June 8th is National Best Friend Day and what better way to celebrate than escaping on a girls or guy getaway? From Switzerland to Arizona, luxury hotels and resorts around the world are offering special packages and activities to provide the ultimate friends escape.
Whether you're looking to be pampered poolside or indulge in a mouth-watering culinary adventure, we list the best destinations for an unforgettable friends getaway this summer.
A Rejuvenating Wellness Retreat at Enchantment Resort & Mii amo spa (AZ)
Surrounded by the serene red rocks of Boynton canyon, Enchantment Resort in Sedona, AZ is the perfect destination for a rejuvenating girls-getaway. The resort's destination spa, Mii amo offers personalized all-inclusive journeys which are tailored to your personal goals and intentions. The three-, four- and seven- night packages include three daily meals at Mii amo Café and two spa treatments a day. In-between spa treatments, girlfriends can spend their time enjoying a variety of wellness activities and programs including the new Juicing 101 class at Mii amo Juice Bar which teaches guests the health benefits of juicing or the new WOGA class which incorporates yoga and power walking, allowing guests to embrace the energy of the red rocks as they engage in nature inspired poses throughout the property. As an added bonus, girlfriends who book their getaway during one of the upcoming 2014 retreats can enjoy access to expert led sessions and activities on topics including “Fear Less with Jennifer Glass” and “Stiletto Networking with Pamela Ryckman.” Three night all-inclusive journey rates begin at $2,265 per-person based on double occupancy.
Poolside Pampering at Montage Beverly Hills (CA)
Set in the heart of the golden triangle in Beverly Hills, just two blocks from Rodeo Drive, Montage Beverly Hills is a luxe Hollywood escape for you and your best girlfriends. Relax, chat and enjoy drinks on the exclusive rooftop, complete with a chic swimming pool and whirlpool, private poolside cabanas, lush landscaping and the Rooftop Bar & Grill. Engagement or not, girlfriends can book The Bachelorette package, which includes Montage Manicures for all, refreshing fruit skewers and honey yogurt dip, chips and guacamole, a selection of delicious summer cocktails and a bottle of Hitching Post Rose. All cabanas are equipped with a LCD flat screen TV, array of national/local newspapers and magazines, complimentary WiFi, Evian Misters, Montage bathrobes and your choice of bottled waters. Recommended for 2-6 guests. For reservations, please call 310.499.4199.
Women's Weekender at Dream Downtown (NYC)
Situated between Manhattan's hottest neighborhoods - the buzzy Meatpacking District and charming Chelsea, Dream Downtown is the place for ladies to see and be seen this summer. The indulgent “Women's Weekender” kicks off with chocolate-covered strawberries and champagne on ice upon arrival. With bags unpacked and bikinis on, the 4,800-square-foot Dream Beach awaits with imported sand, glass-bottom pool and Cote D'Azur-inspired chaise lounges. Live art installations playing off the sounds of the DJ add to the dynamic pool scene courtesy of international ArtBattles' artist network. Festivities continue with complimentary Lemon Drop shots, disposable cameras, and plenty of hydrating body lotions and bottled water before it's time to turn up the night at the rooftop PH-D or underground bunker club, Electric Room. Rates start at $395 per night; maximum four guests, two-night minimum.
Venice of America at il Lugano (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
Explore the “Venice of America” with the gals with il Lugano's “Discover Fort Lauderdale” package. The package includes two all day Water Taxi passes, two tickets to the Everglades Airboat Tour and two tickets to the Bonnet House Museum and Gardens, plus two nights' accommodations at the all-suite hotel complete with a kitchen, washer/dryer and water view in every room. The package also includes complimentary beach buggy service to the beach, bike rentals and a cabana for soaking up the rays after a day of sight-seeing. At night, the ladies can head to da Campo Osteria, the hotel's restaurant, which has an Italian menu, a long list of Italian wines and house-made mozzarella pulled tableside. Two night minimum stay, available June 1 – September 2, 2014. Package starts at $339 per night plus tax.
A Decadent Foodie Getaway at The Inn at Little Washington (VA)
Take in summertime at The Inn at Little Washington for a girlfriend getaway full of decadent dining, hiking, yoga, and small-town exploration. Located in Washington, VA–a rural town in Rappahannock County that is nestled at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains–the culinary landmark is the perfect spot for weekend retreat with your friends. Stay at The Parsonage, The Inn's newest addition that houses six rooms, where you can schedule in-room massages after a day of hiking in the Shenandoah Valley. Taste local Viognier from nearby vineyards–from the nationally-recognized Barboursville Vineyards to Blenheim Vineyards, which is owned by Virginia native Dave Matthews–while en route to quaint Middleburg or quirky Charlottesville for the day. After indulging in Chef and Proprietor Patrick O'Connell's dreamy ten-course tasting menu, wake up the next morning to private outdoor yoga overlooking “The Field of Dreams,” a pasture that's home to The Inn's resident flock of sheep and llamas. Rooms begin at $460 per night.
