What’s better than leaving the everyday life behind for a while to get away from it all? Doing it with your girlfriends! Not sure where to go with your best gals? We have you covered. Whether you want sand and surf, arts and culture or something closer to home, there’s a vacation spot to suit exactly what you need.
Jaw-dropping landscapes, secluded beaches, spectacular scenery? If that sounds good, Bali might just be the spot for you and your BFFs. Not to mention some of the best diving and snorkeling in the world, trekking opportunities, the chance to catch a world-class wave (or at least watch the pros do it) and visit local temples and colorful markets.
Stay: AYANA Resort and Spa is perched on limestone cliffs up to 30 meters above the Indian Ocean and offers the ultimate in pampering and relaxation. The 368 guestrooms comprise 78 private pool villas and a 290-room hotel. Indulge in a facial or massage at the Spa on the Rocks overlooking the Indian Ocean, sip cocktails at chic Rock Bar, watch spectacular sunsets on the beach and forget about reality for a while. Bonus: Check out the new Bachelorette’s Soiree package, perfect for groups of friends or bachelorette parties.
If you want to get cultured, may we suggest this European hot spot for your next getaway? Most recently, the city opened a new film museum called The Eye museum, and the modern art museum, the Stedelijk Museum, recently reopened after a big renovation. For visitors around during the holidays, beginning Dec. 7, Amsterdam will celebrate its first ever Amsterdam Light Festival. The city center and its buildings will be illuminated with light sculptures by contemporary international artists.
Stay: Hotel De L’Europe in Amsterdam is perfectly situated along the Amstel River and can offer a charming and sophisticated experience. The six-bedroom Penthouse Suite, reminiscent of a contemporary apartment with a private terrace, is the perfect way to stay in style with a larger group. And with its central location, De L’Europe is surrounded by a bevy of boutiques and shops to cater to any shopping spree.
Not only is this multifaceted city accessible — everyone can easily fly into the Atlanta airport with almost 2,500 arrivals and departures daily — Atlanta also offers museums, shopping, history, culture, live music and great food.
Stay: Hyatt Regency Atlanta recently completed a $65 million renovation and is within walking distance to several can’t-miss attractions, including the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola and the downtown area, which boasts over 300 restaurants.
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
Feel like getting away from it all with your girls? How does relaxing in 700 feet of pristine white sand overlooking the Caribbean Sea sound? Head to gorgeous Seven Mile Beach for some major R&R, and when you’re not sipping cocktails in the sand, you can visit island restaurants, beach bars and local attractions such as the Stingray Sandbar, Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park and the world’s only green sea turtle farm.
Stay: The Westin Casuarina Resort & Spa is located along Seven Mile Beach on the western shore of Grand Cayman. The beautiful 343 suite hotel is nestled among tropical palm and Casuarina trees, where friends can enjoy crystal clear Caribbean waters and a near endless variety of marine life and local attractions, including waterskiing, snorkeling and local shopping. The resort features the island’s largest freshwater swimming pool, two hot tubs and the stunning Hibiscus Spa.
Whether you want arts and culture (check out over 100 art galleries and a wide selection of museums), adventure (hike the Sonoran Desert, go white water rafting), relaxation (hit one of Scottsdale’s many spas) or great shopping and nightlife, there’s something for everyone in your group of girlfriends here.
Stay: W Scottsdale is located in the center of it all, making it an ideal bonding spot. It’s near Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall and walking distance to the entertainment district, luxury shopping at the waterfront and Old Town Scottsdale. CHILL, a 1,600 square foot ice skating rink at W Scottsdale, opens in November so you and your BFFs can don your skates and sip specialty winter cocktails.
St. John, US Virgin Islands
Direct flights from NYC, Miami and Atlanta to St. John make it an easy girlfriend getaway with year-round beautiful weather, snorkeling, spa treatments and outdoor activities like yoga, hiking and kayaking. Who could ask for anything more?
Stay: A week (or ideally more) at Caneel Bay means reveling in sand, surf and luxury. Seven secluded beaches border 170 lush Caribbean acres where rooms have been artfully built to blend into the landscape. What you won’t find here are digital distractions or anything else that will stand in the way of a good time. Caneel Bay provides a perfect getaway from the furious pace of life at home. Goodbye Blackberry, hello vacation.