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Palm Springs $595
A new special from the chic Parker Palm Springs includes two nights in a king room, breakfast daily at Norma's (plus a wake-up smoothie from room service one morning), two 30-minute spa treatments (reflexology, Swedish massage, manicure/pedicure), lunch in your robe at the spa, a round of cocktails and a game of petanque at sunset (the hotel has its own court), dinner at either Norma's or Mister Parker's (the latter only if you're staying on a Wednesday or Thursday night), and s'mores around the outdoor firepit. In addition, a selection of chick flicks, popcorn, and snacks will be delivered for an in-room pajama party. When:Sundays through Thursdays June 1--Dec. 22 ($595 per person, double). Contact:Parker Palm Springs, 760/770-5000, theparkerpalmsprings.com.
Manhattan for Shoppers $1,000
The Exchange Hotel near South Street Seaport has undergone a complete--and stylish--renovation. To celebrate its new look, the hotel created a Girlshop 'til You Drop package that combines airport transfers (or two days of parking at the hotel), two nights in a deluxe guest room, and a private four-hour shopping tour led by the fashion experts at Girlshop. Tours are customized depending on what you're looking for; stops may include Jeffrey, Stella McCartney, and Century 21. Also covered in the price is a six-pack of sugar-free Red Bull (you'll need the added energy!); two one-day MetroCards; a $75 credit to use at Girlshop in the Meatpacking District; 15 percent off your first purchase online at Girlshop.com; and all hotel taxes. When:Until Sept. 4 ($1,000 per room, double), Sept. 5--Dec. 16 ($1,200). Details:Extra nights from $199. The hotel will ship home the new items you can't squeeze into your suitcase ($30 limit). Contact:Exchange Hotel, 212/742-0003, exchangehotel.com. The package must be booked by phone.
The In a Girl's World special at the Nine Zero hotel, just off Boston Common, includes one night in a "fantastic" guest room (rooms are intimate, fantastic, or spectacular, depending on size and view) with two queen-size beds, bath products by Boston stylist Mario Russo, and a martini bar (mixings, glasses, shaker, jar of olives). Also included: a personal shopper at Giorgio Armani or Louis Boston on Newbury Street, a manicure and pedicure at Salon Mario Russo, a DVD of Girls Just Want to Have Fun to watch in the room while primping, and a round of Commons-politans at the hotel's Spire bar. When:Until Aug. 31 (from $499 per room, double), except May 13--22 and July 4. Contact:Nine Zero, 866/646-3937, ninezero.com.
A Sofitel and the City package combines one night in a superior room at the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower, a welcome bag from Bloomingdale's (with certificates good for 15 percent off anything in the store, coupons for cosmetics, a free makeup lesson at the Laura Mercier counter, and free cappuccinos at the café), either a manicure and pedicure or a facial at Equinox, a round of cocktails and a tasting-menu dinner at the hotel's Le Bar, VIP access to nightclubs like Le Passage or Reserve (arranged by the concierge, who has the cell-phone numbers of all the club managers in town), breakfast either in bed or at the hotel's Café des Architectes, and a 3 p.m. check out.When:Until Dec. 31 (from $455 per room, double).Contact:Sofitel Chicago Water Tower, 312/324-4000, sofitel.com. (You must book by phone.)
Fort Worth $395
The Doral Tesoro Hotel & Golf Club is selling a Western-themed weekend called This One's for the Girls. Along with a night at the hotel (which has a pool, restaurant, bar, and 18-hole golf course, and is across the street from the Speedway Club Spa), the package includes poker and line-dancing lessons, mechanical bull riding at the Stockyards, tickets to the National Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame, a bucket of longnecks at the hotel bar, an evening turndown with cookies, omelets for breakfast, and a Martina McBride CD to take home. When:Until Dec. 31 ($395 per room, double). Contact:Doral Tesoro Hotel & Golf Club, 866/333-6725, doraltesoro.com.
