Summer girlfriend getaways: Our top picks
Need a break from everything? Gather up your girls and hit the road this summer with these amazing vacay finds!
Surrey Beach House (Ventnor City, New Jersey) -- Boutique Retreat on the Shore
Why we love it: Just over a mile away from the exciting nightlife of Atlantic City, let innkeeper Kevin Palek arrange for Champagne in your room and limo transportation for a night on the town where you can enjoy unique dining experiences, world-class shopping or try your luck at the tables. You and your girls can relax on the beach all day and then dance the night away.
The Westin Resort & Casino, Aruba -- No excuses workout!
Want to have a great workout on your getaway but don't want to deal with packing your duds? Check this out: Travelers heading to the Caribbean can pack light, as the premier resort provides guests with athletic apparel and shoes during their stay through the New Balance Gear Lending program. Running fanatics will have no excuse to not participate and take to the island's scenic roads with the WestinWORKOUT Running Map, featuring a three- and five-mile route through the island and along the beach.
Wanderlust Whistler (British Columbia, Canada)
From Aug. 23-26, yogis from around the world will arrive in Whistler for a one-of-a-kind yoga and music festival called Wanderlust Whistler. The festival features the top yoga teachers in the world including Baron Baptiste and Sean Corne, along with musicians Michael Franti and Krishna Das, DJ set by Thievery Corporation and performance artists Quixotic.
Sandos Hotels & Resorts -- Mayan Girlfriends in Riviera Maya
In the heart of the Mayan Empire, go shopping along 5th Ave in Playa, and take easy day trips to major archaeological and historical Mayan sites: Tulum, Coba and Muyil. When you are finished, try traditional Mayan spa treatments and daily specialty cocktails (yes, all-inclusive does mean cocktail-inclusive -- with a daily specialty cocktail featuring traditional Mexican liquors and fresh, local ingredients)!
Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa -- Palm Beach, Florida
The words of Cyndi Lauper come to mind as we approach summer beach season -- girls just want to have fun, don't they? This spot's No Boys Allowed getaway includes a bottle of Champagne upon arrival, a manicure-pedicure party at SiSpa, and a reserved poolside cabana!
Live Aqua Cancun -- All-inclusive adult-only luxury in Cancun, Mexico
Grab your passport and head to Cancun -- this resort's luxury spa offers multi-sensory treatments firmly rooted in Mayan culture as well as relaxation techniques perfected in Sweden, Australia, Polynesia, Morocco and India. Rough year at work? This is the place to reward yourself.
Oil Nut Bay -- British Virgin Islands
Only accessible by boat or helicopter, this premier residential community is the epitome of "life on vacation," providing an unparalleled experience for those seeking barefoot luxury coupled with the intimate feeling of private island living. Situated on the eastern tip of a peninsula on Virgin Gorda (British Virgin Islands), surrounded by white sand beaches and turquoise waters, this is paradise no matter who you are!
Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort -- Rum it up in St. Lucia!
Few things say party more than St. Lucia-style rum punch, but here you can shop 'til you drop at Batick Studio, where handmade clothes are spun before your eyes. You can also lunch at Martha's Tables restaurant for authentic Caribbean fare (ordering the chicken with special sauce and Martha's legendary macaroni and cheese are musts!) or indulge in a Caribbean concocted Embrace Fruit wrap, plus a manicure and pedicure.
Winter Haven -- South Beach, Florida
This getaway is in historic Miami Beach and boasts amazing architecture and an indulgent on-location cocktail lounge -- in the heart of the Art Deco district and within walking distance of shopping and clubbing. You can shop off those martini calories!
Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel -- Bel Air, California
Drive down the Pacific Coast Highway in a convertible, take surfing lessons or sunbathe at Santa Monica Beach. Then head back to the hotel for a Sacred Hot Stone Massage by the pool, a Fountain of Youth facial or a luxurious Squeeze Me, Wrap Me, Make Me Wine body wrap (combination of warm wine mask and Champagne oil), and then a visit to the famed Getty Center to take in the best in art and culture. Vacation doesn't get much better than that.
Gaylord Opryland Resort -- Nashville, Tennessee
Girlfriend getaways are not all about lounging on the beach. Nashville is a great central destination if you and your girlfriends are converging from both coasts, and it's incredibly fun once you get there. Obviously, you go to Music City for the music, but it's also full of fun little cafes, a rising elite culinary scene and some great spas, such as the 20,000-square-foot spa and fitness center at the incredibly famous Gaylord Opryland.
Tuscany Manor (Palm Springs, California) -- A Suite Resort in Palm Springs
What do we want in a getaway? Total relaxation. You'll find it at this sandy oasis in the Coachella Valley desert region just below the staggering peaks of the San Jacinto Mountains. Plus, when you are done with your poolside pedis, you can partake in some serious retail therapy along Palm Canyon Drive. For the active girls, check out Joshua Tree National Park only 28 miles away.
Heavenly Inn (South Lake Tahoe, California) -- Hang Out at Heavenly
Get out and play during the day in Lake Tahoe -- an ideal vacation spot regardless of the season. Reno is an hour drive, while San Francisco and Napa Valley are accessible within a 3-hour drive for a quick day trip.