The Best All-Inclusive Girlfriend Getaways in the South

From the North Carolina mountains to the Florida shores, these luxury resorts offer something for every type of traveler.

Club Med Sandpiper Bay in Port St. Lucie, Florida
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When you and your best gals need to get away, you don't have to look outside of the South to find one-of-a-kind, all-inclusive resorts built to cater to your every need and interest. There are escapes for girlfriends across the South—in the mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee, on the beaches of Florida and Georgia, and just past the city limits of Dallas and Austin. Each location is unique, with special wellness plans designed around your environment and activities highlighting the amazing places you're visiting.

Whether you want to soak up some sunshine or relax during a ladies' spa day, the ideal resort is out there. There are activities for every enthusiast, from paddle-boarding and kayaking to cooking and cocktail tasting. A getaway is also a great way to indulge and treat yourself and your friends like the VIPs you are. Pick one of these destinations, and enjoy an all-inclusive getaway with your girls—no worrying about split checks required.

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Miraval Austin

Miraval Austin Resort in Austin, TX
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Austin, Texas

Deep in the heart of Texas Hill Country sits the wellness resort, Miraval Austin. This all-inclusive sanctuary focuses on every element of its guests' well-being. They offer yoga and group fitness classes for the physical body. Meditation, a spa, and lectures are available for mental and emotional support. You and your girlfriends can participate in activities like the Tibetan Bowl Massage (a full body massage combined with the healing elements of a Tibetan bowl ceremony). Cooking classes like the Spirit of Agave and the Art of the Cocktail are new spins on going out for drinks, while archery, hatchet throwing, and horseback riding at the resort's equine center will keep you busy. Packages include access to the spa and pools, meals, and unlimited participation in daily events. To start your stay off right, they'll even shuttle you from the airport or provide complimentary on-site parking if you're driving in with your pals.

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Bungalows Key Largo

Bungalows Key Largo in Key Largo, FL
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Key Largo, Florida

If the turquoise blue waters of South Florida are calling your name, grab your girlfriends and head for the Florida Keys. The Keys' first all-inclusive resort, Bungalows Key Largo opened in early 2019 as an adults-only (21+) waterfront resort. With an expansive 12 acres, the resort features 135 private bungalows with soaking tubs, outdoor garden showers, and sea views. A stay on the property includes unlimited meals at the resort's three restaurants, premium beverages, and unlimited use of water sports gear, including paddleboards, kayaks, and snorkeling equipment. Plus, all activities, like yoga, cooking classes, and sunset happy hours, are included with your stay.

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Lodge on Little St. Simons Island

Lodge on Little St. Simons Island in Georgia
Peter Frank Edwards

Little St. Simons Island, Georgia

Surround yourself with natural beauty, Southern hospitality, and the escape of a private barrier island that seems worlds removed from anything happening back home. A part of Georgia's famed Golden Isles, Little St. Simons Islands offers seven miles of empty beaches, 10,000 acres of wilderness, and countless memorable animal sightings. A maximum of 32 guests can stay at the lodge, which was originally built in 1917 as a private hunting lodge, making the location ideal for an intimate escape. Today the resort, accessible only by boat, caters to people looking for VIP service, fresh seafood, and a getaway like no other.

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Blackberry Farm

Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tennessee
Helen Norman

Walland, Tennessee

Tucked in the rolling hills of Eastern Tennessee, Blackberry Farm is a 4,200-acre resort and an authentic Southern experience. The Modified American hospitality plan covers your room and three meals each day, beginning on the day you arrive and ending with lunch on your departure day. Not included in the package are alcohol and most activities, but this allows you to customize your stay with a range of activities suited to your interests. Pick from an extensive menu of wellness treatments, private fitness classes, water sports, and horseback riding. Accommodation options include rooms in the main house, cottages, and private homes, so you and your pals can choose the layout best suited to your group.

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Lake Austin Spa Resort

Lake Austin Spa Resort
Robbie Caponetto

Austin, Texas

Enjoy a morning of yoga as the rippling waters of the Colorado River burble underfoot. Design a personal souvenir in an art class, or sight-see the rolling hills of Texas on a canyon hike. These activities and more are available to you and your friends during a stay, depending on scheduling and availability, at Lake Austin Spa Resort. The wellness and relaxation resort is an oasis of fitness activities, discovery programs, access to water sports and pools, and events with celebrity chefs and speakers. The all-inclusive package includes three meals per day. You might be in one of Texas's biggest cities, but you'll find plenty of space to escape in the 19 acres of waterfront property.

