10 Best Girls' Weekend Getaways
Sometimes you just need to escape with your girlfriends-no significant others, no kids, no dogs, just you and your best gal pals checking into a hotel in a new city for a long weekend getaway. But where to go? The key to a good girls' getaway weekend is picking the right destination.
If you only have two or three nights away, you don't want to spend all your time in transit, so choose somewhere that is a reasonable flight or drive. You'll also want to make sure your whole group is on the same page about the budget, so no one is left out. And finally, you need to decide what you want to do. Are you looking for some fun in the sun? If so pick a beach destination like Cancun that is easy to access from many parts of the US.
Want a more active adventure? Head out to Colorado for some skiing at Vail or Winter Park. Or if your girls are more about spilling the tea in the spa followed by a shopping spree, then Los Angeles is a perfect choice.
We have selected properties that are a realistic flight length for a long weekend trip from most parts of the US and Canada. Find the perfect place to stay with our list of the best girls' weekend getaways.
1. Cancun, Mexico: Melody Maker
On Mexico's Riviera Maya facing the Caribbean Sea (so blue-green water as opposed to the dark blue of the Pacific Ocean), Cancun has long been a beach vacation favorite. It is a great choice for a girlfriend getaway if you want to chill on a gorgeous white-sand beach; swim, snorkel, or scuba dive in the warm turquoise waters of the Caribbean; and have a spa treatment or two.
On an absolutely beautiful stretch of white-sand beach in Cancun's Hotel Zone, Melody Maker Cancun is a fun all-inclusive resort for a girlfriend getaway weekend. The recently renovated hotel has a focus on live entertainment and brings in big name DJs for weekend events throughout the year.
The rooms and suites here are fantastic, with floor-to-ceiling windows that can be opened up entirely to create an indoor/outdoor vibe (or so you can fall asleep listening to the roar of the ocean). The decor is contemporary and includes some unique art. Accommodation comes in a number of sizes and shapes with our favorites being the suites featuring Jacuzzi tubs or plunge pools on private terraces.
Away from the rooms, amenities include multiple restaurant choices; the first in-hotel Nespresso coffee shop; and the Delirio Beach Club by the absolutely massive swimming pool, where you can arrange for cabanas. There are also sun loungers and umbrellas for guests on the beach itself.
Address: Boulevard Kukulkan Km 12, Cancun 77509 Mexico
2. The Bahamas: Hilton at Resorts World Bimini
It is hard to tire of looking at the stunning turquoise and aqua water in blissful and beautiful Bimini. It's the closest Bahamian Island to the mainland US, with easy access from Miami and Fort Lauderdale (flights from both and a ferry from Miami), and it makes a great girlfriends' getaway if you want a dose of digital detox.
Depending on whether you visit over the weekend or during the week, the vibe changes at Hilton at Resorts World Bimini, in The Bahamas. On the weekends, when locals from Miami come over on the ferry, it is a total scene here, so if that is what you're looking for in your girls' trip, book a Friday and Saturday night stay. If you'd rather have more peace and quiet then come during the week.
The resort offers a mix of rooms and suites, which are contemporary in decor with comfy beds. There are a number of restaurants on-site, including The Tides, which does spectacular seafood dishes. The 24-seat Sushi Bar is also a solid pick with creative, fresh rolls and sashimi.
Bimini is a tiny island that is fun to explore via golf cart. Ernest Hemingway spent a number of years here, and it is known for its sportfishing. The property can also arrange day trips that include snorkeling in and around a partially submerged shipwreck, and swimming with sharks and rays, which are recommended experiences.
Address: North Bimini, Bimini, The Bahamas
3. Denver, CO: Kimpton Hotel Born
Denver is a fun city for a girlfriend getaway, and its location in the middle of the country with a busy international airport makes it affordable to access. Recently it has gotten quite the reputation for its food scene, and if you and your girls are interested in trying out a variety of dining experiences, from up-and-coming to meals prepared by celebrity chefs, this is the destination for you.
