9 of the Best Girls' Weekend Getaways
How do you get a group of best friends excited? Just mention the prospect of a girls’ getaway. Those two words are guaranteed to spike serotonin levels. Here at Beautiful Accommodation, we’re big fans of a girls’ weekend away. After all, what’s not to love about a luxury holiday with your favourite ladies?
Planning a trip with your closest friends brings with it the promise of sipping bubbly, soaking in hot tubs, a massage or two and, most importantly, spending time with those whose friendship you value the most. This Beautiful Accommodation list is brimming with boutique stays that all make the perfect setting for a girls’ weekend. Think cosy cottages in spa country, secluded coastal retreats and gourmet escapes smack-bang in the middle of a vineyard.
So, to give you an idea of where you could spend your next girls’ trip, here’s some travel inspiration from some of Australia’s best boutique accommodation, perfect for you and the gals.
Brokenchack Vineyard Bed & Breakfast, Keyneton, South Australia
This abode feels more like a close friend’s home than anything else, with comfort being its leading attribute. Upon arrival, guests are greeted and shown around the homestead by the owner, Trevor, and his wines are just as wonderful as his home. Enjoy the surrounds of arguably Australia’s most famed wine region, the Barossa Valley, making Brockenchack Vineyard Bed & Breakfast the epitome of a luxurious stay amongst the vines. We suggest taking part in a private wine tasting and vineyard tour by Trevor, and tasting his wines within your comfort-leading home as the sun sets.
One Mile Retreat, Boat Harbour, New South Wales
This contemporary coastal pad gifts awe-inspiring ocean views and is part of a complex boarded by the Boat Harbour bushland. Once you’ve arrived at One Mile Retreat and have settled into your bathing suit, take a float in the infinity pool, or enjoy the bubbling Jacuzzi and adjacent hot tub. If you wish to experience the fresh waters, take a wander down to One Mile Beach, and when you’re done, enjoy the idyllic sunset views of it from back home.
Altamira Retreat, McLaren Vale, South Australia
McLaren Vale is renowned as being a luxury holiday destination, with its dreamy beaches and luscious vineyards. The Altamira Retreat, located on a stunning nine-acre vineyard, makes for a divine weekend away for whatever the reason you wish to escape. The retreat has been artfully dressed, the owners using vintage and eclectic pieces collected from their own travels, and a healthy hamper of gourmet provisions awaits all guests as a welcoming gift. Expect locally-sourced goods such as pasta, tomato sugo, shortbread and more.
Orchard Keepers, Red Hill South, Victoria
This chic country escape offers two original cottages joined by a sweet pathway, each showing their unique charms. Complete with a lounge, bathroom and two bedrooms, the Orchard Keepers is simply perfect for families — parents in one wing, kids in the other — or adult groups that love travelling together, but don’t really wish to live on top of one another. Outdoor spaces are a shining attribute of these cottages; two decking areas will undoubtably be enjoyed by guests, and the tennis court is sure to provide additional enjoyment, too.
The Peninsula, Dover, Tasmania
You don’t need to be able to predict the future to know what you’ll say when you see The Peninsula in Dover for the first time. It will be a medley of 'ooh's and 'ahh's, with a string of glowing adjectives thrown in for good measure. The Peninsula sits on 250 acres of private waterfront, making it perfect for groups searching for a getaway with no interruptions. Three king bedrooms allow the home to cater for a crew of up to six. The kitchen is complete with an impressive wine rack so you have space to stash your preferred drops, which you can choose to enjoy by the crackling wood fire, outdoors on the expansive timber deck, and maybe even in the expansive outdoor hot tub. Make your soaks even more satisfying by exploring one of the private walking trails beforehand.
Sade’s, Daylesford, Victoria
What goes into making a girls’ weekend getaway? Location and a list of highly coveted features. Sade’s has both of the above going for it. Found in Daylesford, one of Victoria’s most endearing girls’ holiday destinations, Sade’s has the kind of calling cards that will see it enter your regular escape rotation. There are four beautiful bedrooms to give you and up to 10 of your friends superbly soft places to rest after a day spent doing as much or as little as you fancy. The ground floor has the perfect set-up for indoor-outdoor living and throwing open the bi-fold doors will allow you to wander between a sun-drenched patch on the deck and the sleek, modern kitchen. When the sun goes down, soak away in the outdoor jacuzzi for a decent gossip session, bubbles in hand, of course.
140 Mitchell at Mollymook, Mollymook, New South Wales
When sun and sand is on the agenda for your trip away, it’s hard to beat some of Australia’s best beaches, located on the New South Wales South Coast–Mollymook, in particular. 140 Mitchell at Mollymook is an ultimate beachside weekend accommodation for the girls, especially the surf savvy! It has panoramic views, bedrooms with ensuites and curved balconies that provide a vista setting that’s perfect for sunset cocktails. Groups of six can spread out across two beach house styled living areas, and you and your girlfriends can even enjoy being pampered by arranging in-house massages. How will you spend the rest of your time? Toss up between walks (or waves) along the beach, curling up by the wood fire during winter or drive out to some of New South Wales’ best wineries and organic cafés.
Grand Cru Estate Homestead, Springton, South Australia
Grand Cru Estate Homestead has a pedigree that will instantly appeal to a group of wine lovers. It sits as a part of the Peter Seppelt Winery and Vineyard estate, one of the Barossa Valley’s most recognisable wineries and vineyards. With that comes some pretty amazing perks: direct access to the estate’s onsite eatery, the Wood Oven Restaurant, and the cellar door. Don’t let the promise of the gourmet distract you from what is on offer behind the homestead’s front door, though. You can expect three lovely bedrooms, two renovated bathrooms, a lounge dotted with Chesterfield sofas and plenty of al fresco space, including an outdoor bathtub with excellent views. Full breakfast provisions are also provided, and your troop will be welcomed with complimentary wine and a gin and tonic. Let that set the standard for the rest of your stay.
Luxury Villa 113, Palm Cove, Queensland
Tropical settings are to girls’ getaways what Nutella is to strawberries: a perfect pairing. Luxury Villa 113 in Port Douglas has a pretty lush location; it is a part of the Sea Temple Resort & Spa in Palm Cove. Accessed through a private gate, your villa has three generous bedrooms, an elegant dining space, cosy reading room and a shaded terrace overlooking a plunge pool. Combine that with the villa’s cool neutral tones and Asian-inspired décor and it’s enough to make you feel as though you’re in Thailand or Bali. Everything you need to spend two nights, a long weekend or even a week long luxury holiday is at your disposal, including the resort’s guests facilities–another swimming pool, a gym, day spa, bar and restaurant. Let's not forget the pristine white beach with iconic palms to complete your picture-perfect island getaway.
We hope this list has helped to inspire your perfect weekend getaway with the girls. Now the only struggle is deciding which one is the best…