Ladies, This 'Women-Only' Island Might Be The Escape You've Been Waiting For

“Women need to spend time with other women."

Whether we're fighting for equal pay, or rallying around the #MeToo Movement, we women often have too much on our plates at any given time. After all, according to Beyoncé, we run the world — our work is never done. However, our constant battle against the patriarchy could potentially lead to burnout on an individual and national scale. We all need (and deserve!) the opportunity to relax and reenergize. But where can women go to escape these daily stressors?

SuperShe Island, that's where.

Located in the Baltic Sea off the coast of Finland, SuperShe Island serves as an all-female oasis for members of the SuperShe community, which seeks to empower women and facilitate networking opportunities. Described as "no man's land," SuperShe's 8.5-acre, 10-person island offers "daily wellness activities led by fellow SuperShe's such as yoga, meditation, farm-to-table dining, cooking classes, fitness classes, nature activities, and so much more" for women seeking a retreat or traveling solo.

"Women need to spend time with other women," Kristina Roth, founder of SuperShe, states on the island's website. "Being on vacation with men can cause women to become sidetracked, whether it's to put on a swipe of lipstick or grab for a cover-up. We want SuperShe Island to be rejuvenating and a safe space where women can reinvent themselves and their desires. A place where you can recalibrate without distractions."

"It was like a woman-only summer camp where the message was, Empowerment!" Phoukham Kelly Bounkeua, a psychotherapist from outside Seattle who was drawn to SuperShe's message of encouraging emotional, physical, and financial well-being amongst women, told Conde Nast Traveler. "We connected, we talked, we bonded. It was a very memorable week."

While SuperShe Island offers yoga classes, facials, massages, bathing-suit-optional saunas, fine dining, and networking, the retreats are also substance-free (including caffeine and alcohol) in an effort to promote total wellness of both the mind and body.

Detractors, of course, have been quick to highlight SuperShe's "no men allowed" policy, but Roth's quick to dismiss critics who suggest the decision to accept only women exudes gender discrimination against men.

"You can focus on 'no men' or you can focus on 'for women' and it's really your choice," Roth told Bloomberg. "I say, 'for women'. The spin of no men on the island is obviously what brings the big headlines, but what 'no men' leaves open is it leaves it open to interpretation, if it's a gathering of women who hate men and dance around the fire, or if it's a gathering for women."

However, to achieve this close-knit sense of community, SuperShe remains exclusive. Not only does the $4,300-7,500 price tag keep many at bay, but also, of the 7,000 women who applied, only 140 were selected by Roth herself. Regardless, SuperShe serves as just one example an emerging travel trend, as many destinations have begun to cater to women specifically, offering them safe spaces that allow them to truly escape the dangers and distractions of everyday life.

Cover image via Andril Orlov / Shutterstock

(H/T: Scary Mommy)


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