One of the greatest joys in life is hanging out with your girlfriends. And while you can always meet in town, there’s real magic in hitting the road. Especially over the summer! Here’s our list of 11 of the best luxury destinations, and tips on where to go for a luxurious girls trip vacation with your best friends this year.
what are the best places to go for a luxury girls trip?
There’s something special about girlfriends. Friendships often take a backseat to romantic partners and families, but they are the shoulders to cry on during hardships and the ones to call when it’s time to celebrate life’s happy moments. In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re updating our 2020 ultimate girl’s trip list. We’ve compiled a list of fresh ideas while including some of our old-time favorite spots to let loose, laugh, cry, and honor all that friendship has to offer.
11 luxury destinations best for a girls trip with best friends this year
1. Mayflower Inn in Washington, Connecticut
Approximately 1.5 hours from New York City, this intimate country retreat will transport you and the girls to an English country manor. Celerie Kemble recently redecorated the five-star resort in a colorful yet comforting style. We wanted to steal all her ideas for our own home. Acclaimed James Beard Award-winning chef April Bloomfield runs the rustic, farm-fresh restaurant, so stay on the property for brunch and dinner. The luxurious spa features a pool, therapeutic treatments using East-meets-West healing practices, and daily movement classes. On the grounds, there is ample room to explore the gardens, play a game of tennis, and even row around the private pond.
2. The Vanderbilt in Newport, Rhode Island
This vintage gilded age mansion has been meticulously restored to its former glory, just minutes from the charming waterfront. The vibe is modern and sophisticated, with amenities like indoor and outdoor pools, a spa, a restaurant, and a rooftop bar. The jewel in the crown is the Garden Terrace, the perfect place for lounging (and a gossip session.) As part of the Auberge Resort collection, enjoy guided tours of an oyster farm, a scrimshaw workshop, and Newport’s opulent mansions.
3. Wild Flower Farms in Catskills, New York
Escape the city at the Wild Flower Farms, part of Auberge Resorts. Just 90 minutes outside of New York City, Wild Flower Farms is the perfect place for a calm group retreat with activities like sound baths, vineyards, gorgeous hikes, wellness classes, and much more. Kick back, relax, and enjoy the sounds and scents of nature in cabins designed to connect you with Mother Earth.
4. The Cloister at Sea Island in Sea Island, Georgia
Can it get any more luxurious than staying on a private island? The resort is set on 50 lush acres, surrounded by the river, saltwater marshes, and the sea, with five miles of secluded coastline to discover. The rooms are appointed in a sophisticated coastal style with hints of Spanish Mediterranean detailing. There’s something for everyone here, from exploring the island’s abundant natural wonders or restoring your mind and body at the Forbes Five Star spa.
5. The Sanctuary in Kiawah Island, South Carolina
Get a taste of the south at The Sanctuary, a gorgeous South Carolina oasis on Kiawah Island. The hotel will have you feeling like you’ve been transported back in time to a seaside mansion created for a look and feel like it has been around for centuries. The lobby alone screams elegant yet approachable, with grand spaces and southern decor highlighted by antiques. With multiple suites offering oceanfront views, a spa, indoor and outdoor pools, and in-room dining, there’s no shortage of relaxation at The Sanctuary.
6. Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tennessee
Gather round and watch the sunrise over the Great Smokey Mountains with your girlfriends as you spend time in a tranquil mountain haven, Blackberry Farms. While nature alone is enough to bring a group here, Blackberry Farms is ideal for your female foodie friends, with culinary offerings like wine and whiskey tastings and a cooking demonstration. They offer a neverending list of activities like horseback riding, fly fishing, cycling, carriage rides, and much more. This girl’s trip is packed with adventure, experiences, and memories that’ll last a lifetime.
7. Klammer Lodge in Telluride, Colorado
Mountain mamas, the Fairmont Heritage Place, Franz Klammer Lodge in Telluride is calling your name! Whether hitting the slopes this winter or exploring all that nature offers over the summer, you will want to stay after tasting the fresh mountain air. The lodge offers many complimentary services, including ski valet, airport transportation, cocktail hours, and more. Remember to head to the Himmel Spa, where you can pamper yourself after a day on the mountain.
8. Amangiri in Canyon Point, Utah
Aman’s desert oasis Amangiri, encapsulates the wild west, with over 900 cafes of the vast and majestic Colorado Plateau. In a landscape like no other, canyons, mesas, ridges, and gorges will be the backdrop as you sink into the suites, villas, and pavilions a stone’s throw away from Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park. Soak it all in at the therapeutic spa, order wood-fired oven foods from Amangiri Restaurant, book a private air tour, or wake up with some yoga overlooking lake Powell.
9. Ojai Valley Inn in Ojai, California
West Coast gals can revel in the California sun at the Ojai Valley Inn. Under two hours from Los Angeles, the Ojai Valley Inn offers wine tastings, a spa, fine dining experiences, and more. If you visit in the spring, be prepared to take photos of the stunning wildflowers in bloom (thanks to the winter’s rain)—the perfect photo opportunity for the girls.
10. Alila in Napa Valley, California
Did someone say Napa Valley? Count us in! Head to Alila in Napa Valley and wine down with a glass of wine. Enjoy sweeping views of the vineyards from your balcony in this standout destination located in the heart of Napa. If you need a break from the wine, book a spa day at their wellness center that provides a local experience with soothing treatments drawn straight from Napa’s soil.
11. Terranea in Palos Verdes, California
The ultimate California coast experience, Terranea sits on top of 102 awe-inspiring acres of ocean setting, combining panoramic views, premium service, and calming energy. Picture a gathering with the girls featuring sunsets over the horizon, luxury villas and bungalows, award-winning golf, swimming pools, boutiques, and land and sea adventures – including whale and dolphin watching.
best luxury destinations and places to go for a luxury girls trip
There you have it! Our picks for the best luxury destinations, and tips on where to go for a luxurious girls trip vacation with your best friends this year. 10- drool worthy destinations perfect for your next girls trip. Ready to hit the road, dear reader?