Guide to the Perfect Just-the-Girls Vacation
By Crystal McCormick
Spending quality time with your husband, kids, and colleagues might be the foundation for a solid life, but every woman needs a getaway with her besties every so often, just to keep insanity at bay. After all, what’s more fun than hanging out with the most important ladies in your life while indulging in decadent meals, pampering spa treatments, and new adventures?
Step Out, Queen!
Here are 6 surefire ways to up the fun factor while vacationing with your favorite ride-or-die chicks:
Step Outside Your Comfort Zone
There’s nothing like the adrenaline rush of trying something new and exhilarating that brings friends closer together.
Whether it’s scuba diving, exploring a remote cenote, zip lining, or taking a 3 a.m. dip in the ocean; consider adding a little adventure to your girls’ trip. Go ahead, let your hair down and get a little crazy with your friends, you won’t regret it.
Summon Your Inner Goddess
A getaway with your favorite ladies is all about celebrating each other - and what says girl power more than a day excursion to an island devoted to the awesomeness of women?
During your stay at Palace Resorts, your group can embark on a trip to the ancient Isla Mujeres - also known as the Island of Women - which not only has a long history of female worship, but also has a temple devoted to the fertility Goddess Ixchel.
Eat and Shop Till You Drop
Sneak in a Little Retail Therapy
No trip is complete without a little shopping excursion, especially with your best girlfriends.
Grab your wallet and shop ‘til you drop at local shops and boutiques while building lifelong memories with the girls. Be sure to also hit the touristy spots, too. After all, there’s no better way to commemorate your girls trip than a corny tchotchke.
Don’t Worry, Be Happy snow globe, anyone?
If you want the best in everything from knick-knacks to high-end boutiques, make sure to plan your all-ladies vacation at Playacar Palace, which is perfectly situated at the southern end of Quinta Avenida (5th Avenue) – the world-renowned shopping street in Playa del Carmen.
Eat Like Queens
Food is a big part of a good vacation. Indulge your inner foodie with exquisite cuisine from one of many all-inclusive restaurants at Moon Palace Jamaica or The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun.
At Buccaneer’s Reef in Jamaica, you can experience waterfront dining while trying local Jamaican cuisine as well as other international dishes or you and the girls can take in the Ochos Rios bay and mountains while feasting on fresh seafood at Pier 8.
If variety to cater to the disparate tastes of all members of your girl entourage age is needed, then take your pick from Le Château (French), Jade (Asian), Tavola (Italian), Habibi (Lebanese), JC Steakhouse, and more at The Grand in Cancun.
Dance and Detoxify
Get Your Dance On
Hitting the dance floor with your all-girl squad doesn’t have to be limited to bachelorette parties, college reunions, and weddings.
On your Moon Palace Cancun getaway, you can break in your stilettos and party like VIPs at the ultra-hip club Noir or late-night partying at the recently opened Unique at The Grand. Just don’t be surprised if embarrassing photos of your twerking attempts pop up on one of your friend’s Instagram feeds.
Relax and Detoxify
After all that hard work relaxing by the pool or at the beach, there’s nothing better than a group spa day to de-stress and rejuvenate. While on your Cancun vacation, grab your ladies and unwind at Moon Palace’s world-class Awe Spa, where trained specialists will melt away stress with a number of relaxing treatments including the Sacred Hot Stone Massage, a deep nurturing massage with warm river stones to relieve aches and pains.
For some post-sun skin pampering, Awe Spa also offers a wide array of facial treatments that promise to quench and revitalize your skin after a day spent soaking up the rays. Treat your skin to the Essential Shock Intense facial, which repairs and regenerates skin to for an instant youthful glow, or the Diamond Energy treatment that tightens and sculpts skin.
From relaxation, to partying and everything in between, arranging an all-girls trip to Mexico or Jamaica is the best way to keep your most important friendships fresh, and having more than a little fun along the way.