Just imagine it: Getting a relaxing massage with your girls, noshing on farm-to-table cuisine and staying in a luxury hotel set amid scenic, coastal views. Are you now sighing dreamily at the mere thought of a weekend getaway?
No matter what stresses you have in your life, chances are good that spending a weekend dedicated to self-care and general wellness is exactly what you need. Best of all, it’s the perfect excuse to spend quality time with your besties and maximize the benefits of your wellness retreat.
So, what are you waiting for? Round up your girls, get yourself some new vacation clothes and check out these enviable spa and wellness retreats that are sure to leave you feeling like a brand new woman.
The Spa at The Breakers, Palm Beach, FL
If Florida’s crystal waters and white sand beaches weren’t relaxing enough for you, check out The Spa at The Breakers—a Mediterranean-inspired spa with gorgeous fountains and oceanfront views. You’ll sip on fruit-infused water while experienced therapists use a blend of ancient and modern techniques to smooth away your stresses while promoting balance and healing.
For a full day of indulgence, book a spa package and take advantage of their tranquil steam shower, chromatherapy tub, and gorgeous garden terrace. If you have a pregnant girlfriend, she’ll love their prenatal massage that’s tailored to ease sore spots and improve circulation.
Red Mountain Resort, Ivins, UT
Feeling tired and out of energy? Need to revamp your diet? If you and your girlfriends could use nutritional guidance and top-rated fitness classes, Red Mountain Resort is the place to go. Consistently rated as one of the top weight loss retreats in the nation, the resort’s Red Mountain Retreat offers both personal and nutritional training, as well as group workshops and daily hikes along its stunning red rock hills at Bryce Canyon National Park.
Red Mountain Retreat is far more than a weight loss program. It’s a rejuvenating retreat with unlimited fitness classes and life coaching to improve your mind and body. Check it out, book your stay and don’t be surprised if your crew comes back feeling lighter in every sense of the word.
The Lodge at Woodloch, Hawley, PA
If you live in the New York City metro area, the Lodge at Woodloch is the perfect weekend escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Just a two-hour drive from New York City, the quiet lodge in Hawley, Pennsylvania offers a variety of stress-relieving activities that promise to rejuvenate and restore both your body and mind.
Visitors will have their pick of activities, which range from creative workshops and nature trails to healing aquatic classes and spa services. The facility also offers its own special Girlfriends’ Package, which includes access to personal spa concierge, guided cooking classes, scheduled group fitness classes and gourmet meals, so you and the girls can reconnect and leave all your stresses behind.
New Life Hiking Spa, Killington, VT
Trust us when we say that you and your besties will definitely want to pick up fresh styles of active clothes for women to prep for this next wellness retreat. Known as a “hiker’s paradise,” the New Life Hiking Spa is exactly what is sounds like: A destination spa that invites you to hike and reconnect with nature while exploring the great outdoors.
Thanks to its innovative and holistic approach to health and wellness, New Life Hiking Spa has managed to snag the top spot on the list of “Top Spas in America” for the last five years. While hiking through Vermont’s rugged beauty is a large part of the wellness retreat, breaking a sweat on the trail is far from the only thing you’ll do at New Life Hiking Spa. You and the girls will also experience fresh, gourmet food, deep tissue massages and cranio-sacral therapy (to release those stubborn, tension headaches), among other options.
The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, Kiawah Island, SC
Located just 25 miles south of Historic Downtown Charleston, The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort is the idyllic girls’ getaway trip. After spending a few hours exploring Charleston, make your way over to this stunning barrier island and prepare for total relaxation at The Sanctuary.
Inspired by the natural beauty abundant throughout the Lowcountry, The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort offers a hefty dose of Southern hospitality along with its amenities. Slip into a white robe and experience five-star service as you and the girls get pampered like celebrities. Later, you can watch the sunset over the dunes from your balcony before sleeping in beds lined with Italian-made linens.
Miraval Austin Wellness Resort & Spa, Austin, TX
Like the city it’s located in, the Miraval Austin Wellness Resort & Spa does things just slightly different than everyone else. Set in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, this full-scale resort offers a vast array of what it calls “transformational experiences”, ranging from standard yoga and fitness sessions to equine and farm activities.
If you’re not interested in beekeeping at The Cypress Creek Farm or taking an equestrian adventure, Miraval’s spa services are just beckoning you and your friends. At the very least, you’ll all have a shared experience via a grapefruit kombucha body wash or an Ayurvedic massage.
The Sunstone Spa, Rancho Mirage, CA
Those seeking a full-package spa with diverse offerings will find it in The Sunstone Spa at Agua Caliente Casinos. Located smack dab in the heart of the greater Palm Springs area, this award-winning spa is sure to delight your whole crew with its huge assortment of spa and fitness services.
From pampering body treatments with gemstone-infused essential oils to balancing facials with an assortment of probiotics, you’d be hard-pressed to leave The Sunstone without feeling restored and rejuvenated. For an unforgettable weekend trip, be sure to check out its full-service hair and nail salons, dry sauna, whirlpool and luxury spa cabanas.
Relax and Unwind with a Girls’ Weekend Getaway
Work, school, family—all of life’s daily stresses can stretch us too thin. A girls’ weekend trip is the perfect way to re-energize your mind and body, kick-start your self-care journey and, most importantly, spend time with those you love. So, bookmark these spas and retreats, get your crew together and make sure that it happens. You won’t regret it!
This article was created in collaboration with Southern Tide.