Hollywood, Fla. $429
Air from Atlantic City, Chicago, D.C., New York, or Providence and four nights in a superior room at the oceanfront Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa, with eight restaurants and bars, a nightclub, large pool with cabanas, spa, gym, 10 tennis courts, an 18-holf golf course, and even a marina (waterskiing, fishing, kayak and bike rentals, etc.). When:Until Sept. 30 ($429 per person, double). Other Gateways:Boston ($479), Dallas ($509), L.A. ($529), San Francisco ($549). Details:Extra nights from $99. Single supplement from $279. Contact:Leisure Link International, 888/801-8808, eleisurelink.com.
Jackson Hole $815
Jackson Hole Just for Gals includes three nights at the Teton Mountain Lodge in a two-story, two-bedroom suite with a kitchen and living area. The package also combines either white-water or scenic rafting on the Snake River, with a guided hike in Jackson Hole, a deep-tissue massage at the spa, dinner at the Cascade Grill House, and breakfast daily at Cascade.When:June 1--30, Sept. 1--30 (from $815 per person, quad), July 1--Aug. 31 (from $960). Details:Prices don't include alcohol or gratuity with meals. The deal can be customized for other group sizes. Contact:Teton Mountain Lodge, 800/801-6615, tetonlodge.com.
Las Vegas $795
Air from Chicago, transfers, three nights in a luxury suite at The Venetian, and a Grand Canal Shoppes Shop & Spa package, including a massage, facial, or manicure and pedicure at Canyon Ranch SpaClub, access to the facilities, a meal in the spa café, special offers from stores in the Canal Shoppes Mall, $5 off admission to Madame Tussauds, free admission to Vivid The Club, and more. When:July 9--18, July 23--30, Aug. 3--23 ($795 per person, double). Other Gateways:Miami ($829), New York ($839), Houston ($845). Details:Call for the extra-night price and single supplement. Contact:Liberty Travel, 877/999-3914, libertytravel.com.
Los Angeles $159
Omni Hotel's Housewives on Hiatus special includes a one-night stay in a deluxe room at the property in downtown L.A., as well as a bottle of wine, a gossip magazine, and a welcome gift (with a pair of slippers, specialty bath products, and a disposable camera) upon arrival. The Desperate Housewives Dirty Laundry trivia game, poker chips and playing cards, and slumber party favorites like Twister can be borrowed at the front desk. The concierge will be on call to customize your stay (with spa treatments, limousine service, dinner reservations, nightlife recommendations). When:Fridays and Saturdays until May 29 (from $159 per room, double). Details:Similar packages are available at all Omni Hotel properties. They can be altered to suit both the group and the city. Contact:Omni Hotels, 888/444-6664, omnihotels.com.
Miami Beach $889
The Girls Gone Wild Weekend includes two nights in a suite (with a king-size bed, sleeper sofa, and kitchenette) at the Aqua Hotel in South Beach, one block from the beach; drinks and snacks (a bottle of champagne, imported cheeses, chocolates); chick lit titles for bedtime reading; two-hour moped rentals; a two-hour limo rental (10 p.m. to midnight); VIP passes for some of South Beach's hottest nightclubs; a morning-after headache basket (with aspirin and hair-of-the-dog Kahlúa milkshakes); breakfast daily; and a 2 p.m. checkout. When:Until Dec. 28 (from $889 per room, quad). Blacked out May 25--30. Contact:Aqua Hotel, 305/538-4361, aquamiami.com.
San Diego $430
The Del Mar Racetrack Getaway package includes two guest rooms for two nights at the Hotel Solamar (pool, poolside cabanas, rooftop bar) in downtown San Diego's East Village neighborhood; a welcome basket of beauty products; one breakfast at Jsix Restaurant (adjacent to the hotel); admission to the San Diego Museum of Art; and a day at the famed Del Mar Racetrack (with Clubhouse tickets and a table at the trackside restaurant). When: July 24--31 and Aug. 11--Sept. 6, except Aug. 20 (from $430 per person, quad). Details: Use promotional code PWOM when booking. Contact: Hotel Solamar, 877/230-0300, hotelsolamar.com.
