Planning on a trip away with the girls? Whether it’s a spa break with your mum, a sun-soaked weekend away with your sister, or a city escape filled with bar-hopping and boutiques with your friends, we’ve rounded up the best girls’ holidays across the globe and the most charming hotels to match. Enjoy!
Be it a dusk-’til-dawn party getaway, a shopping fest or a culture-filled weekend, the possibilities are boundless when it comes to city breaks with the girls. Barcelona’s history-filled streets and buzzing evening scene certainly make for a holiday to remember; set in the bustling Eixample district, the stylish 14-bedroom boutique B&B Casa Mathilda is a great launchpad for your adventures. Alternatively, base yourself in Paris’ sleek Hotel Panache and restock your wardrobe with a trip down Paris’ designer-tagged shopping streets. For something more low-key, Lisbon’s cobbled lanes, hilltop castles and pastel-hued buildings are ripe for discovery – set in the trendy Intendente neighbourhood, the hip Lisboa 1908 is well-placed for city-exploring.
From steamy saunas to soothing massages, nothing says rest and relaxation like a girls spa break. Get your pamper-fix at Cowley Manor’s multi-award winning C-Spa in the Cotswolds, where you can unwind with a holistic treatment or dip your toes into one of the two glittering pools. Elsewhere, tucked away in sun-kissed Tuscany, Argentario Golf Resort & Spa takes its de-stressing very seriously, with a chromotherapy bio-sauna, heated pool and nutrition advice just part of its offering. Prefer your spa with a view? Switzerland’s elegant Kurhaus Cademario hotel enjoys some sensational views out over Lake Lugano – best enjoyed from one of the three pools. It doesn’t end there; with a steam bath, hammam and frigidarium to speak of, Kurhaus ensures your batteries are well and truly charged upon departure.
The UK is well-stocked in cosy retreats perfect for a girls’ getaway, from country manors, to seaside boltholes. If it’s something rather quirky you’re after, book a stay at The Fish Hotel in the Cotswolds, where the Hot Tub Hilly Huts (yes, really) are kitted out with snug beds, underground heating and (you guessed it) their own private hot tubs. For a more traditional girls weekend away, Cheltenham’s 11-room No.131 The Promenade plays host to swanky décor and a first-class bar serving the gin list of your dreams. Last, but certainly not least, the grade II listed Artist Residence Penzance comes complete with seaside charm by the bucket load – not to mention an excellent restaurant to sample.
Sun, sun and more sun – nothing quite beats that healthy dose of Vitamin D. The Caribbean is a certain must-visit for those looking to work on their tan, so why not book your girls’ holiday in Barbados’ sizzling Cobblers Cove, where the award-winning restaurant and white-sand beaches are only part of the allure. No less sun-kissed is the slick Desert Palm Dubai, which comes complete with a refreshing infinity pool for you all to cool off in. Over in Cyprus, what better way to catch those rays than with some breathtaking views out over Paphos’ coast from Almyra’s manicured gardens.
We take our food very seriously indeed here at Chic Retreats, so when it comes to foodies’ retreats we know our salt from our sugar. For fresh-from-the-farm dishes and beautifully presented British fare, take your fellow food-lovers to The Gallivant’s award-winning restaurant in picturesque Rye. Montpellier’s offering is no less exceptional; Domaine de Verchant Hotel & Spa not only produces its own wine, but it also serves a mighty fine truffle menu in addition to its à la carte. The Michelin-starred Relais La Sommita in Brindisi certainly makes the cut for a girls’ retreat; feast on innovative Italian cuisine surrounded by fragrant olive and orange trees – bliss.