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Luxury Girls Weekend Getaways
Sometimes girls just want to have fun. And sometimes a girls weekend getaway is the most fun of all. But where do you go? This, of course, depends on your idea of fun.
Whether it’s a relaxing spa vacation, high-octane outdoor adventure, beach escape, or full-on weekend of Louboutins and pink champagne, here are five irresistible girlfriend getaway ideas to maximize that all important vacay time with your BFFs.
1. Be Seduced by a Spa Weekend at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort, Arizona
What could be better than a weekend spa getaway with your gal pals? Sanctuary Camelback Resort lies just outside Scottsdale, Arizona, and is one of the country’s top spa resorts.
Set on 53 acres of Sonoran Desert beauty, with an infinity pool, wellness classes, and activities like Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga in the pool, there are plenty of activities to foster that girl team spirit.
With Scottsdale at your fingertips, and the hotel’s Jade Bar for cocktails, you can be as social or as secluded (check out those private villas) as you choose.
For a prime outdoor excursion, do as the fitness-inclined locals do and take an early morning hike up Camelback Mountain.
Celebrity Pedigree: Sanctuary at Camelback is where Jay Z and Beyonce spent their honeymoon, so you’ve got some major A-list cred going on right there. And while my husband and I stayed at the resort for a romantic escape, it looked equally blissful for a girlfriend vacation.
Check prices and availability for Sanctuary Camelback Mountain here.
2. Opt for an Upbeat Girls Getaway at The Cove Atlantis, Nassau, Bahamas
You’ve heard of Atlantis, right? Atlantis Paradise Island Resort is probably the most famous resort in the Caribbean, a mega-sized ocean-themed paradise in the Bahamas, and it’s made up of a number of different hotels.
One big draw is the Marine Habitat with lagoons, caves, coral formations and some 50,000 marine critters.
Another is the property’s 141-acre waterpark, Aquaventure, a world of water fun with daredevil water slides, 11 swimming pools and the best lazy river this side of the Caribbean.
But am I recommending a weekend girls getaway at Atlantis? Yes, but not at just any hotel.
The Cove Atlantis
For a party-perfect girls weekend check out the chic The Cove Atlantis, a private resort attached to the larger Atlantis Resort, where you get all of the perks of Atlantis with a stylish LA-type of atmosphere.
It’s luxury travel with all the ingredients for an ideal upbeat celebration.
The Cove Atlantis is a splashy, flashy luxury hotel perfect for:
- Those who look good in a bikini
- Those who think they look good in a bikini
- Those who like to hang with people who look good in bikinis
- And those who believe swimming pools are just nightclubs with water and sunshine.
What Makes The Cove a Good Girls Getaway Destination?
Staying at the Cove Atlantis gives you exclusive access to the adults-only outdoor pool and uber-happening beach club, which comes complete with an outdoor gaming pavilion, DJs and private cabanas.
There is also a private beach. It’s hard to go wrong with that.
Check prices and availability for The Cove Atlantis here.
Guests at The Cove have access to all the Atlantis attractions. Float down the lazy river, snorkel through the Atlantis ruins, have a night out at the Atlantis Casino and grab dinner at Nobu, which happens to be just off the casino floor.
PS: My girlfriend and I ended up playing Black Jack with a couple of high rollers at the casino and I won $245, mainly because they told me what cards to play. But still ….
3. Fly North for an Outdoor Girls Getaway in Churchill, Manitoba
You may want to add an extra day or two to this adventurous girls weekend getaway, because there is so much to do in the great and exotic Canadian North.
In the summer it’s beluga adventure time. Unbelievably, you can observe, kayak and sing (nope, not kidding) with wild and friendly beluga whales. As many as 60,000 of these amiable great white mammals hang out in Hudson Bay during July and August.
Not into whale watching? Fall is prime polar bear spotting time in Churchill so plan your girlfriend weekend getaway for then.
How to Organize an Outdoor Girls Getaway in Churchill, Canada
I enjoyed my stay at Lazy Bear Lodge. They offer a 2-day Beluga Whale Dream Tour that will rev up your girlfriend bonding time into overdrive.
Organizing your girls only vacation is easy because Lazy Bear Lodge is a one-stop shop. They can organize an inclusive package with flights from Winnipeg, Manitoba and all your activities.
Bonus: Lazy Bear Lodge offers the most upscale digs in Churchill. It’s not glamorous, but it has a cozy restaurant, tour desk and rustic comfortable rooms.
