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Top Ten Amazing Weekend Girls Trips In Asia

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Top ten weekend girls trips Asia Little Steps

There’s nothing like having a few days away with your favorite ladies. Bring on a girl’s trip to Asia! Whether you have a wellness retreat in mind with yoga, mindfulness walks, some excellent spa treatments, and healthy food, or you want to enjoy exploring a new country, go on a safari, or just rest, Little Steps Asia has the definitive list of indulgent hotels and resorts for you. They have scoured Asia for exquisite hotels, resorts, and camps that give you easy access to bustling towns, incredible history, or white sandy beaches. Here are ten good reasons to give up family responsibilities for a few days or more.

  • Shinta Mani Wild top ten weekend girls trips Asia Little Steps

    Shinta Mani Wild, Cardamom Forest, Cambodia

    Embrace A Weekend Of Jungle Magic

    Shinta Mani Wild is an extraordinary riverside glamping destination set deep in the Cardamom Forest on the banks of the Tmor Rung River. The world-famed hotel designer, landscape architect, and interior designer Bill Bensley was moved by the endless ancient Cambodian wilderness and its forever-changing scenery and has created a resort beyond your wildest dreams. Shinta Mani Wild offers you a weekend of raw jungle magic. The brave arrive on a 400-meter zip line, and those who prefer to stay closer to the ground navigate the jungle in a vintage jeep.

    The extraordinary camp protectively preserves its 865-acre private nature sanctuary and wards off poaching, mining and logging activities. The lavish tents are bursting with character with artisanal dark wood and wild animal print furniture, distinctive art, and collectibles from the local villages. You can choose from an array of activities, including foraging cooking classes, waterfall picnics, seasonal boating expeditions, bird and butterfly watching, enjoy ziplining through the overhead canopies or join an anti-poaching patrol. Your personal Bensley Adventure Butler will attend to your every need and curate unforgettable girl's weekend adventures to suit your tastes.

    The Khmer Tonics Spa has two spectacular treatment rooms cocooned in the rainforest's peaceful canopy. The wellness offerings are nature-inspired and practiced in your tent, aboard the expedition boat, or in the jungle. You'll find nature's influence in each of the Wild treatments.

    Dining at Shinta Mani Wild is spontaneous, fun, and changes daily. The Cambodian executive chef Tim Pheak has daily changing menus using freshly foraged or locally sourced ingredients he collects from the forest. He combines his extensive love of nature and luxury-culinary skills to prepare delicious dishes for you. One day, you might try a fiery curry from across Asia, a five-course tasting menu, or his signature foraged dinner. As you would hope, the bar has impressive views and a deliciously tempting cocktail list. Relax into vintage French chairs with drinks made with ingredients from the jungle floor.

    Shinta Mani Wild, Thmor Roung National Resort, Cambodia, +855 12 223 782, wild@shintamani.com, https://wild.bensleycollection.com/

  • Miskawaan top ten weekend girls trips in Asia Little Steps

    Miskawaan Beachfront Villas, Koh Samui, Thailand

    Expansive Villas Overlooking The Gulf Of Thailand

    Miskawaan occupies one of the most sought-after locations on the shores of Koh Samui in southern Thailand. Hidden amidst labyrinthian cobbled lanes are eight exclusive villas prettily identified with the names of indigenous Thai flowers such as waterlily,  frangipani, and hibiscus. These lavish villas are undoubtedly the epitome of luxury and extraordinary service.

    Wellness and harmony are at the heart of Miskawaan. There is no better place for a group of ladies to focus on their beauty from the inside out. Miskawaan is a unique destination that boasts a personalized approach to integrative wellness through its various science-led fitness and nutrition programs.

    Your villa has numerous bedrooms and an open-plan dining and sitting room perfect for evening gatherings. It envelops a swimming pool overlooking the Gulf of Thailand and the neighboring island, Koh Phangan. You’ll have the luxury of private access to the white sandy beach, a large dining area for alfresco dining and barbeque evenings, a small sala for relaxing, and perfectly manicured lawns for sunbathing.

    Your private butler and concierge team have endless offerings for your girl's retreat. They can arrange everything from a traditional long-tail boat to explore local islands, visit a herd of friendly rescued elephants at Samui Elephant Haven, or practice yoga with a personal instructor. Resident head chef Eddy Choungsomboon grows his herbs, fruits, and vegetables to ensure they are pesticide-free. He believes that eating clean and healthy food is far from dull; he melds flavors from the orient with superfoods with colorful edible flowers to keep you healthy.

