Whether it's a group of young ladies celebrating a sweet 16, bachelorettes giving their favorite bride one last fling as a single, or moms and daughters simply bonding over poker lessons and pilates, Valarie D'Elia of travelwithval.com lists locations sure to please everyone in your party:
A survey last year by AAA found that 24 percent of American women have taken a girlfriend getaway in the past three years, and 39 percent plan to do one in the next three years. With everyone's lives becoming more complicated, women are getting their friends,sisters and mothers together as a way to let go and reconnect in a fun, trusting environment. From the Nation's Capitol, to Mexico's Pacific Coast, and the Rocky Mountains to the Texas Lake Country, women who want to travel together can find a variety of Girlfriend Getaways from which to choose.
A fairytale dreamThe "Cindi And The City" girlfriend getaway package is perfect for sweet sixteens, twenty-somethings or the not-so-evil stepsisters who never want to turn into pumpkins — and still dream of meeting their prince.This special package offered at Washington D.C.'s landmark Willard Intercontinental is inspired by the upcoming performance of the Washington Ballet's Cinderella at the ornate Warner Theatre.Offered exclusively in conjunction with the ballet May 9-10, 2008, the package remains available without the ballet element through the end of the year for more than a $1000 less, based on four in a suite. The package includes:
- Town Car transfers from Union Station or Washington National Airport
- Greeting from the Willard's "Courtly Footman" concierge and weekend coordinator
- Accommodation in an opulent suite where glass slippers, delicate tea sandwiches and a specialty "Cindi" cocktail await
- 30-minute aromatherapy massages completed by a dusting of 24-karat gold powder, done in-suite by therapists from the luxurious I Spa at the Willard
- The Tiny Jewel Box will come to the "Cindis'" suite with a select offering of real jewelry for the magical evening out
- Horse Drawn Carriage conveyance to the ornate Warner Theatre
- A behind the scenes, backstage tour and premium orchestra seats for The Washington Ballet's Cinderella
- Limousine pick-up from theatre with gourmet picnic dinner basket and champagne and tour of the national monuments at night
- Limousine drop off at Washington DC's newest hot nightspot, The Park at Fourteenth, with VIP entry and limousine pick up after dancing the night away!
Details: For the May 9-10th period, the package price is $799 per person based on a two person occupancy, add $560 for each additional person up to four people in suite, for additional night add $175 per person. Rates drop to $622 per person double occupancy for the first two guests and $205 for each additional person up to four in a suite, without the ballet tickets/carriage ride/backstage tour.Package is based on availability and can be booked at 202-628-9100 or online at Bridal bootcampTake your bachelorette party to Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico with Grand Velas All Suites & Spa Resort's Bridal Bootcamp Series. The combination of Mexico's pacific coast, a AAA Five Diamond luxury resort and a fun-filled Bridal Boot Camp Getaway makes for an ideal pre-wedding vacation.The Boot Camps combine all meals, access to all resort amenities and private fitness lessons in yoga, Pilates and more to get you and your bridal party in mental and physical shape for the big day.Women participating in The Grand Velas Boot Camp will be treated to a private outdoor dinner, a city and shopping tour of downtown Puerto Vallarta just 16 miles away, and beauty and relaxation treatments at Grand Velas' Leading Spa of the World. On top of all the pumping and pampering, Grand Velas Boot Camp includes special wedding accessories, such as a bridal planner, wristlet with photo, mini-jewelry travel case, "Future Mrs." T-shirt, and personalized beach bag.Details: The four-day/three-night Grand Velas Boot Camp package starts at $12,670 USD, plus 15 percent tax and offers accommodations in an ocean-view Parlor or Master suite for up to five in the party. All packages are available from May through November 2008. For more information or reservations, call 1-877-398-2784 or visit www.grandvelas.com.High Aspen-rationsAspen in the warmer months was practically created for mild to wild getaways for women of all ages, with soft, medium and hard adventure, including hiking on an extensive trail system, fly fishing, horseback riding, mountain biking, rock climbing, golf, and paragliding. No matter what the season, Aspen offers dining in more than 80 restaurants; shopping in 250 boutiques and galleries; art and historical museums, cultural activities, and special interest classes.The beauty of Aspen is that it can fit into your budget no matter what you want to spend.If you are trying to cut corners, you can score last minute lodging deals online at www.stayaspensnowmass.comor take advantage of advanced booking all inclusive packages such as the following:Package includes guest room accommodations for two nights, choice of adventure activity with Blazing Adventures for two (Sunset Dinner Tour, Bicycle Tour, 4 Wheel Drive Excursion, Wilderness Hiking Excursion, or 1/2 Day River Rafting Adventure). Breakfast daily for two.Details: Two-night minimum required and 10-day advance purchase. Rates are subject to space availability. Taxes and gratuities not included. Pricing starts at $305 per night.Treat your closetAspen, Colorado is the Beverly Hills' Rodeo Drive of Colorado. The St. Regis offers a unique visit that incorporates an elegant stay in Aspen along with a personalized shopping spree in this three-day package for two.You will be flown to Aspen on first class tickets within the continental U.S. where you will be met by your chauffeur. At the hotel, you will be greeted by your personalized butler and your weekend shopping host. Your butler will have arranged appointments for private showings in Aspen's premier designer shops such as Prada, Gucci, and other luxury boutiques, based on availability and date. At each specialty store, you will be offered Cognac or other special refreshments while your choices are modeled in front of your eyes.
At the end of each day you will experience special spa treatments at the exclusive, destination spa, Remede. This would include your choice of two spa treatments per person per day for two days. The first night you will be picked up by your chauffeur and taken to dinner and entertainment.Details: Total Cost is $9,650 for two. For more information, www.aspenchamber.org
Perfect your Poker faceFrom the Rocky Mountains to the Highland Lakes of Texas, moms and daughters can settle into the Lake Austin Spa Resort in Central Texas' legendary hill country for an exclusive lesson in Texas Hold'em poker on Wednesday nights.
With special tournaments developed exclusively for women on the World Poker Tour this year, Hold'em is gaining popularity with female players who enjoy the strategy that goes into the card game. Not only sharing community cards on the poker table, guests at Lake Austin will celebrate one of the strongest bonds women can share on a Mother/Daughter vacation. Details: When a mother pays the private rate on a three-night or longer Refresher Package, her daughter stays with her for 50% off. Mom's rate would be $2035 and daughter pays $1017.50 in a signature room. The three-night Refresher package includes accommodations, three healthful gourmet meals daily, unlimited fitness activities and discovery programs as well as a $290 spa and fitness allowance per person in the resort's 25,000-square foot Lake House Spa. Fitness activities include kayaking on Lake Austin, hiking, yoga, Pilates, Spinning, dance classes, boat cruises, Hydro-biking and more. For more information, visit www.lakeaustin.com
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