Booking tip for a getaway in Churchill: Plan ahead and reserve early, Churchill is one of the most popular animal adventure destinations on the planet. And consider adding kayaking to your package – it was a highlight.
Check out Churchill, Manitoba, hotel packages here.
4. Vegas, Baby – the Classic Getaway for Girlfriends
Can you write about a girls weekend without mentioning Las Vegas? Of course not – it will always be one of the best girls getaway destinations, but here’s the thing: There are as many sides to Vegas as a disco ball.
These days a ladies weekend in Vegas can go far beyond slot machines, fish-netted bachelorette bashes and tipsy trips down the Strip. In fact, Vegas has grown into a hotspot for gourmet cuisine, world-class spas and superb luxury hotels.
Here are a couple of deluxe Vegas girls weekend ideas.
A Sexy Urban Vibe at the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas Hotel
If you’re into a vacation with a lot of poolside partying, the Cosmopolitan Hotel’s multi-level Boulevard Pool is the height of hip places to be, and it’s exclusive to hotel guests.
With its sleek purple deck chairs, bird’s eye view of The Strip, private cabanas, trio of bars and events that range from concerts and DJs to film screenings and sunrise fitness classes, you won’t need to pack anything but your bikini. (Except this is Vegas, so you probably will.)
Going in colder weather? In the winter the Boulevard Pool is transformed into a skating rink.
But don’t worry, even if you’re not staying at the hotel, you can still get in on some upbeat pool energy. The Cosmo’s Marquee Dayclub is open to the public.
You can’t hang by the pool all the time, and the Cosmopolitan has tons of amenities for female-centric fun.
Check out the hotel’s Chandelier Bar, with its 2 million crystals, or the hotel’s sleek Sahra Spa & Hammam. Created with 420 tons of local stone, it’s as serene as a desert canyon.
Luxury Girls Weekend at the Bellagio
If you want more class than flash, it’s hard to go wrong with the Bellagio Hotel and Casino, especially if you have a fab foodie weekend in mind.
At this classic 5-star Vegas resort, you’ll get a luxe girls weekend with Michelin-starred cuisine and a laidback pool scene.
In fact, Bellagio‘s sparkling outdoor pool area – five gorgeous pools amidst lush citrus trees in a Tuscan village setting, is my personal favourite resort spot in Vegas to lounge.
Dining: Also in the Bellagio are two not-to-miss Michelin starred restaurants. At Picasso you can pair high-end French-Mediterranean cuisine with an eyeful of original Picasso paintings, and the ever delightful Le Cirque combines a circus theme with over-the-top opulence.
Spa it up: Spas in Vegas are luxe enough to suit the most discerning jet-setters, and are almost always separated into male and female sections, making them ideal for a girlfriend getaway spa break.
The divine 65,000-square-foot Bellagio Spa is a haven of relaxation with Jacuzzis, a eucalyptus steam room, redwood sauna and a cold plunge.
Check prices and availability for the Bellagio here.
5. Le Blanc Cancun for a 5-Star All-Inclusive Girls Getaway
Getaways for girlfriends don’t come better than this. Why? Because Le Blanc Spa Resort Cancun is an adults-only resort in Mexico that offers amazing all inclusive amenities like fine dining, butler service and a divine complimentary spa circuit.
The spa circuit ritual is top notch, a full-service experience of steam, spa and soaking topped with perks such as DIY facial scrubs and healthy juice and herb shots.
With an affinity pool, beachfront location and minimalist design that is somehow incredible rich – it must be all that marble, it’s not surprisingly Le Blanc Spa is ranked the #1 All Inclusive Resort in Cancun on TripAdvisor.com.
What to Do in Cancun
Drag yourself away from the infinity pool after a few cabana-fuelled hours to explore the ruins of Chichen Itza before coming back for Spicy Margaritas – or get the bartender to whip you up something unique.
For an afternoon of total indulgence book a luxury yacht experience for a 5-star girls getaway to the extreme.
Check prices and availability for Le Blanc Spa Resort Cancun here.
(Prefer Cabo? Read my Le Blanc Cabo review.)
Benefits of Weekends Away for Girls
Sure, girls weekend escapes are fun, but the benefits go deeper than that. This article by the Washington Post nails why.
- Spending unfettered time with your besties bolsters your support system, and this helps reduce stress.
- A girls trip provides a break from responsibilities back home, and that means renewal.
- The excitement of travel – all those new experiences – can magnify the ‘feel good’ vibe of bonding with your friends.
- Did I mention girls weekend getaways are fun?
Read more: What luxury travel means.