    Miskawaan Beachfront Villas, 67/28 Moo 1 Maenam Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84330, Thailand, +66 77 420048, Reservations@miskawaan.com, https://miskawaan.com/

  • Amanpulo Palawan top ten weekend trips girls Asia Little Steps

    Amanpulo, Palawan, Philippines

    The Magic Of The Philippines

    Palawan is spectacular. The archipelago consists of 1,780 islands of secret coves, dramatic rock formations, underground mysteries, and pristine beaches. It has everything from game and marine reserves to lakes, subterranean rivers, coral reefs, and powdery white beaches; it's a perfect destination for an exploring group of friends. The untamed land is ideal for nature lovers and explorers and is fondly known as the last frontier. The province is a world-class nature sanctuary for very good reason; rainforests form a protective mantle around the pristine dive sites, ancient caves, and crystal clear waters. You’ll experience endless exotic flora and fauna and colorful marine life everywhere you look. Enjoy trekking, snorkeling, diving, and peaceful watersports like kayaking and paddle boarding.

    Amanpulo is heavenly marooned on Pamalican Island, a private island fringed with white sandy beaches and pristine coral reefs in the Cuyo Archipelago. The resort gives you a back-to-nature experience in the ultimate comfort. Follow the white sandy tracks that will lead you on adventures to deserted coves and jungle-clad lookouts. Amanpulo is synonymous with indoor-outdoor living; a large swimming pool forms the heart of each villa. A private butler and chef staff your villa, so other than giving yourself time to explore or be pampered, you never have to leave your piece of paradise. If you are feeling active, Amanpulo has a fleet of boats you can take for a sunset cruise, learn how to sail, or take a fishing expedition. Learn how to dive at the onsite PADI dive center and discover the magical underwater gardens and rich marine life.

    You and the girls can dine in paradise in the resort's various restaurants, including the Beachclub, the Picnic Grove, in-villa, or on the beach. Dining features locally-caught seafood and island-grown organic vegetables and herbs in each of Amanpulo’s breathtaking dining venues. The comprehensive menus feature plates from the Philippines, the Mediterranean, and Japan.

    The Aman Spa is the epitome of balance and tranquillity. Resident wellness and fitness specialists welcome frequent visiting wellness experts adding their own range of specialist therapies to the already comprehensive spa menu. Little Steps Asia loves the Hilot massage; therapists alternate hot and cold to rebalance areas of tension, using banana leaves and cold-pressed coconut oil. Meditate or practice yoga in a quiet jungle clearing on the shores of the Sulu Sea.

    Amanpulo, Pamalican Island, Palawan, Philippines, +63 2 7976 5200, amanpulo@aman.com, https://www.aman.com/resorts/amanpulo

     

  • Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay top ten weekend girls trips Asia Little Steps

    Four Seasons Resort, Jimbaran Bay, Bali, Indonesia

    The Ultimate In Balinese Luxury

    Inspired by an authentic Balinese village, the Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay is synonymous with Bali’s unique and magical energy. The resort nestles in a calm bay along a three-mile stretch of white sandy beach. The breathtaking interiors are home to authentic art and antiques showcasing Bali’s unique and incomparable culture.

    The resort has various villas and residences housed in private stone courtyards affording complete privacy. Each villa offers spacious indoor and outdoor living areas with lush gardens, a private pool, and a sun terrace with comfy loungers. The four-bedroom residence is located in an enclave steps from the Jimbaran beach, perfect for a group of discerning ladies. It has expansive outdoor offerings and a private swimming pool. Your dedicated in-villa butler takes care of every detail of your stay. They can arrange exclusive 'at home' experiences, personalized excursions, and even a private helicopter that takes you to world-class waves.

    Learn how to cook signature Balinese dishes at the Jimbaran Bay Cooking Academy. Chefs source many delicious ingredients from the resort's garden; the recipes are unique to the resident Four Seasons chefs who hail from across the country. The Insiders team shares their local knowledge and can recommend places for you and your friends to eat, drink and play around the island.

    Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay, Jimbaran, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali, +62 361 701010, www.fourseasons.com/jimbaranbay

  • Uga Chena Huts Yala top ten weekend girls trips Asia Little Steps

    Uga Chena Huts, Yala, Sri Lanka

    Safari Journeys With The Girls

    Sri Lanka is a hidden gem that’s only been on the map for just over a decade since then-president Mahinda Rajapaksa declared the end of the 26-year civil war. Its tumultuous past has allowed its beautiful people to rebuild their lives and create an extraordinary destination for travelers to discover. The almost endless beaches, rolling surf, ancient ruins, incredible wildlife, delicious tea, and flavorful food are the perfect ingredients for a long girly weekend.

