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Girls Getaway Guide, Winter 2016: Round Up Your Friends, It’s Time for Adventure

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If you and your girlfriends are aiming to bounce out of a routine of brunches, lunches, and wine nights, we here at the Venue Report hear you. From the coasts of America to bustling international cities to the mountains, jungles, and deserts around the world, our roundup offers every sort of adventure for any kind of group. So it’s time you called up your nearest and dearest to put dates in the calendar and get ready to jetset.

By: Jake Kilroy | Venue: The Palmwood
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Go Glamping in Morocco at Desert Luxury Camp

Out in the sand dunes of Northwestern Africa, a gloriously colorful stay of white canvases, dark lanterns, and brightly adorned rugs awaits you. This is glamping at its most exotic, comfortably welcoming you to the desert with king sized beds, fully functionable bathrooms, and sunrises/sunsets you won’t believe.
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Watch the Northern Lights at ION Luxury Adventure Hotel

On the rocky alien world-like landscape of rural Iceland, a futuristic building of luxury boldly rises from the earth. Inside, however, it's chic furniture, stylish decor, and windows galore, making for the perfect place to cozy up and behold the Northern Lights.
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Stay at the super luxurious Annandale located in a 1,000 year old bay

Have the time of your life at a converted farm home on the Banks Peninsula. A rich history born out of the 19th Century blends with 21st Century luxury amid a timeless landscape of hills and bays. Splendid gardens surround the homestead alongside an infinity pool, spa pool, and tennis court. Rest easy with dear friends.
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Stay at the Pinterest sensation, Villa Palmier

Disappear as a group to relax at the ultimate beach escape. A heavenly white, broken up by green plants and the occasional neutral color, ensures the softest, most therapeutic vibe throughout the beach house. Add in the softest linens and contemporary decor and it feels like tranquility is no longer a state, but a place instead.
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Have a weekend getaway at Belmond El Encanto

A gem of a getaway for the endless summer of the West Coast, this bungalow-dotted escape has charmed Californian locals, transplants, and tourists since the 1920s. It's a longtime icon for beachside luxury that’s kept its original architecture as well as its historic trellised-lined arbor and lily pond. Plus, there's celebrated (locally sourced) cuisine with lush gardens to stroll and an epic swimming pool for any efforts to work off your lounging.
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Stay in New Orleans French Quarter at the brand new Catahoula Hotel

Looking like a movie set inside and out, this 18th Century Creole townhouse has been restored for all kinds of fun. Brick walls, patinas, and balconies give the stately home a charming aura of past romance and contemporary adventure. There's also a rooftop terrace that features a cocktail bar tucked beneath palm trees and a cedar pergola. Do the Big Easy right!
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Bathe in the hot springs of Utah Mystic Hot Springs

Monroe, Utah
Talk about an escape from the normal! This killer set of hot springs, pumped in pools and charmingly repurposed bathtubs, is a good spot year-round—especially in cooler weather, when snow has stomped its beautiful way across the state. The glorious secret for the pure of heart keeps hidden amid rocky terrain, but is surrounded by grassy tent campsites, pioneer cabins, and tropical fish ponds.
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Lounge poolside at Riad BE Marrakech

With tile work that belongs in a temple, this urban hideaway is tucked away in the middle of a bustling cultural center. Surrounded by history, art, and handicrafts, the European-touched riad is a wonderful blend of local and foreign luxury.
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Explore the Kauai jungles and stay at The Palmwood

What better place to recharge than a secluded bed and breakfast on Kauai's North Shore? It's not your average B&B, though. We're talking an intimate Japanese-inspired guesthouse on a five-acre estate overlooking the rolling green hills of Moloa'a. Experience a picturesque stay that'll melt your muscles as much as your mind.
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Explore India and stay at the jungle oasis, Ananda In The Himalayas

Dazzling with colonial hill architecture, villas and suites quaintly hide in the Sal forests. Here, you'll discover an award-winning luxury destination spa in the Himalayan foothills of Northern India. Overlooking a river valley, this is an escape to unite your mind, body, and soul with an international wellness program balanced on fitness and healthy organic cuisine.
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Head to the mountains and stay at the woodsey boutique hotel, The Graham & Co.