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Cedar Cove Ranch & Resort

Chill Out in the Hill Country

Eustace, Texas

This all-inclusive ranch retreat occupies 700 acres of resort grounds and a lake only a short distance from the Dallas and Fort Worth area. The Cedar Cove Ranch & Resort has three lodging options to choose from based on the size of your group. After a long day of outdoor pursuits, circle up with friends around your private fire pit, where you can all unwind with a glass of wine and reflect on a wonderful day. Activities at Cedar Cove range from fishing, hiking, and other outdoor activities to relaxing indoors for spa treatments.

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Sirata Beach Resort

With five miles of clear Gulf waters and pale sand, it’s no wonder visitors love this Florida escape. St. Pete Beach, just down the coast from Clearwater, offers endless activities, from Old Florida–style entertainment in Pass-a-Grille’s historic district
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St. Pete Beach, Florida

The beachfront resort on the west coast of Florida offers package options to customize your getaway with the gals. Resort amenities at the Sirata Beach Resort include beachfront swimming pools, volleyball courts, and plenty of outdoor games that might bring out your competitive side. If your group wants to try some water sports, there are add-on packages available offering everything from paddle boards and kayaks to parasailing and wave runners.

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The Swag

the swag resort
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Waynesville, North Carolina

If you and your crew were once summer camp gals, consider a weekend away at The Swag. The cabin-style resort is set on 250 acres in the Great Smoky Mountains, but is just 40 miles outside Asheville, North Carolina. Originally opened in 1982 by the Matthews family as housing for the World's Fair in nearby Knoxville, it's still family-run today and is a proud member of the Relais & Châteaux family as well. While here, you and your girls can bunk up in one of the newly renovated cabins or in the main lodge. There are plenty of places to relax and explore—but the library, lined with floor-to-ceiling books, looks like a beautiful spot to spend an afternoon reading and the outdoor dining porch is primed and ready for a sunset viewing and toast to your besties. The spa and wine cellar are must-visits, too.

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Greyfield Inn

Greyfield Inn Cumberland Island, Georgia
Peter Frank Edwards

Cumberland Island, Georgia

For those looking for a weekend away in nature, sans WiFi and cell service, consider the iconic Greyfield Inn. This boutique property, which houses 15 rooms in a historic home along with two cottages, sits isolated on Georgia's largest barrier island. The Greyfield is a nature lover's dream, offering naturalist tours, fishing, kayaking, biking, and more. While there are 18-miles of private coastline and trails dotted with sweeping Spanish oaks to explore, the historic inn's enigmatic draw will keep you just as in-awe when you're indoors. The rooms are decorated with dark wood antiques, four-poster beds, and maximalist floral wall coverings that feel straight out of another time—but will lush linens and all the amenities of today. Meals, which are included in the daily rate, are served in all areas of the house, with breakfast on the porch, cocktail hour in the living room, and dinner in an elegant dining room. The only meal guests are encouraged to take on the go is the picnic-style lunch, which is packed up for you to enjoy while taking in all that Cumberland Island has to offer.

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Little Palm Island Resort & Spa

Little Palm Island Resort & Spa
Little Palm Island Resort & Spa

This is the closest you'll get to an exotic beach getaway you'll get without leaving the lower 48. If you and your girlfriends are looking to relax and recharge without your kids or husbands, treat yourself to a stay at Little Palm Island Resort on Little Torch Key Island in the Florida Keys. Stay in one of the property's 15 thatched-roof bungalows, outfitted with copper soaking tubs, outdoor showers, furnished decks, fire pits, private gardens, and sweeping views of the ocean. The resort is all about helping visitors unwind and unplug, which is why there are no TVs in bedrooms, but there are complimentary snorkel, kayak, paddleboard, and boat rentals, as well as a world-class spa. The out-of-office mentality begins upon arrival, where you're greeted with a Gumby Slumber, the resort's signature Tiki-style cocktail flavored with coconut and rum.

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