Girls Just Want to Have WINE! at Seagate Hotel & Spa (FL)
Girlfriends can take a well-deserved break treat themselves to something special at The Seagate Spa in Delray Beach, Florida this summer. The award-winning, South Florida-inspired serenity stop at The Seagate Hotel & Spa is celebrating is offering their fun spa package, “Girls Just want to have WINE!” 3.5 hour spa package that includes a 50-minute Chardonnay Pedicure; 50-minute Merlot Anti-Aging Facial; 25-minute Cabernet Body Polish; and a 50-minute Grape Seed Renewal Body Massage. Spa services priced from $462 (a $572 value), not including gratuity. Deluxe accommodations priced from $229 per night. Up for something more active? The newly renovated Seagate Country Club is now offering private golf lessons for women, from beginners to pros. Grab your girlfriends and learn to play!
A Luxe Southern Escape at The Inn at Palmetto Bluff, a Montage Resort (SC)
The Inn at Palmetto Bluff, a Montage Resort is located in the heart of the South Carolina Lowcountry, along the May River just a few miles south of Bluffton, SC–for those seeking some quality time with their best friend, The Inn at Palmetto Bluff provides the perfect backdrop for a laidback but luxurious getaway. Shaded by oak trees that are lined with Spanish moss, The Inn boasts a Main House that overlooks the architectural ruins of the historic Palmetto Lounge and the May River's dramatic tidal shifts, salt marsh, and oyster beds. In the morning, sip coffee on the porch while overlooking egrets and alligators feeding, then take a bike ride through the thirteen miles of trails that are woven through the property. After, Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) on the May River, attend a yoga class, or take a kayak through the marsh. At sunset, charter the Grace, The Inn's antique yacht, a wooden ship, for a cruise to watch pods of dolphins feed and the local shrimp boats haul in the day's catches with a glass of champagne in hand. After dinner at The River House Restaurant, The Inn's upscale yet relaxed dining outlet that offers fresh-caught seafood from nearby waters, stargaze while roasting a marshmallow over The Inn's roaring fire pits. Rates begin at $581 per night.
Outdoor Adventure and Relaxation at Montage Deer Valley (UT)
With sweeping views of the Wasatch Mountains, Montage Deer Valley is the ultimate alpine retreat for those looking to soak in Park City's natural splendor. The refined Mountain Craftsman is perfect getaway to share with a friend, as it offers everything from hiking and kayaking to decadent spa treatments and indulgent cuisine at APEX and Burgers and Bourbon. After an active day on the mountain or in the river, Spa Montage offers a comprehensive Wellness Program, with cardio, strength-training, and yoga classes and nutritional workshops to complement the spa's menu of holistic treatments. The resort offers five dining options, from classic comfort food at Daly's Pub & Rec. and gourmet burgers at Burgers & Bourbon to custom sushi and sashimi at Yama and serves elevated continental cuisine at Apex. At night, roast a marshmallow with a cocktail in hand and watch the sun sink below the mountain. Rates begin at $482 per night.
A European Spa Getaway at The Dolder Grand (Zurich, Switzerland)
The Dolder Grand in Zurich provides a special spa escape for a girlfriend getaway. The hotel features a 40,000-square foot spa, which is an oasis of tranquility for girlfriends to relax with treatments and massages. Groups can rejuvenate in the Japanese-inspired Sunaburos, a Snow Paradise room and an outdoor terrace with three whirl pools to take in the breathtaking views of Lake Zurich and the city center. This summer The Dolder Grand will also offer Boot Camp, Outdoor Yoga, and bike tours. The resort boasts a two-Michelin Star restaurant, with innovative cuisine by Chef Heiko Nieder. Girlfriends that are looking to explore the culture of Zurich can take in the city's 100 art galleries, 50 museums and historic architecture. The resort itself features artwork throughout the property from famous artists. Rates begin at $810.00/night.
Sea & Spa Escape at Montage Laguna Beach (CA)
Elegantly comfortable accommodations, a breathtaking coastal setting, an award-winning oceanfront spa and exquisite dining – there's simply no better backdrop for a best friend getaway than at Montage Laguna Beach. You and your bestie can enjoy ultra-chic swimming and lounging at the resort's renowned Mosaic Pool, locally-themed activities including beach yoga classes, ocean kayaking and art gallery tours, and ocean-inspired spa treatments with the Sea & Spa Escape package. Included in the package, guests can start the day with a complimentary seaside breakfast and then indulge in an invigorating daily spa treatment. Montage Laguna Beach is designed to capture the charm and artistic heritage of its quaint seaside village, so sit back, relax and enjoy the ocean breeze with your bestie this National Best Friend's Day.
