Have you and your girlfriends ever sat around over Sunday afternoon wines and chatted dreamily about booking a luxe getaway together? No partners, no kids, no stress?
Whether you’re looking to rent an entire villa with the whole crew or escape the daily grind with your BFF, it’s time to pack your bags, because we’ve found the best resorts for some quality girl time.
In these nirvanas, your only worry is whether to spend your day lounging poolside with a cocktail in hand, trekking through virgin rainforest, taking cooking lessons with the locals, snorkelling world-class coral reefs or indulging in spa treatments by your private therapist.
Muri Beach Club Hotel
Hidden in a turquoise haven on Rarotonga, the largest island in the Cook Islands, Muri Beach Club Hotel is an intimate, 30-room hotel reserved for guests 18 years and over.
The modern, adults-only hotel is ideally situated on the sandy shores of the region’s most picturesque beachfront, Muri Lagoon, in a relatively undiscovered pocket that provides the ideal setting to kick back and spend quality time with your girlfriends.
The hotel boasts all the amenities you need for a relaxing holiday, including spacious, well-appointed rooms; the island’s largest swimming pool that is encircled by day beds and sun loungers; an onsite restaurant and bar; a spa; and an aqua centre.
For those who don’t mind a sneaky afternoon beverage, the Lagoon Lounge is the perfect place to savour a delicious cocktail… and then there’s the famous Rarotonga pub crawl!
If you’re in the mood for some pampering, the hotel’s spa is home to internationally-trained staff who take you on a journey that revitalises mind, body and soul including facials, pedicures, body treatments, waxing and skin care.
For a truly memorable experience, the hotel’s award-winning team can help you plan a host of activities and tours, based on your personal preferences, including a storyteller’s eco-cycle tour, sailing trip, lagoon cruise or a cultural village tour.
Muri Lagoon’s location on the doorstep of Rarotonga’s aquatic playground gives you the opportunity to weave more activity into your holiday, with a range of water sports such as kayaking, windsurfing, scuba diving, world-class snorkelling right in front of the hotel, blissful walks along the shore and refreshing swims in the glistening waters of Muri Lagoon first thing each morning.
Soneva Kiri is located a 90-minute flight from Bangkok on Thailand’s least populated island, Koh Kood, which encapsulates the country as it was decades ago – untamed jungle, pristine beaches, and fisherman going about their business. Ancient Siam at peace with itself.
Because of this remoteness, Koh Kood’s natural attractions are unspoiled and some of the most beautiful in the country. Home to endless beaches; stunning waterfalls dotted around the centre of the island; and ancient tropical rainforests, it is a natural wonderland and the perfect destination for activities such as snorkelling, diving, hiking and exploring deserted coastlines.
Your Soneva Kiri experience includes expansive villas with stunning infinity pools, impossibly chic furnishings, and personal electric buggies, as well as impeccable service courtesy of your private Mr of Ms Friday private butler.
At Soneva Kiri you and your ladies can enjoy Cinema Paradiso – a nightly film screening in an open-air, jungle cinema built over a rainwater reservoir; the famous Benz’ mangrove restaurant; Treepod Dining Pod; observatory; and dedicated chocolate and ice cream parlours!
Is your girl group made up of an eclectic mix of adventure-seekers, yogis and cocktail connoisseurs? Nihi Sumba – an eco-luxury resort on the Indonesian island of Sumba – is the resort for you.
Voted the #1 hotel in the world (in all categories!) by Travel & Leisure for two years in a row, the resort combines every kind of travel experience you could possibly desire – from relaxing to action-packed or culture-infused – and the outcome is intoxicating.
Book one of the incredible four-bedroom villas and enjoy sweeping beachfront panoramas, a private plunge pool, outdoor dining area, personal bonfire, and luxurious architecture and furnishings.
Spend your days doing meditating as the sun rises, doing yoga , surfing (or learning to surf) one of the best and most exclusive breaks in the world, trekking through waterfalls and rice paddies to an indulgent spa perched atop a cliff, wandering through sloping organic gardens, or soaking in your outdoor tub as the sun lingers on the horizon.
The resort prides itself on building itineraries that transcend a traditional vacation experience and fostering creativity and passion in its guests by helping them unplug from their hyper-connected lives and reconnect with earth and community. Each experience is custom-fit for each guest.
The days are yours, let Nihi Sumba help you design your adventure.
Àni Private Resorts
Àni Private Resorts is the world’s first collection of private resorts and promises the ultimate group vacation experience. With stunning, sprawling estates in four countries – Sri Lanka, Thailand, the Dominican Republic and Anguilla – this is where to look if you’re planning an exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime trip with your closest girlfriends.
All Àni properties offer the privacy of a villa combined with the facilities, staff and service of a five-star resort. Imagine your own private beach, butler, spa, chef and gourmet menus, mixologist-curated bars, indulgent spa treatments and other decadent surprises at no extra charge.
It’s incredibly hard to choose between Àni’s beautiful offerings because they’re all on par in terms of luxurious accommodation, so it really comes down to the type of scenery you prefer.
Sitting atop a bluff and dominating its own stretch of white sand beach, Àni Sri Lanka commands a panoramic view of brilliant blue waters rolling in among headlands, reefs, and sandbars. Meanwhile, perched high on the cliffs of Anguilla – a charming island known for its warm people, remarkable dining scene, incredibly white sand and crystal-clear blue waters – Àni Anguilla is a short golf cart’s drive to three neighbouring beaches.
Àni Dominican Republic estate sits on its own peninsula and boasts 270-degrees ocean views, including dramatic coves, beaches, and mountains in the distance; while Àni Thailand is nestled between limestone karst formations and offers a true escape and magical Southeast Asian experience on the serene island of Koh Yao Noi.