Snowmass Village, Colo. $118
Snowmass celebrates its 3rd Annual Snowmass Wellness Experience from August 4 to 6, an event featuring guest speakers (such as celebrity chef Cat Cora), fitness and cooking classes, an outdoor concert, wine tastings, naturalist-guided hikes on the mountain's 40 miles of trails, and more. The many lodging packages include a special from the Timberline Condominiums that covers airport transfers, a one-bedroom unit, sunrise yoga on the hotel sundeck, a chairlift ticket for hiking and mountain biking, a pass to the events (allows access to all speakers and activities on Saturday and Sunday), and a Blazing Adventures excursion (sunset backcountry dinner, white-water rafting, etc.). When: Aug. 3--6 (from $118 per person per night, double). Contact: Snowmass Village, snowmassvillage.com/packages.
New Brunswick $510
Two days of fly-fishing with Upper Oxbow Outdoor Adventures, on the Little Southwest Miramichi River. The special women-only trips include round-trip transfers from Moncton airport, three nights in a lodge room, a welcome smoked-salmon-and-wine reception, all meals, two days of fly-fishing instruction (tying flies, fly casting), all equipment, an afternoon massage, and an afternoon of kayaking or tubing. When:June 23, July 21, Aug. 25 ($510 per person, double). Details:The price does not include airfare to New Brunswick. Single rooms in nearby cabins (with shared baths) cost $50 less. Contact:Upper Oxbow Outdoor Adventures, 888/227-6100, upperoxbow.com.
A four-day kayaking adventure for women in Stony Lake, an hour and a half northeast of Toronto. Includes four to six hours of paddling a day (beginners and intermediates are welcome), four nights at B&Bs, all meals, kayaking gear, and a pass to the Canadian Canoe Museum. The trip departs from Gilchrist Bay and explores some of the 1,100 islands that dot Stony Lake. When:Sunday departures June 4--Sept. 24 ($715 per person, double).Details:Airfare and transfers to Gilchrist Bay are not included. Contact:Paddling Ontario, 877/877-2735, paddlingontario.com/womenonly.
The Pacific Palisades Hotel--on Robson Street, Vancouver's main shopping drag--is selling a Girls Night In special that includes one night in a South Beach Suite (king-size bed, queen-size sofa bed, kitchenette, balcony); a 60-minute spa manicure; a free in-room movie rental; a room-service delivery of popcorn, licorice, and Häagen-Dazs ice cream; an evening wine reception; morning coffee; and a newspaper. When:May 1--Oct. 15 ($343 per room, double), Oct. 15--Dec. 31 ($275).Contact:Pacific Palisades Hotel, 800/663-1815, pacificpalisadeshotel.com.
Air from Detroit, Memphis, or Minneapolis; three nights at the beachfront Omni Cancún Hotel & Villas (with six restaurants and bars, three pools, two tennis courts, a gym, and spa); a two-and-a-half-hour jungle tour (includes a speedboat ride through the mangroves and snorkeling on a coral reef); and a daylong cruise to Isla Mujeres (with breakfast, snorkeling, lunch, and open bar). Rates are based on six women sharing a 2,000-square-foot, two-bedroom villa.When:Monday departures July 10--Aug. 17 ($695 per person). Other Gateways:New York (from $745). Details:Extra nights from $93. All-inclusive stays start at $1,025 per person. Contact:NWA WorldVacations, 800/800-1504, nwaworldvacations.com.
