Spring break isn’t just about college students and wild parties in Daytona Beach or Gulf Shores. If you want to enjoy a fun spring break with your girlfriends that isn’t all about drinking but a stay at a resort that provides the perfect blend of relaxation and adventure, we’ve got some great options. These resorts, both near and far offer the perfect excuse for an unforgettable girlfriends getaway for spring break 2018.
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Las Brisas Ixtapa, Mexico (Prices & Photos)
Tucked into a mountainside, Las Brisas Ixtapa is surrounded by striking natural beautiful, in fact, it overlooks one of the most postcard-perfect beaches in the Pacific Riviera. This luxurious resort oozes elegance in every corner making it ideal for friends who want to enjoy a lavish vacation filled with culture and outdoor adventure. One of the highlights is the interactive natural walk tour, which begins with a “mocktail” made from the tetechas flower, a flower that grows locally on Mexican cacti. Afterward you’ll take a stroll through the jungle to learn about the flora, fauna and vegetation in the area. The resort also features four outdoor swimming pools and six restaurants.
The Confidante Miami Beach, Florida (Prices & Photos)
If its South Beach you’re dreaming of, this beach-house inspired property is sure to please traveling gals. The Confidante aims to be a trusted insider, and a best friend, to your group – choose the special Beach, Bubbly and Bugalow package and it’ll be sure that you have a chilled bottle of Champagne waiting upon your arrival. You’ll also get a $100 credit for food and beverage and a private poolside cabana. Catering to something that many girls love best, if you book one of the Penthouse or Miranda suites (through April 30, 2018), you’ll also get “Vino on Demand,” for free via the Plum Wine machines. Kind of like an automatic espresso maker, you can be enjoying a glass of wine with a simple push of a button. The Confidante is ideally located too, within walking distance to some of the best theaters, museums, restaurants, bars and shops in the area.
Ritz-Carlton Bacara Resort & Spa, Santa Barbara, California (Prices & Photos)
If you don’t want to travel too far from home but you’d like a Mediterranean experience, head to the Bacara Resort & Spa along the central coast of California in Santa Barbara. It sits atop a bluff overlooking the Pacific, and looks as if it could very well be a magnificent Mediterranean villa. The resort offers the chance to gaze out at the ocean – each suite has a private balcony – sip lots of outstanding vino and indulge in spa treatments too. The massive spa has a menu that includes over 60 treatment options, as well as a redwood sauna, eucalyptus steam room and an adults-only pool. Especially popular is its Foley Wine Tasting Room where you can not only taste and purchase wine, but take a cooking class or join a wine outing.
Rancho La Puerta Wellness Resort, Tecate, Baja California, Mexico (Prices & Photos)
Just south of the border in Mexico at the foot of Mount Kuchumaa, the Cooking School at Rancho La Puerta Wellness Resort offers to teach you and you friends how to cook delicious, healthy meals. You’ll cook right alongside the expert ranch chef, along with guest teacher who come from various places across the globe. The class works together to create and dine on a meal that uses freshly-picked organic ingredients, providing a true farm-to-table dish. You can choose from a variety of classes if cooking isn’t what you had in mind, from mindfulness to art. The resort also hosts several health and beauty centers that offer treatments that use medicinal and aromatic herbs, and other healing plants grown in its organic gardens.
Hotel Bellevue, Dubrovnik, Croatia (Prices & Photos)
Hotel Bellevue lies in the heart of Dubrovnik, a beautiful city with its narrow, winding streets lined with quaint cafes, flower-filled gardens, unique boutiques and tiny bars with fun private nooks. Carved into a cliffside just above the glistening expanse of the Adriatic Sea, the hotel aims to provide an “oasis of tranquility,” and it surely succeeds. You’ll get to enjoy the spectacular sights and sounds, taste mouth-watering Mediterranean fare and enjoy spa treatments – in fact, you’ll even have your own personal spa specialist. Book the special Spring Suite Dreams Package and you can look forward to an especially luxurious two-night stay in the Executive suite, access to the property’s spa and wellness facilities, the fabulous buffet breakfast, and complimentary return transfer from Dubrovnik airport.
Ritz-Carlton Aruba (Prices & Photos)
This five-star Caribbean resort offers the chance to enjoy lots of sun, sand, palm trees and the perfect girls’ getaway, with plenty of opportunities to indulge in the relaxation you need. When you aren’t lying on those soft, powdery white sands, you can be unwinding in the spa, enjoying a much-needed Dushi Tera massage that aims to eliminate toxins and reveal glowing, healthy skin. Or, perhaps one of the many other face and body treatments that will help you feel refreshed and revitalized. Afterwards, look forward to sipping exotic cocktails on the Divi Bar and Lounge Terrace as the sun dips below the horizon. There’s all sorts of fun action to be enjoyed too, like the onsite casino where you can test your luck and perhaps win enough to come back again with a romantic partner.
The Phoenician Scottsdale, Arizona (Prices & Photos)
This renowned resort in the desert is sure to make you feel like a star, in fact, many celebs have hidden out in this lavish property, seeking seclusion and its ideal combination of 19th-century Europe with southwestern flair. Look forward to perfecting your golf game on one of three courses, swimming in a private infinity pool and taking advantage of chauffeured resort transportation. There are 10 dining options, nine swimming pools and 11 tennis courts, ensuring plenty of room for all. In March and April, special spring break activities are held as well, from bird watching tours and trips to the Phoenix Zoo, to arts & crafts, science and a trapeze school.