In the heart of downtown, the recently opened Kimpton Hotel Born is a fabulous sleeping choice. It is located right next to the Beaux Arts Union Station, where a train runs directly from Denver International Airport.
The Born has a cosmo artsy vibe throughout. The rooms here feature floor-to-ceiling windows, custom art installations, and insanely comfy beds with plenty of pillows. Grab dinner at the trendy Citizen Rail restaurant on the lobby level. The chef-driven restaurant focuses on wood-fire grilled fish, seafood, and meat. Everything is beautifully plated and tastes fresh and delicious.
In winter, activate your girlfriend getaway with a day of skiing, which is super easy to access sans car from the Hotel Born. You can also catch the ski train from Union Station directly to the slopes at Winter Park on weekends in winter. The trip takes less than two hours and is a beautiful ride winding through the mountains.
Address: 1600 Wewetta Street, Denver, Colarado
4. Quebec City, Canada: Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
Head to Quebec City in July with your girlfriends, when the city hosts Canada's largest music festival, Festival D'ete de Quebec (FEQ), and enjoy 10 days of big name acts-in 2019, the Imagine Dragons, Mariah Carey, and Blink-182 performed here. Even if you don't visit in July, this city is intriguing year-round-in winter checkout the Quebec Winter Carnival (Carnaval).
While in Quebec City, stay at the five-star Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac, which overlooks the St. Lawrence River from a bluff in the historic, walled Old Quebec portion of the city. This area, which includes a pedestrian-only zone, dates back to the 1600s and has a distinct European feel. Rooms and suites are posh and oversized, and the entire building exudes old-world elegance with its inlaid marble floors, gilded elevators, dazzling chandeliers, and carved ceilings.
Have dinner at Le Champlain, the house restaurant, where the focus is on locally sourced haute Canadian fare with lots of meat and seafood choices. Also don't skip afternoon high tea service downstairs. The spa here is perfect for an afternoon of pampering, and there is also an indoor swimming pool and hot tub on-site.
Address: 1 Rue des Carrières, Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada
Accommodation: Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
5. Cabo San Lucas, Mexico: Grand Solmar at Rancho San Lucas
From the West Coast and places like Denver and Dallas, Cabo San Lucas is an easy, often direct flight, which makes it another top choice for a shorter girlfriend getaway. Here you will find The Grand Solmar at Rancho San Lucas is a top luxury spot to stay in a spectacular setting between the desert and the ocean.
The all-suite property, which also offers an all-inclusive vacation package, features marble-floored suites with kitchenettes, separate sitting spaces, and Pacific Ocean views from furnished balconies. Book one of the two-bedroom suites to accommodate your entire gang in one space. These can sleep up to six people (there is a pullout couch) and come with a Jacuzzi tub in the bathroom.
If you like to golf, there is a championship Greg Norman-designed course, which guests have access to. The resort is part of an 834-acre planned development (if you like it enough, you can purchase one) with a mix of residential homes, restaurants, and multiple swimming pools-including a saltwater lagoon, where guests can kayak and SUP board. There is also a super zen spa, with treatment rooms in open-air cabanas facing the sea.
Address: Carretera a Todos Santos Km, 120, Pacific Zone, Cabo San Lucas, 23473, Mexico
6. San Francisco, CA: InterContinental San Francisco
San Francisco is a magnetic city and another great girlfriend getaway location with plenty to keep you entertained for three or four days. There are vibrant neighborhoods to explore, beaches to chill at, and an excellent dining and shopping scene.
The InterContinental San Francisco is in a convenient SoMa location, within walking distance of Union Square and all its shopping and dining options. In a dazzling aquamarine high-rise tower, the landmark four-star property features 550 recently renovated rooms and suites. All are luxe contemporary in decor and excellent value for San Francisco-book one of the higher floors for superlative city or bay views.