    The Uga Chena Huts are set in the Wildlife tourism zone in Yala, slightly inland from the southernmost coast. Uga Chena offers unforgettable wildlife experiences like no other on the island. The spacious seven-acre resort is home to 14 luxurious wooden cabins. Each cabin is designed in harmony with the natural environment and a nod to African safaris that are so well known. The large cabins feature log furniture, comfy beds, free-standing bathtubs, and a large covered deck with a five-meter plunge pool. The resort has a unique location that borders Yala National Park, the Indian Ocean, and a natural watering hole. Groups of ladies can enjoy discovering the landscape with experienced rangers on personalized safaris.

    Visiting the Ruhuna National Park, familiarly known as Yala, is on top of the list of things to do in Sri Lanka. Ruhuna is the largest and oldest national park. It is the richest in biodiversity, boasting 44 different resident mammal species and one of the highest leopard population densities in the world. There are dozens of reptile species, including turtles, crocodiles, flying snakes, and fan-throated lizards. The reserve has over 200 resident and migrant species of birds; the flamboyant peacock is the most common. Your ranger will take you for adventures through grasslands, semi-deciduous and thorn forests, freshwater and marine wetlands, and sandy beaches where the only footprints you see belong to foraging birds and animals. After a long day of exploring, you can enjoy a range of indulgent spa treatments and remedies or chat about your experiences with a nice cold glass of bubbles!

    Uga Chena Huts, Tala-Palatupana, Wildlife Tourism Zone, Yala, Tissamarama, Sri Lanka, +94 47 2 267 100, inquiries@ugaescapes.com, https://www.ugaescapes.com/chenahuts/

  • The Oberoi Udaivilas top ten weekend trips girls Asia Little Steps

    The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur, India

    Seven Lakes, Narrow Lanes, And Oberoi Luxury

    Udaipur, the former capital of the Kingdom of Mewar, glitters with vast hilltop forts, palaces, temples, and gardens that serve as reminders of its once glorious history. Fondly known as the city of the lakes, the city nestles lazily on the banks of Lake Pichola, reflecting the ornate shoreside Havelis residences. Various canals connect the city's seven lakes. The city possesses fantastical palaces, temples, and endless narrow, time-worn streets that meander through the various charming neighborhoods. You'll enjoy the bustle of the pretty bazaars, an impressive art scene, and a slightly old-world feel with beguiling shops, cafes, and down-at-heel hotels. If you have time, head out to the breathtaking countryside surrounding the city.

    The Oberoi Udaivilas languidly spreads over a million square meters of perfectly tended gardens. The intricate layout of interconnecting domes and corridors reflects the layout of Udaipur. Enjoy an exclusive tour that starts with a private boat ride across the lake to the city. Your guide will escort you through the lesser visited winding lanes and past beautiful mansions and shrines; he’ll reveal fascinating stories of folkloric immortals and fabled heroes along the way. If you have a group of culinary enthusiasts, then why not take part in a cooking class and learn about the fragrant Rajasthani cuisine. There are miniature painting classes and private yoga sessions for your inner creativity.

    Explore the city and sample the local cuisine or enjoy the fine dining offerings in Udaimahal and discover reinvented classics, views of the lake, and the twinkling lights of the palace. Open all afternoon and into the evening, sip fine gins, martinis, and margaritas and relax into the history of this extraordinary destination.

    The Oberoi Udaivilas, Badi-Gorela-Mulla Talai Rd, Haridas Ji Ki Magri, Pichola, Udaipur, Rajasthan, generalmanager.udaivilas@oberoihotels.com, https://www.oberoihotels.com/hotels-in-udaipur-udaivilas-resort/

  • Rosewood Luang Prabang top ten weekend girls trips Asia Little Steps

    Rosewood Luang Prabang, Laos

    The Mekong, Saffron-Robed-Monks, Elephants And Bliss

    Luang Prabang has served as the capital of ancient and modern kingdoms at the confluence of the Nam Khan and Mekong Rivers for well over a millennium. Archaeological evidence suggests that Luang Prabang has been inhabited since at least 8,000 BC. It’s best known for its protected temples, colonial buildings, and traditional Laos architecture and for the natural beauty that frames the area. Enjoy the bustling daily markets where friendly local vendors sell wild mountain mushrooms, locally prepared dishes, and hand-woven fabrics and textiles. The city thrives on tradition, and you'll see a magical contrast between slow boats and resident fishermen, and the youngsters living a life of modernity. The Mekong has carried goods, people, and ideas up through the heart of Laos, so why not charter a boat and experience life just as locals have for hundreds of years.

