7 of the world’s girliest hotel getaways
The quintessential girls’ getaway ain’t what it used to be -- and that’s a good thing.
Thanks to the recent rise of ladies-only gyms, taxis and subway cars, hoteliers across the globe have finally heeded the demand for exclusively female experiences (hence the trend of women-only hotel floors).
Today’s offerings ranging from cowgirl romps to teatime fashion shows, the hotel industry finally acknowledging that women desire holidays that provide not only safety, but also glamour and excitement.
As a result, “girly” hotel stays are no longer limited to cutesy pastel-colored rooms and run-of-the-mill spa treatments.
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Surf, yoga, chill: Surf Goddess Retreats, Indonesia
This tropical island villa is for anyone who ever wanted to hang ten, practice downward dog and get a facial all within the same trip.
With a focus on positivity and self-empowerment, the resort offers surf lessons for any experience level, provides daily outdoor yoga sessions in its frangipani garden, features a premier Balinese spa and serves up gourmet, healthy fare.
Surf Goddess Retreats, Bali, Jalan Kayu Aya, 80361, Indonesia; +62 361 8893002; seven-day packages from $2,495
Chopard Ladies Floor: Jumeirah Emirates Towers, UAE
On the 40th level of this five-star Dubai abode, the indulgent Chopard Ladies Floor lies ready to pamper.
It features 10 Tower Rooms and one Apex Suite where every detail -- including unique flower arrangements -- is carefully attended to by an entirely female staff.
Perks include in-room yoga facilities, a cosmetics fridge and toiletries by Chopard, naturally.
Jumeirah Emirates Towers, UAE, 312th Road, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; +971 4 330 0000; Chopard Ladies King Room from AED 960 ($261)
Female bonding programs: Lake Austin Spa Resort, United States
This scenic retreat is a wonderland of female bonding opportunities. There are more than 100 unique body treatments that girlfriends can enjoy together.
In addition to the usual pedicures and manicures, spa services include cupping, Japanese acupuncture, bamboo roll massage and energy point cleansing.
And then there are the events -- cooking courses, gardening tutorials, fitness classes, book clubs and style seminars. There’s even a “Mothers, Daughters, Sisters, Friends” program aimed at strengthening female relationships.
The Lake Austin Spa Resort, Austin, Texas, 1705 S Quinlan Park Road, Austin, TX 78732, United States; +1 512 372 7300; three-night packages in a signature room from $1,720 per person
Cowgirl boot camp: Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort, United States
The Alisal’s “Cowgirl Bootcamp” package blends a true country experience with heavy dashes of comfort.
Guided by professional female wranglers, guests learn to saddle up, round cattle and explore more than 50 miles of trails. The stay includes line dancing, archery, hat shaping, a gourmet picnic lunch, nightly cocktail receptions and a private wine maker’s presentation.
Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort, Santa Ynez Valley, California, 1054 Alisal Road, Solvang, CA 93463, United States; +1 805 688 6411; three-night Cowgirl Bootcamp package from $1,900
High tea and high fashion: Hotel le Bristol Paris, France
This European icon offers monthly high tea fashion sessions where guests can enjoy fluffy pastries as designer-clad models walk the runway.
An on-site La Prairie spa and delicately appointed surroundings reserve this historic Parisian property for only the most decadent female travelers.
Hotel le Bristol Paris, 112 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris, France; +33 1 53 43 43 00; room rates from €775 ($1,016)
Chocolate workshops: The Chocolate Boutique Hotel, England
Who can resist the only chocolate-themed hotel in the world?
There are daily chocolate deliveries and themed rooms like “The Cocoa Bean” and the “Chocolate Truffle Suite” as well as a variety of events including tastings, bean-to-bar workshops and even a chocolate shoe moulding class.
The Chocolate Boutique Hotel, Bournemouth, England, 5 Durley Road, Bournemouth, BH2 5JQ, England; +44 (0)1202 556857; room rates from £80 ($125)
Diane von Furstenberg-designed suite: Hayman, Australia
For gals with fashion flair and pockets full of cash, the new Diane von Furstenberg penthouse at the Hayman Island Resort is the perfect splurge (at $5,000 a night).
Designed and upholstered in the famous designer’s signature fabrics, the swanky penthouse accommodates up to four guests and includes displays of von Furstenberg’s private photography, beautiful panoramas of the Great Barrier Reef and private butler service.
Hayman Island Resort, Queensland, Australia, Great Barrier Reef, Hayman Island QLD 4801, Australia; +61 7 4940 1838; Diane von Furstenberg Penthouse from A$5,000 ($5,162)