For those in between relationships, Valentine’s Day can be a somewhat uncomfortable time, but celebrating friendships never is. And so, the eve of Valentine’s Day, Galentine’s Day, a holiday hatched on the sitcom “Parks and Recreation” in 2010, can be a time in real life for friends to get together and participate in their favourite activities. Even those who are in a relationship can, of course, also participate and everyone can repeat these activities at other times of the year.
Wellness Retreats Miraval Depending on their location, a group of friends can sign up for a stay at this renowned wellness retreat at their home location in Tucson, Austin, Texas, or the Berkshires in Massachusetts, which opened in 2020. To really test the bond of friendship, they can climb onto one of the challenge course’s raised platforms and work together to scale horizontal beams or cables, take a gentle freeform fall , climbing ladders, zip line, etc. There are also many other down-to-earth options ranging from wellness consultations, yoga, meditation including meditation with horses and sound therapy to body treatments with manuka honey, ginger or lemongrass. .
Tennis The Boca Raton, Boca Raton, Florida There are various reasons to camp at this 200-acre resort after its $200 million renovation under new owner Michael Dell’s MSD Holdings LLC: refreshed and updated rooms at all five hotels (the $45 million renovation in the all suite towers is due for completion in April); a professional level golf course; a reimagined 50,000 square foot spa; 12 restaurants, including four from the New York-based Major Food Group, most famous for Carbone; a half-mile stretch of private beach and a new Harborside Pool Club with three pools and waterslides. Next door is the tennis center with 16 Hydro-Grid courts as well as pickleball courts, two of which have been converted to tennis courts for this fast growing trend, a tennis concierge to arrange court time and matches with other guests, tennis lessons and clinics. The resort is also offering “A Golden Escape,” a special three-night stay with a $500 restaurant or spa credit or category room upgrade for bookings by March 31.st.
Golf Ojai Valley Inn, Ojai, CA This resort is located in a valley bordered by the Topatopa Mountains, known for its mystical vortex as the home of the Chumash Native Americans, and is so ethereal that it served decades ago as Shangri La in the movie “Lost Horizon”. The 220-acre property is dotted with oak and olive trees and features a golf course carved into the property’s hills that has served as the site of several PGA events. Golfers of all skill levels can also take advantage of private lessons, including lessons during a round of play, and weekly golf clinics. Afterwards, friends can congregate in the 31,000 square foot spa for spot treatments such as a Chumash story-guided desert clay/inhalation kuyam and meditation or body treatments such as a massage wrap. orange and honey, then dinner in the two creative restaurants or a special event at the Farm; this pavilion attracts guest chefs from across the country. But diners should also take a trip into town for roast chicken and a range of tasty Lebanese salads at the casual and friendly Ojai Rôtie restaurant.
Ski Montage Deer Valley, Park City, Utah This destination consistently tops lists of favorite ski destinations in the United States for its 103 runs, ski in/ski out availability, range of upscale accommodations and services , its scenic splendor and generally reliable snow averaging 300 inches each year. Montage Deer Valley guests can access six mountains by skiing out the back door with the day’s activity organized by the mountain host, including everything from lift tickets to boot warming by the ski concierge . Afterwards, treatments are available in the 35,000-square-foot spa and a glass of Veuve Clicquot in the ski in/ski out Après Lounge, a brightly decorated mountain yurt, among other dining options.
Hike L’Auberge de Sedona, Sedona, Arizona The red rock formations around Sedona and the spiritual, rejuvenating energy associated with its Vortex sites make it a popular bonding destination. Outdoor activities are obviously encouraged to enjoy all these landscapes, whether on horseback, mountain bike, hiking or on the Vortex spiritual hike with a private guide. The resort concierges have done many hikes and can recommend notable trails such as Soldiers Pass, the most famous West Fork, and Doe Mountain based on difficulty and vistas to be seen. Afterwards, healing treatments using individually blended herbs and botanicals can be experienced in the spa with dinner alongside a bubbling stream.