Two-for-Two at Omni Mount Washington Resort (NH)
Celebrate National Best Friend Day with your best girlfriend with fabulous two-for-two deals unwinding at the 25,000-square foot Spa at Omni Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, NH. Bringing in the natural elements of the New England country side and majestic Presidential Mountain Range, the renowned full-service spa connects with its roots incorporating locally sourced ingredients into its treatments and offers the ultimate relaxation experience. On June 8th, besties can enjoy, two complimentary shampoo and blow dries with a purchase of two luxurious body treatments of choice, two complimentary make-up applications and sessions with a purchase of purchase of two 50-minute High Skin Refiner facials.
Golf Weekend with the Guys at Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa (FL)
Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa just completed a multi-million dollar renovation to the main building – adding two new restaurants, the private Cabana Beach Club and the new Villas at Sawgrass. The villas are perfect for a guys golf buddy getaway, with one and two bedrooms as well as a living room and kitchenette. The resort opened the new TPC Connection cart path, which now allows guests to go directly from the resort to TPC Sawgrass via golf cart whenever they please. The resort handles 85% of the tee times at TPC Sawgrass, so making arrangements for a golf weekend is not a problem. After the round of golf, men can relax at The Sawgrass Spa and get a sports massage by renowned therapists. Rates Start at $161 per night.
Rejuvenate at Omni Bedford Springs Resort (PA)
Have a girlfriend's getaway for National Best Friend Day (June 8) at Springs Eternal Spa at Omni Bedford Springs Resort in scenic Cumberland Valley. Opt for a facial treatment, massage or manicure and pedicure with treatments inspired by the resort's eight mineral springs, which have served as a source of healing and rejuvenation for visitors to the area for hundreds of years. The spa offers a number of restorative treatments including massage and body treatments, facials, hydrotherapy, couples services, salon services, and a number of bath rituals, including the “Mountain Detox Bath” and “Celestial Toning Bath.” In addition, spa guests can enjoy a private garden, a heated spring-fed indoor pool, outdoor pool and whirlpool, and world-class fitness center for personal training and yoga. Rates from $269.00 per night.
Relax at The Omni Grove Park Inn (NC)
Indulge in sheer relaxation with your best friend in a girlfriend's getaway at The Omni Grove Park Inn spa with a massage, manicure or pedicure at in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Asheville, North Carolina. The subterranean spa, home to cavernous rock walls, arches, tunnels, and water features, creates a therapeutic experience - the ultimate way to recharge. Besties can indulge in a soothing getaway and enjoy the warm mineral pool with constant under water music, or unwind in the inhalation room and eucalyptus-infused steam room. Three fireside lounges welcome visitors to curl up on the overstuffed chairs while sipping hot organic teas, herbal infused waters, and enjoying light snacks. For those guests looking to soak up some additional sunshine, they can take advantage of the tiered outdoor terrace as they absorb the unsurpassable panoramic mountain views. Rates from $259 per night.
Re-Energize on the Beach at The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa
Ditch hazy, humid summer city days and head to The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa with your friends for a Grand Cayman girlfriend getaway. Located along Seven Mile Beach on the western shore of Grand Cayman, The Westin Grand Cayman is the perfect place for a re-energizing escape. Spend your morning doing Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP) yoga, snorkeling in crystal-clear water among pristine reefs, sandbars, shipwrecks, and dramatic “wall-dives,” visiting the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park, or swimming along stingrays at local attraction Stingray City. After a morning workout, refuel with the Westin Super Foods Breakfast Menu in Ferdinand's Caribbean Café, which features revitalizing dishes made from powerhouse ingredients rich in nutrients, antioxidants and delicious taste to help you recharge. After a day of activity, indulge in a Lomi Lomi “Cayman Style” massage or Moor Mud Body Wrap at the Hibiscus Spa. After soaking in the sunset on the beach with cocktails, taste coastal cuisine at Beach House. Rates begin at $299 a night.
Quality-time on the Waterfront at Tides Inn (VA)
Tides Inn in VA is a waterside retreat, perfectly suited for a weekend away with the girls. The resort provides complimentary bikes for guests to go wine tasting along the northern neck Wine Trail, sipping on some of America's best wine from local vineyards, or shop at Irvington's quaint, local boutiques. This summer, girlfriends can make memories while participating in the new “Learn To” series which will teach them the necessary basics and core techniques to master popular water sports including kayaking, sailing and paddle boarding. As the sun sets on Carter's Creek, the girls can head to the Terrace Lounge for an unforgettable evening complete with live music, cocktails and the Terrace Small Plates with Sunset, Moonshine & Music. Rates start at $200.00/night.
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