Colonial Mexico Tour $1,750
A nine-day, eight-night, women-only tour, round trip from Mexico City. Includes airport transfers, transportation by private bus, most meals, all entrance fees, and an English-speaking guide throughout. The itinerary calls for two nights in Mexico City (Frida Kahlo's studio, the artists' market in San Angel's plaza, the National Anthropology Museum), four nights in Oaxaca (tickets to the Guelaguetza indigenous dance festival, and visits to Monte Albán, Mitla, Teotitlán del Valle, and el Tule), and two nights in Cuernavaca (tours of colonial sites and lounging by the hotel pool), as well as stops in the cities of Puebla and Taxco along the way. When:July 21 ($1,750 per person, double).Details:Flights to Mexico City are not included. The $35 membership fee will be waived for BTreaders who book this or any other WTC trip. Single supplement $375. Contact:Women's Travel Club, 800/480-4448, womenstravelclub.com.
Playa del Carmen $494
Four all-inclusive nights in a standard room at the Riu Playacar, a beachfront resort with two restaurants, four bars, two pools, two tennis courts, water sports, a gym, and a spa. When:July 1--Aug. 22 (from $494 per person, double).Details:Airfare is not included. Single supplement from $255. Seven-night stays start at $834. Optional excursions include swimming with the dolphins at Wet'nWild ($73), a dinner cruise to Isla Mujeres ($75), and a day trip to Chichén Itzá ($75). With Riu's "stay at one, play at all" promotion, guests can also enjoy the amenities at any Riu property at no additional charge. Contact:Funjet Vacations, funjet.com, or book through a travel agent.
Puerto Vallarta $485
Air from Phoenix, transfers, three all-inclusive nights at the Hacienda Hotel & Spa across the street from the beach (with three restaurants, three bars, and a pool), and all taxes and fees. Also includes a 35-minute massage or a 35-minute reflexology foot massage and a $10 discount on another spa treatment. When:Select Monday and Tuesday departures until July 31 (from $485 per person, double). Details: Extra nights from $75. Single supplement from $124. Other Gateways:L.A., Las Vegas, San Diego ($525). Contact:US Airways Vacations, 800/455-0123, usairwaysvacations.com.
A bachelorette party at the Arawak Beach Inn, including transfers, three nights' lodging (in two oceanfront rooms), breakfast daily, a six-pack of Carib beer upon arrival, "bachelorette paraphernalia" (veil, feather boa, and disposable camera), a full-day excursion to an uninhabited island (picnic lunch and transportation on a boat captained by one of Anguilla's most eligible bachelors), a one-day car rental, and a five-minute phone call to the groom. When:June 1--Oct. 31 ($269 per person, quad). Contact:Arawak Beach Inn, 877/427-2925, arawakbeach.com.
Dominican Republic $600
Air from Chicago, Detroit, or St. Louis, transfers, and three all-inclusive nights in a Platinum Club suite at the Princess All Suites Resort & Spa in Punta Cana. The beachfront property has seven restaurants and bars, two pools, four tennis courts, and a gym. Also included: a 20-minute massage, one hour of motorized water sports, one open-water dive (for certified divers), and a dinner at either La Cava or El Pescador, specialty restaurants not covered by the all-inclusive plan. When:July 5--Aug. 23 (from $600 per person, double). Other Gateways:New York, Philadelphia (from $740). Details: Extra nights from $100. Single supplement from $100.Contact:Apple Vacations, applevacations.com, book only through travel agents.
Five nights in a two-bedroom superior suite at the Mount Nevis Hotel (with a terrace, living room, and kitchen), transfers, a welcoming rum punch, breakfast daily, three dinners, a five-day car rental, one in-room massage, a snorkeling trip to St. Kitts on a catamaran, and a professional photo of your group. The Mount Nevis Hotel is on a hillside overlooking the sea and has a large pool and two restaurants; shuttle service is provided to a nearby beach club. When:Until Dec. 15 ($995 per person, quad). Details:Airfare is not included. Extra nights $125 per person, room only. Guests will receive a free night at the hotel if they return next year--alone or with their girlfriends. Contact:Mount Nevis Hotel, 800/756-3847, mountnevishotel.com.
