You’re all grown up, so it’s time to leave the slumber parties behind and take a real vacation with your favorite ladies. Planning a weekend with your sister, a once-in-a-lifetime trip with mom, or a bachelorette party for your best friend? No matter the occasion, these exciting girl getaways are primed for bonding women together. Whether it’s surfing, clubbing, pampering, cooking, or shopping that gets you and your gal pals going, we’ve found the 10 places for you to do all that – and much more!
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Art-Viewing in Florence
For girls who crave culture, Florence has it all. Some of the world’s most important works of art and architecture – Michelangelo’s David, the Palazzo Vecchio, and Botticelli’s Birth of Venus to name a few – reside here. Do it on your own or take a tour, but after you’ve gotten your fill of art, get your fill of Florence’s culinary delights. Start with the requisite cup of creamy, delicious gelato – after all, no girls’ getaway is complete without sweets. Near the Ponte Vecchio, order a cup of nocciolata (chocolate-hazelnut gelato) at Carrozza, and enjoy it and the views of the Arno River and Tuscan countryside while you stroll over the bridge.
Book It: EuropeanDestinations.com has 7-night Rome, Florence, and Venice vacation packages, including round-trip airfare, hotel stays, rail transfers, and breakfast, from $1,383 per person. They also offer 6-night packages to Rome and Florence from $1,228 per person. Use our Travel Search price comparison tool to find the lowest rates on flights, hotels, packages, and more travel deals.
Club-Hopping in South Beach
Ladies who like to see and be seen flock to Miami’s South Beach, where a sexy, ’round-the-clock vibe promises gals a chance to tan by day and party all night. This sprawling, sun-splashed Art Deco district boasts plenty of superior shops where you can play with your plastic, plus fantastic opportunities to show off your fabulous finds: You can model your new bikinis for rollerbladers and volleyball players on the city’s sugar-white-sand beaches, then flaunt your new evening wear for celebrities and hipsters as you bounce between the clubs that define Florida’s capital of cool.
Book It: Reserving early will get the most bang for your buck. Book a room 60 days in advance at The Raleigh Miami to enjoy 30 percent off, or pre-pay for a two-night stay at the Fontainebleau 30 days in advance to receive 15 percent off. Use our Travel Search price comparison tool to find the lowest rates on flights, hotels, packages, and more travel deals.
Cooking in Provence
Expand your culinary repertoire beyond Rachael Ray recipes with a trip to France’s foremost food region, where you’ll encounter sun-drenched fields of fragrant lavender, rustic hillside villages, and a culture that revels in marathon 4-hour meals. The land that nourished Cézanne and van Gogh is ripe with interactive cooking classes – many taught in 18th-century stone farmhouses. You’ll gather local ingredients from centuries-old markets, learn how to construct blue-ribbon bouillabaisse from master chefs, and wine and dine with friends at Michelin-starred restaurants.
Book It: Turn off the Food Network and join The International Kitchen for a 5-night Passport to Provence that includes accommodations, most meals, four cooking classes, and excursions around Provence from $2,175 per person (based on double occupancy). Be mindful that the price jumps to $2,375 in June and July. Use our Travel Search price comparison tool to find the lowest rates on flights, hotels, packages, and more travel deals.
Going Wild in Las Vegas
Luck be a lady! With its ever-growing array of ultra-chic nightclubs, lavish spas, world-class restaurants, and over-the-top entertainment options, Sin City is built for the ultimate vacation with the ladies. Gamble the night away as unlimited cocktails materialize, indulge in the Dancing Waters treatment at the Qua Baths & Spa inside Caesars Palace, shop ’till you drop at the luxury Crystals shopping complex at CityCenter, and sling catcalls during the Chippendales show at the Rio. Just be sure to remind your gal pals that whatever happens, it all stays in Vegas.
Book It: The best time to hit the strip is in May, October, and November, when temperatures are mild and crowds are light. Book a two night minimum stay in the chic Paris Las Vegas with a travel package that includes hotel and flight prices and reap up to 25 percent off. Use our Travel Search price comparison tool to find the lowest rates on flights, hotels, packages, and more travel deals.
Shopping in New York City
From high-priced designer fashions to discount sophistication, electronics to rare books – New York City has it all, a dizzying collection of choices from the exclusive boutiques of SoHo and Madison Avenue to the jewelers and department stores on Fifth. Whether fighting the fashionistas at the sale rack at Henri Bendel’s or perusing designer knock-offs in the back room of a Chinatown shop, you’ll love pounding the pavement in search of bargains. You’ll also have new duds to show off when you go out on the town to experience the city’s exciting nightlife.
