Girlfriend Getaways

Who doesn’t love a girls’ trip? A fun getaway with a group of your girlfriends is the perfect way to get together and reconnect, whether you all live in cities across the country or in the same neighborhood. Hey, even guys love a girls’ trip! For those who are left at home, it means more time in control of the remote; for those in the visited destinations, it simply means more odds of meeting someone special (at least temporarily so). After visiting countless hotels and resorts all over the world, we’ve seen quite a few that are suited for that precious — and always entertaining — time spent with girlfriends. No matter if your gang likes to shop till you drop or roast marshmallows while camping, we’ve rounded up nine hotels that will suit your style.

For Relaxing at the Spa: Travaasa Austin

Spa Austin

Travaasa Austin is set on its own nature preserve on a hilltop amid forested canyons, 20 miles west of downtown Austin. Its 72 rooms are housed in seven buildings built on three different levels, with correspondingly different views from their balconies. Hiking trails, an infinity-edge pool enclosed by a wooden deck, a luxurious spa, and a restaurant with panoramic views are just some of the amenities providing inspiration and relaxation for visitors. The tranquil spa has a sauna and hot tub and uses only organic, bioenergetic products for personal treatments. The farm-to-face pumpkin facial and lavender vanilla hand treatment are just a few unique options they offer. You and your girlfriends will easily relax and decompress in this setting — and if you’re combining a little relaxation with a bachelorette party, Austin has quickly become one of the most popular spots in the U.S. for pre-nuptial soirees.

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Pool at the Huntington Hotel

The spa at the Huntington Hotel includes a beautiful pool

We could all use a weekend of senseless pampering from time to time, but finding a reasonably priced hotel that offers great spa facilities can be hard to come by. Below is a list of wallet-friendly hotels that have standout spas and are sure to be a hit with your girlfriends. And there’s something for everyone – from casino hotels on the Las Vegas Strip to urban retreats in New York City.

Vdara Hotel & Spa, Las Vegas

Las Vegas’ upscale City Center is a complex of hotels and shops that opened in December 2009, and its all-suite Vdara Hotel & Spa is a great option for a classy escape, removed from the casinos and gaudy lights of the nearby Strip. Spread out over two floors of this brand new hotel is a gorgeous spa outfitted in dark woods and fresh orchids, plus a small champagne bar for sipping some bubbly. Each locker room has a sauna, eucalyptus steam room, and hot plunge pools. Besides top-notch pampering, the hotel also has a bar, restaurant, pool and lounge, and shopping mall to explore.

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The Huntington Hotel is home to one of San Francisco's top spas.

The Huntington Hotel in Nob Hill is home to one of San Francisco's top spas.

If you’re planning a trip to San Francisco with the girls, Oyster is here to help. We’ve scoped out some of the best activities in the city to enjoy with your female friends, from a decadent Sunday brunch at the Palace Hotel to live Jazz and panoramic views at Top of the Mark at the Intercontinental Mark Hopkins. Read More »

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