Holidays with best friends are just different. There’s generally none of that ‘What are we going to do today?’ angst; instead, you intuitively seem to know whether it’s a day for shopping or schlepping, and can then relax into your groove. You do need a fantastic place to stay though, so boutique hotel experts Mr & Mrs Smith have searched far and wide, not just to find the perfect girlie getaway destinations, but ones that also have amazingly sweet deals on swanky stays.
Qamea Resort & Spa, Fiji
Style Trad-rustic beach retreat
Setting Jungle lush Qamea Island
Rustic Qamea Resort & Spa hotel is all about getting back to nature, with traditional thatched bures, a tree-top spa and classic Fijian styling. Set on palm-peppered Qamea Island off Taveuni Island in Fiji’s lush north-east, this beach-blessed bolthole works for relaxing or sporty escapes, with sublime snorkelling and diving opportunities.
Life really does move at island pace here and everything is geared towards making you completely unaware of – or even care about – what is happening back at home. Breathe in the fresh air, lie in the sunshine, swim in clear ocean water and be alternatively rubbed down by expert hands or plied with freshly shaken cocktails. We guarantee you won’t need to make any greater decision while you’re here than what to have for dinner!
SASSY SAVING: For stays until 31 December, book seven nights and only pay for five, a saving of 28% on the normal rate. Smith members also receive a complimentary 15-minute signature foot massage in their bure on the day of arrival.
L Hotel Seminyak, Bali
Style Luxe, lively and lovely
Setting Seminyak’s style strip
Settle in to Bali’s boutique L Hotel Seminyak for some seriously good times. Bar hopping, boutique shopping, beach flopping – it’s all yours for the taking at this swank abode in Bali’s most exclusive enclave. You’ll be forgiven for forgetting what lies beyond your doorstep though, as luxurious suites, anything-you-ask service, rooftop restaurants and chic bars all conspire to make you linger longer within the hotel itself.
Rise and shine first thing to take advantage of the yoga class, and keep the goodness going with massages and other treatments using organic products at L’Spa. There’s plenty of time to undo that healthy work later with cocktails, prepared by resident mixologist Trevor Bishop, at the poolside Love Bar. To avoid the whole day disappearing before your shaded eyes, gather the girls and catch the hotel shuttle into Seminyak for some major retail therapy.
SASSY SAVING: Make the most of Bali’s high life by booking in to L Hotel Seminyak – stay for at least two nights before 31 March 2013 and you’ll receive 25% off the cost of your room. The room price also includes a special Smith extra – a welcome L Signature cocktail and dedicated butler.
Anantara Kihavah Villas, Maldives
Style Breezy seaside retreat
Setting Blissful Baa Atoll
Arrive at Anantara Kihavah Villas in the Maldives with all the desert island dreams you can muster… think palm-dotted sands, piercing blue seas, pandering butlers, iconic dining and secluded villas… and you won’t be disappointed. In fact, reality will surpass your fantasies with an underwater wine cellar, six-suite overwater spa and, at 49 metres, one of the Maldives’ longest pools all at your disposal!
Listen, we’re not going to argue with you – it reeks of honeymooning. But imagine the fabulous gossip sessions, hours spent reading trashy novels suspended over the pool in jhoola swing beds, and blissful body treatments you can enjoy à deux with your bestie. Back at work, they won’t believe you dined three metres underwater at the property’s signature Sea restaurant or plunged into the ocean each morning from your private deck before heading for breakfast – time to Facebook those photos as proof that it was all just as fabulous as you said it was!
SASSY SAVING: Until 22 December, book four nights at Anantara Kihavah Villas in the Maldives and only pay for three, saving you 25% during your stay. As a Smith extra, you’ll also receive a welcome selection of fruit, canapés and cookies.
To book a stylish Smith stay, visit www.mrandmrssmith.com or call the expert Travel Team on 800 905 326. What’s more, BlackSmith membership is now free for life, so book through Smith to receive life-enhancing extras and exclusive offers at more than 900 hotels and holiday houses around the world.