Top Destinations for Girlfriend Getaways
If you’re looking for a quick weekend getaway with the girls, the Bahamas is the ideal Caribbean destination. Just an hour by air from Miami, Nassau boasts two major tourist destinations: upscale Paradise Island (home of the Atlantis resort) and the more budget-minded Cable Beach with its growing Baha Mar resort area. The Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort offers a Girlfriend Getaway package that includes an ocean view room, breakfast daily, s welcome cocktail at the Telegraph Bar, snorkeling trip at Stuart Cove, and wine and cheese delivered to your room the day you arrive.
One of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, Bali for few years awarded as the world best island by
The International Travel Magazine. There, however, are still many people who do not know in depth about the uniqueness of Balinese culture. Life in Bali is always related to Tri Hita Karana or a tripartite concept that include the spiritual relationship between human and God, and their environment. What woman wasn’t inspired by Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love to relocate to Indonesia for a life of simplicity and, euphemistically put, quality bedroom time? And though the island paradise is great for solo travel, it’s also a holistic getaway fit for girlfriends, too. Try one of the destination’s spiritual escapes, offered through groups like Spafari, that combines yoga and meditation with hiking, snorkeling and other outdoor fitness activities.
Banff, Alberta, Canada
Nestled in the Canadian Rockies, Banff offers rustic beauty blended with modern luxury. There are breathtaking views in every direction and a plethora of outdoor activities – hiking, skiing, mountain biking – if you’re feeling adventurous. If you’d rather take in that lovely scenery in a more relaxed fashion, try out one of the getaway’s many luxurious hotels, resorts and spas.
Bangkok welcomes more visitors than any other city in the world and it doesn’t take long to realize why. Bangkok is a city of contrasts with action at every turn; marvel at the gleaming temples, catch a tuk tuk along the bustling Chinatown or take a long tail boat through floating markets. Food is another Bangkok highlight, from local dishes served at humble street stalls to haute cuisine at romantic rooftop restaurants. Luxury malls compete with a sea of boutiques and markets, where you can treat yourself without overspending. Extravagant Luxury hotels and surprisingly cheap serviced apartments welcome you with the same famed Thai hospitality. And no visit to Bangkok would be complete without a glimpse of its famous nightlife – from cabarets to exotic red-light districts, Bangkok never ceases to amaze.
If you’ve never been to Barbados before, you’re in for a treat. The island enjoys one of the highest standards of living in the Caribbean and one of the lowest crime rates (read: very, very tourist friendly). If you and your girlfriends are off-the-beaten-path travelers, break free from Bridgetown and St. Lawrence Gap and head east where you’ll find hiking trails, great windsurfing, and authentic Barbadian culture just waiting to be soaked up.
Barcelona is the passionate capital of Catalonia, an unforgettable city of art, culture and beauty. Gaudi’s works, museums, monuments and FC Barcelona’s football team homeland. Walk along the Ramblas to enjoy street musicians, living statues, hustlers and just plain loonies. Hop onto the Tramvia Blau for a tram trip up to the top of Tibidabo and take in the magnificent sights of the city below you. Shop along the Passeig de Gracia, at the most well known boutiques in Barcelona. Have a sunset drink at a chiringuito bar on the Barceloneta beach, then after dark, join the locals for pub crawling at the Barri Gotic for a huge selection of tapas bars, wine bars, cocktail lounges and even Irish pubs! Now that you’ve worked up an appetite, head for El Born where you’ll find the finest in new catalonian cuisine.
Cancun & Riviera Maya, Mexico
Whether you’re looking to relax and escape the hustle and bustle and constant stress of everyday life, or whether you’re looking to spice things up when the daily doldrums begin to bore you, Cancun has something to offer for every type of vacationer. There’s a good chance you’ll be on the beach with a drink in your hand within an hour of landing at the Cancun airport, which means you’ll get the most out of an extended weekend getaway (most people typically stay four nights). It’s also home to what we think are some of the most pristine, softest, cool-to-the-touch beaches in the world, and some of the most thrilling underwater adventures and after hours nightlife in all of Mexico. All-inclusive Cancun resorts allow you to experience the best Cancun has to offer
The Cayman Islands
The Cayman Islands are another safe, upscale destination ideal for a girlfriend getaway, especially if scuba diving is on your must-do list. The Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort offers a three-night Girls Getaway Package that includes beachfront rooms, George Town shopping, spa treatments, a catamaran cruise to Stingray City, daily breakfast, and a beachfront dinner at Solana Restaurant.
