There’s nothing like a girls’ getaway. Turn on your OOO, wash your hands of all the stressful life administration, and leave all your worries and fears behind: a girls’ vacation can cure just about anything. Days will be spent sipping coffee with breathtaking views, strolling down cute cobbled streets looking for that under-the-radar spot someone on TikTok once mentioned, and long, lazy afternoons on the beach. The evenings are for extravagant cocktails, necessary trauma dumps and sorting through conflicting gossip heard over the past few months.
But the joys of the girls’ holiday run much deeper than these fleeting pleasures. A holiday like this provides the necessary time to celebrate girlhood and womanhood, without any expectation, pressure or stress – a brief moment of peace, whether that can be found during a wellness retreat on a Balearic island in Spain, or on a walking tour through the rugged Dolomites of Italy, a city trip full of food in New York or a trip full of country music to Nashville. Below, we asked our favorite travelers to tell us about their favorite girls’ vacations, and what made them so special.
The Dolomites, Italy
“Every year my girlfriend Rhyanna and I go on an annual girls’ hike. In the past we’ve stuck to fairly leisurely coastal walking destinations, but this time we wanted to challenge ourselves, so we headed to the Italian Alps for five days. The Dolomites are home to the perfect combination of rugged mountain peaks, crystal blue lakes and remote mountain huts. In short: it is a hiking paradise. Cortina d’Ampezzo was the perfect base, nestled among some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world region, such as the mountains Tofane, Sorapis, Cristallo and Sexten. The landscapes are so dramatic; think sheer rock walls, turquoise blue lakes, rolling valleys and snow-capped peaks. Plus, there’s an amazing mountain culture with incredible huts dotted around the region, each offering fresh, homemade Italian food in the most stunning setting. Our favorite mountain hut was Rifugio Lagazuoi. High on a mountaintop with some of the best views of the Tofane peaks, it serves the most phenomenal food – try the trio of gnocchi.”
“When we first saw the clear blue waters of Lago di Sorapis, we couldn’t believe our eyes; it was so incredibly beautiful. We ended up sitting on the shores of the lake for over an hour, just taking in our surroundings and enjoying the breathtaking views. The walk to and from the lake is also quite an adventure, with some steep, narrow paths that are sure to get the adrenaline flowing. That’s one of the joys of a girls’ getaway: your friendships go to a whole new level when you travel together. You’ll share new experiences and create memories that you can look back on for years to come, especially if you take a more adventurous trip. I notice that when you step out of your comfort zone together, you create a stronger bond and a sense of trust.”
“I have loved country music for as long as I can remember, just like my lifelong friend Sasha. So in celebration of our 25 years of friendship (it’s a thing, I’m sure), we packed our bags and boots and headed to Nashville, Tennessee. We stayed at the city’s Soho House, a converted sock factory in Houston’s Wedgewood neighborhood. Nashville is what I imagine Vegas was like thirty years ago; at the base of the city and its inhabitants it is a desire for everyone to have a good time.”
“We stayed off the beaten path when it came to tourist destinations, skipping the Grand Ole Opry and the museums and spending our days hopping in and out of Broadway’s famous Honky Tonks and sampling the local musical talent. In the evening we hit the locally recommended bars for a more authentic experience – our favorites were Winners, Red Door, Tin Roof and luxury cocktail spot Patterson House.
“A week before we landed in Nashville, country superstar Luke Combs announced a surprise date at the Nissan Arena, and we managed to get a pair of tickets. It was the most magical evening, as the sun set to the sound of a beautiful strummed guitar, and The Stetsons appeared. We pinched ourselves that we had managed to fulfill our dream of seeing country music live in Nashville. Girl trips are so special because you get to enjoy all the little things together – preparing for your evening plans, hangover face mask the next day, eating fries in silence, watching the world go by. Girls trips make the very best of travel.”