St. Lucia $590
Four nights in two garden-view rooms at the Coco Palm boutique hotel in Rodney Bay Village; dinner and dancing at an authentic Caribbean fish fry/street party (includes transfers, drinks, meal) or dinner at Ti Bananne, a new creole restaurant in Rodney Bay Village; a one-hour outdoor massage or a manicure and pedicure; a private yoga or tai chi class for your group; and a picnic lunch on the beach. When:Until Dec. 21 ($590 per person, quad). Blacked out May 7--14. Details:The price does not include airfare. Extra nights from $125. Contact:Coco Resorts, 758/456-2800, coco-resorts.com.
St. Thomas $668
Five nights in an ocean-view room at the oceanfront Bolongo Bay Beach Resort; one half-hour massage; shuttle to the town of Charlotte Amalie for duty-free shopping; an island tour; one dinner (West Indian Carnival Night buffet or beach barbecue); a full-day trip to St. John on a catamaran (includes lunch and open bar); introductory scuba-diving lesson; use of the Sunfish, paddle boats, windsurfers, kayaks, and snorkeling gear; and all taxes and service charges. When:Until Aug. 31, Nov. 1--Dec. 22 ($723 per person, double); Sept. 1--Oct. 31 ($668). Details:Price does not include airfare. Seven-night packages start at $207 more. Contact:Bolongo Bay Beach Resort, 800/524-4746, bolongobay.com.
American Airlines flights from Miami, a five-day car rental, and five nights in a jungle-lodge room at duPlooy's, a family-owned hotel in the rain forest near San Ignacio. All rooms have two queen-size beds, a private bath, and a screened porch with chairs and a hammock. An herbal wrap or massage and facial at the hotel and a horse-and-buggy tour of the nearby Belize Botanic Garden are also included. When:May 1--June 30, Sept. 1--Dec. 1 ($1,089 per person, double); July 1--Aug. 31 ($1,149). Other Gateways:Dallas ($1,134/$1,194); New York ($1,188/ $1,248); Chicago ($1,291/$1,351); L.A., San Francisco ($1,351/$1,411); Seattle, Portland ($1,393/$1,453). Details:Add $50 for weekend travel. Extra nights from $73. Single supplement from $535. The hotel can arrange guided tours to nearby Mayan ruins (from $75), canoe rentals (from $10), and shopping excursions to Guatemala (from $95). Contact:Capricorn Leisure, 800/426-6544, capricorn.net.
Costa Rica $1,975
Seven days at the women-only Surf Diva camp in Costa Rica. The price covers ground transportation from San José airport to Playa Guiones on the Nicoya Peninsula, six nights' lodging in the Casa Tucan guesthouse (which has a poolside restaurant and bar and is a two-minute walk from the beach), brunch and dinner daily (including beer and wine), one massage, two surfing classes each day (you'll also get one private lesson during the week), board rental, afternoon yoga, a Surf Diva logo rashguard, and a welcome goodie bag. When:May 14, 28; June 4, 11, 18; July 2, 9 ($1,975 per person, double).Details:The price does not include airfare to San José. The camp is for women 18 or older. Singles can be paired with other singles. Surf Diva also offers weekend ($149) and weeklong ($369) clinics year-round at its headquarters in La Jolla, just north of San Diego. Contact:Surf Diva, 858/454-8273, surfdiva.com.