    A mere ten minutes from the bustling city lies the Rosewood Luang Prabang in a flowering valley with nothing other than the occasional buffalo and flitting butterflies to keep you company. Follow the stream, and you'll find a glass-bottom spa and a swimming pool in the center of the pretty gardens. The resort is small with just 23 bedrooms, including bank-side luxury tents; the Rosewood has a slightly old-world vibe with a nod to colonial times. Bill Bensley has painstakingly designed the resort in his signature eclectic and chic style with gorgeous earthy tones and pops of jewel-inspired color, plenty of teak furnishings, decorative suitcases, silk lanterns, and fun local antiques.

    Rosewood Luang Prabang has thoughtfully considered the activities to support the local community. They have a range of magical and personalized experiences. Visit ethical elephant sanctuaries, meditate in ancient temples with saffron-robed monks, take morning hikes and cooling dips in deliciously secret waterfalls, and learn how to forage for ingredients in the local forest in a cooking class, or visit a local market. Little Steps loves the safari-style tents with childhood-inspired zip-up walls and spectacular views from the terrace across the mountains and valleys. The resident chef takes you on a journey of royal Laotian cuisine with a 'farm-to-table' dining experience and tantalizing flavors using local river fish, buffalo, herbs, and coconuts. After dinner, you and the girls can head to the Elephant Bridge Bar, which serves classic cocktails using local herbs and spices grown in their organic kitchen garden.

    Rosewood Luang Prabang, Ban Nadueay Village, Luang Prabang, Laos PDR, +856 7121 1155, luangprabang@rosewoodhotels.com, https://www.rosewoodhotels.com/en/luang-prabang/

  • Six Senses Ninh Van Bay top ten weekend girls trips Little Steps Asia

    Six Senses Ninh Van Bay, Vietnam

    Beachfront, Rock Pool, Jungle Hideaway, And Hilltop Retreats In Vietnam

    Ninh Van Bay is a little weather-dependent depending on what you'd like to see. If you and your cohorts want to explore beneath the waves or participate in various water sports, including paddle boarding, sailing, kayaking, water skiing, or swimming, the visibility is best between February and September. This is also the best time of year to see the critically endangered black-shanked douc langurs that roam shyly through the forest around the resort. Join the resident terrestrial biologist for a guided hike to learn about our forest life and how the Six Senses protects them. The weather tends to be inclement during October and November, so you can focus on wellness and being utterly pampered in the spa. Various Christmas, New Year, Tet holidays, and Lunar New Year celebrations occur in December, January, and February.

    Gather the girls and choose from the Six Senses rock pool retreats, jungle hideaways, hilltop reserves, or beachfront pool villas to enjoy your time together. The villas nestle between rocks, perch on the mountainside, or the shores of Ninh Van Bay. Each hideaway has its own garden, terrace, or sundeck for the ultimate privacy. The only other person you'll see is your dedicated experience maker, who is on call around the clock. Little Steps loves the Rock Retreat, a cluster of wooden pavilions that faces the setting sun in a private bay. The retreat is accessible by speedboat or via a mountainside walkway; it boasts a private plunge pool, three bedrooms, a dining sala, and a spa treatment sala. You might not be seen for days!

    As with all Six Senses resorts, Six Senses Ninh Vanh Bay has a very green outlook. When building the resort, they retained as much of the surrounding nature as possible, including most native trees. The team regularly cleans the beaches and removes harmful objects from the fragile coral reefs. All the organic waste is composted and used to fertilize the vegetable gardens watered with wastewater. The bath products are all eco-friendly, and you'll struggle to find any plastic on site.

    The only dilemma you'll have during your stay is where to dine. Could it be by the rocks, by the beach, in the wine cellar, or by the pool? Whatever you choose, the culinary team will bring you the best of Vietnam. You'll dine on lobsters, king prawns, and fresh fish straight from the sea, healthy juices, scrummy cocktails, and an enviable selection of wines.

