With Mother’s Day around the corner, we have come up with our top 10 holidays for women in case you want to treat a special lady in your life – especially your Mum.
If you don’t want to spend a fortune, consider Finca Armonia in Malaga where women-only courses are offered. Relax among peaceful orange groves and discover your inner peace through Reiki.
Private readings and meditation are also available. This is a true, chill out break for those who would prefer what alternative Spain has to offer.
Specialist operators offer women-only, sea kayak tours in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. No experience is necessary for this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Enjoy the sight of orcas and eagles in the fabled waters of the Inside Passage. You can expect first class gear, gourmet meals and highly-trained guides if you book with a premium operator. Camping, lodge and yacht-based trips are also available.
For the ultimate in spa escapism, choose the Caribbean flavour of the Bahamas. Far-flung and sun-drenched, it has spas blessed with ocean views and tropical climates, perfect locations in which to unwind.
Take breakfast on your veranda, with exotic fresh fruit to stimulate the palate and great fluffy dressing gowns to soothe the soul. After a dip in the pool, succumb to the delights of a full body massage before heading out to the beach to windsurf, waterski – or simply lie in the sun.
Head to Manhattan for a weekend of superb eating, shopping and trendy boutique hotels. From art galleries to Broadway plays, museums to cinemas, New York has some of the best in the world.
Whether you’re travelling on your own or with a bunch of mates, the Big Apple has something to offer everyone.
Walking holidays in the Lake District offer a terrific way to unwind. You can book a break with a specialist operator and travel alone. You’ll be paired up in a twin-bed room and won’t be expected to pay a single supplement.
Or you could head off independently. The trails are well marked and there’s plenty of maps and information available at local tourist offices.
Take a women-only outdoor skills course to boost your confidence, and build your knowledge and experience the vast open spaces of the American wilderness. Women-only courses are offered in backpacking, canoeing, sea kayaking, rock climbing and sailing.
The instructors are female and the environment supportive, but this is a challenge, not a guided tour. You’ll be expected to push yourself, contribute to the group and get fit before the course even starts.
Consider a break to the Greek Islands. Some have yoga centres, such as the one on Skyros. Aside from yoga, other activities you can do include hiking, painting and writing.
Avoid the busy package holiday resorts by choosing quieter isles like Kefalonia or the Aegean Isles where Fourni is a true haven for escapists.
Bicycle tours are a great way to holiday whilst staying fit at the same time. Opt for France which boasts reasonably flat terrain, mild weather and, most importantly, great pit stops.
If you’re mega-fit, hit the steep, winding trails of the Alps. Or else, consider a spring visit to Provence, when poppy fields, wild flowers and flowering almond trees can be seen.
Art lovers will be seduced by the warm tones of Tuscany, with opportunities for landscape, portraiture, architectural studies and still life painting holidays. Most trips are based in a villa or farmhouse, where creativity is nourished and watered with the gourmet food and fine wines of the region.
Though usually not restricted to women, singles are welcomed and the atmosphere is comfortable. It’s common to find one half of a couple taking the course without their partner, indulging in quality “me” time.
Adventurous souls can hit the Kasbah trail in Morocco for a hiking, cycling, and camel trip to the edge of the Sahara. The journey starts from Djemaa el-Fna square in Marrakech and follows sections of the ancient trade route to Timbuktu. Then you’ll head over the High Atlas Mountains to follow the river Draa and its oasis to the desert.
With low cost flights available to Morocco – one of this year’s trendiest hotspot – an adventure holiday here is an affordable option.