If you’re looking for a fun holiday, why not take a trip with the girls? Whether you prefer shopping, partying, relaxing on the beach – or a mixture of the three – there’s nothing better than getting away from it all with the besties. These are my top five destinations for the perfect girls’ trip, tried and tested!
Ayia Napa, Cyprus
If you and your girls love to party, then Ayia Napa is the place for you. This lively resort is the nightlife hotspot on Cyprus. The main square is jam-packed with bars and clubs pumping out music into the small hours. Night owls can choose between everything from swanky cocktail bars to karaoke, and foam parties to boat parties.
But there’s more to Ayia Napa than just partying. The coast around the resort is home to 14 stunning golden sand beaches, all with Blue Flag status. You can recover from your partying with a swim in the ocean, or if you’re feeling livelier, check out the adrenaline-fuelled rides at WaterWorld Theme Park. Ayia Napa is also renowned for being budget friendly, and you can often save money on last minute summer deals.
Perfect for a girl’s trip because: the great nightlife options.
Sunny Beach, Bulgaria
Bulgaria is known for its affordable beach breaks. Its stunning Black Sea coast is studded with purpose-built resorts, offering everything a group of girls needs for fun in the sun. Sunny Beach is one of the most popular, renowned for being Europe’s cheapest beach destination. Spend your days relaxing on Cacao Beach, a five-mile long strip of icing-sugar soft sand, or getting active by going waterskiing or hang-gliding. Most of the resorts hotels, bars and restaurants line the main beachfront area.
In the evenings, the main strip comes alive. It’s home to sleek super-clubs such as Revolutions, where world-renowned DJs spin tunes until the small hours. You’ll often find promotional deals for themed nights, pub crawls and much more. But Sunny Beach also has an untouched side. It is surrounded by lush forest and untouched natural sand dunes, where you can find plenty of secluded spots to chill out.
Perfect for a girl’s trip because: you can party here without breaking the bank.
Albufeira is a gorgeous Mediterranean town, located in the heart of Portugal’s stunning coastal Algarve region. It boasts an atmospheric old town of winding alleys lined with open-air coffee shops, artisan stalls, art galleries and Roman ruins. But it also caters to modern tastes with a swanky marina area where you’ll find glitzy shops, upscale restaurants and clubs open 24 hours.
You can enjoy afternoons getting lost in the old town and evenings drinking zingy cocktails by the waterfront. Chances are, though, that you’ll want to spend a lot of time on the beaches. Albufeira boasts two of the best in the Algarve, Praia dos Pescadores and Praia do Tunel, both stretches of golden sand and iridescent sea. There are also smaller, more secluded coves to be explored. If you want a relaxing break, there are several spa retreats where you can base yourself. Spa Villas d’Agua offers full body massages with panoramic ocean views.
Perfect for a girl’s trip because: it’s a great place to relax, but there’s still a lot to do.
Sal, Cape Verde
The summer is the rainy season in many exotic beach destinations, such as the Caribbean and Asia. However the sun shines year round on the sleepy island of Sal, located off the coast of Senegal. This small island is all about the beaches; unspoilt sweeps of sand that rival those in the Caribbean. Praia de Santa Maria is a five-mile stretch of white sand, lined with beach bars, restaurants and water-sports fun – windsurfing and kitesurfing are particularly popular. Despite its unspoilt appearance, Sal boasts plenty of all-inclusive luxury hotels, with private beaches, swimming pools and luxurious rooms.
Perfect for a girls’ trip because: it’s a laid-back beach break.
Las Vegas, USA
Las Vegas is a super-charged city in the USA’s Nevada Desert, which labels itself the Entertainment Capital of The World. Of course, you’ve heard of the massive gambling complexes and huge live shows, ranging from circus to cabaret. But you’ll love how much retail therapy is on offer, ranging from artsy boutiques housed in former shipping containers, to opulent malls filled with designer outlets.
The city is also a foodie hub, boasting restaurants serving everything from fusion cuisine (sushi burrito, anyone?) to Cuban cuisine and all-American steakhouses. In summer, the temperature soars into the 30s, but many hotels offer outdoor swimming pools and air-conditioned rooms so you can keep cool. Many of the Vegas hotels also have themed decor, wild weekend parties and crazy live shows, so you’ll always be in the middle of the action.
Perfect for a girl’s trip because: you can eat, drink and party to your heart’s content.
Whatever you and the girls like to do in your off-time, I’m sure there’s a destination here that appeals to you. Now it’s just a question of deciding what you want to do – you have plenty of choice.