Empowered Female Travel with Gaëlle Van Hieu at Michelin Food & Travel

Solo female travel and groups of female travelers have risen dramatically in the past few years, thanks largely in part to an increasing number of destinations deemed safe and welcoming for female solo travelers. With the prevalence of WiFi and the ability to stay connected with family members and friends via FaceTime or WhatsApp while abroad, women are able to embark on exciting solo-adventures while still maintaining a sense of safety.

There were over 100,000,000 searches of “female solo travel” and other related keywords at the start of this year. Pinterest also reported that there had been a 350% increase in pins related to female travel.

In our efforts to Empower the Female Traveler within the Akaryn Hotel Group we had the opportunity to ask Gaëlle Van Hieu, Vice President, Michelin Food & Travel, her tips about Female Travel.

Q&A with Gaëlle Van Hieu, Vice President, Michelin Food & Travel

1. What should every woman try at least once in her life?

To travel on her own, not only to discover new destinations but, also to explore their own soul and personality.

2. Where should every woman go at least once in her life?

To a meditation retreat in south east Asia to discover local spirituality and learn to let go, far from their busy modern lives.

3. Name 3 items you could not leave home without on your solo trip.

  • A pen and a scrapbook.
  • A Michelin Guide to have the best local food experiences in all ranges of prices and atmospheres.
  • A smartphone to stay in touch with my beloved ones.

4. What do you bring to read on your trips?

All the books I was offered and had no time to read at home. Novels and fictions only!

5. What is the best advice you've been given when on a trip?

Hoteliers when they are involved into local life are rich and robust sources of tips and inspirations, to have the feeling to live like a local!

6. If you could bring someone with you on your bucket list trip, who would it be?

A painter who could sketch all your memories: people, landscapes, food, etc.

7. Do you often share your travel experience on social media? Name 3 hashtags you love to use on a personal trip.

  • #Enjoy+Destination
  • #Destination+Lovers
  • #AJourneyNotDestination

8. What is your greatest indulgence when on a trip alone?

A spa treatment in a 5 star hotel.

9. What is your beauty secret to survive a long haul?

Scrub and hydration.

10. Name one fashion tip that women travelers shall keep in mind.

Always travel in style with a panama hat and designer’s sunglasses!

 

Female Travel Packages across Thailand

The Akaryn Hotel Group offers the Solo Female and Female Groups the opportunity to explore Thailand with its small luxury resorts in Thailand.

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Aleenta Resorts

Aleenta Resorts offers a package at both of their resort locations in Phuket and Hua Hin created specifically for female solo travellers anf female groups venturing to Thailand.

Aleenta offers unparalleled luxury at both its Phuket resort and Hua Hin resort with each resort commitment to ensuring its guests enjoy an experience that is both relaxing and enthralling. The Deluxe Doyenne Package offers several activities designed with the female solo traveller in mind, such as yoga, Thai boxing, or a visit to the Resort’s organic farm, interspersed over a 4-Day-3-Night stay.

Akyra Resorts & Hotels

Akyra Resorts & Hotels offers a package at their  Phuket resort and city hotel in Chiang Mai created specifically for female solo travellers anf female groups venturing to Thailand.

These five-star resorts & hotels offer great luxury and a holiday package for solo female travelers. Akyra understands that there is a huge rise in the number of women traveling on their own and within groups. With the Deluxe Doyenne Delights, solo female travelers can enjoy a holiday package for four days and three nights with unforgettable and relaxing services designed exclusively for women.

Gaëlle Van Hieu

Gaëlle Van Hieu


Vice President
Michelin Food & Travel (Michelin Travel Partner)

Head of Marketing, Communication and Sales for The Michelin Guide Thailand
Head of coordination for The Michelin Guide in South East Asia and Oceania.

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Spent an incredible week at this magnificent resort earlier this month. What an amazing place to get away from it all. The villas are incredibly designed with comfort & spaciousness being the top priority. The hospitality by the entire team from the Resort Manager Matthias & Executive Chef Valero right on down to every staff member exceeded my expectations in every way. Thanks for taking such great care of us. I will definitely be back.
- by Paul C on 6/28/16. Stay date: Jun 2016 -
This was my first trip to Thailand and I was worried in case I had missed the boat on the Thailand of old. I should not have worried. This small, intimate and friendly five star resort is the most perfect position on a spectacular stretch of beach at Pak Nampran Bay. The emphasis on sustainability and doing things in a green and eco fashion makes you feel like you are also doing your bit. As a passionate foodie, I loved the fact that the menu is created from produce organically grown at the eco farm a few kilometres away. The menu tells you how far each dish has travelled to reach your table. One of my favorite moments was waking up to watch the sunrise from the comfort of my huge squishy bed, which overlooked the beach. Each afternoon, someone delivers a beautiful tray of fresh canapes to your room. You can even choose what time you would like to enjoy happy hour! It's rare to find a high end hotel with such a down to earth, friendly vibe and most importantly of all, a very clear and passionate social conscience. Please keep on doing what you are doing, please don't change. I'll be back and thank you for an unforgettable stay.
- by Rebecca Thomas on 8/11/16. Stay date: Aug 2016 -
My husband and I spent part of our honeymoon on your premises from December 5 to December 12, 2016. Our stay at Aleenta was absolutely fantastic and felt way too short! We enjoyed your kind hospitality, the extraordinary food, the facilities, the massages and the view we had from our room to the fullest. My husband and I are experienced travellers but we have hardly come across such friendliness, kindness and willingness as from you to make our holidays so special and unique. We will surely come back and already miss you a lot. Thank you so very much again!
- by Alexandra & Nils Michael on 1/9/17. Stay date: December 2016 -
An amazing experience! We were a large group for a wedding and it was such a nice experience. I actually ended up sleeping on hammock. The food was really good, and all the service was amazing.
- by Chelsea P. -