Now’s the time to gather up some gal pals and book a vacation. Here are some top destinations and key items you need to bring to look glam for your adventure.
Does your crew love the beach? Then you should consider booking a getaway to Grand Cayman or Mexico.
People love the laid back vibe of this beautiful city. It’s an easy journey to get there, Owens Airport is top notch. The city is full of great shopping, amazing rum cake and beaches galore. It’s easy to walk a couple of blocks to local grocery stores to stock up on snacks and drinks for your hotel room on your balcony before going out to dinner. The girls will love a spa day at Silver Rain, a La Prairie Spa. The vibe is totally zen and the area looks like the ice palace out of the move Frozen. Be sure to request a Pure Gold Radiance Facial or Caviar massage and you won’t be sorry.
Amansala Eco-Chic Resort & Spa, Tulum, Mexico
Relax, restore, and renew your right to wear yoga pants for six days in a row in one of the coolest beachside retreats in all of Mexico: Amansala Resort’s Bikini Bootcamp in Tulum. The owners, two female New Yorkers, were inspired to create the place after longing for a more natural way of life. You’ll awaken to fresh-squeezed smoothies, yoga on the beach, and a special array of ceremonies designed to get you centered. With candlelit, TV-free rooms, the rustic luxury vibe of its new Amansala Chica annex may feel different than the sea of Wi-Fi we’re used to, but different isn’t always a bad thing, especially when you come back more toned, lithe, and buzzing with sexiness than you have in years.
For these exotic locations, be sure to pack an amazing swimsuit. This year, there are a ton of amazing options under $50. Check out: Ladder bikini top and bottoms, Zara Swimsuits and Aerie Swimsuit from American Eagle Outfitters. Don’t forget to pack Olea E Shampoo & Conditioner to help keep your tresses looking their best. The conditioner helpsr revitalize and regenerate dry and damaged hair. Its texture completes the shampoo’s action, regenerates damaged hair, dry, dull or treated thanks to its Natural Virgin Olive Oil formula. The effect is immediate. A softening action, nutritive and disentangling, in just a few minutes you feel a hydrating sensation.
Uniquely formulated with natural olive extract rich in Vitamins E to help protect hair from environmental damage. Delivers significant antioxidant and moisturizing properties to provide luster and elasticity to dull, damaged hair. It makes the scalp and hair feel revitalized, soft and healthy.
If your gals love getting their zen on then they should check-out Utah.
Red Mountain Resort, St. George, UT
For all of its slapstick comedic hijinks, the movie City Slickers got one thing right: When it feels like you’re stuck on the routinized treadmill of life, head to the desert for an instant reorientation. That’s what St. George, UT, is: wide-open terrain with massive red mountains that create a centering point you can physically feel. Red Mountain Resort blends naturally into the landscape to maintain the open desert environment, and it’s a one-stop destination for the city slicker seeking rejuvenation and some R&R. From canyoneering (yup, that’s a thing—and it’s unlike any activity you’ve done before) to spa-ing, this is where you want to head when you need some wide-open spaces (yeahhhh).
Be sure to take a cute pair of jean shorts with you. True Religion Boyfriend Shorts, J-Crew side zip shorts and Forever21 contemporary topstitched denim shorts have been fashion hits this summer. Also don’t forget a lipstick with SPF in it. Korres Mango Butter Lipstick has a low SPF and great color! Last but not least, don’t forget to pack your favorite cowboy hat!
If your friends like partying like rockstars then they need to book a trip to Vegas or Miami.
The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa, Henderson, NV
If you’ve seen any of the Hangover movies, you probably already know Las Vegas gets its favorite tagline for a reason. Still, that doesn’t mean it isn’t a great option for a fabulous, low-key desert vacay with your friends. At the Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa, just a 20-minute ride from the Strip, you get an oasis from all the over-the-topness, with just enough spill-over edge to make sure things won’t get boring. Revamped with new room decor just a few years back, the 493-room property, complete with suites perfect for trios and quads, sits overlooking Lake Las Vegas, a manmade lake created in the early 2000s to take advantage of the early housing boom (including many celebrity mansions). The cobblestone district just next to the hotel has been built up with plenty of cute shops, a wine bar, an Irish pub, and other restaurants, and the area serves as a venue for concerts, food festivals, and wine crawls just about every weekend. You can hop on one of the many nightly shuttles to the Strip if you feel like it, but we’ll wager that after one or two signature “Casablancas” at Arabesque Lounge, you won’t mind staying in.
The more modest be warned: If you’re heading to Miami, you may want to pack light—that is, in the form of skimpy dresses. This city, known for partying literally to the break of dawn, has a strict dress code—the more skin the better—and it doesn’t seem to exclude those with rings on their fingers or kiddies at home with the sitter. Even if you’re not all about heading out to one of South Beach’s more difficult-to-get-into club-lounges, like the Hyde Beach pool bar at SLS Hotel, there are still many opportunities to feel the Miami heat. The James Royal Palm Hotel, right in the heart of South Beach, has the makings of a perfect girlfriend landing pad: an upscale eatery/bar with plenty of light seafood fare, an integrative holistic spa focused on treatments that bring you to a place where thoughts of soccer schedules don’t crowd your brain, and a bilevel pool packed with daybeds for lounging, catching up, and Mojito-sipping.
For these destinations think light, comfortable clothing. A cute bathing suit cover-up or caftan is a good idea. This makes going from the pool to another destination super easy. Here are some great options: Zeus + Dione Tinos, H&M Caftan Dress, and Camilla Embellished Silk Tunic. For your hair, pack Olea E Serum. This magical serum will help tame any fly aways on your head due to the heat and humidity.