Costa Rica has become a popular tropical getaway destination in the last 15 years for good reason: Easily accessible by plane and packed with idyllic beaches and lush tropical forests, it’s every beach lover’s paradise and burgeoning hub of eco-tourism. And while the Central American country is still technically a developing nation, your stay can be as rustic or luxurious as you want – there is a plethora of hotels and resorts to choose from.
The newest trend encouraging women to fly to South America is the combination Surf & Yoga vacation, a ladies-only adventure that pairs surfing in the morning with afternoon sessions of yoga and meditation. Also thrown in there are activities like cooking classes, hiking and volunteering with local communities – experiences that are worth sharing with a close friend or two.
For the friends who love to shop, a long haul to Hong Kong is well worth it. Collectors of antiques, electronics, high-end fashion, jewelry – basically any goods that women might want to buy – can be found in Hong Kong, a province with no sales tax or VAT. The shopping possibilities are endless; try your hand at haggling or browse stress-free at one of the many shopping malls and street markets (like the famous, appropriately named, Ladies Market).
London is a diverse and exciting city with some of the world’s best sights, attractions and activities. You can’t fail to be excited by London’s amazing attractions. See the city from above on the London Eye; meet a celebrity at Madame Tussaud’s; examine the world’s most precious treasures at the British Museum or come face-to-face with dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum. London has the best theater scene in the world. It attracts the best in acting talent so don’t be surprised to see a few famous faces on the London stage. Take your pick from long-running musicals, classic plays, or brand new works making their West End debuts. Take a culinary journey around the world with London’s diverse restaurants, ranging from Michelin-starred restaurants, to gastropubs, traditional British restaurants and afternoon tea. London’s bar scene is equally varied, so check out rooftop bars, riverside pubs and champagne bars.
Marrakech has stood for close to a thousand years, a city of history and culture. One of the most evocative places in the world, just the name conjures up images of this cultural melting pot – sandstone buildings, dusty streets and towering minarets against deep blue skies immediately spring to mind. Known as The Red City thanks to the hue of the thick walls surrounding the old city, Marrakech has been a popular tourist destination in Morocco since the 1960’s, attracting everyone from the Beatles to Sienna Miller. It’s a place to engage the senses, nowhere more so than in the famous souks. These vibrant markets are a whirlwind of color and noise, where throngs of people weave between tightly packed stalls exhibiting pyramids of brightly colored spices, richly woven rugs and a thousand other exotic goods. Enticing smells waft through the souks, and the clamor of voices haggling and the cries of vendors competing for customers provides a constant backing track to the city.
Puerto Rico is a time capsule. It’s a mix of the past and present — and only the best of both. It has the upbeat, casual Latino flare you might expect, with the excellent levels of service and ease of travel that you might not. Plus direct flight options mean zero stops between you and the beach. If it weren’t for the perfect temperatures and palm trees (and the lack of passport requirements) you might think you’re vacationing in Europe. Old San Juan is lined with cobblestone streets and quaint colonial buildings in bright, cheerful colors. It’s listed in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places — and you’ll understand why when you check out Castillo San Felipe del Morro and other historical forts and structures.
Long to spend your days photographing lions and giraffes in the wild, then toasting the sunset with a cool glass of chardonnay as you gaze out on the pristine savannah? Then buy yourself a khaki vest, pack a wide-brimmed hat and book a flight to Tanzania with your friends for a photo safari. The sprawling grasslands are home to some of the most exotic – and endangered – animals on earth. Your trip can be as high-end as you’d like, with catered outdoor meals and luxurious ‘tents’ that would make the big game hunters of years passed cry with envy.