Facebook friends are one thing, but what about when you want to share good wine, cheese and conversation in the vineyards, dance until sunrise – or get a straight answer on whether your butt does look big in ‘this’ before you leave the store? If you deserve some quality face-time with those friends you don’t just ‘Like’, but love having in your life, why not make it your mission to bring them all together for a girls getaway?
Here are five fun ideas to pitch to them:
Crown Metropol Southbank Melbourne
You can combine all BFF pastimes at the Crown Metropole Southbank Melbourne. Start out with some retail therapy at the on-site fashion shops, frock up for dinner at Gordon Ramsay’s Maze restaurant (don’t worry, he treats his food and patrons much better than female journalists) and then do some celeb-spotting over drinks at JJ’s Bar and Grill.
Reconvene for analysis of the previous night’s adventures at the Isika Day Spa infinity pool, relaxation deck or in one of the treatment rooms while gazing out floor-to-ceiling windows, 27 floors above the city.
Sofitel Sydney Wentworth
With small bars and restaurants popping up across the city, Sydney’s more fun than ever for a weekend away with your besties. Stay at the gorgeous Sofitel Sydney Wentworth and begin your Friday night at the hotel bar enjoying happy-hour priced drinks and funky live jazz. Then wander down to the intimate Ash St Cellar to sample their selection of wines from around the globe.
After a little Saturday morning retail therapy at Westfield Sydney, replenish your sugar levels with a slice of Legendary Wentworth Cheesecake at the Wentworth High Tea (2pm – 5pm daily).
If you’re feeling any pangs of guilt about moving straight from cheesecake to French fare at the beautiful Garden Court restaurant, there’s also a Health Club on-site. Or, you could dance it off at nearby Ivy and then on Sunday morning shout your body and luscious locks some post- brunch nurturing at Lattouf Hair Spa before checkout.
If you like the idea of an outback escape from the rut of city life, but don’t fancy getting your hands dirty, we think you’ll enjoy Alkira Darwin. Set in tropical landscaped gardens, you can relax in a peaceful, quiet setting and cool off with dips in the private saltwater pool — with the bonus of avoiding any lecherous local crocs or tourist “photographers” on the beach!
It’s the type of oasis where you can set yourselves up in the afternoons with your favourite Chardy on ice, some healthy, fresh local fruits and imported cheeses, perhaps a few shrimps for the barbie, and lots of juicy girl talk.
If you’re in town on Saturday morning, don’t miss the famous Parap Markets. And for dinner, the famous Bogart’s Bar & Grill is right next door. A little later, if you feel like cutting the rug or dancing on tables, Monsoon’s is the place to be seen.
Grand Mercure Mount Lofty House Adelaide Hills
The wonderful thing about holidaying in wine regions is that you learn lots of interesting things, your lungs are spoilt for fresh country air and you don’t ever need to justify why you’re drinking before noon.
In the heart of one of Australia’s premier wine regions is the beautiful Grand Mercure Mount Lofty House Adelaide Hills. After a day of cellar door tastings it’s wonderful to know this restored 1850’s summer retreat for the Hardy wine family is waiting for you to come home to.
You might decide to play a game of tennis or snooker, read in the library or be ladies of leisure by the outdoor pool before dinner at the Piccadilly Restaurant overlooking the vineyards, gardens and woodlands.
Il Pallazzo Boutique Apartment Hotel, Cairns
Treat yourselves to a dash of European chic in the tropics at the Il Palazzo Boutique Apartment Hotel in Cairns, said to be “inspired by the architecture of Florence, Padua de Venice and in particular the towns of Tuscany”.
It’s close to all the city’s tourist entertainment and shopping. Plus, there’s an on onsite beauty salon offering massages, waxing and facials to get you in a holiday state of mind and ready to sport that sizzling new swimsuit by the mediterranean pool or on the rooftop sundeck.
And if for some reason you just have to bring the kids on holiday too, the hotel has a babysitting service.