Bachelorette parties are all fine and dandy, but they aren’t the only or the primary excuse to spend time with your best gal-pals and pamper yourselves properly. Over the last few decades, the wellness industry has flourished, and as a result, the world is brimming with all kinds of beautifying options that will help you sweat, scrub, and detox all of your troubles away.
Still, no two getaways are created equal, so you need to take your time when choosing the destination and the type of escape you’d like to organise for you and your friends. Among many Europe-based options, here are a few to have your heart flutter in a matter of moments. With very little planning and some imagination, you’ll soon turn this into, at the very least, an annual get-together to flush out those negative feels and bond with your ladies.
Ever Tried Glamping?
Let’s face it, when you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of a big, crowded city, you’re not really yearning for another urban place to get under your skin, and not in a good way. It’s time to reconnect with Mother Nature, but without the need to whip out your inner girl scout, since effort is the very last thing on your mind. This is meant to be a brief vacation! Enter: glamping. Short for glamorous camping, this spectacular fusion of nature and all the finest things in life is one of the best ways to bond.
Try, for instance, Ireland and its gorgeous woodlands. Massive, comfortable beds combined with the serenity of the surrounding forest means that you get to enjoy the birdsong and the delicious treats you make with your ladies while you chat each other’s ears off. Make sure to pack your most comfortable sleepwear to keep you warm and cosy for the entire trip, and you’ll be all set for several evenings of gossip and indulgence!
Yoga for Your Body and Soul
If you’re a yoga enthusiast, you understand the many perks and health benefits that come with regular practice of this ancient discipline and all of its versatile subsystems, modern as well as traditional. The occasional meditation might be good for your Friday-night relax session, but you can also book a yoga retreat in Spain for you and your friends to maximize the effects of yoga for your mind, body, and soul.
To extend the soothing effects of your retreat, accessorize your trip and your accommodation. For example, you can pamper all of your senses with calming scented tealight candles that will elevate the ambiance of your room. Plus, they let you enjoy beautiful scents of nature while you’re preparing for bed, having your morning tea with your besties, or getting ready for a yoga class. Add a sleeping mask to hydrate your skin, and you’ll go back home revitalized inside and out.
Wine-tasting for True Hedonists
Europe is home to some of the finest wine countries in the world, and no matter which one you pick, this will be an escape to remember for you and your closest friends. Not only will you be able to soak in some Mediterranean sun as you taste those vintage bottles paired with delicious cheese, but you’ll also spend time away from the noise and chaos of the city, and recharge your batteries.
One thing’s for sure, you cannot afford to forget your sun protection kit, from your sunglasses, a wide-brimmed hat, all the way to your most trusted sunscreen. Time of the year will not mean too much if you’ll be exposed to sunlight, which you should expect in Italy, Spain, Portugal, and France, and their stunning wine regions.
Wellness Spas Front and Centre
The easiest and perhaps the most desirable option for women among you who are craving for some old-fashioned pampering, you can set up a spa getaway, with a packed itinerary of activities (and the lack thereof) that will ensure you’ll spend your time horizontal and blissful. Group massages, mani-pedi sessions, and facial masks as you sip on a detox smoothie, all of these are a perfect way to spend hours of your weekend bonding and bracing yourself for another busy week.
A DIY Escape Plan
Sometimes, you don’t have the time or perhaps the cash to create a magazine-worthy wellness getaway plan that will have you immersed in Zen for weeks on end. Still, you can have a backup plan in the form of a perfect DIY weekend getaway, somewhere outside the noise and the crowd. You can book a mountain cottage, or simply ask to spend the weekend at your friend’s beach house, bring your own healthy ingredients for the smoothies, and whip up your own facial masks.
Bring your favourite playlists, prepare your snacks in advance, unleash your inner gossip diva, and start sharing ideas on how to make the most of your time away from the city.
Life can get very hectic, very fast, but you can always use your weekends to unwind, bond, and relax with your closest girlfriends and reconnect with Mother Nature in the process. Use these suggestions as your idea-box to always have something up your sleeve to spruce up any ordinary weekend and transform it into a spotless escape plan for your girl-gang!