The Female Only Getaway You Didn’t Know You Needed

The Female-Only Getaway

You Didn’t Know You Needed

‘Tis the season for drafting “out of the office” emails and jetting off to somewhere magical. If you’re still trying to figure out your upcoming summer travel plans — or simply want to tuck away a few ideas for the months to come — might we suggest going all-in on a destination that caters specifically to women? Whether you’re seeking adventure, relaxation, fitness, or an opportunity to interact with other like-minded fierce females, these four resorts put lady bonding at the top of the priority list.

Like Pura Vida Ventures, Escape Haven is a surf, fitness, and yoga retreat that places an emphasis on both external and internal health and wellness
California’s Golden Door

Literally tucked behind a set of opulent golden doors is one of California’s most storied and luxurious resorts: Golden Door. It’s certainly a splurge destination at approximately $9,000 for a week-long stay, but everyone who enters quickly understands why this place gets its reputation for being a life-changing getaway.

The resort is a Japanese-inspired oasis that sprawls over a 600-acre natural reprieve and houses roughly 40 guests per week. Though it does offer men-only and co-ed weeks throughout the year, 40 of the 52 weeks are reserved for women-only.

“There is a certain level of bonding and comfortability with women-only weeks versus a coed atmosphere,” notes Golden Door manager Kate Mccoy. “Women are more comfortable not wearing makeup and can ‘wear their hair’ down. Women-only weeks have been offered since Golden Door’s inception and has made Golden Door a unique destination since we are one of the only properties that offer women-only programs.”

The primary focus during a stay at Golden Door is mental and physical wellness. Every day, guests have an assortment of fitness activities they can participate in, ranging from spin class to tai chi, along with educational classes. 

Spa treatments are also built into guests’ schedule every day, including wraps, massages, and mani/pedis, and gourmet food is the norm. 

It’s no wonder that the resort gets frequent repeat guests with some who even attend multiple times a year. We also want to note that Golden Door gives 100% of their net prices to children’s charity.

Finland’s SuperShe Island

Overwhelmed in a sea of bros while working in tech, Kristina Roth took it upon herself to completely switch gears and embark on a journey within a much more inviting sea. The Baltic Sea, to be exact.

The entrepreneur purchased an eight-acre island — which she’s since dubbed SuperShe Island — located off the coast of Finland. This super exclusive destination fits only 10 women at once and features luxurious spa amenities and facilities without a single Y chromosome in sight.

“Women need to spend time with other women,” Roth wrote on the resort’s site. “Being on vacation with men can cause women to become sidetracked, whether it’s to put on a swipe of lipstick or grab for a cover-up. We want SuperShe Island to be rejuvenating and a safe space where women can reinvent themselves and their desires. A place where you can recalibrate without distractions.”

"Women-only weeks have been offered since Golden Door’s inception and has made Golden Door a unique destination since we are one of the only properties that offer women-only programs.”

The spa officially opened in June 2018 and costs roughly $5000 for a five-day inclusive stay. Those who are interested in swimming under the Finland stars, san man, must undergo a vetting process, which you can do by applying for an Exclusive Membership.

Costa Rica’s Pura Vida Adventures

Perhaps a bit more accessible than the two aforementioned destinations is Costa Rica’s Pura Vida Adventures, a surf and yoga retreat for women that’s located in the coastal city of Malpais. Like Golden Door, Pura Vida does offer a handful of co-ed retreats throughout the year, but the majority of the year is reserved for women only.

“I actually created this business for myself and the people I like to hang out with most: women,” says Tierza Davis, the founder. “Women are more open to feelings, emotions and are willing to get deep quickly. That’s why there are knitting circles, book clubs, coffee hours, etc. Women create these groups so we can come together and share experiences. Women are ultimately givers, and this is how we give back — by sharing with each other.”

“[We have them] become vulnerable by teaching them extreme sport surfing, giving them the guidance of yoga, and ultimately providing a container that will allow them to explore and grow,” says Davis. She adds, “I think when you have the male energy it changes the dynamic. In general, men are more competitive and when learning to surf, they think of it more as a sport versus a journey, and they aren’t as willing to show their emotions. This is then felt with the others in the group, so the group’s exploration might not be as deep. Ultimately, women’s only retreats tend to have more bonding, more sharing and lots of love.”

Bali’s Escape Haven

If there’s one destination in the world that’s become synonymous with rediscovering yourself and tuning into your more spiritual side, it has to be Bali, Indonesia. Though you can find countless resorts, hotels, BnBs, and even intimate home stays, Escape Haven is unique in that it’s a destination for only women.  

“At Escape Haven, we believe that every woman has the ability to rejuvenate, transform, and blossom into the most radiant version of herself when given time, space and support of a nourishing, uplifting environment,” the site states. “We believe every woman deserves to be nourished from the inside out, and pampered from the outside in, which is why we have created a luxurious sanctuary exclusively for women to reclaim their depleted energies and be nurtured back to a state of flourishing vitality.”

Like Pura Vida Ventures, Escape Haven is a surf, fitness, and yoga retreat that places an emphasis on both external and internal health and wellness. They have a variety of packages to choose from throughout the year, with average prices between $2500 and $3500.

Wendy Rose Gould

Wendy Rose Gould is a reporter based in Phoenix, Arizona. She covers women’s lifestyle topics for numerous digital publications, including Refinery29, InStyle, xoVain, Headspace, PopSugar and ModCloth. You can learn more about her at WendyGould.com.

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