After the blur of the holidays and the rush to make up for lost time at work, most of us will be bleary-eyed and basket cases before Valentine’s Day rolls around. What QG suggests is high tail it off for a bit of R&R with your best girlfriends, your sisters, mom, even your daughters – just pack an overnight, delegate who’s gonna’ manage the daytime activities and who’ll plan your night’s out and get going! Here’s a few favs we found that are sure to peel back the stress and give you a chance to giggle, share, snap some pics and rejuvenate and come home refreshed and ready to take on the world.
Palm Springs, CA
A phenomenal SoCal desert special from the chic Parker Palm Springs includes two nights in a king room, breakfast daily at Norma’s (plus a wake-up smoothie from room service one morning), two 30-minute spa treatments (reflexology, Swedish massage, manicure/pedicure), lunch in your robe at the spa, a round of cocktails and a game of petanque at sunset (the hotel has its own court), dinner at either Norma’s or Mister Parker’s (the latter only if you’re staying on a Wednesday or Thursday night), and s’mores around the outdoor firepit. In addition, a selection of chick flicks, popcorn, and snacks will be delivered for an in-room pajama party. When: Sundays through Thursdays Jan – June ($595 per person, double). Contact: Parker Palm Springs theparkerpalmsprings.com.
Who doesn’t love a chance to soak in US history and some luxe pampering? The special at the Nine Zero hotel, just off Boston Common, includes one night in a “fantastic” guest room (rooms are intimate, fantastic, or spectacular, depending on size and view) with two queen-size beds, bath products by Boston stylist Mario Russo, and a martini bar (mixings, glasses, shaker, jar of olives). Also included: a personal shopper at Giorgio Armani or Louis Boston on Newbury Street, a manicure and pedicure at Salon Mario Russo, a DVD of Girls Just Want to Have Fun to watch in the room while primping, and a round of Commons-politans at the hotel’s Spire bar. When: Mar- Aug (from $499 per room, double – some restrictions during peak graduation weekends). Contact: Nine Zero ninezero.com.
Las Vegas, NV
Option #1; Take a throw of the dice, party like a rockstar and soak up some Strip style girl time! Air from Chicago, transfers, three nights in a luxury suite at The Venetian, and a Grand Canal Shoppes Shop & Spa package, including a massage, facial, or manicure and pedicure at Canyon Ranch SpaClub, access to the facilities, a meal in the spa café, special offers from stores in the Canal Shoppes Mall, $5 off admission to Madame Tussauds, free admission to Vivid The Club, and more. When: Mar 9–18, Apr 23–30, June 3–23 ($795 per person, double). Other Gateways: Miami ($829), New York ($839), Houston ($845). Contact: Liberty Travel libertytravel.com.
Option #2; If you are feeling the yuletime frazzles like we are here at QG, this is a great time to head to The Aria in Vegas for their sweet deal on rooms that come with a $50 resort credit and free room upgrade at CityCenter Hotel. This winter offer starts at $119 plus tax, double down for $100 in credits and rooms at only $109. Redeem code “ARWINT11LO” when making your reservation. Credits can be used on dining or the spa. Deal good thru Feb 06. Contact; www.arialasvegas.com
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Wide open beaches, a safe and friend community and endless shopping await you for less than a car payment. Travel to Mexico with air from Los Angeles or Phoenix, transfers, three all-inclusive nights at the Hacienda Hotel & Spa across the street from the beach (with three restaurants, three bars, and a pool), and all taxes and fees. Also includes a 35-minute massage or a 35-minute reflexology foot massage and a $10 discount on another spa treatment. When: Select Monday and Tuesday departures until through July 31 (from $485 per person, double). Details: Extra nights from $75. Single supplement from $124. Other Gateways: Las Vegas, San Diego ($525). Contact: US Airways Vacations usairwaysvacations.com.
Paris Euro Tour
To wine, dine and indulge your deepest fashion junkie desires – Paris is the destination! Air from Boston, D.C., New York, or most other East Coast gateways and a seven-day fully guided, fashion-oriented tour of Paris. The price covers transfers, six nights’ hotel (and taxes), breakfast daily, a half-day orientation tour of the city, and a fashion tour. The trip may include visits to Givenchy, Hermès, and up-and-coming designers in the Marais; watching a live fashion show; trolling the antique clothing stalls at flea markets; or a tour of the Louvre’s Musée de la Mode et du Textile, where there’s a Balenciaga exhibit until early 2007. When: Jan -Mar 01 ($1,850 per person, double). Contact: Fashion Perspective Tours fashionperspectivetours.com.
Package info and details courtesy of Budget Travel Magazine; www.budgetravel.com