Buenos Aires $749
Copa Airlines flights from Miami, transfers, five nights at either the Regis Orho Hotel or Gran Hotel Argentino, breakfast daily, a half-day city tour, two hours of tango lessons, an Evita tour (includes visits to the new Eva Perón museum, her mausoleum in Recoleta cemetery, the Perón home, and the Juan Perón National Institute), a full day outside the city at a ranch horseback riding with the famous Argentine gauchos (with lunch and a fiesta featuring dancing and gaucho skills demonstrations), and a shopping excursion to the city's best discount leather factories. When:Until June 17, Aug. 16--Dec. 6 ($749 per person, double); June 18--Aug. 15 ($849). Other Gateways:New York (add $190), L.A. (add $230). Details: Extra nights from $27. Single supplement from $160. Contact:Escapes Unlimited, 800/243-7227, escapesltd.com.
Copa Airlines flights from Miami, transfers, two nights in Lima at the Hotel Leon de Oro, four nights in Cuzco at Hotel San Agustin Plaza, breakfast daily, a full-day guided trip to Machu Picchu (includes transportation on the Vistadome train, entrance fees, lunch), a half-day tour of Cuzco and the Inca ruins outside the city, a half day of rafting on the Urubamba River (with lunch), a half-day excursion delivering school supplies to remote village schools in the Andes, and your choice of one of the following lessons: salsa dancing, cooking, or music. When:Until June 17, Aug. 16--Dec. 6 ($1,199 per person, double); June 17--Aug. 15 ($1,299). Departures are on the second and fourth Monday of each month. Other Gateways:L.A. (add $200), New York (add $335). Details:Extra nights from $29. Single supplement $250. Add $110 to overnight at the Machu Picchu Inn. Contact:Escapes Unlimited, 800/243-7227, escapesltd.com.
Amalfi Coast $1,599
Alitalia flights from Boston or Philadelphia to Rome or Naples; six nights in Sorrento in a standard room at the five-star Bellevue Syrene (with a pool, gym, Roman bath, and private beach); full-day tours of Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast; and a half-day tour of the countryside, including a visit to a cheese maker, with tasting. When:June 15--July 10 ($2,239 per person, double), July 11--30 ($2,099), Aug. 1--31 ($2,239), Sept. 1--30 ($1,899), Oct. 1--31 ($1,799), Nov. 1--15 ($1,599). Other Gateways:New York (from $1,599); D.C. (from $1,649); Atlanta, Miami (from $1,699); Chicago, L.A., San Francisco (from $1,779). Details:Transfers from $132. Add a car rental starting at $120. Extra nights from $90. Single supplement from $699. Contact:Foreign Independent Tours, 800/248-3487, fittours.com.
Air from New York to London, three nights at the Adare Hotel near Paddington Station and Hyde Park, breakfast daily, and a full day at The Sanctuary spa in Covent Garden. Includes the use of all facilities (pools, gym, sauna, steam rooms, hot tub, lounge, etc.), a two-course lunch, and one 55-minute treatment. When:June 1--Aug. 31 (from $999 per person, double), Sept. 1--Oct. 31 (from $799). Other Gateways:Boston ($1,029); Philadelphia ($1,039); D.C. ($1,059); Chicago ($1,119); Miami ($1,209); Atlanta ($1,219); Dallas, L.A. ($1,259); San Francisco ($1,279). Details:Extra nights from $60. Single supplement from $80. Contact:EuropeASAP, 415/750-5449, europeasap.com.
Paris Tour $1,850
Air from Boston, D.C., New York, or most other East Coast gateways and a seven-day fully guided, fashion-oriented tour of Paris. The price covers transfers, six nights' hotel (and taxes), breakfast daily, a half-day orientation tour of the city, and a fashion tour. The trip may include visits to Givenchy, Hermès, and up-and-coming designers in the Marais; watching a live fashion show; trolling the antique clothing stalls at flea markets; or a tour of the Louvre's Musée de la Mode et du Textile, where there's a Balenciaga exhibit until early 2007. When:Nov. 2 ($1,850 per person, double). Other Gateways:Add-ons are available; call for details:. Details:Call for the extra-night price and single supplement. Contact:Fashion Perspective Tours, 804/649-0562, fashionperspectivetours.com.
