Three Great Gal Pal Resorts

By Josie Brown

Looking for a spot for some quality “us” time with your BFFs? Here are four ahhhhhh-inspiring getaways that are perfect for some posh posse bonding:

pic1Rancho La Puerta

3323 Carmel Mountain Road, Suite 100 , San Diego, California 92121

1(800) 443-7565 U.S. toll free / (858) 764-5500 worldwide

Rates: Weekly stays start at $2,795 for a double/$3,390 for a single. Check online for Internet specials.

The Setting: Each week, some 150 guests share 3,000 acres of mountains and meadows beneath 3,885’ Mount Kuchumaa. The peak straddles the U.S.-Mexico border, and Native Americans consider its slopes and summit a sacred place. Lodgings are sprinkled amidst world-class gardens. Probably the world’s first “eco” resort, the Ranch practices sustainable organic gardening and resource conservation, and leads the way in environmental protection and education efforts in the region.

Bonding Experiences: All guests have the option of taking one or more of Rancho LaPuerta’s famous and fun cooking classes. And of course there are the resort’s three health and beauty centers, each of which are staffed by skilled estheticians and therapists who have been widely trained, and often cross-trained in several disciplines. The spa’s treatments use aromatic and medicinal herbs and other healing plants grown in Rancho La Puerta’s organic gardens at Tres Estrellas. Besides the purity and freshness, the garden’s plants are also a valuable and therapeutic part of your balanced mind/body/spirit experience.

pic2Lake Austin Spa Resort

705 South Quinlan Park Road, Austin, Texas 78732


(800) 847-5637 (U.S.)
(512) 372-7300 (Local)

Spa Packages start at $1,455, for 3 days and a la carte spa services. Look online for specials!

The Setting: Recently voted the #1 destination spa in North America by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler, Lake Austin Spa Resort is a premier lakefront destination nestled within the Texas Hill Country offering a variety of all-inclusive resort spa vacation packages and day spa packages.

Bonding Experiences: Besides a variety of classes stretching, meditation, Pilates and yoga classes,  you can kayak with your girlfriends, or join the deep water training program. Better yet, hold all bets for the Texas Hold’em poker games!

pic3Westin Kierland Resort & Spa

6902 East Greenway Parkway, Scottsdale, Arizona 85254

Toll Free (800) 354.5892

Check for online specials, including the Kierland’s Girlfriend Getaway Package, rates starting at $294 with $50 spa credit. Other spa services at additional costs.

The Setting: This desert oasis’ primary inspiration is the area’s native moisture-richagave plant, used in many of its treatments that were developed by the spa own therapists, as well as rare ancient treatments infused with the essence of the Far East.

The Kierland’s 15,000-square-foot full-service spa is located in a standalone building, and features 20 treatment rooms (including one for couples), a full-service beauty salon, studios for movement classes, weight training, and cardiovascular workouts, a juice and smoothie bar, as well as its own quiet lap pool, courtyard, and garden. For the ultimate in privacy and peacefulness, resorts guests reach the spa by passing through a small meditation area and continuing along a walkway shaded by fragrant citrus trees. Cabanas surround the beautiful pool garden, offering private spaces for relaxation, meditation, and outdoor spa treatments. Enjoy a smoothie or light and healthy snack from our delicious spa cuisine menu, or visit the spa boutique for unique products made from our namesake plant.

Bonding Experience:  Grab the girls for the Kierland’s Girls Getaway Package.

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