The concierge here is also super helpful, and you can order room service 24 hours a day. There is also a Michelin-starred restaurant, Luce, on-site should your group be haute-food focused.
Address: 888 Howard Street, San Francisco, California
7. The Bahamas: Grand Isle Resort & Spa
For fans of The Bachelor, it was filmed here for Ben's season in 2016, but Grand Isle Resort & Spa offers more than just romance. It's great for a girlfriends' getaway because accommodation is in multi-floor, spacious villas with up to four bedrooms. Each has a full kitchen, so you can save some cash on meals (and make late-night snacks). You'll also get keys to a golf cart, so you can get around the property easily.
The beach in front of Grand Isle, Emerald Bay, is stunning, with sugar-white sand and the most amazing turquoise-hued water you've ever seen. There are two restaurants, two swimming pools, a luxe spa, a 24-hour gym, and access to a Greg Norman-designed golf course on-site.
Make sure to book a day trip here that takes you to Pig Island, where you can swim and snap selfies with Exuma's famous swimming pigs. There are also options to swim with sharks and rays on these trips.
Address: Emerald Bay, Great Exuma, The Bahamas
8. Miami Beach, FL: The Confidante Miami Beach
Miami is always a sizzling destination for a girls' trip. The city features a vibrant downtown and arts districts like Wynwood, as well as a major surf-and-sand scene in Miami Beach and its uber trendy South Beach neighborhood.
If you want oceanfront property with a side of fun check out The Confidante in Miami Beach. This retro-glam, Art Deco hotel dates back to the 1940s, and the location is great for a girls' trip because it sits between ultra hip South Beach and Miami's art districts like Wynwoood, both of which are major must-see attractions.
The hotel boasts mid-century modern decor throughout and views of either the beach or the city skyline. The Ocean View Suite is what to book if you don't mind a slight splurge. The corner suite features floor-to-ceiling windows on two sides and a wraparound balcony.
There are sun-loungers on the beach reserved for guests here, and two swimming pools with striped cabanas scattered around them. DJs and live bands play poolside day and night on weekends. Other amenities include a fun 1950s-throwback hair salon and a few dining options, including one that does a great Southern brunch.
Address: 4041 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, Florida
9. Vail, CO: The Galatyn Lodge
Vail, Colorado is a year-round destination although it is notably most famous in winter, when you can spend all day skiing its powdery back bowls or long groomers. So if you are looking for an active girlfriends' getaway, this is a perfect destination.
Within walking distance of two chairlifts in the heart of the Bavarian-style Vail Village, The Galatyn Lodge is a great sleeping choice for your getaway. It offers fair-priced rooms and suites that are spacious and ultra comfortable and have the vibe of staying in your own condo. They also feature kitchenettes or full kitchens, so you can cook some of your own meals.
There isn't a restaurant on-site, but you are in the heart of Vail Village, so there are numerous dining spots within a five-minute walk. The hotel does have an absolutely fabulous swimming pool. It is huge and heated to a perfect 100 degrees Fahrenheit, which makes it the ideal temperature for après-ski soaking.
Address: 365 Vail Valley Drive, Vail, Colorado
10. Beverly Hills, CA: Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills
Los Angeles is another iconic destination for a retreat with your squad. The City of Angels has it all-glamour, celebrities, beautiful beaches, fun restaurants, and plenty of culture and shopping.
Check out the Waldorf Astoria on an equally iconic intersection at Wilshire and Santa Monica Boulevards in Beverly Hills for the perfect sleep. Forget about a check-in line here-this takes place in your room, and you'll truly feel like a VIP.
The rooms and suites are beyond posh, with high-end decor, pillow-soft beds, and top quality linens. Make sure to book a treatment or two at the on-site La Prairie Spa, which is ultra relaxing. The rooftop swimming pool is also a scene, and there is an on-site steakhouse by Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges.
Address: 9850 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, California