Top 10 Great Girlfriend Getaways

The five-star Ritz Carlton can be surprisingly affordable, thanks to a package offered by Travel Experts USA, which is offering a $1,179 package roundtrip air from Los Angeles, five nights at the five-star Ritz Carlton Resort in Maui, a convertible car, breakfast daily, and a free upgrade to a partial ocean view room.

Dates available: Now through Dec. 7, 2006. Call 1-800-471-9882 to book.

7. Southwest Gals Getaway in Santa Fe

Grab your best friend and take her to gorgeous Santa Fe for some rejuvenation. The Eldorado Hotel & Spa offers a Southwest getaway retreat with savings of up to 50 percent.

The girls' getaway package includes deluxe accommodations with a kiva wood-burning fireplace, a 50-minute Nidah Spa treatment, and dinner for two at the award-winning The Old House restaurant. They'll also give you a framed snapshot to commemorate your stay -- the perfect girlfriend memento.

Priced seasonally, package starts at $279 per night, based on availability and double occupancy. For reservations please visit www.eldoradohotel.com or call (800) 955-4455 and reference GPL when booking.

8. Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp

Get your girlfriends together and rock out at Rock 'N Roll Fantasy Camp.

From novice rockers to more seasoned players, it will make you feel like a real star. The camp will bring you and your friends together with professional rockers. You'll live the life of a rock star for five days and nights while mastering your knowledge of an instrument, jamming with your band, and learning all about the music business. All levels of skill are welcome. If you don't play an instrument, you can sing vocals or play the tambourine.

You will also spend time recording in the professional studios the top rockers record in.

Cost and dates: One-day camp in Columbus, Ohio, Sept. 10, 2006 is $2,000 a person. There is also a five-day camp in Hollywood for $9,499.

9. New York City for Shoppers

The Exchange Hotel, near South Street Seaport, has teamed up with fashion forward Girlshop to create a new package called Girlshop 'til You Drop.

This package includes airport transfers (or two days of parking at the hotel), two nights in a deluxe guest room, and a private four-hour customized shopping tour led by fashion experts at Girlshop.

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.

Dates available: Until Sept. 4 ($1,000 a room for 2 people), Sept. 5-Dec. 15 ($1,200 a room). Extra nights from $199. Don't worry: The hotel will ship home the new items you can't squeeze into your suitcase ($30 limit)!

10. A Sofitel and the City (Chicago)

Experience Chicago in style! 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, either a manicure and pedicure or facial at Equinox, a round of cocktails, a tasting-menu dinner at the hotel's Le Bar, VIP access to nightclubs like Le Passage or Reserve, and breakfast either in bed or at the hotel's Café des Architectes.

Sofitel gives you a 3 p.m. checkout, which is good because you'll need it!

Dates available: Until Dec. 31, $455 a room for two people. Contact Sofitel Chicago Water Tower 312-324-4000 to book.

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