Send the Girls to Mexico

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Gal pals want to be naughty or nice? Their best choice is down south.

Cackling sisters, a gaggle of old friends or a “washing the guys out of our hair” group. We know them all well—we’ve been part of all three at various times. Whether it’s celebrating the joy of sisterhood, pondering the meaning of life or gossiping ‘til daybreak, Mexico has a sweet spot for all types of girlfriends looking for some together time.

los cabos If you ask us, Los Cabos is one of the ultimate locations for girlfriends’ getaways. This is one great spot to yell complaints to the wind (if you have any), let your hair down and start the first round of margaritas before noon. Not only is Los Cabos rich in fun and devil-may-care attitude—ideal for women or men seeking to tune off the daily grind—but it’s easy to navigate if clients want to rent a car. They can explore both San Jose and Cabo San Lucas, and also take day trips to Todos Santos or La Paz.

Marquis Los Cabos Resort is offering 20 percent off a variety of fun, experiential girlfriends’ getaways that are both unique and creative. There’s the Aspiring Artist package, which provides them with a Winsor & Newton Victoria Box artist kit (complete with everything from water colors to sable brushes, a porcelain palette, charcoal and more) that they can begin to use during their three days of private lessons with a Mexican painter. The 4-night package, which starts at $1,980 pp, also includes one dinner, daily buffet breakfast and a tour of the San Jose Art District so they can visit the different galleries, studios and stores in town.

Those seeking more excitement would do better with the Surf & Turf Getaway, which includes two rounds of golf at the Cabo del Sol golf course, three private surfing lessons and one poker night with dinner and open bar, starting with in-room delivery of guacamole and wine. This also comes with daily breakfast. The 5-day Surf & Turf Getaway starts at $2,080 pp in a jr. suite.

Marquis Los Cabos is well known for its many, many luxurious amenities. For starters, it’s home to the only member of the Leading Spas of the World in Los Cabos, a 15,000-sq.-ft. beauty where every guest is treated like a movie star. Its dining options, including a restaurant led by a Michelin-pedigreed chef, are multiple award winners, and its public areas feature a vast and much buzzed about collection of art. The resort can also arrange chauffeured transportation to Cabos’ shopping and entertainment venues, as well as VIP airport transportation and unlimited access to the fitness center and jacuzzi. Clients with travelers’ conscience will love to know that the hotel donates 5 percent of its annual revenue toward its staff’s education and healthcare, allowing them to obtain primary schooling and bachelor degrees.

Tell the Girls To… Visit The Shoppes at Palmilla on the Corridor for high-end retail therapy and spend a Thursday evening at San Jose’s Art Walk, which runs from November through May.

cancun Glittery Cancun turns 40 this year and is gearing up for many “wow” events. For starters, they’ve just opened a new underwater museum, said to be the world’s largest. Once completed, it will have more than 400 underwater sculptures, adding yet another incentive for potential visitors.

Last year, the trendy ME Cancun launched the SuiteME—an incredible 9,757-sq.-ft., bi-level suite that hosted the cast of MTV’s “Real World Cancun” not too long ago. It’s said to be the largest suite in Cancun and we don’t doubt it for a minute—it’s airy and beautiful. SuiteME comes with a gorgeous outdoor deck with expansive view of the ocean, a spherical aquarium in the middle of a circular seating area and purple-felt pool table. There is an expansive living room with plump couches, a fully equipped kitchen and all necessary utensils (ladies can arrange for the hotel’s culinary team to teach them the basics of Mexican cooking), a 10-person hot tub, plenty of cozy spots and balconies for relaxing or dining al fresco…and oh so much more. SuiteME even features “The Playroom,” which comes with diversions ranging from Nintendo Wii to Trivial Pursuit, with loaded iPods, massage chairs and library.

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