Great Girlfriend Getaways
From sharing margaritas in an infinity pool to watching the sunrise from a heavenly elevation of 10,000 feet, these girlfriend getaways are designed for you and your best friends. Unwind, catch up, and celebrate your friendship in this set of glorious, warm-weather destinations from Hawaii to the Caribbean.
Getaway #1: Grand Cayman
Everything about Grand Cayman is easy—arriving at Owen Roberts International Airport, the taxi ride of well-paved roads past stores selling everything from jewelry to rum cake, and finding your very own spot on the wide, crescent-shaped, and justly famous Seven Mile Beach on the west side of the island.
Grand Cayman: The Hotel
The grand and gorgeous 365-room Ritz-Carlton, decorated in beach blues and creams, does it part to take away your stress, as you are handed a perfectly composed rum punch upon arrival. One might consider hanging out in the lobby all day just to score a little more of the same, but more beauty lies beyond, at the pool surrounded by white lounge chairs.
Grand Cayman: The Spa
No girlfriend getaway is complete without a day at the spa, and Silver Rain, a la prairie spa, is one of the best. Reminiscent of the ice palace in Frozen, it’s a Zen zone here. Enjoy a Pure Gold Radiance Facial or a decadent caviar massage.
Grand Cayman: The Girlfriend Element
It’s easy to walk a couple of blocks to a large grocery store and buy enough snacks and mixers that you and the girls can host a private, casual sundowner party on your own terrace before going out to dinner.
Getaway #2: Santa Barbara, California
Santa Barbara: The Hotel
At Bacara Resort & Spa, bright white walls and arched entries lead to plush suites decorated in the colors of the water and sand. The suites are ideal for small groups, and each one has a private balcony.
Santa Barbara: The Spa
The resort takes relaxation seriously; the 42,000-square-foot Spa at Bacara is a pampering palace with more than 60 treatment options, a redwood sauna, a eucalyptus steam room, and an adults-only pool.
Santa Barbara: The Girlfriend Element
At the resort, the Foley Wine Tasting Room (left) is perfect for a sip before you head to the nearby Funk Zone. Its 22 tasting rooms have an intimate feel, like you’re sipping wine at a friend’s beach house. Sample Sauvignon Blanks at Municipal Winemakers and Corks n’ Crowns, then check out the organic fare at the charming (and delicious) Scarlet Begonia.
Getaway #3: San Juan, Puerto Rico
San Juan: The Hotel
La Concha is a posh, playful retreat, where moods are up and defenses are down, making it easy to bond with your besties and even make new friends, because everywhere you go, it's a party. From the sleek, vast white Calacatta marble lobby, to the adjacent buzzing casino and the courtyard’s nooks of sofas hugging cascading pools, the celebrating goes on.
San Juan: The Spa
Just a short stroll down the street, Euphoria is a fine spa that will have your posse sauntering into the evening, in post-massage bliss, as shiny as a string of ocean pearls.
San Juan: The Girlfriend Element
While people-watching is activity No. 1, there’s luxe shopping on Ashford Avenue, called the Rodeo Drive of Puerto Rico. Check out stops including Cartier, Ferragamo, and Gucci.
Getaway #4: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
In a place that boasts 364 days of sunshine a year, it’s likely that everyone in your party’s wishes can come true at Esperanza resort—whether that’s watching the waves crash against the craggy shore, cooling off in the infinity pool, or reclining on a terry-cloth-covered lounger, wholly engrossed in a novel.
Cabo San Lucas: The Hotel
Situated like a fortress on a cliff above the sea, the 57 rooms and 60 villas of Esperanza, An Auberge Resort, all have ocean views. Once you pass the gates, you enter a quiet cocoon where the only sounds that interrupt the peace are the trill of a bird or the occasional whoop from a happy, margarita-drinking guest.
Cabo San Lucas: The Spa
An aromatic massage at Esperanza’s wonderland of a spa is a perfect complement to a morning yoga class, and part of this getaway’s restorative, retreat quality.
Cabo San Lucas: The Girlfriend Element
For those celebrating something special, the tradition of sending a wish up into the velvety black sky is a must. Waiters at the property’s Cocina del Mar restaurant help tie your handwritten wish to a paper lantern. Set it free and watch it sail into the darkness, a glowing emblem of the way you feel at Esperanza—lighter than air.
Getaway #5: Maui, Hawaii
This is not a place you go with your girlfriends to be seen at a glitzy pool or rock your steepest stilettos—it’s a place to simply be. In fact, you can leave your heels at home when packing for Lumeria, a luxe yoga retreat surrounded by sugarcane fields on Maui’s North Shore: most guests go barefoot, anyway.
Maui: The Hotel
With 25 guest rooms and a main lodge, Lumeria attracts yoga enthusiasts from first-timers to experienced yogis, and most guests appear to be female. Groups laugh and lounge on outdoor chairs or practice yoga on the large lawn.
Maui: The Girlfriend Element
You can bond while kayaking, paddleboarding, or hiking past waterfalls. You can also drive 90 minutes to Haleakala National Park to watch the sun rise from 10,000 feet up. Relive those adventures every evening at Lumeria’s outdoor fire pits, which are perfect for wine, reminiscence, and more laughter.