Whether coupled up or single, the annual girls holiday is the perfect time to take a breather and get away from it all. Sun, sea and cocktails await as ever, but check out a few of these ideas if you’re after an alternative adventure that will still enable you and the girls to enjoy some well-earned down time.
Head to a festival
Good food, good music and, most importantly, good company – a festival is one of the most natural places to consider for your next girls holiday. The UK is home to an abundance of great festivals that welcome some of the biggest names in music to their stages, such as the Green Man festival in the Brecon Beacons, which this year is home to acts including Future Islands and Michael Kiwanuka.
If you’re dreaming of warmer climates however, festivals can also be the perfect excuse to venture abroad. Head to the Fresh Island Festival in Croatia for a dose of classic hip-hop, or join the likes of Eric Prydz and Tiësto at Belgium’s Tomorrowland.
Take to the seas
Cruising may not be the first thing that springs to mind when you think of a break with friends, but there are a surprising number of itineraries available that would make for the perfect getaway. What’s more, it’s easier than ever to explore one stunning location after another at no extra cost.
Ibiza, Barcelona and New York are hailed as some of the most popular ports for a girls’ holiday and go to show just how varied this way of travelling is. Depending on your cruise line and ship of choice, you can even enjoy additional perks such as all-inclusive drinks and pampering spa packages.
The ultimate spa retreat
Did somebody say ‘spa’? There’s no better way to spend a holiday with your closest girls than by getting well and truly pampered, and luckily there are a host of spa retreats out there to choose from. Europe is home to many of them, with ample opportunity to enjoy infinity pools, massages and luxurious beauty treatments at the destination of your choosing.
If you’re going to get pampered anywhere though, Italy just takes the top spot. The Italian Lakes are a spectacular location home to some of the most indulgent spa retreats in the world, offering health and wellness benefits such as bee sting facials and detoxifying body wraps.
Time to get active
Believe it or not, active holidays are on the rise. One thing you can be sure of however is that the image of high intensity bootcamps you have in your mind right now doesn’t quite ring true in reality. Active holidays can be enjoyed just about anywhere on the globe and most encourage you to only be as energetic as you want to be, offering activities including swimming, pilates and scenic walks through untouched corners of the world.
You could of course go it alone and take up some sports when you touch down in your destination, or you may choose to visit a specific fitness retreat. New Horizon Escapes cover just about every corner of the globe, including Bali, Sri Lanka and Kenya.
What’s the best girls holiday you’ve ever been on?