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Celebrate your decision to take the ultimate plunge by planning an exciting prewedding weekend trip with your pals! These heart-pounding girlfriend getaway ideas are for ladies who aren’t afraid of a little adventure.
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Jungle Time in Southern Belize
Let the beach bums have the popular islands off Belize’s northern coast. Deep in the south, about 35 miles from the Guatemala border, the former fishing lodge-turned-agritourism resort Belcampo (from $288 a night) provides a far-from-the-crowds hideaway for serious epicures and eco-minded types. Book all four of Belcampo’s brand-new Ridge Suites, which share panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea, private butler service, and a dedicated infinity pool.
When to Go: November to April—high season, but also the driest.
How to Get There: Fly to Belize International, then hop a one-hour connection to Punta Gorda.
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✔ Explore the 3,000-acre organic farm.
✔ Relax at the spa, where each of you can be scrubbed down with brown sugar and cocoa nibs (from Belcampo’s cacao plantation, the largest in the country).
✔ Say cheers to your last fling before the ring in the cocktail garden, where limes, coconuts, and pitayas grow for the Rum Bar—all surrounded by the rainforest-cloaked Maya Mountains.
✔ Sign up for a Belcampo-arranged trip, such as the resort’s “Snorkel With a Chef” excursion: You and seven of your besties will follow up a snorkeling-and-cocktails session with an on-boat lunch of conch, lobster, and crab that the crew pulls out of the water and prepares right before your very eyes.
✔ Strike out for jaguar-spotting at the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary and Jaguar Preserve, a place that about 80 cool cats call home.
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Surf’s Up in Costa Rica
It’d be tough to find a more newbie-friendly surf spot than Nosara, Costa Rica, with its wide, white-sand beaches, reliably moderate waves, and a thriving expat community that’s got more surf instructors than stoplights. A group of 12 (or up to 16, if some aren’t surfing) can book the whole Surf Simply facility ($2,980 per person per week, all-inclusive) and keep board bloopers a strictly private affair.
When to Go: December to May to avoid the rainy season.
How to Get There: Catch a nonstop to Liberia, about a two-hour drive to Nosara.
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✔ Take Surf Simply’s full-on immersion surfing course: There’s an emphasis on technique—you’ll watch videos of yourself to analyze your stance—and you will benefit from the two-to-one student-to-teacher ratio, daily downtime, and yoga.
✔ Enjoy non-board-related tours and excursions, such as an ATV tour with Iquad Nosara of the region’s unpaved roads, jungle streams, and even a hanging bridge or two.
✔ Explore mangrove forests on a stand-up paddleboard with Experience Nosara.
✔ Take your crane pose to the next level at Nosara Yoga Institute, a big-deal teacher-training facility that also accommodates regular Janes (and Joes) at daily 90-minute drop-in classes.
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Girls Gone Wild (West) in Central Mexico
A totally legit reason to head south of the border for an unforgettable range-roving experience: unlimited post-horseback ride margaritas to restore your saddle-weary bones. Not that you’ll exactly be roughing it at Rancho Las Cascadas (from $295 a night), a 10-acre, bougainvillea-draped all-inclusive resort in the central Mexican highlands.
When to Go: Anytime; temps hover in the mid-70s year-round.
How to Get There: Fly into Queretaro or Mexico City, then take the private ground transfer arranged by the ranch.
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✔ Embark on daily, small-group trail rides over 500,000 acres of open, postcard-worthy terrain.
✔ Dally in the waterfall-facing heated infinity pool.
✔ Fit in an outing. Like, for instance, to the Sunday crafts market in colonial Tepotzotlan (souvenirs? check!); Estudio Diego Rivera, the home-slash-studio of ultimate “It’s Complicated” couple Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera in San Angel; and Teotihuacán’s Mayan pyramids (55800 Teotihuacán de Arista).
✔ Take over the ranch’s new 16-seater hot tub to rehash the juicier details of a what-happens-in-Mexico-stays-in-Mexico night.
✔ Save one afternoon for a trip to the property’s zip-line course; you might just have all 6,000 feet of it to yourselves.
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Shop Till You Drop in Singapore
So much about Singapore is otherworldly—the three cloud-touching 57-story towers of the Marina Bay Sands complex, which almost look like Stonehenge when you squint; the surreal, plant-filled playground that is the new Gardens by the Bay park, where 100-foot concrete “super trees” sprout vertical flowers and gleam with laser-light shows at night; and a slew of ornate, vibrantly colored temples that stand in contrast to the city’s gleaming glass facades. The perfect, opulently trippy place to bunk while in this dreamscape is the new So Sofitel (from $236 a night), with its glowing, gold-tiled rooftop pool, supersize bed-shaped bathtubs, and custom trompe l’oeil light boxes designed to look like 19th-century French cupolas over the beds. Just outside the hotel, mind-bending contrasts await around every corner.
When to Go: Late summer and early fall, when there’s a slight break in tourist traffic.
How to Get There: Fly into Changi Airport, a 15-minute cab ride to So Sofitel.
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✔ Let the Makansutra Glutton’s Bay introduce you to Singapore’s crazy-delicious food scene—it’s a chaotic (but clean) hawker center packed with stalls serving up Malay, Chinese, and Indian specialties.
✔ Spruce up for a night out with a rose oil–focused “Full Moon” massage and facial at Auriga Spa on Sentosa Island, aka beach central; guy groups should go with a pregame hot-towel shave at the just-opened outpost of the 200-year-old Truefitt & Hill Barber Shop in Chinatown.
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Slalom in Charlevoix, Canada
Picture this: You all hop on Le Massif de Charlevoix’s converted 1960s double-decker commuter train in Quebec (perhaps after a night of vino and dancing in the resurging Saint Roch district). During the two-hour ride north, you dig into a four-course gourmet meal (say, duck foie gras paired with local beer) as the St. Lawrence River rolls by outside the ceiling-height windows ($369 per round trip). When you arrive in Baie-Saint-Paul, Hotel La Ferme (from $79 a night) spreads out before you, a modern-meets-rustic compound of five minimalist buildings (constructed with local timber and decorated with design-forward furniture), which house 145 guest rooms, a Nordic-style spa, three restaurants, and a seasonal farmers’ market. Stylish, dorm-style rooms at Hotel La Ferme also make it easy to keep the party going around the clock.
When to Go: December to mid-April, when the best snow falls.
How to Get There: Fly to Quebec, then hop aboard the train from Quebec to Baie-Saint-Paul.
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✔ Take a short rail shuttle to the resort’s slopes, home to Canada’s highest vertical ski drop east of the Rockies, with an impressive—okay, intimidating—proportion of black-diamond and double-black runs (that’d be 55 percent).
✔ Opt for the Amateur luge: The mountain’s new 4.6-mile track descends more than 2,400 feet, with a stop halfway where you can refuel on liquid courage in a cozy chalet.
✔ Switch it up and explore Grands-Jardins National Park on 20 miles of snowshoe trails.
✔ Set off on a different route: the regional Flavor Trail, a circuit of 20 artisan bakers, cider distillers, mushroom growers, charcutiers, and at least one truly transcendent cheese maker—La Maison d’Affinage Maurice Dufour, whose Le Migneron de Charlevoix and Le Ciel de Charlevoix have taken home international prizes.