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5 Luxe girlfriend getaways

Take a break from your job, your kids and your ho-hum daily grind, and catch up with your BFFs on one of these fabulously luxe girlfriend getaways.

Photo credit: MSC Divina

A cruise fit for a diva

Whether you are gathering for a Bachelorette party or taking a trip with your Mom, sister or best friend, MSC Divina — the Italian cruise line’s newest ship named to honor actress Sophia Loren — has enough amenities to make a girls-only vacation unforgettable. The ship boasts exotic itineraries to the Caribbean, stunning decor and an upscale “ship within a ship” concept called the Yacht Club. Guests in the MSC Yacht Club are spoiled with 24-hour butler, concierge and room service, and a complimentary selection of wine, spirits and specialty coffees at the private Top Sail Lounge and The One Bar at the pool. Treat yourselves to a head-to-toe makeover and Balinese spa treatments. And work off all the calories you’ll consume with private yoga, spinning and aerobics classes.

Champagne dreams and caviar wishes

Get the celebrity treatment at the chic Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, the perfect place for a cool girls getaway. During the day you and your girlfriends can take a dip in the heated outdoor pool, get pampered at Le Spa and sign up for a personal training session. By night, party like a VIP with dinner at Esterel, the hotel’s new Mediterranean restaurant, and drinks at the hip Riviera 31 bar and lounge. The glamorous, French-styled hotel is centrally located in West Hollywood, conveniently across from the famed Beverly Center and close to trendy hot spots on Melrose Boulevard and shops at The Grove. Other nearby attractions include the Griffith Park Observatory and the La Brea Tar Pits, and the popular beaches in Venice, Santa Monica and Malibu are a short drive away.

The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Photo credit: The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Queen of the desert

Unwind at The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, a distinctive Southwest resort in the heart of the Sonoran Desert. The sprawling Arizona property is distinguished by Spanish colonial-style architecture, expansive plazas and lush, flower-filled gardens. It offers 649 oversized guest rooms, five heated swimming pools and five posh restaurants and bars, including Bourbon Steak, an acclaimed steakhouse by celebrity chef Michael Mina. The resort’s crown jewel is the luxurious 44,000-square-foot Well & Being Spa at Willow Stream — the ideal setting for a spa day or healthy weekend retreat with your BFFs.

Puttin’ on the Ritz

Tucked away in the tony Isla Verde neighborhood and minutes from lively culture and nightlife, the renovated The Ritz-Carlton, San Juan is one of the city’s finest properties. They hotel’s “Rejuvenate You” package is a great way for two girlfriends to catch up and have fun in the tropical sun. The package includes a 50-minute spa treatment per person, lunch and private yoga instruction for two.

EPIC Hotel in Miami

Photo credit: EPIC Hotel in Miami

An epic vacation

Heat up your girlfriend getaway with a stay at Kimpton’s EPIC Hotel in Miami. The luxury waterfront resort overlooks the Biscayne Bay and is steps away from some of the best boutiques, restaurants and entertainment Miami has to offer. Take advantage of exclusive amenities such as the posh Exhale spa, located on the 16th floor pool deck, where you and your girls can splurge on expert treatments and take challenging core fitness classes. Get ready for a festive night on the town at EPIC’s complimentary nightly wine hour or with cocktails at Area 31 Restaurant, home to one of the hottest happy hour scenes in downtown Miami.

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