There's a defining scene in the one of the quintessential chick flicks, Bride Wars, where both female protagonists, after doing everything they could to destroy and hate each other, realize how much they missed their former state of being best girlfriends -- the rare relationship where trust is fueled by endless chatter about bad boyfriends, copious amounts of desserts, shopping for no other purpose than to shop and glorious divine cocktails.
Fewer still are the times when we can combine all of these bonding activities into a singular Sex and The City meets Thelma + Louise girlfriend getaway. For those in need of a little lady time, try planning an epic trip with your best friends. Here are four of our favorite places to head with our favorite ladies.
- Paris, France: What could possibly make a more fabulous girl getaway than a jaunt over the pond to the City of Lights? With a stroll down the Avenue des Champs-Élysées for some shopping in the flagship Louis Vuitton and the two best museums in Paris -- the glorious Musee d'Orsay Museum or the boutique Jacquemart Andre -- what else does a girl need for an idyllic day? Paris is lauded for its impeccable food, wine and hotels. Stay in the absolutely flawless Le Bristol, which has everything from the most peaceful interior courtyard to the perfect La Prairie spa, and of course 4 Michelin stars, including the 3-Michelin-starred classic, Epicure.
- Pasadena, California: While Sonoma and Big Sur might get the immediate attention for a classic girls weekend, consider the quieter home of the Rose Bowl Pasadena. Located in close proximity to downtown Los Angeles, try a classic "lie-in" at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena for a girls' weekend. Twenty three idyllic acres; a full-service world-class spa (Chuan Spa Pasadena) that has a VIP room ideal for multiple people to hang out and get treatments together; an Olympic sized swimming pool; a great bar with a terrace overlooking the gardens (Tap Room) for plenty of delicious drinks; and a VERY attractive executive chef, Mr. Perry Pollaci. Need I say more?
- Oahu, Hawaii: While Hawaii is awash (pun intended) in honeymooners, consider Oahu and Waikiki. Laze on the beach at the brand new Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club. Having just opened in March 2016, the hotel provides plenty of tasty nibbles at Mahina & Sun's, the latest culinary concept by acclaimed Hawaiian chef, Ed Kenney, as well as a swim club for guests and locals, offering a place to relax and socialize. Or if you're feeling a bit restless, hit the party scene in Waikiki.
- Cancun, Mexico: Rated the second best all-inclusive resort (number one in all of Mexico), Le Blanc Spa Resort doesn't disappoint with all the necessary ingredients to make a successful girls trip. Plus with the resort's seven restaurants and bars, it's hard not to find something for every woman in the group -- and the CHI and Bulgari amenities in every suite means you won't need to pack toiletries. If you really want to take your trip to the next level, personalized butlers will make it happen.
Cheers and happy booking, girlfriends!