All Girls Weekend Bonding Ideas

Frances Amper Sales for Yahoo! Southeast Asia
BeautyTalk3 Leisure Article


Planning a trip with your girlfriends? You don’t have to go to the usual spots (a.k.a. the beach where the sun can age you!). We came up with a few easy suggestions for everyone to enjoy!

Kapitolyo: Wellness in the City

The Pasig neighborhood is fast becoming the place to hang out in on weekends, and not just because of the dozens of restaurants lining its streets. Grab your girlfriends for a wellness weekend by checking in at Ace Hotel and Suites on the corner of United and Brixton Streets. Spend the afternoon at the Ace Water Spa and let hydrotherapy massage ease your stress away. For dinner, just walk a few meters to NAV for healthy and delicious Thai cuisine. The next morning, you and your girlfriends can go to Urban Ashram Manila for yoga. It’s just beside the hotel. For a healthy lunch of fresh sushi, salad and miso soup, just walk to Haru Sushi Bar and Restaurant.

Shangri-La Ortigas: Shopping and Spa Staycation

In the very center of the Mandaluyong business district is the Shangri-La hotel and mall where you can have the most relaxing retreat. Book a night at Edsa Shangri-La Hotel. The hotel alone promises a yummy treat—buffet at Heat, authentic Chinese cuisine at Summer Palace, for starters—and pools to leisurely dip in. It also has the famous and beautifully designed Chi Spa, where therapists massage every muscle into submission. If you and your friends can keep awake after the massage, walk over to the posh Shangri-La Plaza Mall next door for some serious credit card damage.

Manila: Culture Central
Sofitel Manila is a luxury resort hotel by Manila Bay. Not only does it have Spiral, which is the best buffet in town, it also has the most beautiful pools. The hotel is also near many attractions for the culture vulture—theater and ballet shows at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Metropolitan Museum at Bangko Sentral, Intramuros for old churches and Spanish-era buildings. These places are the perfect excuse to dress up and be sophisticated! If you’re done soaking up Philippine culture, just drive a short distance from Sofitel and shop at Mall of Asia!

Tagaytay: Detox Trip

Known for its cool weather, Tagaytay is the best place for busy city girls to escape to—it’s just an hour-and-half’s drive from Manila so there’s no added travel stress. Just pack an overnight bag with warm clothes and go! If you and your barkada are longing for a return to nature and the simple things, you can book a night at the beloved Sonya’s Garden. The delicious home-cooked meals are made with ingredients picked straight from the garden and served on dainty plates. You and your friends will definitely feel special! For complete detoxification, try the many spas in the city—Nurture Spa may be off the beaten track but its signature massages and treatments make it worth a visit. Drop by Ilog Maria Bee Farm for organic products made from beeswax, royal jelly, honey, propolis and the oils of flowers, herbs and seeds.

Singapore: Fun Galore!

While the Lion City may have great shopping, there’s not a lot you can buy there that you can’t already buy in Manila. So if you’re wondering what there is to do in Singapore, you can tell your girlfriends that the city’s many attractions make it a definite fun destination. Feel like kids again at Universal Studios, Ocean Park and Night Safari. Gape at the futuristic park Gardens by the Bay and the light shows at Marina Bay Sands, Sentosa and Gardens by the Bay. Have an exclusive dinner in one of the capsules of the Singapore Flyer. There’s so much to see and do in Singapore that a weekend is never enough!
Also read: How To Make The Most Of Your Weekends