It’s getting chilly out there, so where can you go with your girlfriends this season? Well, it depends on if you want to get go skiing or swimming. Here are a list of some great options.
Sunset Watch Villa, British Virgin Islands
Your girlfriends will love you for finding this incerdible villa in the Caribbean. Sunset Watch Villa, on the island of Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) is a piece of paradise perfect for a group of up to eight friends. You can order everything your heart desires from the villa manager when you book your stay, and your villa will be stocked to order when you arrive. From a private yacht to vintage wine—the staff can make it happen. For a truly remarkable dining experience, visit owner Giorgio Paradisi’s restaurant just down the road from the villa. He serves the best Italian cuisine available anywhere in the Caribbean. Sir Richard Branson owns two islands in the BVI, so you might catch a glimpse of him, his private jet, or his staff when you land at the airport and walk to the dock. Look for the big white jet with an eyeball on the tail, or the good-looking guys all in white in the sexy speedboat.
- WHAT: Sunset Watch Villa
- WHERE: Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands
- HOW: Fly to Tortola, British Virgin Islands. The villa staff can organize ferry transport and set up a rental car for you.
- PHONE: 888-734-8890
The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, Mexico
Say, “Hola” to paradise. About 30 miles north of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, is a little pocket of heaven the locals call Punta Mita. The name means “gateway to paradise” and when you and your girlfriends take that turn off the main road, you will see why. It’s known as an exclusive escape for celebrities, world leaders, and discerning travelers. For the ultimate experience in luxury, stay in the 3,100-square-foot presidential suite at The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort. For a few days of bliss, you will enjoy luxurious seaside living in a grand villa surrounded by art and comfort. Of course you’ll get your own butler service and a Champagne welcome. Definitely request the front table of Carolina, the resort’s fine dining restaurant. This table offers elevated views of the resort, beach, ocean, and breathtaking sunsets. Ladies, the spa offers a signature treatment called Ocean Pearl Body Indulgence that you don’t want to miss. Your sea-inspired journey begins with an exfoliation of micro-pearls followed by a white pearl body mask, and a facial made of luxurious black pearls. Then, you’ll be blissfully basted in a lustrous pearl cream. Yum. Girlfriend Golfers will love the two signature Jack Nicklaus golf courses.
- WHAT: St. Regis Resort
- WHERE: The property is 26 miles north of Puerto Vallarta in Riviera Nayarit, a gated peninsula.
- HOW: Fly into Puerto Vallarta International Airport and St. Regis can organize a driver for you. Do this prior to your departure.
- PHONE: 877-250-8871
The Boulders Resort, Scottsdale, Arizona
Seaplanes in the desert? You bet! The Boulders Resort is a nature lover’s wonderland with an abundance of wildlife, including chuckwallas, jackrabbits, quail, and coyotes--native critters that make their homes in this pristine desert landscape. Don your favorite sundress and enjoy the beauty of the high Sonoran Desert at this world-class resort, which offers two championship golf courses and a 33,000 square foot Golden Door® Spa. Then hit the skies and make a water landing escorted by the resort’s aquatic partner, Desert Splash Seaplane Adventures. You will take flight overlooking some of Arizona’s most stunning landscapes before taking an exciting plunge onto Roosevelt Lake. Extraordinary views include the golden canyons of Saguaro Lake, Canyon Lake, Apache Lake, Roosevelt Lake, Haystack Island, and the lime cliffs of the “Painted Desert.” Ask about the Sunday brunch special adventure—you and your girlfriends will dine at a remote island reachable only by seaplane.
- WHAT: The Boulders Resort
- WHERE: Scottsdale, Arizona
- HOW: Fly into Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Guests can either rent a car or private driver service can be provided through the hotel.
- PHONE: 480-488-9009
Four Seasons Resort Vail, Colorado
Fur coats? Check! Big sunglasses? Check! Ski concierge? Check! Make that a full-service concierge team to help you and your friends with your ski gear; we all need one, don’t we? When you check into the Four Season Resort, you can be fitted for boots and skis by a Gorsuch boot fitter. Your size information is then sent to the ski concierge building, where your boots and skis will be selected and placed in a locker corresponding to your room number. These state-of-the-art lockers, imported from Switzerland, have a system that air-dries boots and gear. When you arrive at the ski concierge, your pre-fitted boots and skis will be waiting, boots warmed and skis expertly waxed and tuned for the day’s expected ski conditions. Knowing how to ski, however, is up to you and your girlfriends, although you can always take lessons.
- WHAT: Four Seasons Resort Vail
- WHERE: Vail, Colorado
- HOW: Fly into Denver International Airport and the resort can organize a driver for you.
- PHONE: 970-477-8600
PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn, Lake Tahoe
At PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn you and your ladies can be among the first to ski fresh tracks, with exclusive dawn patrol access, joined by World Champion and former U.S. Ski Team member Curtis Tischler, at nearby Squaw Valley U.S.A. Curtis will give you a super-exclusive and exhilarating experience on the mountain. During your “tour-de-snow,” pick his brain for insider information about the area (he is a lifelong Tahoe local), the sport, and the Olympics. After a thrilling day on the slopes, you’ll be ready to cozy up for dinner at PlumpJack Café. Executive chef Ben “Wyatt” Dufresne will prepare a three-course, chef’s tasting menu paired with acclaimed PlumpJack and CADE Winery wines.
- WHAT: PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn
- WHERE: 1920 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley, California
- HOW: From San Francisco, drive north for three hours to Lake Tahoe, follow the signs.
- PHONE: 530-583-1576