In a small Catskill hamlet, three acres of activities await you and your posse to roam free. Everything from hammocks to a badminton court is ready for the taking, as you hike, ski, and tube, while continually coming back to a cocktail.
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Stay where Coco Chanel lived & visit the Chanel Spa

Reborn in the City of Light, this faithfully restored hotel is a stunning celebration of old-world glamor, modern luxury, and timeless romance. Having hosted everyone from Chopin to Chanel, this sophisticated wonder transports you and your crew to a different time, a different life, and a different dimension, honestly.
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Glamp in a vintage airstream at Happy Glamper

Glamping on the Mornington Peninsula is an ideal way to have the most fun while honoring the local environment. In a bell tent or a vintage Airstream, you can have your very own coastal oasis home for a spine-tingling spell. The best part is that the exact location is up to you and the gals.
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Have the best sleepover ever at The Line Hotel

Bring out your gang's liveliest side at a joint that's been cool forever. Bopping to life in Koreatown, this industrially chic hotel could just as easily be your favorite local lounge. Modern interiors, killers cuisine, and sensational bar lineups match the grandness of the floor-to-ceiling views of the Hollywood Hills. It’s the L.A. you’ve long been searching for.
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Get some R&R at Aro Ha Wellness Retreat

Epic doesn't even begin to cover the surroundings here. Sunlight slides over the mountains and bounces off the water, making everywhere you turn seem like a fantasy. At this radiant and luxurious South Island retreat, you dive into nature, adventure, self-development, alternative health, and results-oriented fitness.
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Discover Miami's food and nightlife scene & stay at the Mandarin Oriental, Miami

In a lively city that more than readily offers a grand nightlife, a stellar food scene, and late-night dancing at each and every turn, of course there are a million cool places to stay. Our favorites are The Mandarin Oriental, The Raleigh, The Tides, and The Betsy. Just make sure you brunch at 27 Restaurant and Bar.
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Have an adult camp sleepover at Camp Wandawega

Get ready for adult summer camp! That means fun outdoorsy activities during the day, s’mores in the evening, and a camp sleepover at night. Once a hotbed of activity during Prohibition, this secret no-frills camp kicks up its heels on the shores of a hidden lake at the edge of the woods. Live wild while also enjoying coffee in a treehouse, the way it was meant to be savored.
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Go beach glamping at Nomade Tulum

Tulum, Mexico
This tropical space was designed to awaken the soul and free the mind. Such challenges seem significantly less impossible when you're surrounded by the most beautiful sanded beaches along the Caribbean coastline of Mexico. Find total peace with your friends while lounging, exploring, and hitting the spa.
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Stay at the tiny A-frame cabin, Tye Haus

Seattle, Washington
If you and your friends are keen on some isolation, this cabin community in the lush woods of the Pacific Northwest is your new favorite go-to. Located in the heart of the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, this cabin escape gives you the chance to wake up refreshed each morning to windows filled to the brim with nature.
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Have a champagne brunch on the sands of Nimmo Bay Wilderness Retreat

You know you’re in the right spot when Vanity Fair asks, “What’s not to love?” Truer words were never written. So gather your gals for a unique outdoor adventure that includes hot springs, whale-watching, and champagne picnics on the beach. Oh, did we mention there were 50,000 square miles of rainforest and 10,000-year-old glaciers surrounding you? Because that's the scenery you score for your special lady soiree.
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Celebrate winter in Woodstock and stay at Hotel Dylan

Escape to this picture-perfect gem that’s as much for your most outdoorsy as it is your dearest antique-shopping pal. Be sure to try the local maple syrup as well as the new restaurant at Hotel Dylan, a contemporary take on old-school groovy that’s inspired by the infamous music festival.
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Cruise through South Africa on the Zambezi Queen

The jewel of the Chobe River welcomes you to float down the sparkling sunlit waters of Africa. You and the girls can dock on serene beaches to spend the day lounging before returning to your five-star suite after sunset. In between, there's world-class dining, spa-side cocktails, and candlelit massages. It's a good life if you want it.
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Nayara Springs

Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
Try an ultra-exclusive boutique hotel in the jungle on for size. It'll probably fit well for you, your ladies, and anyone interested in perfecting the art of lounging. Tucked away in the Arenal Volcano National Park, which keeps one of the world's highest concentration of tropical plants and wildlife, this colorful hideaway invites you to do nothing at all. You deserve it.
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Sail through Indonesia with ALEXA Private Crusies

Once a spice ship, the floating venue of traditional Phinisi boat design is a beloved destination that keeps on the move. Refinish teak blends spectacularly well with charming antiques, silk Persian rugs, and cherished kilims. Plus, there are panoramic windows to practically breathe in the changing landscape at sea.
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Go to the Winter Wanderlust festival in Oahu

Turtle Bay Resort, Hawaii
You don't only get live music at this February festival. You also score world-class yoga and meditation lessons amid Oahu’s spectacular surroundings. Meanwhile, you can local and sustainable cuisine too while taking on guided adventures of biking and eco-kayaking.
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Travel through Nicaragua

Nicaragua
It's incredible that such a beautiful country has remained as wild and undeveloped as it has. Better yet, it's beyond perfect for travelers set on equal parts lounging and exploring. Dreamily designed hotels wait for you and your girls to grace their jungle grounds. Rest well on the beach, beside a sparkling pool, or in open-air rooms that welcome the breeze like an old friend.
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