Book It: If you want to channel everyone’s favorite fashion maven, Carrie Bradshaw, New York City Vacation Packages offers a two-night or more Girls Night Out Package from $454.50 per person. The starting price for this girls’ getaway includes accommodations at your choice of midtown hotels in the famed Times Square, Theater District, and Rockefeller Center, a Sex and the City tour showcasing over 40 locations used in the show, lunch at Broadway’s Sardi’s with tax and gratuity included, a tour of the Chelsea night club scene, manicures and pedicures at the Oasis Day Spa, shopping discounts at some of the Big Apple’s most famous stores, and much more. Use our Travel Search price comparison tool to find the lowest rates on flights, hotels, packages, and more travel deals.
Spirituality in Sedona
Outdoorsy girls who like getting pampered delight in Sedona, a place where a day spent climbing the red rocks can end at a top-notch spa. Chock-full of spirituality, spas, and sublime adventures, Sedona is a place primed for an escape with your friends. The otherworldly scenery is an inspiring backdrop for bonding on the area’s numerous trails; ladies in particular love off-roading with Pink Jeep Tours. Be sure to set aside time for your inner goddess with a psychic reading, a Reiki treatment, or some simple meditation, then take your newly balanced self out on the town to peruse local art galleries or shop for unique Southwestern goods.
Book It: Amara Resort and Spa offers a 1-night Blissful Sedona Spa Package for two that includes a $240 spa credit (which can be split between two guests), a complimentary bottle of wine, and a cheese-and-fruit plate, from $399. Use our Travel Search price comparison tool to find the lowest rates on flights, hotels, packages, and more travel deals.
Surfing in Bali
With its spiritual vibe and gorgeous surroundings, Bali is the ultimate place to connect with your best gal pals. Once you’ve achieved inner harmony, exotic adventures await; there’s an increasing number of women-centric vacations to this Indonesian paradise – from surf camps and yoga retreats to cultural and cooking tours. Whether you’re interested in Bali’s beautiful beaches, peaceful people, luxury accommodations, or cultural pursuits, you’ll soon see why this piece of heaven in the Indian Ocean is one of the world’s most-loved islands and a terrific place to learn to ride the waves.
Book It: Surf Goddess Retreats offers women-only Surf & Yoga Retreats from $2,795 per person that include seven nights’ upscale accommodations, numerous surf lessons, yoga sessions, daily meals, spa treatments, a cultural tour, and more. Use our Travel Search price comparison tool to find the lowest rates on flights, hotels, packages, and more travel deals.
Theater in London
For theater-loving gals, it’s hard to beat London. From Andrew Lloyd Webber classics in the West End to Shakespeare at the Globe to avant-garde productions at the various Fringe Theatres spread around the city, London presents an unparalleled display of stage exhibitions. Always one step ahead when it comes to dramatic vision, often theater-goers will catch a stellar show here and see it open on Broadway just a few months later. Add in dinner at one of London’s acclaimed restaurants, and you’ve got the perfect recipe for a girls’ night on the town.
Book It: Great seats to Wicked, as well as accommodations, are available when you book a hotel-and-theater package from Lastminute.com. We found packages from around $164 for two that included show tickets, accommodations, VAT, and service fees. Use our Travel Search price comparison tool to find the lowest rates on flights, hotels, packages, and more travel deals.
Wine-Tasting in Sonoma
Few things say “girls’ night out” like a bottle of wine. Extend the evening into a full-blown getaway based around the fruit of the vine when you indulge your taste buds in Sonoma Valley, one of the country’s best wine regions. Though often overshadowed by its neighbor Napa, less-commercialized Sonoma is a favorite of oenophiles the world-over for its low-key vibe, stunning surroundings, family-owned wineries, and abundance of wine tastings and tours sure to make you slow down and appreciate life’s finer things.
Book It: The Lodge at Sonoma features a Girls and Grapes Package for two from $609 (on select dates) that includes a bottle of sparkling wine upon arrival; $200 credit at their Raindance Spa; breakfast; a wine flight for two; and complimentary shuttle service to the Sonoma Plaza for shopping. Use our Travel Search price comparison tool to find the lowest rates on flights, hotels, packages, and more travel deals.
Yoga in Costa Rica
Women who want to get in touch with their inner yogi flock to Costa Rica, where yoga camps and spiritual centers await. It’s no wonder pura vida – literally translated as “the pure life” – is a local motto, as there’s a wealth of wellness-based attractions here for women travelers. Jungle river rafting, kayaking, horseback riding, hiking, and surfing are all part of a girls’ getaway to Costa Rica; whether your group wants an eco-friendly destination, an adventure-filled vacation, or a yoga-centric retreat, there’s a vacation here that suits.
Book It: The aptly named Pura Vida Wellness Retreat & Spa offers a Mind-Body-Spirit package that includes seven nights’ accommodations, all meals, 12 yoga sessions per week, a 1-hour spa therapy, meditation classes, eco-adventure tours through the rain forest, a guided hike in the surrounding hills, and transfers to and from the San Jose Airport (SJO) from $1,290 per person. Use our Travel Search price comparison tool to find the lowest rates on flights, hotels, packages, and more travel deals.