa also offers a more intimate experience with seven suites available for rent.
- private chef
- A large number of facilities
- Gym / personal trainers
Perched on a hilltop with panoramic views of Barbados’ Platinum Coast, La Maison Michelle is the only privately owned black American luxury resort in Barbados, co-owned by Michelle Jenkins (a business attorney) and her husband, Jay Jenkins.
The seven-story, seven-suite villa features 10,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor living space, making it the perfect destination for a romantic getaway, business getaway, or vacation with friends. Their “welcome” package offers en suite accommodations for up to 14 guests starting at $4,250 per night.