New York, USA
“There’s no better confidant for hedonism than your best friend, and what better place to unleash the beast than New York City (baby)? Some people train for marathons, but real gladiators take a quick trip to the Big Apple Yes, 72 hours in New York is tight, but so was our budget. First we had to overcome the jet lag – a large martini and live comedy at the New York Comedy Club made us feel good (dozing off on the first row was not an option). In the morning we went full throttle and dislocated our jaws at Mission Sandwich Shop with ‘The Gobbler’, a sweet and cheesy turkey the size of your head. When they say the portions in America are big , this is your baptism by fire.”
“Food gives the best story to a city and as sisters in the stomach we will always make the most of the travels together. Starting with seafood at Cervo’s, we enjoyed spicy mussels escabeche amid a sea of shellfish. Our big evening ( and splurge) on Saturday started at Cosme for modern Mexican food – a big shout out to the Tataki al pastor, it was 10/10. We befriended our waiter, who brought us a birthday cake (it wasn’t our birthday) and took us to dance at Tonita’s, a Latino social club for beer and pool. Traveling as a couple, it’s easy to encourage spontaneity. You get back what you give, so the evening always takes us somewhere fun .’
“The next morning we needed help in the form of a pastrami bagel with salmon and cream cheese, which we found at Frankel’s. Feeling hungover and vulnerable, we made the decision to have a joint tarot reading and got “We were told we had to pay £200 to be freed from our demons. Have we been scammed? Maybe. Honorable mentions go to every food truck selling empanadas, Joe’s Pizza for a slice and Bad Luck Bar for drinks and dancing.”
“Last year I discovered the satisfaction and magic of going on retreats. It’s the perfect tonic for a busy life and is best enjoyed when you’re surrounded by women in the sun. In October I attended a pilates retreat hosted at the Son Blanc Farmhouse on the Balearic island of Menorca. I convinced my mother to join me and the other twenty female strangers, who quickly became our friends. It was the ultimate healthy girls’ trip: our days were punctuated by pilates, walks, and an abundance of locally grown food. Son Blanc’s extensive grounds, thoughtful design and saltwater pool provided a picturesque backdrop paired with mild late summer weather. The evenings were spent chatting over delicious food, after delicious food, and often hanging around long after dinner.”
“Son Blanc is an enchanting boutique hotel and eco-retreat in a wild corner of Menorca. It is without a doubt one of the most beautiful settings, with acres of wildflowers, phenomenal food and a warm, inviting atmosphere. Besides the occasional retreats, they offer a daily activity program, or you can choose to simply enjoy the culinary delicacies by the pool. I’m increasingly leaning towards more wellness-based trips, where you come back feeling like you’ve filled your cup. Going out in nature, reading by the pool and exercising, combined with catching up with your favorite women, is real food for the soul. The great thing about a retreat is that everything is organized for you, so I’m turning my next girls trip into a retreat too, this time in Ibiza.”
“This was the girls trip that finally came out of the group chat. Francesca, Chloe and I traveled to the northeast coast of Mallorca to stay at The Lodge, a hotel on a 150-hectare farm in the middle of the Tramuntana Mountains. The beautiful surroundings gave us the perfect escape from our busy city life.”
“It was primarily a business trip. We had quite a few projects together to photograph, but the integration of nature and luxury into the lodge allowed us to relax while still focusing on our projects. It was also lovely to have the nice weather that Amsterdam and London lacked at the time. I loved spending time with the girls in this environment. Due to the nature of our jobs, we realized that we only spent time together in high-energy, fast-paced environments. Being Mallorca created a new dynamic and allowed us to connect in a different way.”
“We perfected the art of squatting and staying on this trip. The Lodge has a wonderful restaurant that focuses on locally grown produce. We ate at the same table every night, which was probably my fondest memory of the trip, on the way to ‘our’ ‘ at the table every evening and sits there chatting and giggling as the sun sets. As I get older, I find that girls’ trips are unfortunately few and far between. They are so important and a great opportunity to connect and A way to laugh with our partners could never be possible.”