Okay, I admit it. I’m a grown woman and I wax girly. I like pink, have been known to giggle and occasionally wear clothes with too many ruffles. Naturally when I plan to spend time with my girlfriends, I’m looking for ultra, girly get-a-ways like these:
Shopaholics heart NYC
“There is not its match in any other country in the world,” author Pearl S. Buck said of New York City. Agreed. One of the best things about NYC is that you and your gal pals can walk everywhere. Start your morning with an exhibit at the MoMA, head to Greenwich for lunch and then an afternoon of shopping in SoHo or Chelsea. Go for an early dinner in the theatre district and catch the revival of West Side Story on Broadway. Don’t worry about accommodation; you won’t be in your room much. But if you love architecture, pick a boutique hotel like the Library Hotel, which boasts 6000 volumes of books organized by the Dewey decimal system or the Casablanca Hotel, inspired by the glamour and romance of the film classic.
If the idea of roughing it in the wilderness, sleeping on the cold, hard ground in a leaky tent isn’t appealing, consider “glamorous camping” or glamping. From Persian rugs and fine wine to a gourmet chef and wi-fi by the fire, a slew of luxury camping resorts, safari camps, eco-resorts and campgrounds are offering every amenity imaginable so that you can experience luxury in the wild. Glampinggirl.com recommends The Tropical Treehouse in Rincon Puerto Rico, The Sabora Tented Camp in Tanzania or a yurt at Soule Creek Lodge on the wild west coast of Vancouver Island.
Just imagine a body scrub with Hawaiian sea salts, a massage with vanilla and coconut oils and then a mask with red clay from the mountains of Kauai. That’s on the menu at the Anara Spa at the Grand Hyatt in Kauai, Hawaii. But you don’t have to get on a plane for the spa treatment, use a site like spafinder.com to help you find a spa package to that fits your length of stay and budget. At some destinations, groups of three or more friends may even be eligible for group rates. If “mani/ped”s aren’t your thing, check out spas that offer lectures, cooking demos or classes on yoga and spirituality.
What happens in Vegas...
Release your inner bad girl and do Vegas Barbie® Style. Wrapping up her 50th birthday celebrations, custom decor and signature pieces from her real life Malibu Dream House have arrived at The Palms Casino Resort. Designed by famed, “Happy Chic”, interior designer Jonathan Adler, the 2,350 square foot suite features an extra-large Jacuzzi tub and has a 50-person capacity, which makes it the ultimate Vegas destination for bachelorette and birthday parties.
Sometimes the best girlie get-a-ways are the ones closest to home. Host a wine tasting and serve your favorite French wines and chi-chi hors d’oeuvres or throw a Moroccan themed, pot luck and have each of your friends bring a traditional dish. Feeling nostalgic? Throw an old-fashioned slumber party and have everyone bring a sleeping bag and set up camp with chick flicks, ice cream and board games on the living room floor.
Whatever you do, enjoy it – emphasis on the joy. The best part of every girliy get-a-way is the “girls” you get away with.