Whether it’s a bachelorette party or chill-out time with your mom, sisters, or daughters, a girls weekend getaway is an opportunity to recharge, reconnect, and unwind. But it’s not one-size-fits-all when it comes to planning a perfect vacation. From healing retreats to shopaholic sprees, here are some top choices for quality gal-pal time for every personality type.
If sizzling night scenes, celebrities, and shopping are your posse’s idea of a fab girls weekend getaway, there’s no better place to splurge than The Hazelton Hotel, Toronto’s glitziest. Located in the heart of Bloor-Yorkville, this stylish hideaway is a celebrity hotspot during the star-studded Toronto International Film Festival and draws a posh crowd year-round. After primping in your suite’s glossy walk-in dressing room, you and your gal pals will be ready to browse Holt Renfrew, Canada’s mecca for designer clothing and haute couture. This fashion fixture on Bloor Street’s Mink Mile is beloved for its shoe sales, trunk shows, and private shopping events. But if you’re not sure where to begin, there’s a style-savvy in-store concierge available to point you in the right direction. Once you’re shopped out, if that’s possible, enjoy some real-life stargazing while noshing on buttery vermouth-braised lobster at the trendy ONE Restaurant, helmed by culinary superstar Mark McEwen. Not only is the cuisine unforgettably chic, but it’s also Toronto’s best spot for celeb-spotting.
Sneak away for a spa escape and catch up on the latest news with your BFFs while you take a dip in a therapeutic pool of steaming green tea at Body Blitz Spa. Or cocoon in a City Seaweed Detox Wrap at Stillwater Spa, where you’ll feel your stresses melt away as the re-mineralizing seaweed restores your body, mind, and spirit. Want to indulge in some sweets without any guilt? Try the french-pear-and-chocolate dip treatment within the historic Tudor-style Old Mill Hotel and Spa. This velvety 90-minute treatment actually delivers great health benefits; chocolate is full of antioxidants and there’s no need to count calories. Pampering experiences are also a highlight of an indulgent afternoon spent with a soothing hot stone massage at Hand & Stone Spa, located in easy-to-pop-into spots around town.
Mangia! With its rustic breads, a cheese cave that will have you swooning with desire, and authentic southern Italian cuisine that would impress even the most traditional nonna, the Ritz-Carlton, Toronto is an ideal base for an epicurean bash. Helmed by two-star Michelin chef Oliver Glowig, the hotel’s TOCA Restaurant showcases artisanal products in a spectacular way with dishes such as Ontario trout topped with spring green onion, and a pillowy tiramisu that tastes as light as a cloud. Complement it all with superb Ontario wines. You can even create a souvenir from your girls weekend getaway during a playful workshop hosted by resident artist Jacqueline Poirier, where you paint and take home your own plate. The fun doesn’t stop when it’s time to turn in. Enjoy a pyjama party with room service, flutes of champagne, and panoramic skyline views from one of the glamorous one-bedroom corner suites with adjoining rooms.