The Great Escape: Top Five Mums-Only Destinations
by Kate Farr.
Even the most dedicated of mummies will benefit from an occasional break away from family demands. And how better to shrug off the weight of all those responsibilities than with your besties, who, let's face it, are probably equally in need of an escape from their little darlings! Here are five completely different destination ideas for your perfect girls' getaway – without a diaper bag or homework journal in sight!
With your flight duration under two hours, you'll be basking on one of Danang's beautiful beaches by lunchtime. A stone's throw from quaint and charming Hoi An, make time to measure up with the heritage city's talented tailors, then make space for plenty of the flavoursome local cuisine.
The all-villa Fusion Maia resort's unlimited spa concept offers a veritable feast of pampering, with a minimum of two treatments per day guaranteed to ensure stress becomes a distant memory. Not on the massage bed or at the beach? A dip in your private pool will keep things suitably serene until cocktail hour.
There's so much more to Bali than just its picture-postcard beaches – Ubud's breath-taking treks and Seminyak's buzzy dining scene are attractions in their own right. But if you crave nothing more than sand, a sea breeze and a sell-out novel, this stunning slice of Indonesia is an ideal destination for a chilled-out, ladies-only break.
Soak up the rays in sumptuous style at the Double-Six Luxury Hotel, offering truly mesmerising sea views along the gorgeous Seminyak coast. Every guest at this suite-only resort has access to a private butler – ideal to help you pop those corks after a hard day on the lounger.
The desert destination where everything – your hotel, the shopping mall and especially your credit card bill – is supersized… where else could we mean but Dubai? This glitzy Gulf state is the ultimate shopper's paradise and is a must-visit escape for friends who enjoy the finer things in life – bring an empty suitcase for your journey home!
Paying homage to ancient Arabia, the Madinat Jumeirah Resort offers guests a staggering array of accommodation options, along with over 40 bars, restaurants and cafes and an on-site spa in which to recover after a day of serious shopping.
Picturesque Koh Samui has it all – warm weather, beautiful beaches and fabulous food. But if Living La Vida Hong Kong is wearing you out, Samui also offers a healthier twist on the typical girls' getaway.
Kamalaya Wellness Resort offers a range of supervised detoxes, suitable from absolute beginners up to seasoned health-junkies. Nourish your body with Kamalaya's detox menu then join the rolling daily programme of holistic fitness activities to head home refreshed and revived.
Kota Kinabalu is a dream destination for enthusiastic hikers looking for a challenge. Mount Kinabalu can be conquered over the course of two days with a guided trek through lush tropical rainforests to its summit at nearly 5,000 feet above sea level.
Celebrate your summit at the luxurious Gayana Eco Resort, where the on-site marine ecology research centre and plethora of world-class diving options gives you plenty of active options… if, of course, you can tear yourself away from your palatial private villa.