Celebrate your best gal-friends on Galentine’s Day, February 13th, with these getaways
From sipping refreshing cocktails at a beachfront infinity pool in Panama to taking selfies on the famous swinging Queen Emma Bridge in colorful Curaçao, consider these getaways in the Caribbean, Latin America, and the U.S., that will give #SquadGoals a whole new meaning and are perfect for a last minute weekend getaway.
Panama City, Panama
Westin Playa Bonita Panama
A tropical, beachfront oasis just minutes from bustling Panama City, The Westin Playa Bonita Panama is the perfect home-base for female travelers looking to explore one of Latin America’s most thriving, cosmopolitan destinations while immersing themselves in the country’s rich history and local culture. Located on a mile stretch of private Pacific coastline, the resort features sweeping oceanfront infinity pools, guest rooms and suites with views of ships waiting to enter the Panama Canal, a handful of international dining options and a Sensory Spa by Clarins where guests can pamper themselves after a day of exploring the beach, city and rainforest (all within the same city limits!). From bar and restaurant hopping in the metropolitan capital, to strolling the cobblestone streets of Casco Viejo to rubbing elbows with monkeys and sloths in the tropical rainforest — girlfriends visiting Panama City can expect days filled with environmental and cultural exploration and hot nights on the town that go into the wee hours of the morning.
Papagayo Beach Resort
When the girls are in need of a little R&R, look no further than Willemstad, a vibrant and bustling city in the heart of Curaçao. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the capital of Curaçao, a Dutch Caribbean island with more than 35 cove-like beaches, magnificent clear-blue waters, and unique colonial architecture. Thanks to its colorful pastel buildings and iconic Handleskade backdrop, Willemstad feels like a slice of Europe in the Caribbean and wiGirlll give #squadgoals a whole new meaning when your friends take a signature photo on the swinging Queen Emma Bridge. Girl groups can get lost in the city’s beauty, explore Pietermaai (the trendy area similar to Miami’s Wynwood), pop into Serena’s Art Factory (home of the famous ChiChi dolls), grab a bite to eat at an old governor’s mansion, shop along the old cobblestone streets and party with live Caribbean entertainment – all working together to create the perfect setting for an awesome Galentine’s Day getaway. When the day is done, retreat to Papagayo Beach Resort, the ultimate retreat featuring chic European flair, modern decor and trendy Caribbean touches. For a night out, head to Papagayo Beach Club, a island nightlife hotspot, featuring sleek lounge areas and a live DJ.
JW Marriott EL Convento Cusco
Appealing to all variety of travelers – from the history buff to the thrill-seeker, Cusco has something for the entire girl squad to enjoy. From indulging in delicious cuisine including anticuchos and fresh ceviche to visiting Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, gal-friends will cross-off a bucket list destination this Galentine’s Day. After a day of exploring, girlfriends should retreat to The JW Marriott El Convento Cusco, the ideal home-base for girlfriends to get some much needed R&R while losing themselves in the region’s history. A former 16th century convent turned five-star hotel, this incredible property located in the heart of the ancient Inca empire preserves an amazing amount of the site’s history and culture. With pre-Inca walls in some of the guest rooms, archeological ruins on site, and other historical elements built into the hotel’s design, the five-star property offers guests a rich dose of Cusco’s colorful culture and history before they even set foot outside. Gals will have their Instagram on fleek at Qespi, the on-site restaurant offering a culture-to-table approach throughout most of their menu that pays homage to the region’s native ingredients with modern twists on traditional Peruvian dishes and cocktails.
Marriott Stanton South Beach
Miami Beach, Florida
It’s time to strut your stuff with your girl squad as you take over Miami’s hottest spots this Galentine’s Day. Make your home base the Marriott Stanton South Beach, and you’ll be near all the city action. As one of the only hotels perched directly on the sands of Ocean Drive — within walking distance of South of Fifth’s best nightlife, boutiques and restaurants — the Stanton is the ideal jumping off point for a Miami-style rendezvous. Think: exploring Wynwood’s art scene and sipping craft cocktails at Bardot lounge… Or getting your shopping fix at the always buzzing Lincoln Road. Plus with a new fitness center and spa on-property, once the party is over you can retreat back for some well-deserved R&R… group facials anyone? Or maybe beach yoga, your choice! Let’s not forget the newly-opened Azabu Miami Beach, serving the best Japanese cuisine in SoBe. Top off the night with your girls by toasting to your love for each other while enjoying delectable entrees.
Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa
Arenal, Costa Rica
Grab your single ladies and go completely off the grid for the ultimate Galentine’s Day getaway at TabacónThermal Resort & Spa. Enveloped by a maze of endless green dotted with colorful, exotic flora, the five-star resort is spread across 900 acres of lush rainforest reserve near the base of Costa Rica’s Arenal Volcano, with thermal springs and cascading waterfalls naturally heated by the volcano’s magma and outdoor spa bungalows where treatments are rendered the sounds of rushing steams and local wildlife. The first thing female travelers will want to do is slip into their plush bathrobes and head straight to the thermal mineral springs with a cocktail in hand or visit the spa for an unforgettable treatment rendered in outdoor bungalows tucked away among the trees, gardens and natural hot springs. Feeling a little adventurous? Costa Rica’s got everyone covered. Whether it’s horseback riding, hanging bridges, ziplining or stand up paddle boarding in Arenal Lake, Tabacon will have this girls’ trip feeling more liberating than ever.
Cle Elum, WA
Kittens grab your mittens and spend this Galentine’s Day surrounded by Washington State’s stunning Cascade Mountains with your best gal pals at Suncadia Resort, A Destination Hotel, located just 80 miles east of Seattle. What do ladies love more than spa and wine? Your squad won’t want to miss the Glade Spring Spa’s Wine & Wilderness package – combining the best in spirits and nature, starting with a Chardonnay Sugar Scrub, followed by a 50-minute Red Mountain Massage, and capping it off with a Wine Crush Mani & Pedi. If your crew loves the great outdoors, strap on some snowshoes or cross-country skis and head out along the 40 miles of trails through the wooded wilderness where you may encounter herd of deer and elk passing through. Then come back to your room or shared luxury vacation home for a cozy night in of hot toddies and more girl bonding time around the fireplace.
W Punta de Mita
Riviera Nayarit, Mexico
The chicest beach resort to make a splash on Mexico’s coveted Riviera Nayarit, W Punta de Mita is the perfect place to spend Galentine’s Day sunbathing, shopping and learning to surf with your girls. The new property is home to one of Mexico’s best surf breaks and features an edgy and sophisticated design inspired by the area’s local surf culture, with touches like beds that have headboards made of surfboards and private patios with surf-inspired wall art. After practicing your paddle with pros from the resort’s WAVE Surf Shop, grab a stool at Chevicheria — a 1950’s Chevy truck that’s been converted to a beach bar where you can enjoy made-to-order ceviche with your toes in the sand, delicious craft cocktails, and palm trees overhead. And because no girls trip is complete without a little shopping, head over to the charming fishing and surfing village of Sayulita to browse through local boutiques such as Revulción del Sueño, where you can shop the look found in your guest room with artwork and home decor handmade by local artisans.
JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa
Ladies can get together with their girlfriends this Galentine’s day for the ultimate girls getaway with the Girls Just Wanna Have Sun package at the JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa, situated on an exclusive stretch of white sand beach and bright blue Mexican-Caribbean. Have friends in different cities? No problem – Cancun is the most accessible getaway with most major US cities offering nonstop flights and the property is a short 15 minute drive from CUN International airport. Upon arrival, gals can toast to their stay in paradise with welcome margaritas, before heading to the Instagram-perfect infinity pool and reminiscing on years of friendship in their own private Bali daybed. For some after-sun detox and relaxation, ladies can head to the 35,000 square foot Mayan-inspired JW Spa with $150 credit and then retox with cocktails and authentic dining girls love – like Italian, Thai, sushi and beyond. For more information: Visit Here. (Use promo code GGK. Book by April 4th, 2018 for stays through April 9th, 2018.)