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The Best Girlfriend Getaway Ideas | Tips and Destinations
A girlfriend getaway can be a great release from a stressful job, home life, job or life in general. Spending time with our closest pals is not only fun but also is known to how you 5 of the most amazing girlfriend getaway ideas for you and your girlfriends.
What things are most important in a girlfriend getaway?
While you may not have an exact idea of what type of atmosphere is important to you and your girlfriends, some things you will want to keep in mind may include:
- Enough space for bonding but also privacy – while you love your bff”s, you also need your space. Consider splurging on an upgrade to a suite or villa as a way to ensure your privacy.
- Select an environment that appeals to all involved, not just certain members. For example, if 2 people love yoga but 1 hates it, don’t book a yoga retreat. Instead, consider booking a retreat that includes health and wellness options but that is not solely focused around yoga.
I will go into this more in the next section, but money can be a hot button issue between friends so make sure this conversation takes place prior to booking. The last thing you want is for money to come between you.
Not all girlfriends are necessarily coming from the same place. Girlfriend getaways are a great way to connect with friends who don’t live nearby. Make sure that whatever destination you select is easily accessible for everyone.
There may be exceptions to this rule. For instance, one of my girlfriend’s lives in New Zealand, if we decide to travel to the UK, her travel is going to be significantly further than mine. It doesn’t mean we can’t go to the UK, but it does mean that I should acknowledge the difference in travel (and likely in airfare). Make sure your friend is ok with the additional time and money involved.
Why is budget so important when planning for a girlfriend getaway?
Budget is an important topic for many reasons when it comes to vacation. But it is even more important when traveling with others, especially close friends. Money can be a sore spot for some and any possible conflicts around it should be worked out in advance.
Not all friends are in the same place financially. This always reminds me of an episode of Friends. If you are a xennial, you will likely remember the episode known as “The One with 5 Steaks and an Eggplant.” In this episode, 3 of the friends who make more money than the other 3 never consider this disparity when they select restaurants for their friend outings.
This is just one of the many examples for why it is important to have budget conversations in advance. Have your conversation with friends regarding your girlfriend getaway before making any purchases.
Make sure you also take the budget under consideration once you arrive. If you are not staying at an all-inclusive resort, it is important to understand the budget that one another is working with. For instance, if you only have $500 to spend on food and drinks, it is important to share this with your friends prior to arrival. If they are your true friends, this shouldn’t matter, and they will work within your budget to find things that appeal to all of you.
The list of the 5 most amazing girlfriend getaway ideas for 2021
#5 Greece – Best for history mixed with relaxation.
If you and your girlfriend are suckers for history and also enjoy beautiful beaches and amazing food, then Greece may be the perfect spot for your girlfriend getaway. You will want to take at least a week so you can spend a few days exploring the history of our modern world in Athens. While in Athens, be sure to enjoy as much of the local cuisine as possible, the Mediterranean diet is a worldwide craze for a reason!
After taking in the history of the city, take some time to rejuvenate by visiting one or two of the famous Greek Isles. It may be tough to choose which ones to visit, they are all beautiful beyond words, so it is best to determine which vibe you are going for. If laid back beach vacation is your thing, Skiathos may be for you.
If you are still trying to eat your way through the country, Sifnos, an island for foodies may be your jam. Check out this list by Conde Nast to help you choose the right islands for your girlfriend’s getaway.
#4 Tulum – Best for laid back buddies.
Tulum is located on the Yucatan Peninsula on Mexico’s Caribbean coast. Like most Mexico tourist hotspots, it is beautiful and boasts tons of amenities. But you may be wondering, what makes Tulum different from some of the other popular destinations in Mexico?
Tulum is the perfect mix of great beaches, rich history, laid back vibes and nightlife. If you want to relax, enjoy great food, tropical scenery and do some yoga, Tulum may just be the place for your girlfriend’s getaway in 2021.
If you are looking for the perfect place to stay while in Tulum, consider one of the many private vacation rental options such as Privé Luxury Rentals. One of the several Tulum properties managed by Privé is MOMA Tulum.
You can book individual stays, or even better, for a girlfriend getaway, check out their group experiences. These feature highlights such as private culinary experiences, private curated experiences at secret locations, wellness activities, private transportation and even dedicated private transportation, videographers and photographers.
#3 St. Croix, USVI – Best for last minute getaways with no passport needed.
Perfect beach for a girlfriend getaway located in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands.
Christiansted and Fredericksted are the main cities on the island of St. Croix and are often referred to as the Twin Cities. As a US Territory, St. Croix is an easy getaway for you and your girlfriends, no passport required.
The Caribbean culture and eclectic mix of local cuisine makes you feel as though you are traveling internationally but the ease and cost tells you otherwise. St. Croix is among the top inexpensive Caribbean islands to visit, both for the cost to get there and the cost once you arrive.
The variety of experiences from adventure in the rain forest to yoga retreats and spa treatments on the beach offers appeal for all types of travelers. Whether you love the excitement of activities such as ATVing in a tropical rainforest or prefer the laid-back beach life, St. Croix will tick all of the boxes for everyone in your group.
#2 Pacific Harbour Fiji – best for luxury travelers
Enjoy some luxury and have an adventure in Fiji. Pacific Harbour is located on the main island of Fiji and is known by some as the adventure capital of Fiji. It is located about 2.5 hours by car from Nadi International Airport and about an hour from Suva where there is a smaller airport.
Pacific Harbour is home to luxury five-star resorts such as the Nanuku Auberge Resort, part of the luxury Auberge Resorts Collection. The resort has its own private airstrip so if you plan correctly, that 2.5-hour drive becomes a quick 20-minute flight.
Want the ultimate girlfriend getaway? If you are flying Fiji Airways from the United States to New Zealand, you will likely have a layover in Nadi both ways. So, why not extend the layover and take advantage of a little extra time in Fiji on your way to New Zealand?
Pacific Harbour is referred to as the adventure capital of Fiji so if relaxing isn’t your thing, no worries. Enjoy adventures such as a day trip to a private island for snorkeling and adventure, zip lining or even shark diving.
Whatever your style, Fiji will welcome you with open arms. The Fijians are known to be among the friendliest people in the world, you will feel it the moment you arrive and will never forget it.
#1 New Zealand’s South Island- Best for wine lovers and adventurers.
If you have ever seen the Lord of the Rings, you have seen how amazing New Zealand is. There truly are no words to describe the beauty of this country. For many it is a top bucket list vacation so why not share that with your favorite ladies?
New Zealand is also a wine lovers paradise. The northern portion of the South Island is home to many world-renowned wineries. The Marlborough Sounds and the Nelson area in particular are favorites for wine travelers. If you are looking for a truly authentic and once in a lifetime experience, consider booking the Heli Gourmet Dining Experience (pictured above) or the Heli Wine Experience with Tazman Helicopters. Dining atop a mountain, taking wine tours in a private helicopter, it truly is another level of luxury, at a surprisingly affordable price point.
It is About the Journey, not the Destination.
Whichever destination you choose, sharing travel experiences with your favorite ladies will be memories you hold onto forever. Don’t worry about making things perfect because the time spent together will take the lead in the minds of you and your girlfriends. The location will take 2nd place to the memories and laughs you will talk about for years to come.
If you need more inspiration, head over to the Xennial Traveler for ideas, inspiration and travel tools and recommendations for your girlfriend getaway.