Whether you’re looking for romance, craving a few days away from the guys, nursing a broken heart or not a big fan of Valentine’s Day, a vacation with the ladies may be the perfect antidote. Not only big business but also perennial fan favorites, ‘Girlfriend Getaways’ in the Caribbean come neatly wrapped in packages to suit all budgets and all gal pals.
One Size Fits All
Aptly named and a whole lot of fun, Beaches Resorts’ popular ‘B.F.F. Girls Getaway’ is back at the Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa . Girlfriends who book the four-night package are treated to a welcome cocktail party, catamaran cruise, seaside yoga classes and a bonfire party on the beach. To sweeten the pot, the package includes a $200.00 Red Lane Spa credit, discounts at the gift shop and complimentary photo of the girls just having fun. ‘Girls Getaways’ are action-packed from April 25 – April 29 and September 26 – September 30. BFF Getaway At Beaches Resorts
Not just for guys yet a great place to find a few, Smugglers Cove in St. Lucia welcomes the “Big Game” from January 31 to February 4. Hosted by former NY Giants player Billy Taylor, the weekend is all about football with strategy chats with NFL players and a blow-out party to watch Superbowl 2013 on super-sized screens. Snuggling the sea, the all-inclusive resort offers four restaurants, yoga classes on the beach and a slew of relaxing treats in the Samsarati Spa, named for the Sanskrit word for ‘flow of energy’. Treatments reflect an international cornucopia of inspiration like a Himalayan body polish, Balinese head massage and a ‘lomi lomi’ healing treatment that is popular in Hawaii.
Get Your Groove On
For gal pals who prefer retail therapy to hiking through the rainforest, many resorts are close enough to the city for that hit of urban energy but far enough away not to feel like home. In the funky Condado neighborhood close to San Juan, the AAA Four-Diamond La Concha is dishing up a ‘Girls Want to Have Fun’ package that includes cocktails at the Lobby Bar, discounts on beach massages and adventure tours and a shopping booklet full of coupons. Comfy rooms come with pillow top beds with duvets you can sink into, Wi-Fi and ergonomic chairs (if you must work) and to amuse the gals on-site, the super slick Casino with high-tech slot machines and card tables attracts both high rollers and casual players alike, the signature Perla restaurant sits pretty in a floating seashell and for gals with a yen for Japanese food, the Komakai Sushi Bar is divine. “Stylish and sophisticated, La Concha Resort is an inviting destination for a girlfriend’s getaway, from shopping to spa treatments, the resort provides a wide array of services attractive to female clientele,” said Militza Orama, director sales, “as well, the buzzing nightlife scene and on-property pools offer the perfect setting for a rejuvenating, leisurely getaway.”
For a more secluded gals-only vacay, Rosewood Little Dix Bay in the British Virgin Islands is hosting Wellness Retreats in April and June with yoga, fitness classes, deliciously healthy meals and massages in the cliff-side Spa. Four-night packages at the tranquil Virgin Gorda resort include two classes per day; breakfast and dinner; airport transfers and one massage per person.
The Gal Pal High Five
- Delegate the various duties like arranging airport transfers and confirming resort reservations so no one gal gets stuck with the entire list.
- Let each person take a turn planning a meal (if you will be making your own food), or selecting a restaurant (if you will be eating out).
- Step outside your comfort zone. The adrenaline rush of trying something new like a midnight dip in the ocean will bring the group closer together.
- Don’t hyper-schedule. You don’t want to come home from your vacation and need a vacation.
- Consider a mini-getaway, if you can’t afford to spend a few weeks away.