This summer, grab your squad and get out to the hottest place to be: the desert! With palm trees, pools, and sun galore — not to mention endless options for luxe lodging, spas, and cocktailing — a trip to one of the chicest desert cities in the Western U.S. is a can’t-miss idea for a girls getaway. Here’s what we’re thinking…
1. Scottsdale, Arizona
The posh destination of Scottsdale is a perfect choice for spa lovers and outdoorsy types. For an ideal way to connect with friends in an environment as luxurious as it is cozy, book the brand new Spa House at the Sanctuary Camelback Mountain resort and spa. The house — yes, it’s literally a residence within the grounds of the larger hotel — has four bedrooms, a full kitchen, pool, fitness studio, and its own treatment rooms.
Grab your girls and go horseback riding, or hike Camelback Mountain with views for days — one of the most popular trails in the country, it’s a social scene not unlike Los Angeles’ Runyon Canyon. Have dinner at the veggie-friendly FnB, and taste wine on the patio at sundown at a long table at LDV Wine Gallery.
For burly-girlie photo opps for days, tour the desert in a pink Jeep through Pink Adventure Tour.
2. Palm Springs, California
Palm Springs has gotten ever chicer in recent years — you might even call it a return to the city’s heyday as a celeb escape in Hollywood’s golden age. Grab the girls for an elegant stay somewhere like the Colony Palms, with its endlessly Instagrammable poolside scene. For brunch, dine alfresco at So.Pa restaurant within the buzzy new L’Horizon Palm Springs. (Or stay there, if money is no object.)
When the sweltering afternoon heat becomes just too much, shower off the sunscreen and go shopping: Trina Turk’s boutique is a quintessentially Palm Springs place to start. (Obviously, buy a caftan.) Or get back in the car for the short drive to the Desert Hills Premium Outlets in nearby Cabazon for steals galore from high-end fashion houses.
3. Las Vegas, Nevada
If Las Vegas is your kind of desert getaway — you know who you are. Book uber-cool digs at a hotel like the high-design Cosmopolitan, with its dead-on views of the Bellagio's famous fountains. Take treatments at the Delano's Bathhouse Spa.
Of course, you're not just in Vegas to relax by the pool. And get pruney at the spa. And shop. You're also here to party: Jewel nightclub just opened at Aria Resort & Casino time for all your summer troublemaking. Have at it, ladies!
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