Sometimes, half the battle of organizing a girlfriend getaway is actually just getting everyone to commit. While budgeting, work schedules, and personality differences are all important considerations, don’t let any of those things stop you from creating memories for years to come with the people you rock with the most.
Whether you are trying to save money, getting back in shape, or even indulging in a passion of nonstop, unforgettable meals, it’s always best to identify a theme or goal that everyone in your group is passionate about as a way to kick off your plans.
Here are just a few options to get you and your girls well on your way.
One of the easiest ways to achieve a girlfriend’s getaway is to be mindful of everyone’s budget. While some friends may be willing to pop bottles all night or sunbathe on a yacht, not everyone’s pocketbook can fit those options. Fortunately, there are tons of travel opportunities for all budget ranges. Choosing an all-inclusive resort is a great way to save money on the cost of food and alcohol. Another budget friendly option is choosing an AirBnB, which can sometimes be almost 50 percent less than nearby hotels.
Packages at the Hotel Riu Palace Riviera Maya from $189 per night, including food and beverage. With its powdery white sand and unlimited drinks, this 400-room, all-inclusive resort is a perfect location to turn up, turn down, or, just lay around.
Casa Caracol is a quirky and beautiful AirBnB in Isla Mujeres, Mexico is just $200 a night for four people, with a turquoise ocean just steps away.
FOR FOOD AND WINE LOVERS
If there’s one thing that unites good girlfriends, it’s food. Pack your passport and appetite and head to Tuscany: a food and wine lover’s dream. Begin in Florence, a bustling city with architectural wonders, al fresco dining where you’re eating outside, and food you will never forget. For pizza that will leave you wishing you ordered more than one, go to Santarpia. The chefs here create a pumpkin and prosciutto pizza, along with other creations that are truly out of this world. For pasta, Tamero creates fresh noodles daily. And of course, because you can’t leave Italy without Gelato, grab a cone or cup at two local favorites: Perche No and La Carraia. Here, the Delizia Carraia has pieces of white chocolate, a pistachio sauce, coffee, and a mousse tiramisu.
From Florence, it’s wine o’clock. Take a trip through the Tuscan countryside. For an ultimate retreat, you can rent rooms in a castle at Frescobaldi’s newly opened Castelgiocondo Estate in the stunning countryside of Montalcino. Yes, a castle all to yourselves, right under the Tuscan sun. Enjoy an al fresco lunch while sipping the full-bodied, aromatic Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino 2013 from talented winemaker, Filippo Manni, followed by a spa day in the intimate grotto. Rosé lovers should absolutely not miss Frescobaldi’s refreshing and light Alìe 2017 from the Ammiraglia region, especially during these last days of summer. Toast to the unforgettable views, wine and friendship.
Gallery Hotel Art is the perfect girlfriend hotel, right in the heart of Florence. It’s close to all major attractions, fabulous dining, and has an outdoor patio to enjoy a good old Aperol Spritz (one of the most popular aperitifs in Italy) with locals and other guests. If you can, snag the Penthouse Pitti and Miniato, which are connected and offer incredible views of the entire city.
FOR THE RICH AND FABULOUS
If there’s anyone that understands how badly you need to be pampered and relax, it’s your girlfriends. Get together and celebrate all of your accomplishments with a luxury getaway that will leave your Instagram and each other speechless. If you all love to live out loud and ball out with one another, consider heading South….South Beach that is.
Luxury lovers, consider yourself at home at the Faena Hotel Miami Beach (price range: $369 – $1,278.) Here, the four-bedroom Faena Suite “celebrates the Golden Age of Miami glamour” with two and a half baths, ocean views, furnished balconies, a full kitchen and a living room. The two-level Penthouse Suite has five bedrooms, each with their own balcony, floor-to-ceiling windows, ocean views, and living and dining rooms. Each floor has its own butler that offers personalized services to guests, because yes, you deserve service like that.
Sip bubbly at La Cava, the hotel’s 22-seat private dining space set in the hotel’s wine cellar; then head to the Living Room where guests can enjoy live music nightly.
FOR GYM GIRLS
If you and your girls want to vacay while getting it right and tight, consider Colorado. As one of the most active cities in the United States, there are tons of ways to enjoy the great outdoors. Whether you’re hiking in the laid-back city of Boulder, or hitting the slopes in Aspen, you won’t be alone. Getting up and getting out is the vibe here, in addition to an appreciation of craft breweries and fine dining.
In Colorado Springs, take a hike to the famous Garden of the Gods, with its 500-foot high red sandstone formations. There are over 270 individual certified organic farms, markets and roadside stands in the state alone, leaving plenty of opportunity to indulge in fresh, organic meals during your fitness vacay.
While there, check into the newly opened Moxy Hotel Cherry Creek, where locals and visitors alike join each other on the second floor terrace or lobby to play games and take in some of 80 pieces of quirky artwork from international and regional artists. After you break a sweat, don’t miss their Frosé (wine slushie) events with local winery, The Infinite Monkey Theorem. Besides, nothing makes a workout better than the reward of a little ice-cold bubbly.
Kristin Braswell is an award-winning travel journalist and founder of CrushGlobal Travel. Follow her adventures on Instagram, @crushglobal.