If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to spend more time with your friends, there’s still plenty of time to make travel plans with your closest gal pals. Shopaholics, adventurers or bachelorettes, these awesome destinations across the country are the perfect way to spend some quality time with your girls.
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
Challenge yourself to an All-Girls Surf Getaway at Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star The Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel, located just south of Laguna Beach in Orange County. The special day package includes a 60-minute massage of your choice at the Four-Star spa plus two hours of individual instruction from a professional surf instructor for two. Wet suits, surfboards, leashes and wax are provided, leaving even more room in your suitcase to pack cute ensembles to wear to dinner at the Four-Star Raya followed by cocktails at Bar Raya while enjoying breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean horizon.
The Signature at MGM Grand Las Vegas
Las Vegas is known to be a premier bachelorette destination, but packages like the one offered at the MGM Grand remain some of the city’s best-kept secrets. For a truly luxurious weekend, book a suite at Four-Star The Signature, the three towers adjacent to the MGM Grand, where a non-gaming environment and personalized amenities set this experience apart. Bask in private balconies and pools, pillow-top beds, full kitchens and lavish bathrooms. There’s also a serene lounge and concierge service ready to organize gourmet in-suite dining or secure seats at one of the hotel’s world-class restaurants, from L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon to Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak. Right now, bachelorette parties receive a $25 beverage credit and 15 percent off spa and salon services during their stay.
JW Marriott San Francisco Union Square
Four-Star JW Marriott San Francisco Union Square is offering a package for pro shoppers and amateur hopefuls alike. The Fashionista Insider Shopping package includes a one-night stay at the hotel, a Bloomingdale’s gift certificate, gourmet power bars to ignite the bag lifting, and a welcome gift (cloth travel bag for carrying shoes and lingerie) delivered to the room upon arrival. Plus, guests will be given the Insiders’ Guide to Union Square, a complimentary Dior consultation at Bloomingdale’s, a 15-percent-off certificate and gratis delivery of packages with a minimum purchase of $250. (While you’re at it, you may as well buy another suitcase.) Relax after a day of spending at one of the nearby high-profile restaurants, from Hubert Keller’s Fleur de Lys to Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak.
Weekapaug Inn, Westerly, Rhode Island
For the ultimate retreat for mind and body, book a Girlfriend Spa Getaway at this coastal Rhode Island Four-Star treasure, a historic seaside hotel and restaurant located on Quonochontaug Pond, with views across the Atlantic to Block Island. Each package includes cove-view or pond-view deluxe accommodations, daily breakfast, $150 spa credit per guest, 10 percent off additional spa services and a gift. Treatments at neighboring Five-Star Oh! Spa (only 15 minutes from Weekapaug) mirror the healing properties of the ocean. The inn’s state-of-the-art fitness facilities feature a yoga and movement studio with beautiful waterfront views, a spacious relaxation room and herbal steam room lounges for your group to not only recover but also ponder if the instructor put in a few extra sets as a gift to visitors in the class.
South Congress Hotel, Austin
Whether you’re planning a bachelorette party, birthday celebration or are simply in need of a fun weekend away with the ladies, it’s an instant party when you book the Bunkroom at the brand new South Congress Hotel in Austin. The suite features two bunks (four plush queen-sized beds) in a windowless room, perfect for sleeping in after a night on the town, plus a posh mid-century-inspired living room with a private balcony, rooftop pool access and a locally sourced mini-bar. Sharing and primping is made easy with a spacious bathroom with a dual vanity, walk-in shower and water closet. Best of all, the hotel is located just steps from the heart of the South Congress district, an area filled with shops and restaurants like Central Standard Kitchen & Bar and the on-site Café No Sé. However, complimentary house cars are also available to shuttle guests anywhere within a three-mile radius of the hotel, making it easy to explore some of the city’s many enticing neighborhoods.