Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, but first it’s time to grab your gal pals and celebrate the special friendships in your life. Whether you and your friends prefer to spend the day at the spa, explore new cultures, savor local flavors or simply relaxing poolside with a drink in hand, the Benchmark Resorts & Hotels portfolio offers unlimited opportunities for an unforgettable Galentine’s getaway on Feb. 13 (and beyond).
Home to the renowned Loma de Vida Spa, La Cantera Resort & Spa is an ideal getaway for girlfriends seeking a day of well-deserved pampering. The premier San Antonio resort is as a tranquil oasis situated atop the rolling slopes and lush landscape of Texas Hill Country. Here, you and your friends can treat yourselves to a glass of rosé while enjoying a variety of signature spa treatments including CBD massages, gemstone facials and illuminating body peel wraps. The Hill Country haven also offers sophisticated accommodations, sparkling pools for dipping, luxurious cabanas for reading and chatting and onsite restaurants with Texas-inspired cuisine.
Located in the Warehouse Arts District and just steps from the French Quarter, The Old No. 77 Hotel effortlessly immerses guests in the vibrant culture of New Orleans. Whether you’re sipping coffee at Paris-inspired street cafes or enjoying a night on Bourbon Street, you and your girlfriends are sure to have an unforgettable Galentine’s Day in the Big Easy. You don’t have to venture outside the hotel to experience the city, however. In addition to rotating collections in the hotel’s dedicated gallery, each guest room features local artwork. Furthermore, the onsite Compère Lapin restaurant highlights the city’s rich culinary heritage – melding the soul of the Caribbean with the flavors of New Orleans. You’ll soon recognize that you’re dining under the expert care of a true top chef – Chef Nina Compton’s resume includes coveted awards including the James Beard Award for Best Chef: South, Food & Wine Magazine’s Best New Chef. She was also a runner up on Top Chef’s season 11.
For foodie friends, Sentinel is an easy choice for a Galentine’s getaway. Located in downtown Portland, this luxury hotel houses several of the city’s finest culinary establishments including Jake’s Grill, a local go-to spot for steak and seafood, and Fortune, which boasts an impressive all-vegan menu. More local eats and Portland’s infamous food truck scene can be found just steps away from the hotel.
Originally built in 1959, Mountain Shadows has served as an icon of luxury and design for decades. The Scottsdale resort is located at the base of Camelback Mountain and features striking architecture complimented by the stunning desert surroundings. During an all-girls trip to the iconic resort, you can lounge poolside in private cabanas at The Citizens Club or enjoy signature cocktails at The Bar at Hearth ’61, all while taking in breathtaking views of the serene Paradise Valley.