Girl Trip! The 10 Best Girlfriend Getaways
By Leah Furman
Let’s face it, sometimes a girls’ night out just doesn’t cut it. When five hours on the town seems more like five minutes, it’s time to look into girlfriend getaway weekends. Whether you’re looking to relax, shop, pamper, get back in shape or just have a blast reconnecting with your friends, the following places won’t let you down:
What makes Miami’s South Beach such a girl magnet? Let’s see…it could be the stores along Collins Avenue and Lincoln Roads. It could be the many al fresco dining opportunities on Ocean Drive. Or it could be the nightlife that keeps the city pulsating to a hot beat even in the wee hours. You be the judge.
If your idea of fun isn’t complete without fauna and flora galore, then set your course for Costa Rica. From the buzzing Tamarindo to the more secluded Mal Pais, you won’t have to look far to find either monkey-filled rainforests, surfing boot camps, yoga retreats or world-class spas. What more could a girl want?
Paris is all about romance – and that includes your love affair with fashion. For bargain hunters, the best times to go are in January and July, during the famous 3-week sales. Hit up the Galeries Lafayette and Printemps department stores, then celebrate your savings by dancing at the Cabaret lounge. You’ll no doubt have something great to wear.
What can you say about a town that has everything? With art, theater, fashion, nightlife, music, fine dining, natural beauty, stupendous views, and oh, so much more, it’s no wonder New York put the “city” in Sex and the City. Enough said.
Stripper poles and gaming tables are just the tip of the iceberg in a city designed to help you wave bye-bye to your inhibitions. Start your night by checking out the Cirque du Soleil then embark on a tour of the city’s many nightclubs at Pure or Body English. Come, morning you may just find yourself telling all to your cab driver a la Taxicab Confessions. Hey, they don’t call it Sin City for nothing.
What do you get when you mix the vibrant, cosmopolitan energy of New York with the low key, beach vibe of Los Angeles? A reason to travel 20 hours, that’s what! Sydney’s architecturally stunning harbors and city streets combine with the laid-back Bondi Beach scene to create what is perhaps the closest thing to perfection you’re likely to find in this lifetime.
One hour in Rome should find you and your girl posse tapping your feet to the beat of “So many men, so little time.” In this city, love and romance are always in the air. And with good reason. From the palazzos to the piazzas, Rome’s many wonders will stir your soul by day and inspire you to dance till dawn by night.
If skiing and socializing is on the agenda, you’ll be hard-pressed to find an après-ski scene that is better than Aspen. A magnet for those who enjoy the finer things, Aspen draws a fun crowd of celebrities, socialites, tycoons and run-of-the-mill revelers just looking for a little skiing with their party.
Imagine Cancun’s turquoise waters and pristine beaches without the Cancun crowds and spring breakers and what you get is Playa del Carmen, the jewel of the Riviera Maya. Close to the Mayan ruins and temples of Tulum and Chichiliza, Playa is also home to Fifth Avenue, a haven of design hotels as well as sophisticated dining and nightlife – all just a stone’s throw from the beach.
Fancy yourself a wine connoisseur? Then let Napa Valley take your oenophilia to the next level. You can stay at the world famous Calistoga Ranch, dine at America’s top restaurant, Thomas Keller’s French Laundry, and bond over your shared love of California Chardonnay on the not-to-be-missed Napa Wine Train. Then top it all off with a day of pampering at one of Napa’s many amazing spas.