Alitalia flights from Boston, New York, or Philadelphia to Rome; six nights in a deluxe room at the Arco Naturale Country House in Cetona, Tuscany; a welcome cocktail; breakfast daily; two days of cooking classes; a wine tour at the Podere Casa al Vento; and a 10 percent discount at the hotel restaurant and a nearby spa. When:June 15--July 31 ($1,599 per person, double), Aug. 1--31 ($1,629), Sept. 1--15 ($1,099), Sept. 16--Oct. 31 ($1,169), Nov. 1--15 ($999). Other Gateways:D.C. (from $1,049); Miami (from $1,099); Chicago, L.A., San Francisco (from $1,179). Details:A car is necessary; add from $120. Extra nights from $80. Single supplement from $499. Contact:Foreign Independent Tours, 800/248-3487, fittours.com.
AFRICA & MIDDLE EAST
Egypt Tour $1,820
Air from New York to Cairo (via Amsterdam) and an 11-day women-only tour including transfers, local transportation (bus, train, air), eight nights' hotel (three in Cairo, three in Aswan, two in Luxor), one night on a train in a first-class, two-person compartment, and English-speaking guides throughout. Along with tours of the pyramids at Giza, Abu Simbel, and a sunset sail on the Nile, the trip includes visits to Queen Nefertiti's tomb, the Valley of the Queens, Queen Hatshepsut's temple, and a special dinner in Cairo with a belly dancing demonstration and lesson. When:June 3, 29, July 27, Aug. 10, 24 ($1,820 per person, double). Other Gateways:Cincinnati (add $195), L.A. (add $200), Denver (add $239).Details:Add approximately $350 to cover entrance fees and meals. Extra nights in Cairo from $85. Single supplement $150, but Djoser will try to pair singles with other singles. Stop over in Amsterdam ($150, flight only). Contact:Djoser, 877/356-7376, djoserusa.com.
Kenya Tour $2,645
Air from New York to Nairobi (via London) and a nine-day, five-night, women-only safari. Includes one night at the Serena Mountain Lodge, one night at the Sarova Lion Hill Lodge, three nights at the Sarova Mara Tented Lodge, transfers, all meals, all game drives and activities, a visit to a school en route to Mount Kenya Natural Forest, an afternoon spent with Masai women learning their customs and traditions, a cooking class with a Sarova lodge chef, a visit to the Karen Blixen (Out of Africa) estate, and an candlelit bush dinner. When:Sunday departures June 4--25 ($2,645 per person, double), July 2--Sept. 10 ($2,875). Other Gateways:Chicago, D.C., L.A., Miami, San Francisco (add $195). Details:Stop over in London in either direction for $150. There's no single supplement in June. In July, August, and September, singles must add $300.Contact:2Afrika, 866/462-2374, 2afrika.com.
Women-Only Tour of China $1,799
China specialist Champion Holidays has created a tour exclusively for female BTreaders. The package includes air from L.A. to Beijing, all local transportation, 12 nights at four- and five-star hotels (five in Beijing, one in Hangzhou, three in Suzhou, three in Shanghai), most meals, and an English-speaking guide throughout. Along with the highlights of a regular Champion Holidays tour (Great Wall, Forbidden City, cruise on the Grand Canal, etc.), this very special itinerary includes a home visit with a Beijing family, a trip to see the pandas at the Beijing Zoo, a lesson in the art of Chinese paper cutting, a visit to a silk factory (where you can choose fabric and have a traditional Qipao dress made), a tour of the Suzhou Embroidery Research Institute, optional spa services, and much, much more. When:Sept. 6 and Oct. 25. Other Gateways:New York ($1,899). Details:Extra nights from $130. Single supplement $580 (but Champion will try to pair singles upon request). Contact:Champion Holidays, 800/868-7658, china-discovery.com.
