The 10 Best All-Inclusive Girlfriend Getaways in the South

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 10 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 the 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, an outdoor garden shower, 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 in 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 memorable animal sightings. A maximum of 32 guests can stay at the lodge, originally built in 1917 as a private hunting lodge. 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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Club Med Sandpiper Bay

Club Med Sandpiper Bay in Port St. Lucie, Florida
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Port St. Lucie, Florida

Club Med was for many years the most prominent name in the all-inclusive business, which tells you that they know how to make package vacations feel like absolute escapes. The Club Med Sandpiper Bay is in Port St. Lucie, about halfway between Miami and Orlando, so driving or flying here with your girlfriends is easy. While there, you'll have access to gourmet dining, open bars, and activities like paddle boarding, sailing, tennis, and more. When crowds have left South Florida and headed elsewhere, look to travel during these seasons for significant savings.

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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 4200-acre resort and an authentic Southern experience. The Modified American hospitality plan, a package covering your room and three meals each day beginning the day you arrive and ending with lunch on your departure day, will be a treat for you and your friends. Not included in this package are alcohol and most activities, but this allows you to customize your stay. Pick from an extensive menu of wellness treatments, private fitness classes, water sports, and horseback riding. Spread across the main house, cottages, and private homes, the resort has a variety of accommodations.

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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 during your stay 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. These options have space for an outdoor fire pit, perfect for catching up and chatting with friends after a day outdoors. The activities 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 so that you can try on the paddle boards, kayaks, 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 just 40 miles outside Asheville, North Carolina, but feels like an upscale summer camp set far away on 250 acres in the Great Smoky Mountains. 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

For those looking for a weekend away in nature, without 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 and is a nature lover's dream complete with naturalist tours, fishing, kayaking, biking, and more. While there are 18-miles of private coastline and trails dotted with sweeping Spanish oaks to explore, there's a draw to the historic inn that has a feeling of coming home, too. 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 around 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 to enjoy while taking in all that Cumberland Island has to offer.

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