If you’re flying solo for Valentine’s Day this year (or are just tired of taking your chances on Bumble or Tinder), why not round-up your favorite ladies and go somewhere exciting instead?! Since February 13th is Galentine’s Day (the non-official holiday to celebrate your girlfriends), here are some fun-filled Galentine’s Day getaways that you and your gal pals will love. From tropical resorts and glamorous hotels to winter wonderlands, these are some of the best places to go for a fun-filled girls trip.
Galentine’s Day Getaways Around The Globe
Go Red in the City of Angels This Galentine’s Day
RED is the color of love but it’s also the name of Andaz West Hollywood‘s Jonathan Adler-designed suite, which sets the scene for the perfect Galentine’s Day getaway for girls who like to do good. Thirty percent of the proceeds from the Andaz West Hollywood RED suite go directly to the RED charity, started by Bono, that aims to fight Aids in Africa. You and your girls can rest easy in this stylish suite, knowing you’re also doing your part to help the world. How cool is that? When your squad is fully rested and ready to hit the town, hop over to celeb-filled Runyon Canyon for a quintessential California hike or walk out of the hotel right onto Sunset Boulevard to take in a show at Comedy Store next door or a concert at the many classic venues that line the Strip.
Celebrate Galentine’s Day on La Isla Bonita
A tropical, beachfront oasis just minutes from bustling Panama City, The Westin Playa Bonita Panama is the perfect home-base for female travelers looking to explore one of Latin America’s most thriving, cosmopolitan destinations while immersing themselves in the country’s rich history and local culture. Located on a mile stretch of private Pacific coastline, the resort features sweeping oceanfront infinity pools, guest rooms and suites with views of ships waiting to enter the Panama Canal, a handful of international dining options and a Sensory Spa by Clarins where guests can pamper themselves after a day of exploring the beach, city, and rainforest (all within the same city limits!). From bar and restaurant hopping in the metropolitan capital to strolling the cobblestone streets of Casco Viejo to rubbing elbows with monkeys and sloths in the tropical rainforest — girlfriends visiting Panama City can expect days filled with environmental and cultural exploration and hot nights on the town that goes into the wee hours of the morning.
Become The Life of the Party in Curaçao
When the girls are in need of a little R&R, look no further than Willemstad, a vibrant and bustling city in the heart of Curaçao. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the capital of Curaçao, a Dutch Caribbean island with more than 35 cove-like beaches, magnificent clear-blue waters, and unique colonial architecture. Thanks to its colorful pastel buildings and iconic Handleskade backdrop, Willemstad feels like a slice of Europe in the Caribbean and will give #squadgoals a whole new meaning when your friends take a signature photo on the swinging Queen Emma Bridge. Girl groups can get lost in the city’s beauty, explore Pietermaai (the trendy area similar to Miami’s Wynwood), pop into Serena’s Art Factory (home of the famous ChiChi dolls), grab a bite to eat at an old governor’s mansion, shop along the old cobblestone streets and party with live Caribbean entertainment – all working together to create the perfect setting for an awesome Galentine’s Day getaway. When the day is done, retreat to Papagayo Beach Resort, the ultimate retreat featuring chic European flair, modern decor, and trendy Caribbean touches. For a night out, head to Papagayo Beach Club, an island nightlife hotspot, featuring sleek lounge areas and a live DJ.
Cruise Down To Cusco for Galentine’s Day
Appealing to all variety of travelers – from the history buff to the thrill-seeker, Cusco has something for the entire girl squad to enjoy. From indulging in delicious cuisine including anticuchos and fresh ceviche to visiting Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, gal-friends will cross-off a bucket list destination this Galentine’s Day. After a day of exploring, girlfriends should retreat to The JW Marriott El Convento Cusco, the perfect home-base for girlfriends to get some much needed R&R while losing themselves in the region’s history. A former 16th-century convent turned five-star hotel, this incredible property located in the heart of the ancient Inca empire preserves an amazing amount of the site’s history and culture. With pre-Inca walls in some of the guest rooms, archeological ruins on site, and other historical elements built into the hotel’s design, the five-star property offers guests a rich dose of Cusco’s colorful culture and history before they even set foot outside. Gals will have their Instagram on fleek at Qespi, the on-site restaurant offering a culture-to-table approach throughout most of their menu that pays homage to the region’s native ingredients with modern twists on traditional Peruvian dishes and cocktails.
Go For The Glam with Your Girlfriends
For a glamorous Galentine’s day getaway with the girls, the multi-million dollar restyled W Fort Lauderdale hotel has the essentials for the ultimate bash (minus the madness of Miami). Free daily butt-busting beach boot camp & sunrise yoga let the girls stay on their fitness regime, but must be followed by homemade Poptarts at onsite Stephen Starr restaurant, Steak 954 (also great for dinner – raw bar, short ribs, steaks & sides of all kinds, and photos with the resident 100+ purple jellyfish). VIP day beds on the rooftop WET Deck pool are the must-do day activity, while carefully crafted cocktails in the Living Room start the night off right. For the morning after, make sure to order mimosas through the hotel’s Whenever/Whatever service that provides round-the-clock attention for anything you need, perfect for getting the group back on their feet. For a splurge, book the 2,600 sq. ft. Extreme WOW Suite – you won’t be sorry.
Girls Just Wanna Have Sun
If you’re stuck in snow right now, escape winter for a Galentine’s day getaway by heading to Cancun, Mexico with your gal pals. Ladies can get together with their girlfriends this Galentine’s day with the Girls Just Wanna Have Sun package at the JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa, situated on an exclusive stretch of white sand beach and bright blue Mexican-Caribbean. Have friends in different cities? No problem – Cancun is the most accessible getaway with most major US cities offering nonstop flights and the property is a short 15-minute drive from CUN International airport. Upon arrival, enjoy welcome margaritas, before heading to the Instagram-perfect infinity pool and reminiscing on years of friendship in a private Bali daybed. For some after-sun detox and relaxation, head to the 35,000 square foot Mayan-inspired JW Spa with $150 credit and then retox with cocktails and authentic dining – like Italian, Thai, sushi and beyond. For more information: Visit Here. (Use promo code GGK. Book by April 4th, 2018 for stays through April 9th, 2018.)
Feel Relaxed & Rejuvenated with a Girls’ Spa Trip
With more than 6,000 acres of a forested mountain landscape, sun-dappled meadows and rushing rivers, not to mention all the amenities of The Village, Suncadia Resort offers a wealth of year-round activities in Washington State – making it an idyllic Galentine’s Day getaway for you and your besties. The relaxing spa is a great place for you and your girls to unwind in style. Cozy up in a plush robe, detox with soothing body treatments, and renew your winter skin with a facial. After you’ve been pampered at the spa all day, liven things up at night with an outdoor concert, cinema series, fine dining, and so much more.
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