With International Women’s Day right around the corner
(8 March), what better way to celebrate and show appreciation for the
significant women in our lives than by embarking on an all-girls getaway? Take
this opportunity to spend quality time with these women, be it your mother,
sister or best friend, and make memories of a lifetime together.

Chengdu, China

Enter the birthplace of the world famous,
legendary…giant panda! Chengdu, a rich cultural hotspot with a multitude of
historical and natural attractions, is also home to most of China’s giant panda
population. Get up close with these gentle giants at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda
Breeding
, designed to imitate the natural habitat of giant
pandas. Catch them in their most natural element – playing, eating and
sleeping. What a life! While here, be sure to pick up fun facts about this
national treasure and of course, valuable information on conservation
efforts. 

You’ll be hungry after soaking up all this knowledge,
so it’s time to experience another one of Chengdu’s specialties, the local
hotpot. There’s no better way to bond with your girlfriends than over a
bubbling pot of fresh ingredients and spicy broth (concocted from a secret
blend of traditional spices) – beware the numbing peppercorns! Thankfully, for
the less adventurous, non-spicy broth options are available as well. Hotpot
restaurants are aplenty across the city, but head to Yulin Neighbourhood
for a taste of the best.

Stay: Canopy by
Hilton Chengdu City Centre
, newly
opened in January this year, is a refreshing lifestyle-brand hotel situated
right in the center of the city’s cultural and commercial hub. Get to know the
city like a local by engaging our hotel Enthusiasts – local guides that will
give you insider tips on the city’s hidden gems. In addition, you can even
explore the city on wheels, with Canopy’s complimentary bikes available for
rent.

Perth, Australia

Perth is undoubtedly one on the books for those seeking
a relaxed getaway imbued with nature’s best. Start your morning bright and
early with a trip to the nearby island paradise, Rottnest Island,
located just a short ferry ride away from Fremantle, Perth City. The island’s
pristine beaches, with rich marine life and laidback atmosphere, are the
perfect spots for you and your girlfriends to revel in nature’s gifts as well
as each other’s company. While there, take turns to snap pictures as you pose
with the world’s happiest animal, the resident Quokka! Of course, you have to
take a #squadselfie with this adorable critter as well.

When you’re back in the main city, it is an absolute
must to head to Northbridge,
a cultural hub stock full of modern art galleries, eclectic boutiques and
cafés. Immerse yourself in the local environment, and wind down while having
heartfelt conversations with your girlfriends over a good cup of coffee. We
recommend checking out Little
Bird Café
for its outstanding cakes (it’s also a non-profit
that provides training for the long-term unemployed) and Kafka Coffee Shop, a
dainty shopfront that serves the perfect cup of coffee you never knew existed.

Stay: DoubleTree by
Hilton Perth Northbridge
,
strategically located in the heart of Northbridge district, provides convenient
access to the city’s most popular attractions, such as the Art Gallery of
Western Australia, State Theatre Centre and Yagan Square. The suite of dining,
shopping and entertainment options guarantee you’ll never be bored!

Phuket, Thailand

No stranger to avid beachgoers, Phuket is the perfect
place for a sun-soaked getaway with the girls. On top of lounging on the beach
and dipping into the crystal-clear waters, be sure to also check out at least a
couple of its 32 surrounding islands – each with its own unique characteristic.
Escape the crowds at Patong and Karon, and embark on an island-hopping adventure;
test your teamwork with the girls in an adrenalin-pumping game of football on
the floating football pitch at Koh
Panyi
(this coastal village is built on stilts!), find hidden
gems at the picturesque Pi
Leh Cove
and walk amongst the coral reef and marine life with a
sea-walking adventure at Coral
Island
. There is a smorgasbord of experiences to share with
your best friends, and you’ll certainly make memories of a lifetime together.

Stay: Hilton Phuket
Arcadia Resort & Spa
is the
idyllic destination for those seeking a restful stay coupled with picturesque
views of the ocean by Karon beach. With the resort housing 15 spa villas, get
ready to be pampered, rejuvenated and refreshed after a long day of
island-hopping.

Seoul, Korea 

Annyeonghaseyo (hello)! You don’t have to be a K-pop
fan to fall in love with Seoul; this metropolitan city is bound to capture your
heart. Splurge on some retail therapy with a shopping expedition with your
girlfriends and navigate the various shopping hotspots this fashion and
skincare capital has to offer. From shopping the big brands at mega
establishments like COEX
Shopping Mall
(check out the one-of-a-kind Starfield Library!),
sussing out local boutiques along quaint street alleys at Garuso-Gil and
taking your pic from open-street stalls along Namdaemun Market, you’ll certainly
spend quality time giving each other fashion advice and sharing your favourite
picks!

End your day of shopping and relax those sore calf
muscles at a jjimjilbang
(traditional Korean bath house). These Korean bath houses put conventional
saunas to shame – nowhere else will you find such an extensive selection of
baths, saunas, massages and leisure activities. You can even head to the
in-house noraebang
(singing room) to belt some tunes or watch television! It’s an all-in-one
entertainment haven.

Disclaimer: You’ll have to strip down to your birthday
suit while in the bathing areas (separated by gender). While it’s natural to
feel a bit of discomfort at the start, you’ll get used to it in no time.

Stay: Conrad Seoul towers over Seoul and boasts panoramic views of the
Han River and the city’s skyline. If a trip to the jjimjilbang leaves you craving more
pampering, the hotel houses an on-site spa that combines the latest technology
and innovative techniques.

Bali, Indonesia

Live out your very own “Eat, Pray, Love” experience
with your girlfriends in Bali, the land of tranquillity itself. Take your pick
from the numerous beaches across the island, such as Nusa Dua Beach, Green Bowl Beach
and Seminyak Beach
for a relaxed afternoon of lounging in the sun. Of course, be sure to have your
favourite cocktail and snacks on hand! Engage in some self-care by meditating
or executing your favourite yoga poses – whether it is by the beach or in a
yoga studio, what matters is that you focus on yourself and are rejuvenated
after. Mental health is certainly as important as physical health!

For some, the ultimate trip will definitely include a
girl’s night out, and there’s no doubt that Bali is a prime location to paint
the night red. With the plethora of beach clubs available, it won’t be hard to
find one that suits your mood and music preferences. Be prepared to bust a move
as you groove along to your favourite beats, but of course, stay safe and keep
a look out for your besties.

Stay: Hilton Bali
Resort
, located in Nusa Dua, is, in
itself, a lifestyle destination. It has gorgeous views of the Indian Ocean and
extensive recreation facilitates like a sand lagoon, waterslide and
semi-outdoor spa villas. Be spoilt by the warm Balinese hospitality and explore
the newly renovated wing and spaces within the property. You may never want to
leave the hotel!

Wherever you are in the world, remember to celebrate
memorable moments with the leading ladies in your life. Treat yourself to
unique experiences, ranging from sold-out concerts, private mixology classes,
indulgent spa treatments or luxurious boat trips by redeeming Hilton Honors
Points on the Hilton Honors Experiences Platform. You totally deserve it!





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