    Six Senses Ninh Van Bay Ninh Van, Ninh Hoa, Khanh Hoa, Vietnam, +84 258 3524 268, reservations-ninhvan@sixsenses.com, https://www.sixsenses.com/en/resorts/ninh-van-bay

  • Wa Ale top ten weekend girls trips Little Steps

    Wa Ale Island Resort, Myanmar

    Tented Protection In Lampi National Park

    Lampi Marine National Park is nothing short of spectacular and is the only national park in Myanmar. The park was declared an ASEAN Heritage Park almost 20 years ago and protects evergreen and mangrove forests, beaches and dunes, coral reefs, seagrass, and rich biodiversity, with at least 1,000 recorded species of marine life, plants, and animals, including globally protected species, including the plain-pouched hornbill, Wallace's hawk-eagle, loggerhead and green sea turtles, the Sunda pangolin and the dugong. The Myeik Archipelago consists of over 800 islands dotted along 600 kilometers of coastline in the Andaman Sea. The Salone people have lived in the Myeik Archipelago for many centuries. They roam from island to island, collecting and trading treasures gathered from the sea.

    Wa Ale is back to nature. This private island is a place of breathtaking natural beauty, where lush rainforest meets pristine private beaches. Just getting to your villa is an adventure as you walk along perfect beaches, crystal clear waters, and through dense, ancient forests. Baby sharks play in the shallows, and regal sea eagles glide on the thermals overhead. The resort is environmentally minded and not only sustains and protects the 9,000-acre national park but also benefits and improves the lives of those living in the surrounding communities. You can explore the exotic marine life in the national park, kayak and paddle board along the pristine river and mangrove forests, snorkel and dive into the archipelago’s abundant reefs and caves enjoy daily private massages and yoga classes in the comfort of your own villa.

    Wa Ale has three room categories; the tented beach villa has unobstructed ocean views, and the tree top villas perched in a canopy of ancient trees with expansive sea view veranda. The beach house is a private oasis with four bedrooms, ideal for ladies that gather and who want their own private beach. Think barefoot luxury meets bohemian chic. The resident chefs prepare unforgettable meals with the freshest produce from the island's kitchen garden or local farms. They only serve sustainably caught seafood from the archipelago. The dishes are prepared simply and cooked wholesomely in a brick wood-burning oven.

    Wa Ale Island Resort, F26 Nguwah Street Chanthashwepyi Housing, 10th Quarter East Dagon Township, Yangon, Myanmar, +95 9 501 8269, info@waaleresort.com, https://waaleresort.com/

  • The Above Brunei top ten weekend girls trips Asia Little Steps

    The Abode, Brunei Darussalam

    Nature-Inspired Glamping Experiences

    According to urban myths, Brunei Darussalam was discovered by 14 brothers who were exploring the region for a new place to call home. They came across the river and settled there for its rich verdant lands, the neighboring hills, and endless sustenance. Almost four decades ago, Brunei celebrated its independence and affirmed its identity as a Malay and Islamic state governed by a monarchy.

    The Abode is an indulgent luxury glamping experience surrounded by remote, untamed wilderness, lush tropical jungle, and the Labu River. Glamp in untouched vibrant rainforests, its lush greenery, and exciting flora and fauna. It's estimated that the forest contains around 15,000 species of vascular plants and 2,000 species of trees. The forest is home to 121 mammal species, 474 bird species,182 amphibians and reptiles, 500 species of marine fish and invertebrates, and indigenous species such as Proboscis monkey, Bornean sun bear, Bornean horned frog, green crested lizard, and the Bornean slow loris.

    Enjoy 21st-century safari-style tented villas alongside the tranquil waters for the perfect getaway. The inimitable oversized villa-inspired tents stand proudly above the river on stilts and boast vast sheltered wraparound terraces for those that enjoy outside living. Choose from the superior or family tents that accommodate up to 12 guests. Inside there is ample room for entertaining small groups of friends.

    There are so many activities available for adventurous souls. Wander above the tree tops along the Canopy Walk in the Temburong National Park, take an early morning hike to the Green Heart of Borneo, watch the sun rise over the Brunei-Malaysia border, or cruise the river on a pontoon boat. Dinner is another adventure. Enjoy their signature sharing platters, or have a lavish dinner in your tent. Be sure to be in the dining room at sunset and watch the animals flit to and from the watering hole.

    The Abode, Jalan Labu, Brunei, +673 737 5825, abodebrunei@ecogreen.property, https://www.abodebrunei.com/

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