It’s official: Girlfriends’ getaways have never been more popular. The travel industry has seen such a sharp increase in groups of lady friends traveling together that there are now entire magazines, blogs and travel experts dedicated to helping women come together to relax, unwind and make some new memories together.
If you’re looking for a destination for your next girlfriends’ getaway, look no further than the California coast. There are so many beach towns to choose from that you’ll find something for everyone. Of course, it all starts with finding the right accommodations. Whether you’re looking for a casual spot to rest your head at night to an all-out destination resort, you’ll find it by the beach.
Here’s a list of some of the best hotels and resorts for a girlfriends’ getaway:
Bacara Resort & Spa, Santa Barbara
The American Riviera, Santa Barbara, is such a picturesque place. Treat the ladies in your life to a stay at Bacara Resort and Spa for a restful respite after your daily activities downtown. Their Junior Suites are perfect for hosting your own private party, and their onsite fitness center and spa will ensure your tribe leaves feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. The Bacara Resort and Spa often has group-oriented specials and packages available that could save you some money when you book.
Brewery Gulch Inn, Mendocino
This gorgeous family-owned inn sits on the coast of Mendocino, a peaceful community known for its beaches, hiking trails, art galleries and wine. Brewery Gulch Inn has a special for girlfriends’ getaways ($175 or $200 per person depending on your party size) that includes a welcome amenity basket, a bottle of Anderson Valley wine, a tote bag, a selection of “chick flick” DVDs and a personal concierge to customize your adventure.
Hotel Shangri-la, Santa Monica
This hotel has been hosting happy guests for many decades, and it seems that they’ve only improved over time. You and your pals will enjoy days spent lounging by the beautiful pool in cabanas, dining in the luxurious Dining Room and watching the Santa Monica sunset with a cocktail in hand from Onyx, the amazing rooftop bar. And if you can pry yourselves away from all that, you’ll be steps from the beach when you stay at Hotel Shangri-la.
The Inn At Laguna Beach
Once you park your car at the Inn at Laguna Beach, you may not need it again until you leave… not only is this boutique hotel right on Main Beach, but it’s within walking distance of the finest shopping, art galleries, dining and nightlife in the area. Their rooms range from poolside and ocean view rooms to Distinctive Suites perfect for hosting your group of four. Their casual onsite restaurant serves three meals a day, and the Rooftop Bar offers breathtaking views of the ocean.
Island Hotel, Newport Beach
Newport Beach’s Island Hotel is another perfect pick for a girlfriends’ getaway. The 20-story property has sweeping views of the ocean, Balboa, Lido and Catalina. Their sophisticated guest rooms have marble bathrooms and Bose audio systems for any impromptu dance parties that may occur. They also offer an onsite spa and fitness center and a house Town Car for guests.
The Fairmont Grand Del Mar, San Diego
This Mediterranean estate is unbelievably charming and luxurious without seeming pretentious. If you have a big group and want a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience, you can book a majestic 4,500 – 5,000 square foot villa that has three bedrooms, four bathrooms, a living room, full kitchen and amenities like climate-controlled patios and Jacuzzi tubs, not to mention a personal butler. The Fairmont’s standard guest rooms are also amazing, and the onsite dining options range from casual poolside snacks to the highly rated Addison.
Paradise Point, San Diego
If you plan to spend a lot of time at your resort, look no further than Paradise Point. This private island sanctuary offers secluded accommodations with tranquil lagoons, tropical gardens, five pools, and beach bonfire pits. The property also has an onsite spa and four restaurants to choose from. And when you start to get stir-crazy, the best parts of San Diego are mere minutes away.