“No Boys Allowed” isn’t just a term used by sassy girls in grade school. The same idea, in fact, has long been embraced by women travelers looking to enjoy some rest and relaxation with their favorite girlfriends, sans the men in their life. From a culturally rich journey through India, to the ultimate slumber party in Miami, here are a few options for your client’s next girlfriend’s getaway.
A Woman’s View, a division of ISRAMWORLD, is inaugurating its 2012 season with the introduction of its 12-day Astonishing India tour, departing Oct. 25.
This tour of India, designed exclusively for women, will include visits to girls’ schools and local family homes, plus meetings dedicated to the empowerment of women in India. Visitors may choose their own design for a traditional Henna tattoo, participate in a Sari-tying demonstration and indulge in a complimentary Ayurvedic massage. And after shopping for vegetables and spices with a local chef, the group will enjoy a traditional Rajasthan cooking lesson.
Astonishing India includes deluxe hotel accommodations at the Taj Hotels in Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur and Varanasi, plus daily buffet breakfast, one lunch and two hotel dinners. The itinerary is priced at $3,795 pp dbl land-only. For more information, visit womansviewtravel.com.
For those looking for a special mother-daughter getaway, recommend a stay at Los Angeles’ The Orlando Hotel, which is offering an American Girl package inspired by the famous dolls of the same name.
With this package, guests—and their dolls—receive guestroom accommodations, a custom welcome greeting including mother, daughter and doll’s name; a memento photo of the three guests; turndown service for mother, daughter and doll (doll gets her very own American Girl doll bed) and breakfast for two.
When not immersing in the world of make-believe, mothers and daughters can peruse nearby shops and restaurants, including Joan’s on Third—famous for their cupcakes—shopping at Beverly Center or The Grove, a plethora of movie theaters or La Brea Tar Pits’ collection of dinosaur fossils. Rates start at $240 per night. For more information, visit theorlando.com.
Grown-up girls, meanwhile, may consider heading to Miami to enjoy the new Slumber Party package available at Mandarin Oriental, Miami.
Priced from $1,825 per night (up to four guests), this slumber party begins with accommodations in a guestroom or suite with views of Biscayne Bay and the Miami skyline. To get off to a relaxing start, girlfriends will receive mini facials and pedicures in a VIP spa suite at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Miami. Then it’s off to enjoy a leisurely afternoon in a private cabana at Oasis Beach Club, where beach butlers will be on-hand to spray cool mists and serve chilled towels, iced drinks, frozen fruit delicacies and a spa cuisine lunch.
Guests will also experience a 3-course dinner—including wine pairings—at the onsite Azul restaurant. To end the day, girlfriends can enjoy an in-room movie night with their favorite “chick flick” from the hotel’s library, along with homemade chocolate prepared by the hotel’s pastry chef.
The Slumber Party package is available through April 30, 2012. For more information, visit mandarinoriental.com.