5 Best places to travel for a girls holiday

Alexandra Mutungi

There's nothing quite like a holiday abroad with your girls, and as we look forward to a more positive 2021 these places should be at the top of your bucket list

Cannes

When you think France, often the famous capital Paris comes to mind. Romantic evenings at Le Mur Des Je t’aime (The Wall of Love), The Louvre or at the Eiffel Tower. However, you’re with your girls. So why not leave the the city of love to the lovers and journey south to Cannes. This holiday is for the girls that want to live like the stars for a weekend or two, and have budgeted for it too. After settling in head straight to The Promenade de la Croisette, which stretches along the shore of the Mediterranean Sea. Not only does it offer a beautiful view, you will feel like celebrities as you wander around the place film stars call home during the Cannes Film Festival. 

Next on the itinerary is Le Vieux Port. An Instagram favourite, The Old Port of Cannes is a picturesque mix of traditional glamour and great wealth. Cocktails by The Port is an activity that’ll never disappoint. 

Looking for an evening filled with fancy cheeses and an enticing selection of wines? Le Bar à Vin is your place, an acclaimed bar in Cannes. With over 100 different types of wines to select from, this is likely to be an evening you and the girls won’t forget. Although that does depend on the number of glasses you have. 
If you’re looking to dust off your dancing shoes and party into the early mornings in a tropical paradise, visit Le Baoli. Located in the heart of Port Pierre Canto. 

 

Ibiza 

Nothing says girls holiday quite like a trip to Ibiza does. Whether you are looking to gleefully stumble down the San Antonio Sunset Strip at 2:00 am or wander the cobbled streets of the old town, Ibiza has it all. For the party lovers, you’ll find a home in San Antonio. Start your holiday right with a day party at Ushaïa. With events like Elrow, Tomorrowland and headliners like Calvin Harris and Duke Dumont the fun never ends. Partying from morning to night isn’t for the faint hearted. So begin your day at Aiyanna Ibiza, in Cala Nova. A restaurant that mixes food with boho chic and beautiful views. Known for their freshly prepared organic menu, Aiyanna is also the perfect recovery spot on the morning after with your besties as you regale each other with tales of the night before.

For a touch of serenity visit Dalt Vila, Ibizas fortified old town, a treasure trove of history. Traces of the past can be found all over this town. The old port area is where you will find the cobbled streets and the beautiful white painted houses, perfect place to explore.


Brazil

One of the few places on Earth that is warm all year-round, where temperatures rarely dip below 20°C. Brazil is the perfect destination for a girls holiday. Being the largest country in South America, it’s no surprise that it has something for everyone. For the girls group with the most revellers, the place for you is Rio de Janeiro. The iconic Rio Carnival, is truly where Brazil comes to life in an explosion of colour and passion. Full of parades, shows and dancing in the streets, the perfect party. Next on the Rio bucket list, a visit to the famous Christ the Redeemer statue which overlooks a panoramic view of this beautiful seaside city. Visit when the sun is setting for a scenic experience. 

For the lovers of culture, head to Salvador. Known for its colonial architecture, Afro-Brazilian culture and it’s tropical coastline. Visit the historic centre, Pelourinho. Discover the squares filled will musicians and dancers, the Colonial landmarks such as The Cathedral Basilica of Salvador and Igreja e Convento de São Francisco.  Once it gets dark follow the cobblestone streets that wind past open-air bars. Cafelier, though a café by day once the sunsets this bar becomes the perfect spot for a chilled evening with the girls. Overlooking the Salvador bay with a small menu of artisanal beers, Chilean wines and fruity caipirinhas. 

 

Thailand 

From the crystal clear waterfalls, the elephant sanctuaries and the full moon parties Thailand offers countless adventures for a girls trip. 

Start with Bangkok, the city of angels. For the girls trip that’s all about sightseeing, a visit to Wat Pho is a must. Home to the Reclining Buddha, this incredible statue is covered in gold leaf and stands at fifteen metres tall and forty six metres long. Whilst you’re at the temple you can stop to receive a traditional Thai massage which will get you ready for the night ahead. Another must is a trip to The Grand Palace, one of the famous landmarks of Bangkok. The dazzling golden temples have been the official residence of The Kings of Siam since 1782. After a day of sightseeing, it’s time to party. Khao San Road, the perfect spot for a girls night out. With a street full of bars, the night never has to end. 

Next stop is Ko Pha Ngan, renowned for its monthly Full Moon party. This night long lunar celebration draws revellers from all over the world and is an absolute must. While nursing your hangover, move on to Phuket. Where you’ll find the Elephant Sanctuary, home to rehabilitated Elephants. Observe as they socialise freely, bathe and help prepare food for the herd. 

 

Amsterdam

Known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system, museums and the Red Light District. Amsterdam is packed with adventures waiting to be had. Start your trip right with a canal tour. The history of Amsterdam is intimately connected with water, floating down Amsterdam’s canals is one of the most magical and memorable ways to discover the city especially with a glass of wine or two. 

For the girl group looking for a quirkier adventure head to the Venustemepel Sex Museum, located in the heart of Amsterdam. The world’s first and oldest sex museum. Explore the displays of extensive erotic art, paintings, statues and photographs personally gathered by the museums owners. 

Once it gets dark, keep in line with the theme and visit De Wallen, also known as the Red Light District. One of the oldest neighbourhoods in the city and full of things to do. For an entertaining night of fun, visit one of Amsterdams many erotic theatres. Casa Rosso, one of Netherland’s most famous adult entertainment tourist attraction, will have you and your girls in for an evening of excitement. 

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