Singapore Airlines flights from L.A. or San Francisco to Bali (via Singapore), transfers, five nights' hotel in either Sanur Beach (Ari Putri Hotel) or Ubud (Pande Permai Bungalows), breakfast daily, a half-day island tour, and your choice of any two of the following activities: Balinese dance class, cooking class, batik class, two-hour spa treatment, mountain biking, rafting on the Ayung River, walking through the rice paddies and villages, and hiking on Mount Batur. When:Until June 4, Aug. 21--Dec. 4 ($829 per person, double); June 5--Aug. 20 ($1,054). Other Gateways:Seattle (add $175), New York (add $250), Dallas (add $275), Philadelphia (add $350). Details: Extra nights from $20. Single supplement from $120. Contact: Escapes Unlimited, 800/243-7227, escapesltd.com.
Hong Kong $1,298
Cathay Pacific flights from L.A. to Hong Kong, transfers, four nights at the five-star Langham Place Hotel in Kowloon, breakfast daily, a 90-minute massage/facial at the hotel's spa, a half-day walking tour of the markets, free admission to the Hong Kong Tourism Board's Cultural Kaleidoscope classes (tai chi, feng shui, cake making, Chinese medicine, etc.), a pass to the Hong Kong Museum of History, hotel taxes and service charges, and the $100 air-fuel surcharge. When:Monday--Thursday departures May 1--June 14 ($1,298 per person, double), June 15--Aug. 15 ($1,498). Other Gateways:San Francisco (add $75), New York (add $125--$250). Details:Add $25 each way for weekend travel. Extra nights from $95. Single supplement from $275. Contact:Globotours, 800/988-4833, globotours.net.
Singapore & Ho Chi Minh City $949
Singapore Airlines flights from L.A. or San Francisco to Singapore, transfers, two nights at the Peninsula Excelsior Hotel (or similar), an onward flight to Ho Chi Minh City, four nights at the Metropole Hotel (or similar), and breakfast daily in Ho Chi Minh City. In Singapore, enjoy a reflexology massage, shopping excursions to Little India and Chinatown, and visits to the National Orchid Garden, the Singapore Art Museum, and the Asian Civilisations Museum. In Ho Chi Minh City, you'll receive a one-hour deep-tissue massage, a cooking class at the Vietnam Cookery Center, and a shopping excursion and fitting at Khai Silk.When:Until June 5, Aug. 21--Dec. 4 ($949 per person, double); June 6--Aug. 20 ($1,174). Other Gateways:Denver, Seattle (add $175); New York (add $200); Boston, Buffalo, Pittsburgh (add $300). Details:Extra nights from $34. Single supplement $220. Contact:Escapes Unlimited, 800/243-7227, escapesltd.com.
Air Pacific flights from L.A. to Nandi; transfers; four nights at the Sheraton Fiji Resort; a massage and facial at the hotel spa; a four-day, three-night Blue Lagoon small-ship cruise through the Yasawa islands aboard the Mystique Princess; breakfast daily; and all meals on the boat. When:Until Aug. 1 ($2,999 per person, double), Aug. 2--Dec. 8 ($3,009). Other Gateways:New York ($3,449/$3,459). Details:Call for the extra-night price. Single supplement from $760. Contact:Jetabout Island Vacations, 800/327-3857, jetaboutvacations.com.
Sydney & Cairns $1,995
Qantas flights from L.A., transfers and flights within Australia, four nights in Sydney at the Vibe Hotel on Goulburn Street (includes one free night), three nights near Cairns at the Mango Lagoon Resort & Wellness Spa (in a one-bedroom courtyard suite, near Palm Cove Beach), 20 percent off a one-hour spa treatment, and a half-day Vespa scooter rental to explore Palm Cove. When:May 1--Aug. 31 ($1,995 per person, double). Other Gateways:San Francisco (add $50), Chicago (add $260), New York (add $300). Details:Extra nights from $71. Single supplement from $645. Contact:Springboard Vacations, 866/447-7746, springboardvacations.com.