The demands of our careers and family obligations can sometimes put a strain on treasured relationships with our best girlfriends. When a phone call or email no longer does the trick it may be time to arrange some face-to-face time. It could be a quick weekend getaway or even a week's stay at your favorite resort. Whether you're looking for "Calgon, take me away" moments at a spa or kick off your heels and party Vegas or Miami style, there's a myriad of girls-only packages that cater to every need. So while we're all fighting off the winter blues, we've found a few great deals around the country and the Caribbean to help you bond with your besties. For the recessionistas
We love our girls, and we love to shop--on a budget, of course. The Omni Hotel's "Retail Therapy"
package has those two elements in mind. Starting at $175, the package includes a session with a "retail therapist" (that's Omni Hotel speak for concierge) who will help customize your stay--from booking your spa treatments to advising you about the hot spots in town, depending on the city you choose. You and the girls will also get a list of the best shopping spots, a complimentary Laura Mercier lipstick and an Envirosax reusable shopping bag. The evening's turndown service includes a delivery of champagne. The package is available through December 31st, 2010. Find out more about the package, here
. A Caribbean getaway The Reef Resort
on Grand Cayman Island has all-inclusive packages starting at $315 per girlfriend. It's steal considering that you get three meals a day (which will save you lots of money), unlimited drinks at the bar (including wine and champagne), access to tennis courts and bicycle rentals and get to do activities like kayaking and snorkeling. Find out more about the Reef Resort, here
. Because you're so special
The Sofitel Hotel San Francisco's "Women are Magnifique"
package starts at $152 per girlfriend and includes a $50 gift certificate that can go towards the hotel or a spa treatment. You'll also get breakfast served in your room daily, complimentary cocktails at the bar and a late checkout (4pm). Find out more about the "Women are Magnifique" package, here
. For the pampered princesses
The ultra-chic Parker Palm Springs invites girlfriend's to "leave the men behind" to become a "Parker Princesses
," complete with private yoga sessions, specially catered picnics on the Palm Court and s'mores by the fireplace. For just $99 a night ("4 princesses per room") you and the girls will get to experience old Hollywood glam thanks to the estate's famous former residents (including game-show producer Merv Griffin). With two restaurants, a spa, a golf course and two pools there'll be plenty to get into. Find out more about the package, here
. Girls Gone to Paradise
The "Girlfriend's Chic Retreat
" at the Waikiki Parc Resort in Waikiki, Hawaii is a little pricey, but it's a good deal considering that for $999 you and your girls will get to spend three nights in paradise, complete with breakfast served daily, dinner at Nobu Waikiki, a 60-minute spa treatment and a chance to try your hand at surfing. The package is available through December 31st, 2010. Find out more about the "Girlfriend's Chic Retreat," here
. Girls just wanna have fun
Sometimes indulging in some non-stop partying is just what you and your girls need. Like Sin City, Hotel.com's
"Vegas sale" is on fire. Now through February 28th, you'll find rooms starting at just $24 per night for the Tropicana Hotel and Casino and up to $179 at the upscale Wynn Las Vegas (that's 25% off the usual price). The Four Season's "Vegas Escape"
package starts at $159 and includes a $50 credit towards a spa treatment, access to the fitness center and in-room coffee and tea service. Living la vida...
If you're really looking for a five-star experience, the Ritz-Carlton Miami's "No Males, Nails and Cocktails
" package starts at $719 per room (up to four in a room allowed) and includes champagne upon arrival, manicures and pedicures for four daily, and breakfast served with Bloody Mary's. The deal is available through March 31st. Find out more about the package, here
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