Supporting Black-owned businesses goes past shopping at stores and eating at restaurants. You can also intertwine your support with the planning of your next vacation or weekend getaway. The travel industry is a tough one to break into, and Black travel entrepreneurs have made their mark in the industry with remarkable boutique hotels all over the world with unmatched experiences.
While there are a variety of amazing hotels you can pick to stay at while you’re traveling, there are a few locations that will exceed your expectations, providing you with a luxurious experience. We’ve compiled a list of five Black-owned boutique hotels worth visiting.
4 Stars | Website | Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport
217 | Outdoor swimming pool; Fitness center; Bar | 1
Vieux Carre Historic District; Louis Armstrong Park; New Orleans Jazz Museum
The NOPSI Hotel, located in New Orleans is a history-rich location you’ll love residing in after a long day exploring the city. During the Roaring Twenties, a decade that saw flappers and the Art Deco movement, it was built to stand nine-stories high and became the headquarters of New Orleans Public Service Inc. (NOPSI). The brick building opened in 1927, which welcomed locals who would frequently line up in the lobby halls to pay utility bills and purchase trolley car tokens.
Now, the hotel has been reborn as a luxury hotel that caters towards sophisticated travelers. It’s filled with spacious suites, a rooftop pool, bar, indoor and outdoor meeting spaces, and easy access to the action of Bourbon Street and all that the city has to offer.
5 Stars | Website | Marrakech Menara Airport
24 | Outdoor swimming pool; Fitness center; Free WiFi | 2
Village of Douar Abiad; Marrakech Medina; Jardin Majorelle-Yves Saint Laurent Mansion
If you find yourself traveling to the beautiful Palmeraie of Marrakech in Morocco, be sure to book a few nights at the Jnane Tamsna. It has a total of 24 bedrooms, all located within a lush, walled garden which are filled with palm trees and leafy tropical plants. You can enjoy delicious, organic food which is grown on-site and even partake in cooking lessons and gardening workshops.
While the gorgeous rooms, pristine interior and delicious food would be sufficient enough for travelers, the amenities and activities offered for guests makes this a must-visit hotel for anyone making their way through Morocco. You can ride a camel through the date palms on the property, play tennis, have your children learn calligraphy, ride bikes on a guided tour or roam the city in an elegant sidecar. Guests can also get some movement in with yoga classes and get a massage after which is offered by the hotel.
4 Stars | Website | Pointe-à-Pitre Le Raizet Airport
211 | Outdoor swimming pools; Beachfront; Spa | 2
Canella Beach; Anse Tabarin; Datcha Beach
Perfect for exploring the Guadeloupe Islands, the La Créole Beach Hotel and Spa is located on the seaside and set in a tropical park surrounded by palm trees, lilies and hibiscus. With relaxation and wellness being the point of focus for the hotel, there are a handful of activities for guests to engage in – including those that fall on the more adventurous side.
There are opportunities for trips out to sea, yoga, stretching, low-intensity and aquagum workouts. For those looking for a bit of an adrenaline rush, you can partake in windsurfing, deep-sea diving, jet skiing and the opportunity to go on other excursions upon request.
5 Stars | Website | Baltimore Washington Intl. Airport
18 | Free WiFi; Fitness center; Pet-friendly | 1
Baltimore Inner Harbor Marina; Oriole Park at Camden Yards; National Aquarium in Baltimore
Known as Baltimore’s hidden gem, The Ivy Hotel is located in downtown Baltimore. Extremely welcoming and charming, The Ivy exudes world-class hospitality and is located in a historic Mount Vernon mansion. The interior features 17 guests rooms and suites and is complete with charming spaces for guests to relax in, including a small luxury spa.
During your stay, you can expect dinner, spa treatments, chef-made breakfasts, on-site activities, turn down services, and complimentary movies and snacks. You’ll also have access to private car service to the harbor, casino, or wherever else you’re dying to explore.
5 Stars | Website | Sangster International Airport
180 | Private beach area; Spa; Fitness center | 1
Half Moon Point Beach; Tropical Bliss Beach; Montego Bay Coast
Deemed Jamaica’s Highest Rated Resort, The Eclipse at Half Moon is set on 400 acres of gorgeous, manicured grounds featuring two miles of beachfront. Most of their rooms have views of the Caribbean Sea, and they have villas available that have anywhere from 5-7 bedrooms.
Explore the grounds by playing golf on an 18-hole par-72 championship golf course. If you’re an animal lover, you’ll enjoy Half Moon’s own equestrian center of 28 horses and the fact that they help turtles who lay eggs on the property, and further release over 2,000 baby turtles into the sea each year.
They offer babysitting with their trained nannies who can keep your children entertained while you enjoy a massage and dinner at their restaurant, Sugar Mill. They also offer complimentary breakfast, interconnecting rooms, and an opportunity for kids to have their own adventures through the Anancy Children’s Village.
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